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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:24

Blue skies shining on me nothing but blue skies can I see.

Verse, "Never saw the sun shining so bright  Never saw things going so right,

Nothing but the days hurrying by  If you love gardening how they fly by". 

Apologies for adding my own words. Here in Stockton it is hot hot hot my cleaning Lady Joanne was  melting by the time she finished, every door and window open but no breeze Yeh keep it up I say we have suffered for months now enjoy.


Digging over soil

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:19

One reason I pick up the long handled Hoe is apart from leaning on it I hoe round the plants to get rid of those weeds that appear overnight and lightly disturb the top soil, the borders rarely get dug though are mulched and it works for me. If I do clear an area then yes it gets well dug with added compost and or manure well rotted of course. Vegetable patches can usually be cleared then prepared for the next sowing Borders just need a weed and a feed so hoeing and mulching does the job. Many of my shrubs and plants are over thirty years old the root ball must be over in Australia by now as they are never disturbed. The resident Blackbird gets all excited when it sees the hoe and is often hopping around dodging the blade as he she nips in for the bugs etc.


Plants dying?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 14:04

New planting will be stressed they need coddling the first couple of years and this year has not been good for even established trees and bushes. As Hogweed says you need a good clearance around the bole. Dig a deep hole add some grit in the base and compost around the root ball as you plant and heel them in then water a couple of buckets a week will be needed for at least a year.

What to do now. Clear some of the grass away, mulch with a good compost with some Bone meal and Granular fertiliser added, a handfull is all, water this in then wait until Spring and see what comes. They may just be resting early as some trees and shrubs around here are doing, remember most lose their leaves they are doing what comes naturally only early. Patience is a gardeners best tool, your fruit trees may take a couple of years to bear any fruit, they need spring warmth to blossom then plenty of flying insects to pollinate. Hope this helps.


Rose Pruning

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 13:43

Around this time of year the top half gets removed with a hedge trimmer this reduces the wind swing over winter. In Spring then they get a proper cut back usually down to where the crown starts from the main stem, prune above an outward facing bud and take out any ingrowing or weak stems. I mulch around the base with compost mixed with a hand full of granular fertiliser and water well. This has worked for me over the last thirty years and some are that old. This works for all my roses, if you did the correct pruning now you would still need to check for disease or frost damage in spring so my reasoning is why do it twice. If you do need to lower the rose drastically then cut the main stem above a bud and it should regrow, I took my Wills Scarlet down to the ground and it came back, I then trained it on to wires. Tough old birds are Roses. Hope this helps though there will be others coming on with differing ideas, you take your pick.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 11:39

Zenjeff, Wideopen, memories of running into Killingworth almost daily. The ham has to be home cooked with the pease pudding cooked in the liquid to Mum's old recipe handed down from old Aunts from Prudhoe plus how to make the Stottie or bottom oven bread as she called it. Now it is all Gregg's, what happened to the taste I ask. Cannot believe the still clear sky and sunshine.



Posted: 11/09/2016 at 11:27

The way I see it, if you do not like the presenter or programme then do not watch "tis simples" as the Meerkats say. There are plenty of make over shows with young people strutting their stuff and if they entered my garden gate they would find the dog chewing their trouser legs (he is only little but fierce).

Monty gives both simple instruction for new starters and shows some of us very old hands what we have been doing wrong for years, the mix of the one hour show to me is perfect a bit of everything including Carol whom I love dearly. We have had the trendy younger presenters who threw expensive tools around and left them dangerously laying about, the bog land that got tons of topsoil dropped on it to no avail, the expensive trendy brick greenhouse that was not used to capacity and in the end the whole thing dropped quietly to die away. The BBC work on numbers, Monty and Nigel bring in those numbers and if something is working then leave it alone. People will ask me did I see the latest death and destruction on Corrie or some young wannabe thrown out of a jungle. NO I do not watch, I have an on off switch on my TV.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 11:06

A big currant bun, looks like a fresh stottie cake in the sky and what on earth is all that blue stuff around it I ask. Great North Run weather they usually get good weather for that and Mo will be trying to beat his last run. Meanwhile we in Stockton will take in the warmth of that mysterious Orb in the sky and luxuriate.


Pears, picking

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 10:25

Pears should be thinned in August, leave one fruit on a cluster if the crop is very heavy or two fruit if it is light. Pick as soon as you see a change in skin colour, lift and twist the fruit it should come away easily then will take a day or two to ripen, if the stalk twists and breaks then leave for a few days. The fruits will all ripen at different times so you pick as they change colour. If left to ripen on the tree the centre will start to go brown. One other thing Pears like Nitrogen fertiliser so in spring put down a mulch containing some granular fertiliser around the base of the tree not touching the trunk, pruning is normally done about now too.


Planting beds in a greenhouse

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 10:03

It is all a matter of your own experience. After a year worse than this one many moons ago most people around me lost their tomato's to blight, we all had them in beds and the only one not infected was the chap who grew them in pots. Out went the beds in came the pots and all these years since have never had blight, that of course could be down to other things although there was blight around two years ago. The idea of the gravel bed is water holds in it and the area around the pots sitting on the gravel has a higher moisture level. I can get more pots on the bed than if it was a soil bed and plants can be moved around easily. My way with the pots is use twelve inch ones and plant half way down the pot, top up the pot with fresh compost every couple of weeks and then start feeding with Tomorite or some such, always had a good crop of fruit and as I said earlier no more blight.

That is what gardening is about experimenting until you find the best way for you then stick to it. When I had a soil bed it had to be dug out every couple of years and refilled to ensure no soil  held infections  that was OK when I had an acre but no good when we had a normal size garden and buying bags of potting soil can get expensive. I pass on advice as to what I found over many years and that is all it is advice, scoff at it or use it that is entirely up to the reader.


Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 16:42

Was sitting in my Daughters Summer house lunching today, nice and warm and the breeze blowing the grasses in her garden every which way, must admit it all looked very nice as they shimmered and danced to the music of birds bees and lawnmowers. A Blackbird hopped to the door obviously looking for a bite of my salad, she got a bit of the jam tart later.

Question how do you get a hangover eating oggies and scones lathered with cream and jam, I never found the beer strong enough.


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