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Raspberry variety's

Posted: 13/02/2018 at 23:21

Oh good , do they send out vigorous suckers all54. 

Raspberry variety's

Posted: 13/02/2018 at 22:50

The wood pigeon's sit on the fence and pinch and sit on the end of the branch,  bend it down so they can comfortably sit on the branch. The black birds live in the currant bush I am sure.  

Is they any difference in flavour / yield between the autumn fruiting and the summer fruiting ?

Last edited: 13 February 2018 22:54:10

Raspberry variety's

Posted: 13/02/2018 at 22:38

Thanks chicky, birds got my blueberries and red / white / black currants  I am not so bothered you snooze you lose  wished they saved me a blueberry though.

Last edited: 13 February 2018 22:39:17

Raspberry variety's

Posted: 13/02/2018 at 22:29

I am having a go at some autumn fruiting raspberry's about six plants, I've decided I grow Joan J  but would like another variety. I had a look at polka which is well recommend and new variety Paris is catching my eye.

Anyone grown - All gold - autumn fruiting raspberry ? Does taste good   are is it a bit of a gimmick ?

Last edited: 13 February 2018 22:29:45

Lawn Crisis

Posted: 11/02/2018 at 21:18

If the lawn is on builders rubble like you said it highly unlikely you will ever have a good lawn without redoing it all again , they should be about 6inch of top soil below the turf for good root growth.

Your lawn is probably very compacted if its a new build, stabbing a fork in at least 4 inch + all over the lawn and brushing in sharp sand will help with drainage and allow air / water / feed to access the roots better.

Moss is a sign of poor drainage, you can rake it out or use a high iron feed that will kill the top layers of moss, but either way it will need raking over. I would top dress the the lawn after and over seed as well.

You can use organic feeds like fish blood and bone on the lawn but be careful it may scorch it if its way overdosed. May be better to go for a liquid seaweed feed if you want to green the lawn up.

Try not to cut the lawn to short either unless it done very often and kept in good condition with feeds etc, it will help keep the grass stronger so it wouldn't get pushed out as easy by weeds / moss. It better for the grass to cut little but often.

Last edited: 11 February 2018 21:20:49

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/02/2018 at 17:22

If you got some more stumps hanging around why don't you make a stumpery, fill some cracks in with soil and add some ferns it look natural 

Last edited: 11 February 2018 17:22:59

Please correct me if I'm wrong...

Posted: 11/02/2018 at 16:13

Going back to Buttercup question . I don't normally reply on political questions but nobody try answered your question direct.

From what can gather if there is no deal whats so ever we will revert to WTO, going to WTO its more likely they will be less EU products available due to it being more expensive to buy food / drink from the EU than say USA or Brazil etc, something to do with the CAP the EU gives farmers and wealthy land owners in this country and other EU country's. It wont happen over night EU products will be still on the shelves after Bday it will be the consumers who will dictate whats on the shelves. For example a piece of pork costs £2 from New Zealand and a piece of pork cost £3  from Ireland which one are you most likely going to buy. If the UK signs a free trade deal with NZ the piece of pork will be even cheaper. 

The Customs Union is a big debate at the moment, some what to stay other don't. If the UK stayed in the CU the piece of pork will have zero tariffs or low tariffs making it cheaper than the NZ pork, because the NZ pork will have full tariffs on it set by the EU, if the pork was imported anyway with full tariffs I think the EU takes a cut of any money made applying tariffs. you can't sign free trade agreement in a CU.

Unless the UK stayed in a CU I think what I said in the first paragraph may happen anyway but free trade agreements will apply with other country's for agricultural products.   

A lot of car parts are patten made now ( copies ) unless you need a genuine part it may not make much difference cause the copy probably made in china.

I am not sure about what going to happen with the bulbs from Holland, I have noticed the price go up in the GC, I just bought less bulbs than I normally do. I probably save most of my tulips this year and see what happens, I get fresh ones every year.

Last edited: 11 February 2018 16:17:58

International Garden Photographer of the Year 2018

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 17:32

Beautiful pictures  I really like hobbit doors, I could sit on that bench for hours with the wisteria.

When to start planting seeds

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 17:05

Going to sow some more seeds this weekend, lots of different petunia's - lobelia - cleome and more. Got a few germination's - Agastache G jubilee - snapdrangon - geraniums - cobaea - Bidens all doing well. 

Gnats fly are a pain in the ass , they may go for the odd seedling but I haven't noticed any damage to mine in the past. I put up sticky fly traps. 

Combination of Lawn Seed and Turf

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 13:20

You can do that, but like you said matching them up can be a problem, ask the turf supplier what types of grass is in the turf, can normally find it online if its a large supplier. 

One of the problems is with turf though you get what you pay for, if its the cheapest turf it more like a Utility lawn,  perfectly fine for children to play if that what you want, but its not the best to go for if you want a nice lawn. I've seen some cheap turf of very poor standard, Keep a eye out for weeds in the turf and it shouldn't be breaking apart, a thin soil level will cause it to break , dead / yellowing grass means it been rolled up for to long.  

Going with seed is much cheaper and you can pick which grass types you want to grow,  and for conditions like shade? Keep a eye out for Fescue and dwarf perennial rye grass, it would make a nice looking lawn which is quite hard wearing as well. Wimbledon Tennis courts are 100% dwarf perennial rye grass and the grass seed is quite cheap. 

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