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Gardening Books

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 21:28

I am currently traveling in the Balkans, with in my luggage the RHS encyclopedia of planting combinations. A heavy book, but also fascinating. Many flowers I encounter n the wild (Crocus tommasinianus, Cyclamen hederifolium, Euphorbia polychrome, ... ) are included. 

Nevertheless computers are also fascinating: I found a flora of Macedonia, published in the Bulletin of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Written in 1918, by W.B. Turrill, a British officer in 1918 (end of World War I), based in northern Greece. Really fascinating, given the difficult circumstances for research at that time. See:

Fire Blight

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 19:46

This year was a disaster for the fruit in my garden: quince, apples, pears, none survived a serious attack of fire blight. The origin if probably an old hawthorn hedge. in the past, we had from time to time some minor problems with fire blight, but what happened this year, I have never seen before. All summer I have been busy regularly cutting away infected branches. Though RHS suggests not to remove hawthorn, I decided to remove them and to replace it with another less vulnerable hedge. The question: will fruit trees recover from fire blight, or will that remain a serious problem and would it be better tor replace them with (more) resistant species? Feedback and suggestions are more than welcome

Newspapers & Cardboard in Bean Trenches

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 19:13

The main aim of this is indeed to retain water. I usually do shredder carboard and newspapers, make it thoroughly wet and put a layer in the trench (3 to 5 cm thick). This works perfect - at least on a sany soil. 

Talkback: Brambles

Posted: 06/03/2012 at 14:33
I gave up fighting them. Instead, I allowed them to grow against the wall next to the main entrance of the house. They have beautiful white flowers attracting lots of bees and other insects, and tasty berries - birds do enjoy them as do visitors (especially kids) when waiting at the door. Finally these berries taste way better than the berries from thornless brambles. A real luxury, all for free...
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