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Fuchsias winter to do

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:42 can either leave them over winter and cut back in early Spring or you can cut back now. Spring seems to work with mine.  Depends on the weather tho and where you are.  If you do them now, use the bits for cuttings as a failsafe

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:32

When ? Just roughly.....don't need to be exact ( tho it would certainly help ).

Not particularly cold here.....just wet ( so I'm getting quite a bit of gardening done but a bit of sun would be nice  ).

Lemon Tree success

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 17:58

BMum.........depends where you live.  Mature citrus will take some frost (you may get tip damage but that's not a real problem ) but they really don't like the wet and cold combined.  Don't know that I'd be willing to pay £500 tho 

Artjac..........I've just taken some cuttings of mine ( variety "Quatre Saisons" ) so if any good, you could always have one ( you might have to way a bit for the fruit tho ! )

Free Holiday in the Dordogne France

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 18:42

DorsetUK......Oops.... sorry............I either expressed myself badly or you misunderstood.  I was certainly not implying that a  degree of any sort  precluded an ability to work hard.

I asked, perfectly innocently, whether the OU did Practical Gardening courses they ?

I simply meant that the OP would perhaps be better looking to the Horticultural Colleges and giving someone a chance to gain actual work experience ( tho I still think employing someone local to the area if possible would be more sensible ).

As to the 140 Dairy Cattle.......I get your point but the OP doesn't mention having cattle so it really doesn't come into it.

Sorry if I upset you.....certainly wasn't intended and I still hope you don't get too sea sick on Sunday

SGLilly.........not sure what you meant by a "bit harsh" ?  Seems as if the dark wet days are getting to all of us

Sorry again to those I inadvertently upset


Free Holiday in the Dordogne France

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 18:10

DD...........they would need to know something about gardening tho...........does the OU run gardening courses ?  I have the impression that the OP requires someone with experience and not afraid of hard work

Some of the Agricultural/Horticultural/Land Based Studies colleges may be a better bet.......they may do exchanges.  Or adverts placed in relevant publications may elicit some interest.

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 18:03

Am I the only one who enjoys gardening in the rain ?  Not getting much choice these days anyway !

Dorset.....I do hope the sea is smooth for you on Sunday.....if not, best stick to the windward side ( or should that be the Leeward side ? )......I'm never quite sure.  Whichever it is, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you

Tree work near electric Wires!

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:51

It's the Rice Crispie syndrome..."Snap, Crackle and Pop"

Free Holiday in the Dordogne France

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:47

Peter....if you don't have any luck from here why not contact your local Mairie ?  They may well be able to put you in touch with someone who could help out ? 

anyone tried growing peanuts

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:36

Thought about it before now but never done it.  Where did Jimmy Carter ( US President in the '70's I think ? ) live  ?  Southern states ? He must rank as the most famous Peanut Farmer.  It was somewhere warmer than here tho

As well as the warmth, would you not need a fair bit of ground space for them ( I thought they spread a fair way but could be wrong ? ).  Could you grow a "quick surface crop" at the same time ?

Be interested to hear how you get on if you decide to go for it

Tree work near electric Wires!

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:22

Landgirl..........posts crossed.....sorry

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