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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 10:33

Interesting programme on More4 last night about people with sleeping problems which a few here might be interested in. Seems something as simple as sleep is actually quite complex. 


Posted: 14/06/2017 at 16:35

Another couple of shots for your entertainment. Lots of noise from the parents again today, sounded like "I fed him last, its your turn now".

wild strawberries

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 18:22

They don't need winter protection, they are quite hardy.  We have them growing all over the place, so much so they have become weeds. Delicious weeds but weeds none the less. They grow in gaps in paving and cracks in concrete as well as acting as ground cover in any beds so can tolerate very poor conditions.

I think they would do well in hanging baskets given normal levels of food and water but they don't need mollycodling. No need for winter protection like an unheated greenhouse.

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Posted: 13/06/2017 at 17:28

Looks like "our" great spotted woodpeckers have had a successful breeding season. Watched Junior getting fed with sunflower hearts from the feeder today.


Posted: 12/06/2017 at 17:19

Looks like there are several plants in there. Are the small shoots more like you expect your original chilli plant to look? The large plant (goat willow) probably seeded itself last year, I get these all the time in any pots left out.

Purple Flowering Plum Tree roots

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 12:55

If there is any weakness in the brickwork then prunus roots will find their way in. Prunus trees are prone to suckering and their roots go a long way from the mother tree. Being only 3 feet away they will hit the brickwork very quickly. I would move it.

Poorly privet hedge

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 10:15

Possibly an aphid infestation combined with poor growing conditions. A hefty prune down to about 30cm and a good feed might get you going again but growing under major trees is always going to be difficult. Do you ever water the hedge? It shouldn't need it in an open situation but might need help because of the trees sucking up all the moisture.

Magnolia tree

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 16:31

Why was it pruned so heavily? That hasn't done it any good at all so it will need care and attention to survive. 

ID this vine type thing please

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 11:32

Do you like beer? It looks like a variety of hop, possibly golden hop.

To win the war agains Ground Elder

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 13:31

Roundup gel takes a couple of weeks to work, not a couple of days. I would apply more than just a small patch though as ground elder is very fast growing so would treat emerging leaves every couple of days for at least a week to make sure enough is being absorbed to do its job.

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