Latest posts by Verdun

Espalier not throwing out enough side branches

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:38

Ian,,you should have started to bend those side branches down during the summer and to finally pull and tie to horizontal in August.  Spurs would then form on those laterals.

your vertical main shoot will then produce buds and these....two, one each side,....are,allowed to grow vertically at first but then to duplicate as before.

each tier is made one per year 

I grew mine as maidens.   You can bespoke your espalier to fif your framework exactly and fruit production is heavy.

Is there anything missing from this home made compost?

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:32

Superior quality 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 18:29

Local gc prices are sky high now keen.

luckily a large nursery is even more local to me.....walking around is a joy.  More plants, greater variety, and far, far cheaper 

shame about primary school 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 18:20

Heard Fairy is not well. get better soon 

lovely sunny quiet evening.  

Slug pellets

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 16:42

Claire, yes nematodes seem to be very effective....against slugs but not for snails. sorry, missed your post 

pellets around food in veg and fruit patch are not good, covered or not.  


Posted: 18/04/2016 at 16:39

Mrs-L, yes mushroom compost is perfect for hellebores.  Used to get lots of it but the mushroom farms down here have closed down.  You can apply it in bloom or not. Hellebores love the lime 

Onion fly

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 12:46

I alternate onions with carrots Anomander 

for control of onion fly/carrot fly I use nematodes.  I fleece carrots as well.  Sticky traps would be overkill .....not  necessary for anticipated attacks. 

I think you may well be over worrying though.  

Is there anything missing from this home made compost?

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 12:40

No, I agree wirh you...we are all different hosta. For a start you have a ride on mower that fills me with jealousy 

I have used carboard as a mulch but found it messy when it started to break up a few months later.  In the compost heap it tended to compartmentise (?) the ingredients.  didn't integrate easily.

I guess if I had as much grass cuttings as you do an equally large quantity of cardboard would prob break down well 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 12:34

Busy morning in corner of front garden.....apart from pothole repair guys eventually turning up (frustrated last email saying I will claim for any damage done to my car )........  I trimmed, weeded, planted and heavily mulched it.  

It means approx half of front garden mulched over past 2 weeks.  

Hats off to Beardsworth nurseries.  An Abelia kaleidoscope bought from them last year  has not survived a very mild winter.  Within minutes of my email to them I have had an apology and a full refund.  Certainly will order from them again 


Posted: 18/04/2016 at 12:25

Those hellebores that didnt flower are now looking good.  no idea why some were early and some late.  A have not flowered but sending up strong growth so should be excellent next year.  

Concluded that extra feeding and mulching is the answer so fish blood n bone, chicken pellets and farmyard manure generously added.

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