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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 21:29

I enjoy eating too,

Two things that I have no idea about!

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 21:09

LoganBerry,

I would not use fresh manure ...best to allow it to rot a while yet.

Coffee grounds I would use as a mulch.  

Pear Tree training

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 21:05

Pruning will help. Summer pruning in early August cuttimg baxk side shoots to produce fruiting spurs the following year.

Pears these days.... A five year old on dwarfing rootstock ......bear fruit early and the old adage plantIng for your heirs no longer applies.....dove will run me down with her convertible now .

I grow pears as oblique condons and one as an espalier.  They fruit early once formative pruning has been done.  All mine were bought as maidens so grown and trained from the start.  

I grow varieties to help pollination....I'm unsure if conference is self fertile.....will check later.....but all varieties are better for other pollinators nearby.

So, summer prune in August and consider a pollinator.

The more horizontal fhe branch the more fruitful is will be.  The oblique cordons are a combination of near vertical for for growth and near horizontal for fruit, therefore angles of 45 degrees.  Espaliers are perfect shape for most apples and pears.

fixing fleece / closches

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:56

Metal staples hold fleece very well.  Glue is not sensible and some of them actually "melt" fleece material.  For protecting runner beans, etc., I do as busy said and use clothes pegs to join. 

Hope that helps Sarah and good luck with your students.  Nice to have your question 

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:51

Hiya sp-Ade, 

Why do you suppose we "knocked" the company so much?  Just for the devilment of it? 

We try here to help people choose wisely, to deal with companies who provide good service amd to warn about bad service.  If you think we were wrong in that that's perfectly ok.

I was phoned today by a  computer scammer.  she wanted my details after claiming I had a computer  fault.  Is it wrong of me to tell others of this scam?  Would ??ou complain that people like me are putting these scammers  out of business????

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:42

Fire island was a variety on my shopping list.  However it apparently loses its yellow colouring early in summer.  I have some nice yellow variegated varieties that look good all through summer so still looking for that glorious yellow leaf.  And a true blue ....so many, most of them, have a greeny caste to them   

My sure fire way to,keep hostas looking good through to autumn is not to let them flower.  Once flowers form the slugs and snails home in on them.  I have proved this over past few years and where I want the perfect foliage I remove any flower stems.  Where I do want the flowers, ESP when scented, I grow elsewhere.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:31

Thanks fidget. 

plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:27

Djjuk,

Can you mound that border a little or slope it towards the grass/slabs?  It would help with drainage.  A mulch of gravel too would help create a dry cushion at the base of those plants.  It would look good too. It would reflect and hold heat. 

Can you,post a picture ?

Forgove me Djjuk, but I can't help but feel you are choosing the wrong plants?  If you grew plants that enjoyed heavy clay soil they would look so much happier and would create less work for you...????

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:11

Punkdoc

I cannot grow meconopsis baileyii .  Tried several times and with different techniques like not allowing them to flower in their first year but soil and conditions are not suitable.  There cannot be a better blue than on that Tibetan blue poppy.  Ah well!  That's the beauty of  gardening.....we can all grow different things

Isnt life strange?  A black Peugeot I wanted was suddenly sold mid week but I still arranged to test another.  Then today the salesman told me that car was available again......joy oh joy!    Because the would be buyer had a heart attack and was now in hospital and that's sad.  

Today's rain has been horrendous.  Water running off fields, drains spouting water, roads developing holes overnight, roads deemed impassable, ........I've never known quite so much water.  It's dry now but ice is forecast tonight....maybe not just here but those wet roads will simply freeze overnight.   Then storms tomorrow with very high tides, gale force winds and more heavy rain.  Not looking forward to that 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:45

Sounds perfect punkdoc.  Peace, quiet and sanity 

Seriously, I could never trust a car to park itself.  It's the fact that the gadgets are there

Weather is clearing up ...can't wait to get outside 

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