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Leggy Privet

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 19:31

Chalklands, early spring is best 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 19:16

Sounds like you have it sussed gardening grannie.  It will be fine 

Just a thought .............

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 19:13

Come on SFord.....this is done to warn off any snails thinking of invading your patch.  Does it work

Grass Paths

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 19:09

It doesnt really work M Fent.  Tried this myself.  Grass paths can look superb if traffic is minimal and the area does not get too wet.

i actually like the SOUND of walking on gravel too.....besides a handy stone is always available to throw at the local tom.  (Don't hit the gh as I once did though )

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 19:05

Look, christmas day has nothing to do with christianity.  Christianity is a compromise with paganism much like most everything else....easter too.  JC was not born on December 25 as most of us are aware.

whether the bible is an "inspired of god" book or not it does contain principles and beliefs. Ironically, in this country nowaday, those who adhere strictly to it are lambasted and  ridiculed, even legislated against.  As a non believer I support their right to hold and practise their (now illegal) beliefs however.  It is ludicrous to me that a "christian" country now denies genuine christians rights to their faith.

my own conviction is that god does not exist.  He is a fairytale character. Boy! Am I doomed now 

Too late to espalier?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 16:06

Just had a close up look of that peach jekylandhide.  Not much to look at is it?

peaches don't like very hard my I would be tempted to start again wth a new tree.   

You are right really want the branches spread out, palm like, without a central leader.

i grow peaches in pots as shrubs.  Why not consider this option?  And,,if you do, go for the variety Avalon which is peach leaf curl resistant.  (As I intend at some stage thanks to Bob's advice ) 


Grass Paths

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 15:59

Shingle path for me too Sam In preference to grass but gravel is best  I think.  Pea shingle can be slippery.  Gravel comes in different grades and colours, maybe to match the walled terrace.  

sounds exciting Sam   Good luck 

Too late to espalier?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 12:39

Ok.  There are short cuts to it Jekylandhide.  You can select 3 or 4 pairs pf branches...they are provide horizontal branches on evenly spaced wires.  This is an easier way and a good solution.

however, the way I described earlier is the traditional way....the way I did it.....and it looks better.  I know some who do it this way

so, fix wire supports evenly spaced ...prob 15 to 18" apart.....and tie your chosen branches to them.  

think your friend will accept this? 

Too late to espalier?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 12:11


cut the main stem to just above.....6 or 8" or so.....the bottom pair of branches.  Lower these to a wire ...galvanised preferably.  A bud will appear on the main branch and this will grow vigorously to provide another pair of branches for next year on a wire some 15 to 18" higher.  

the peach?  Feed it well and mulch.  Encourage 5 to 7 branches to grow and tie in during the summer spacing out like a fan. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 11:47

What perennials did you get Jo?  

put some alliums out myself recently but have several in pots too.  I had a free bag of large mixed ones so until these flower I wont know the colour or exact variety.  Not really one for mixed bags.  I really want to keep the purple ones like Purple Sensation.  When they start to flower I will plant them out.  

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