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Latest posts by Verdun

Time to Chop?

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:36

Hiya blue baron.

Two issues here.  Yes remove the tree ASAP.  No choice.

I would not plant another apple there.  There are many problems planting most things in same spot.

However, if you are determined I would try to avoid the exact same spot.  I would dig out as much soil as possible .....can you excavate a few barrow loads from elsewhere to exchange?

 Why did your tree die?  Do you know?  Research your replacement tree to plant a disease resistant variety and one suited to your area. 

Deacons nursery is a good source for new fruit trees.  They give advice and supply a large range of trees on different rootstocks.  You could buy a 3 year old tree, for example, enabling you to secure your own fruit in 3 or 4 years.  


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:25

Hello forkers 

Bit cool now.  

Yes KEF, you will see me on the radio indeedy.  

Hey Bob, those new plants, are they to complete your redesigned front garden?  Maybe latest pictures?  Have a feeling next spring it will look superb 

New store opened so had a look and bite to eat there.  Was told a wait of about 30 minutes for food but I waited for 90 minutes .  Others in the same boat ..... When it arrived it was presented as thought the food was just plonked there. Complained to the manager.  Disappointing ESP when I was so hungry  So very, very hungry  ( just wanted to use these smilies again )

Keep warm everyone.  

help monster

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:07

Hiya del12

You can cut rhododendrons as hard back as you like....they will recover.  I would cut it back to a smaller size than the ideal size required. Sharp saw, clean cuts and remove all weeds around it.  A mulch of ericaceous bark chips too.  It will not flower for a few years though.  They flower on wood made last year so possibly it will flower in 3 years.

Always pleased to hear about the removal of pyracantha too. ,hate that shrub.  Its vicious thorns make it a big no for me.  

Enjoy the warmth from the woodburning del. 


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 08:02

Morning folks 

Busy morn.  Nice n dry here. ,doesn't feel too cold 

......the good guys

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 23:44

Ah! So many Cornish nurseries mentioned here....cross common, burncoose, duchy of Cornwall.  The home of the good guys 

Daffodils sprouting

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 23:39

Daffs in my garden already some 30 cm high.  Just normal here.  Daff varieties are so early you  can have them for months. 


Posted: 02/12/2013 at 20:28

Fidget, many years back  I was painting  bedroom walls standing on a double bed.  Bit bouncy.  Can was on corner edge of bed.  I bounced full 2.5 litre of paint over the bed and carpet.  expensive time. What a laugh we all had.   Never learn tho. 

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 19:52

Well, I shall have to take a closer look.  As folks say its free amd there is a mag to read too 


Posted: 02/12/2013 at 19:47

Er!  Didn't I return the car to you Dove? I was told someone hit your car when it was parked but it wasn't me and I wasn't even there when it happened.  Besides I don't have a licence to drive so it couldn't have been me

You wont believe our favorite telly programs.

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 19:43

Loved Ever Decreasing Circles.  Prob my fav comedy prog.  I'm supposed to have been like Paul and my ex bro in law like Martin!  I thought I was more like Martin myself because of his (superb) jokes 

Never liked Dads Army until recently.  Now I think it's great. 

How far back were the Wednesday Plays?  Were  they called that?  Mid week dramas.    Used to enjoy them. 


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