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Latest posts by Verdun

Where would i get one of these

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 17:24

i have a similar tool made from bending the tines of a small fork.  is it for short handle or long?  a soil cultivator?

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 16:39

Nepeta is worth considering.   Blue flowers all summer.  Tough and evergreen.  Easily propagated too.  

Iron Man

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 16:33

Don't need an iron man my pyjamas

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 16:24

You're right bob.  They can grow in water.   have done that myself, growing  in a pond. They thrive in such summer.  Remove from pool in winter.  Cold and wet a big no for arums.


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 16:17

Sorry folks....was asleep.  Went to our capital city....Truro .....and slept all the way!

Right, hellebores.  Strictly speaking I would cut back leaves on hellebores next month but in practiice I start doing it now.  Have had more helleborus black spot this year...not a lot but I try to remove those affected leaves when I see them, even in summer.

Down here new flower buds emerge in December so I like to have hellebores "clean" ASAP.  When I cut back the leaves I scatter fish blood n bone and then mulch with dried manure mixed with mpc.   This also helps clean the ground of any black spot spores. 


Carrot Heads

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 23:43

Still pulling carrots ...been doing so all summer.  Eat them like sweets.  Although quite large they are sweet and crisp.  I make sure carrots are thinned ASAP in spring to I guess about 1 to 2" apart.  Secret is to keep them dry spells to water....and to cover with fleece until  you start picking from the rows.  you can see when they are of a size to eat...pull a little soil from the tops.

Comtrary to what I used to think carrots can keep their sweet taste when bigger.  I once grew "crowbar" carrots (for a bit of joke/and experiment).  I made deep holes with a crowbar amd filled back with a mixture of sieved soil, compost amd fertiliser. One seed per hold.  The carrots were hugeand surprisingly tasty.


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 23:29

If you mean "bolted", it's because of,the recent heat and dry weather

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 18:59

Good evening forkers

Been fine today...still warm n sunny...ish.

Did my usual stint at the foodbank the warehouse again which is bit boring. Not the people I was with...they are great....but it's a bit routinely repetitive.  

All the talk of uk turning the corner but in one  of our local towns a big employer is laying off nearly 200 workers to relocate to Slovakia.!!!



Posted: 10/09/2013 at 17:59

Just to repeat, my standard (plain green) jasmine has been, and still is, massed with flowers.  We are talking about the variegated form which is not so,floriferous but even less so this year.  Agree with Italophile ....a high potash feed should help or a straight potash application.

Talkback: Mind-your-own-business

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 17:55

Hiya Denis from Mousehole.  Just around the corner from you, st Ives bay area.

Mind your own business is easily killed with glyphosate ....except on lawns.  Is that why you asked about lawn sand?  You still have time to use glyphosate but before end of the month

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