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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:36

Hey 4th panda......can't have you feeling sad.  Maybe someone will post a joke on the jokes thread to cheer you up.

Think all of us get sad for no apparent reason.  Hopefully that Chinese hit the spot

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:10

Ironically, near the wall meant being warmer during the lomg cold winter and late,spring.  Since then though it would have wanted moisture. ,good,moisture during the growing season but dry during the winter.  Could you cover with a sheet of glass over,the winter Christine?

Help with Photinia please

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:06

Can't do too much.  Fingers crossed they shoot,next spring.  It sounds like the cold winter got at them. They should have shown some  signs of life though over the summer.  Try the bark scraping test....lightly scrape some tissue from top shoots....any green showing?  If not, try same lower down.  If no green it doesn't look good I'm afraid

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:00

Nooooooooo Stacey.  Summer is NOT coming to an end.  It's just starting.  Nice to get new Plants, so enjoy your plantImg in the dark.

Been good gardening but haggled discounts on printer and laptop for my niece.   Always get,discounts on just about everything from cars to tv to paint.  A "skill" from my dear old dad!  Then huge lunch as well as finishing another's!  Well, I was ravenous!  Can't wait for dinner. 

Oh, good evening FORKERS


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.

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