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New fork handle to old fork tine

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 00:53

If you swell the shaft before you hammer it in it will become loose when it dries out.

I always put a securing bolt through the hole, but ensure it won't catch your hand when you are digging.

The light fingered kohl rabi thief.

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 19:00
happymarion wrote (see)

Awww, shame.  Do you have fox visitors.  Luscious kohlrabi would be right up their street.

I don't think any self-respecting fox would eat kholrabi!  Could be a two-legged thief.

Poorly Pots

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 17:48

Even if they are dwarf they still run out of food.  What do you feed them on?  How often?  Do they ever run out of water?

Tackling erosion

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 00:02

I don't think you have given enough information.  Do you need a retaining wall?  Is another land-slip going to be inconvenient or dangerous?  Ferns are not deep-rooting enough to hold much back.  Take a look at how the Highways Agency does it.  Perhaps you need to stabilise the bank with wire netting before you plant.

Hedging

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 18:58

Holly and Hawthorn can be hedge or tree, but Oak and Alder are better as trees rather than hedge. Dog rose is a nice filler.  Had you thought of hazel or blackthorn or whitebeam?

Honeysuckle 'Winter Beauty'

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 15:48

Does everybody think pruning back is the answer to shy flowering?

drought vs to much rain.

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 10:52

Sorry Colin that is so impractical and simplistic I don't think you have really given the problem of low light levels, low temperatures and excess rain much thought.  Unless your question is a riddle of some sort.  Is it?

I wish you a better year this year.

Composting

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 17:19

There are plenty of adverts for them, but I have never seen anything from anybody who has actually made good compost with one.  They will be very heavy to turn when loaded and I wonder if they really do 'tumble' to compost rather than the contents just staying in one lump.

Might it be more satisfactory if one member of staff could make the compost off-site.  Perhaps the pupils could bring in shredded paper, peelings (you can wrap them in newspaper and just chuck them in the compost), tea bags and coffee grounds, etc.

Or you could start a wormery. Or several. Good luck, growing helps with so many skills.

no blueberries

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 17:25

Oh dear Budlia, I wish I had come back before you did your pruning.  It was not correct to cut off any of this/last year's growth.  The pruning should have been confined to the twiggy old stuff.  I hope you haven't cut off 2013 fruit!

You don't say if you have high-bush blueberries or low-bush.  High-bush are meant to be tall, not compact!

drought vs to much rain.

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 23:10

I think it was the low temperatures and lack of sunshine that caused poor crops.  It really was a bumper year for apples last year, I don't think you can expect two years like it in a row.

It has been interesting to see how well some crops have done with so much rain.  The Brussels Sprouts growers are well pleased. Maybe we don't make sure our plants have so much water in a 'normal' year.

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