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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:18 am
by KG Steve
Primrose - you've hit the nail on the head! Yes it will take chainsaws and long ladders to tackle it now...and then it's having to get rid of all those prunings! Which is the main reason I'll be getting someone in...they have a big chipper that can 'disappear' the mountain of waste! I don't have room to burn it even if I wanted to.

Yes a feature on adapting your garden to make it low maintenance sounds like a good one. I'll have a think. :D

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:18 pm
by Primrose
One of these days I must get round to painting all the handles of my hand trowels and forks bright red or fluorescent orange! I!m always putting them down somewhere and losing them amongst the last bit of greenery I was working on. I've currently mislaid my favourite pointed hand trowel for weeding and it,s disconcerting how frustrating it is having to work with a substitute tool which is nowhere so effective in this dry ground.

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:17 pm
by robo
Primrose you think you have problems misplacing trowels ,my wife has no short term memory due to a stroke, we have four different trowels down the plot and I can never find one ,luckily we have decent people near us so they never go walkies only mislaid , don't mention combs

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:24 pm
by Primrose
Robo, that must be difficult.
Are there any techniques which help?
My dad suffered from dementia and I created a memory exercise book for him to write down the things he was worrying about so I could sort them out when aI visited. It worked well for a while but then he started tearing out the pages on which he!d written things and putting them "in a safe place" so he wouldn't t lose them but then he forgot where his safe place was so it sadly became an imlracticql way of theying to remember things.

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:32 pm
by robo
I don't think there is anything that can help , she enjoys her gardening but at present she is not in good enough health to do much ,she had three days last week when we thought her problems where near to an end but Sunday afternoon the pain returned and she has been in agony since ,we see the cancer specialist on the seventh of next month then Waite for her decision

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:58 pm
by peter
Steve, save the shreddings for veg plot mulching. :D

Hedges, the worst is leylandii, if you cut back to brown thats it, game over, as it will not regrow ever from brown wood.

Hazel and hawthorn are best for informal hedges and hornbeam for formal, beach is reluctant to grow from old wood. The first two are coppice compatible, so can be cut to stumps and still regrow with vigour.

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:13 pm
by KG Steve
I may well some of them Peter, but I'd need a plot of about 2 acres to use them all up! :lol:

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:25 pm
by Geoff
If you are talking serious shredders - and the frightening stump grinder.

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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:30 pm
by PLUMPUDDING
I could do with one of those, the shredder and stump thing would be useful too.

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:57 pm
by Westi
Good one PP! :) :)

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:56 am
by Pa Snip
For a while it had me stumped but then I realised. First time I have ever seen a picture of 'Arborculturalist Stig'

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:42 am
by Primrose
Some very welcome rain yesterday evening and overnight. Waterbutts full again. Must have been especially welcome to those with allotments for whom watering is more difficult. Just hope that the mild damp atmosphere doesn't trigger another blight warning now my outdoor tomatoes are starting to develop fruit.

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:36 am
by KG Steve
Just had a blight warning for tomorrow in my area! Will be moving the few tomato plants I can move that are outside in pots, inside soonest! :(

Wow, some serious kit there Geoff - but what a super garden you have! Very jealous!

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:49 am
by Pa Snip
Primrose wrote:Some very welcome rain yesterday evening and overnight. Waterbutts full again. Must have been especially welcome to those with allotments for whom watering is more difficult. Just hope that the mild damp atmosphere doesn't trigger another blight warning now my outdoor tomatoes are starting to develop fruit.






GRRRRR OH YE TEMPTRESS OF FATE

2 hours after you posted the above a full Hutton blight warning arrived for today. GRRRRRRRRRRRR Fingers crossed it gives me a miss

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:51 am
by Pa Snip
KG Steve wrote:Just had a blight warning for tomorrow in my area! Will be moving the few tomato plants I can move that are outside in pots, inside soonest! :(

Wow, some serious kit there Geoff - but what a super garden you have! Very jealous!



At least you got a days notice, the warning I've just received is for today