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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Pouring with rain now, cats and dogs ... at last. Not seen rain for months.


So lots of foraging next week for mushrooms and replenish supplies.
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Old 20.09.2020, 16:34
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Calling all you creative EF gardeners:

I have an apple tree and a wild plum that produce out-of-this world delicious fruit.. I look forward to them all year.

However given my current wobbliness I really feel unsafe climbing a ladder in order to pick the fruit I can't reach - which is most of it. A telescoping fruit picker is of only marginal help, as most of the fruit is still too high up to reach. If I let the apples or plums fall to collect them on the ground they fall victim to the slugs before i can get to them.

I thought of putting up some kind net to catch the fruit as it falls, something that sits above ground level, but am at a loss as to how to do so.

Any ideas?

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Old 20.09.2020, 16:41
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

One of our neighbours has a kind of inverted umbrella thing that they attach to the tree trunk to catch fruit as it falls.
Next time I go out for a walk that way Iíll try to take a photo of it or ask them where they got it from.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Some kind of netting - attached to the middle of the tree, and to a stake in each corner - the total area covering the area where the fruit are.

Google fruit catching net.

Two pieces of netting - one each side of the trunk and join with threaded string or garden ties.
Canes or stakes in the corners - guyed-out like a tent will stop the corners collapsing.

The stretchiness of the net would depend on how much fruit will fall between times when you collect it.

Get it wrong and the net will act like a giant trampoline - pinging your precious fruit into the gardens of your neighbours - much to their delight (or not).
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Happy to report holey lawn's due to hedgehogs and not the mole cricket. Caught them in the act yesterday.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

In the South of France, we rented a house a couple of years ago with a plum orchard- and they came with special tractors with a large opening umbrella that surrounded the tree and a huge clamp at the front of tractor. The machine then shook the tree quite 'violently' for a couple of minutes- all the plums fell in and were then poured into the trailor at the back. They do the same in many regions with olives. Always wonder what the long term effect is on the trees?


But that would be very expensive option
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

My allotment ready for winter still an abundance of (hardy) veggies left from summer, as well as new plants tolast us over winter.

I got 'neeps, swedes, savoy cabbages, kohlrabi, swiss chard, spinach, lamb salad, sugarloaf salad, frisťe and plain endive, kale, parsnips, beetroot, leeks, celeriac a-plenty, indian cress, beer radish.... and two cosmea now over 2m high and still in bloom









And you, my fellow gardeners?

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

All perenials cut down, bar the sedums who are looking nice still and serve as food for late insects. Most roses half pruned to stop the weight of the snow breaking them. Still tons of raspberries on the bushes, and due to lovely weather still had a few ripe handfuls lately. The rest is doomed, I think.


Digging up topinmabours/Jerusalem artichokes now- sadly OH does not like them at all. He has picked the last of the leaves with the lawmower- much easier, and as it mulches them and mix with a bit of grass, all on top of composters to keep them warm. I have some leeks I planted late (trays for 2.- each) - no idea whether they will survive heavy snow (I hope) and pick up in the spring.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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My allotment ready for winter ..... And you, my fellow gardeners?
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My tomatoes insisted on staying green all the way to ca. October 30th, when I picked them and wrapped them in newspaper. They retaliated by causing me the worst but hopefully last allergy-attack of this year. They could not resist ripening in the newspaper though ... Name:  tomatoes.jpg
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.... and I thought the proper punishment for being so renitent at ripening as well as being harvested was turning them into things like this:

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you should try this btw, it's very delicious.

Unlike last year, my garden-project was not very successful this summer. I blame it on all being late due to shut-down and the crap summer. Or maybe last year was just beginner's luck. Won't know until next season, will I.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Dear gardeners

I am planning a container garten for the coming season. I am looking for few seeds of different vegetables, herbs, and companion flowers. I don't want to buy the ones usually sold, I just need a small amount of several varieties...I have limited space. Anyone can suggest a place like a seed 'BŲrse' where hobbyists share seeds? Or anyone here interested to share some seeds? If my project is successful I would be happy to return or exchange some of the seeds at the end of the season.

Thank you and enjoy the weekend..
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Right now my garden is full of snow.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Yep - garden, what garden - I suppose it is there somewhere
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

And my pond has frozen. I hope that the fish are sleeping tight!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

never try to break the ice with a rod, etc, as the vibration can really cause damage to fish. But you need to make a hole to let gasses escape, or they will die. Take kettles of boiling water down in the morning- then place a ball where the hole is and ensure there is always a gap.

No fish in our wildlife pond- but lots of newts and dragonfly larvea. We leave piles of branches and leaves near the pond so newts can hide there in winter.

Another pile of branches has been taken over by a big group of sparrows. It is covered with snow and looks just like an igloo- and the sparrows have dug an entrance and maintain it daily. They are in and out all day long, so so cute. Never seen this before, nor heard of sparrows using dug outs.
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never try to break the ice with a rod, etc, as the vibration can really cause damage to fish. But you need to make a hole to let gasses escape, or they will die. Take kettles of boiling water down in the morning- then place a ball where the hole is and ensure there is always a gap.
Thanks!

I read up on "freezing ponds" a couple of years ago, but it hasn't really been a problem up until now. When I was there the other day, there was a gap along the edges of the pond (it is a small, concrete-lined thing). Getting hot water to the pond is a bit of a problem though, since it is a Familiengarten and a bit of a walk to get there.

I even went so far as last year to buy a solar-powered "bubbler" to help keep the water surface moving, but it is not strong enough

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

How thick is the ice?

Do you own a hand drill or can borrow one? Or even a cordless electric one? Cut several holes close together then push a plug out- then put a small ball in situ.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Oooh, the drill is a good idea. I have an old battery powered one I could bring over there. And a table tennis ball should do the trick (?) to keep it from freezing over again - maybe

Not sure of the thickness of the ice. I was there on Wednesday and it appeared to be about 3-4 cm. Who knows how much it might have grown since then
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Good news / bad news:

Bad news: my drill is officially dead. It is quite old, so not completely unexpected, but still....

Good news: the ice on the pond never stuck to the walls, so there was always some place for gas exchange.


It was great to see all of the snow in the garden! A little bit more than we have here at the apartment. Or maybe it is just that it has been "untouched"

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All perenials cut down, bar the sedums who are looking nice still and serve as food for late insects. Most roses half pruned to stop the weight of the snow breaking them.

I could just about see the tips of a couple of sedums, and the very tips of some of the larger roses- but none now- 1.50 of snow out there Gardening finished- I just shovel now
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

We are still knee-deep. Indoor forced bulb pots is the only gardening I can do...
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