Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Garden Bin


Normally, this time of year, our fortnightly collection of the garden bin often remains empty for weeks at a time. This year however, with the milder weather, things are still growing, only to be cut back by frost, then grow again. Most odd!

We have been out, cutting back dead/dying things in the front garden. It certainly looks better for it, although DB got a twinge in his back so we stopped. Now I/we need to get out and do the same in the back garden.

Some of the fruit trees could also do with a winter wash, using a home made product. I normally end up having to use it during the growing season to hit back at the old woolly aphids!

It is nothing special, just a bit of washing up liquid, tea tree or eucalyptus oil and a touch of powdered organic insecticide powder. These are mixed with enough water to form into a paste, similar in texture to double cream. It is mixed up into an old mug, then painted on with an old art paintbrush.

This hasn't yet been done and now I need to wait until no rain is forecast for a while to do it.






10 comments:

  1. My apple tree looks a bit poorly. I wonder what the organic pesticide is called? I will get some I have the other stuff handy.

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    1. Pyrethrum based. Depends if your apple tree is being attacked by bugs, fungus or something else. I have a pear tree that has been ill since we got it. It has had this on it for nearly 6 years. Last year was the first time it kept its leaves!

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  2. No rain forecast...really...I should put the kettle on and relax a while! x

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    1. I need to relax but the cutting back keeps calling to me...

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  3. Reminds me that I need to attend my neglected cider trees on the allotment.

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    1. Ah, another thing on our lists of things to do!

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  4. The mild weather this winter has certainly mucked things up. My allotment is full of weeds! I have a very young pear tree (two years old) would that benefit from a winter wash? Xxx

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    1. I don't honestly know Fran, I usually forget and end up doing it in summer. Woolly aphids are my problem.

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  5. Wish it was dry enough here to get in the garden, it certainly needs some attention! xx

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    1. Certainly going to get wetter in the next week or so!

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