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  Topic: Eeeeek! Duckweed!!!!
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 20
Views: 18912

PostForum: Water features in Ireland, including all aspects of water gardening.   Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:27 pm   Subject: Eeeeek! Duckweed!!!!
Two ducks flying over Belfast.
The second duck says "Would you ever hurry up."
The first duck says (wait for it) "I'm going as quack as I caan."
No no. It goes:
Two ducks flyi ...
  Topic: dead thrushes
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 4
Views: 8983

PostForum: Irish garden birds, bird watching, hens, ducks, geese etc.   Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:25 pm   Subject: dead thrushes
I think one reason might be this: because I feed the birds heavily during the winter, there is an abnormally high population surviving here into the spring. This leads to a lot of fighting for territ ...
  Topic: dead thrushes
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 4
Views: 8983

PostForum: Irish garden birds, bird watching, hens, ducks, geese etc.   Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:46 pm   Subject: dead thrushes
These were Song Thrushes, not Redwings. Actually, I don't think our Redwings come from Scandinavia - I think they come from Iceland. Our Fieldfares do come from Scandinavia. Anyway, whatever the rea ...
  Topic: dead thrushes
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 4
Views: 8983

PostForum: Irish garden birds, bird watching, hens, ducks, geese etc.   Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:19 pm   Subject: dead thrushes
Last week I found a dead song thrush in my garden. Nothing very odd in that, you would say, but next day I found another one. Now there are song thrushes galore around here, singing day and night, so ...
  Topic: Apple Tree pruning, all young trees.
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 11
Views: 9884

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:37 pm   Subject: Apple Tree pruning, all young trees.
Ah Michael, don't be getting upset! I understand your advice, and it's on the button... but it's a bit over the head for a fellow who knows nothing about pruning an apple tree, which (as you say) is ...
  Topic: Apple Tree pruning, all young trees.
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 11
Views: 9884

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:41 pm   Subject: Apple Tree pruning, all young trees.
pruning is a quagmire and some so called experts believe that the more wood they cut off the better the client will like it. here are a few pointers:
pruning is usually done from November to March. C ...
  Topic: Apple Tree pruning, all young trees.
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 11
Views: 9884

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:17 pm   Subject: Apple Tree pruning, all young trees.
First of all, what varieties of apples are they? And what rootstocks are they on? The thing is: if they're on dwarfing stocks, they should be fruiting at five or six years old, whereas if they're sta ...
  Topic: How was your apple crop this year?
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 16
Views: 13016

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:26 pm   Subject: How was your apple crop this year?
Picked last from my Katja this evening. Final tally for the tree: 45kgs of saleable apples and approx 30kgs for the cider bucket. And all without one grain of fertilizer nor one drop of spray of any ...
  Topic: How was your apple crop this year?
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 16
Views: 13016

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:16 pm   Subject: How was your apple crop this year?
....or you could buy a dwarfing rootstock and graft a scion from the old tree onto it, thereby starting off afresh! Incidentally, a thirteen-year -old apple tree is far away from being an old tree. ...
  Topic: Eagle
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 1
Views: 3739

PostForum: Irish garden birds, bird watching, hens, ducks, geese etc.   Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:14 pm   Subject: Eagle
Yesterday, I had the great pleasure and privilege of seeing a huge White-tailed Eagle fly past my house, over my little wood, and away up into the mountains.
  Topic: How was your apple crop this year?
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 16
Views: 13016

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:09 pm   Subject: How was your apple crop this year?
Sean
Bitter pit can be controlled or prevented by giving lime to the tree, believed to be caused by a shortage of available calcium during a period of rapid growth, more likely to occur during dry ye ...
  Topic: How was your apple crop this year?
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 16
Views: 13016

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:53 pm   Subject: How was your apple crop this year?
I'm sorry to hear about the poor apple crops - I'm sort of embarrassed to say that I have great crops - all except my Bramley's Seedling, which has only a couple of dozen apples on it. I'm picking my ...
  Topic: Getting rid of magpies in an urban garden.
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 9
Views: 53316

PostForum: Irish garden birds, bird watching, hens, ducks, geese etc.   Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:08 am   Subject: Getting rid of magpies in an urban garden.
I'm not sure about this whole magpie business. I don't think they have any serious effect on small bird populations. I have several magpies - in fact they nested in the garden this (and last) year- a ...
  Topic: Can you identify this tree please?
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 10
Views: 13900

PostForum: Garden jokes, games and puzzles   Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:46 pm   Subject: Can you identify this tree please?
Hmmm... it could be a Locust....or maybe a Mimosa...?
  Topic: growing grapes
Sean Ph'lib

Replies: 13
Views: 10495

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:45 pm   Subject: growing grapes
No Paddy, I took the cuttings in January. I planted them in a little bed in my vegetable garden. Judging by the growth they've made over the summer, most of them have rooted. Try to take cuttings th ...
 
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