Roses are Fed

First of April, very much sign of Spring now, buds are out on most plants, and the apple blossom is just waiting in the wings

With the new planting of roses in the Age Concern garden I decided to try and give them a good start in life by feeding them this year. I do not normally feed plants in the open ground

The fertiliser I am using at present is Maxicrop complete, first time purchase of that, normally I find it too pricey for me, luckily I bought some last weekend during 20% off weekend at the local garden centre

I gave about a gallon diluted to each bush, watered around the roots, supposed to be done about twice a month but may wait and see, cut it to perhaps once a month

I also did same to my recently planted apple trees, and the Opal plum in it’s pot, and the Thorn free blackberry and the figs in pots

The daffodils I planted last year are going well now, as are the wallflowers, and their scent is lovely as they are in a sheltered corner where the scent lingers

Continuing with the patio cleanup, noticed the pear tree was encroaching onto patio, so I have decided to try and train it sort of espalier, never done that before but I think it will look nice once settled

Knocked in two metal posts to tie the pear into, and took the opportunity to tie back a goosberry, currant & rose that live nearby

You taking the p*ss?

Took the opportunity with first bit of sun for a few days to get out and carry on with the raspberry and general pruning. now I have both buddleia pruned well down to manageable levels, and the raspberries are down to ground level

Made a bit of an inroad into the largest gooseberry, it was getting too big for the spot I have it in, fruitful enough but snags on clothing and washing in the summer. Just removing the old dark wood and some of the lower sprawling branches has given more space already

Added my shredded paper, you know the sort, old bills, letters etc that are not really suitable for general recycling , due to content, I added to my compost Daleks, then sloshed on about two pints of diluted wee to help it all rot down.

The way I figure it, if someone is desperate enough to rummage through my compost to reclaim my wee soaked shopping receipts and stick them back together to find I bought some bread and milk one day they deserve a medal, but they had better be quick, because the wee adds nitrogen which acts as an accelerator and should be down rotted in a month or so