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I always thought there might be a certain amount of hidden revenge in my ex's advice to be brutal when pruning apple trees. She had always been a great garden hobbyist, but had then done a 2 year course after our divorce and now has a garden center on our old property.

But she was right. Cut them right down and wait out a year. Same with the fruit bushes.

Finns are obsessive about removing autumn leaves before the snow. I must have paid for a few boy scouts trips abroad with our nuptial 2 hectare land's demand for cleaning. But I always thought - why not mow the whole grass area before the snow and zap all the leaves to become microcompost for the Spring? Fortunately others are now coming round to my lazy way of thinking.

I always wanted a pond for frogs and toads (day and nght shift) because they eat an awful lot of bugs. But no.

I planted a medium sapling apple tree in honour of J' son's recovery, but sadly the hares have been at it. I should have protected it better. It seems to be still OK, hard to tell - but I worry abut the winer- though it has been mild so far.

I must admit to being lazy with compost in the winter. I resolve to do better. A lot of birds have unusually stayed behind. I will keep them going if a cold snap comes - but I don't know how good they will be at surviving, or will they just fly off south when the temperature gradient is provocatve enough.

We also had no instances this year of drunken birds flying into windows this year. We have plenty of laden rowan, and the berries foment, but they must have found a bar with billiards or something. Not a trace of projectile vomiting or incoherent navigation on our property.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 05:09:47 PM EST
As you say - I doubt that your neck-of-the-woods can be called 'temperate'.

"Fruit bushes" also have different habits: prune last year's raspberry canes to the ground, but trim blueberries very lightly IMO.

Yes to lazy leaves/grass composting in situ.

Our birds get their share of fruit so quickly that there's no chance of fermentation, but they still manage to whack a window now and then.

Sven - what are you doing in mid-April to early May? My wife and I will be making a cycle from Paris through Munich, Croatia, Italy, and back to Paris then. Any chance that you'd be headed south?

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 06:08:38 PM EST
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Paul. It is a possibility. I've been planning to get to an ET meet-up, but projects have always intervened. My current project on FDI should have stabilised enough by the time of your Europe visit to allow me to get away.

Munich is a great city, but Paris would give a greater chance of getting other ETers together. Let's stay in touch.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 02:44:14 AM EST
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April 10th to 13th, then May 1st to 5th (airport on the 5th).

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 at 07:29:57 PM EST
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