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Burra Maluca

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Burra is a hermit, and a dreamer, and an eternal optimist. She loves ideas, and she loves testing them out and sharing what she finds out. She's constantly starting new things but rarely finishes them. She is hopelessly disorganised and lives in a state of total, blissful chaos. She loves apricots. And cherries. One day she'll grow all her own food so she never has to venture off her farm.
She is currently taking some time off to spend with her family.
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Recent posts by Burra Maluca

Have you tried a pressure washer?  Just blast it off with water...
1 week ago

Orin Raichart wrote:Wow, funny how each plant has its own rate of growth....how did you decide which root to point downwards as the tap root?



We just dug a hole as best we could and let the roots dangle down into the hole as best they could. And hoped for the best.

Their roots are virtually bare as all the potting compost fell off by the time I'd managed to cut the pots free of the roots.

We have five seedlings to play with and yesterday we planted out the two with the most vigourous roots that had escaped their pots and had needed to be cut free.  We planted this one right down by the little stream that runs pretty well dry over the summer but does get any overflow from the water-mines above, in the hope that it will send roots down far enough so that it might be able to survive with no real aftercare.



It doesn't have very good access to it, but if it survives I'll be OK with that.  I know they grow wild in this part of Portugal, but I've struggled with them and this is one of the shadiest and moistest spots on the property that is actually accessible at all.  There's also a ravine with awful access that I might send my son down on a rope or something to try planting one of the others down, but that's a job for another day.



The other one we planted yesterday was in a less ideal location, but at the end of the little terrace that is destined to be my garden, where I'll be able to give it a bit more love, and water.



The soil was a bit more shallow than I'd like, but I'm hoping that with roots as vigourous as these they'll be able to cope, or maybe find their way between rocks to deeper soil.



I'm going to keep one of the remaining elders in a pot, as I think there might be a few more seedlings growing in there, along with some welsh nettles and violets which I'd rather like to keep. Then if I do happen to lose all the ones I plant out I can try again
I keep seeing this place as I drive past, and I finally managed to grab a few shots.

It looks like it's been damaged by fire at some point, and I don't really know much about it, but thought some of you might like to see the photos.





1 week ago
I found an old pot at a friend's house with some elder seedlings in it last year, and brought them home.  I gave each seedling a new pot, put them in the shade tunnel for the summer, and they got watered along with my other plants.  

Yesterday I took a closer look at them. I think I should have given this one a MUCH bigger pot - just look at the roots on it!



I'll be taking this one to its new home tomorrow and planting it outside properly. If I can cut the pot away from those awesome roots without damaging them too much...

Joe Grand wrote:Sounds like 12 apples to get to Cider press, is to make it all for like minded people & so only the people who want back & head pats can comment.
Not really an open fourm & nothing I want to be apart of.
I for one want to hear honest open friendly debate, that open minded people can learn from.
Lucky for me there are other sites that meet this need.



It's to keep out trolls and people who just want to debate rather than discuss.  Most of the topics discussed in there were once totally forbidden here as they took up far too much moderator time, but we've been gradually tweaking the system so that members who contribute well, and have earned apples to prove it, can post there.  Anyone who takes up too much moderator time tends to get apples removed, so trouble makers are kept out.

If all you want to do is debate, it might be best to find one of the multitudinous less well moderated forums to contribute to.  Otherwise, there are plenty of ways to earn apples, and plenty of different views in the members who can issue them so any useful post is capable of earning one.

Or write book reviews - they almost always get an apple or two.
I'm going to lock this thread.

Chris - it was a very simple problem of a slightly poorly worded sentence at the start of the thread.

Don't sweat it!