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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 16:37

2-3" arrived overnight in leics:

Show us ya Baubles!

Posted: 09/12/2017 at 15:13

Outside lights now up but suffering with hot ache in the fingers while my hands warm up.  Will be putting the tree up in the living room later when OH goes to work - should lift her spirits after having to go in on a saturday.  Will take some photos later. 

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 15:27

We're having a cèilidh this year instead of the usual work 'Christmas do'.  Will be interesting to see how it goes and quite looking forward to it for a change!

Regarding the electricity problem, all I can say is Western Power Distribution deserve a medal!  Main fuse and holder now replaced, hole in drive filled-in with membrane & slate chippings returned. More importantly the heating back on.  You can only  tell there was a big hole there an hour ago because the slate is darker where it has been turned!  Big thumbs up for WPD.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 12:10

Electricity peeps now digging hole in the front garden.  At least they didn't need to clear any snow first.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 11:07

Hi all, woke and noticed a vague smell of burning in the kitchen when I went to make a coffee.  Turned out it was coming from the main electricty fuse which was rather warm!  Now sitting waiting for the power distribution company visit.  Typical, just as the cold weather arrives.

Blueberry Standard

Posted: 04/12/2017 at 19:41

Someone else recently asked that - the last 2 posts in this thread seem to have an answer of sorts:

I know it's boring but...

Posted: 01/12/2017 at 16:51

Hi Daisydot, check that you haven't accidentally "ignored" Lyn.  To see your settings, click your icon at the top (next to Logout) and select "My settings" then "Forum settings" and look at the box "Members I am ignoring".  If you see Lyn in there, click "remove" to the right of her name.

Peony or not peony?

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 11:40

I agree with nut.  Next year's flowers have already started forming and will be on the tips of many of the branches.  Given that Paeonia 'High Noon' is known to sometimes produce a few late autumn blooms and is yellow, it may be that.

raised planting beds against brick wall

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 18:45

One way would be to build a rear wall into your raised beds and leave a gap against the wall but if you are piling soil up above the DPC then you need a damp-proofing membrane fixed against the wall.  However, much of the stuff from builders merchants is pretty thin and easily pierced so I would use heavy duty pond liner fixed to the wall with a suitable adhesive such as a strong 'grab' adhesive.

Possible compost problem

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 11:47

I agree, some of the loam-based ericaceous composts are a lot heavier than compost-based ones so adding about 20% grit is a good idea.  You could always mix it with some compost-based ericaceous to lighten it too.  I lost a couple of blueberries to root rot over the winter a few years ago when they were planted in a JI formula ericaceous which had become waterlogged even though the drain holes were clear.  I mixed it with with a compost-based ericaceous, composted bark and some grit, planted new blueberries and they are thriving.

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