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Leaf mould success!

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 17:57

I do the same as Ladybird, use it as a mulch. There isn't nearly as much nutrition in leafmould as in general compost. I never sieve it, seems like a waste of time.

It's best to let the leaves turn brown and crumbly, then hopefully any diseases or fungus will have gone by the time you use it. Also slugs and snails like living in fresh leaves. Though I do know a man who uses fresh leaves for mulching.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 17:47

Frost this morning -1°, mostly sunny, up to 11° this afternoon.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 14:32

One of my snowdrops is showing, it's a rare breed called "Grumpy" because it has a grumpy green face on one of it's petals. I won it in a Garden Club competition.

Unfortunately they had sold out of the crackers when I arrived at the fair. But I bought a small Christmas pudding and a couple of paperback books (in English). They'd also sold out of bacon sandwiches early on so I had a hotdog and a glass of mulled wine. Met a new friend who I sorted clothes with yesterday.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 08:52

Morning all.

Hope you enjoy the dance DD. Will you have enough energy left to dance after an 8 mile run?

I'm going to a Christmas fair today near Riberac run by some of my English friends. Last year there were some really pretty home made crackers. I hope there are this year. They aren't sold in France and as we've been to England by plane instead of car I've run out. It's my turn to have the family this year.

How it Began

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 22:15

I think I've got the very same one! It's against the kitchen wall in the shade. I use it for overwintering hardy baby plants and for shade loving plants, like impatiens and bedding begonias, in the spring. I've lined the bottom of it with a sheet of polystyrene. My other cold frames are in the sun next to the GH.

New Bare Rooted Rose Bush Question?

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 19:06

That does seem a bit mean. You could contact the company and ask them to change them. But Obelixx's advice is good and they should make new stems next year.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 19:02

Oops, missed Wonky's high marks. Well done Wonky.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 18:37

Today was fun, although it meant standing in a badly lit open barn, cold, wet and muddy outside, sorting bags and bags of secondhand clothes, some dirty, some worn out, some smelly but some almost new and nice. Surprising what some people wear and that they think anyone would want to wear them again in a tatty state! But lots had been washed and ironed too. Lovely atmosphere, some people had driven 1 1/2 - 2 hours to come and help. Lots of neatly packed, labelled boxes are now waiting for the van to take them to Syria. Lunch was fun too, people had donated soup, quiches, sandwiches and cakes.

Shall have a quiet evening in front of the telly.

How it Began

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 18:07

I have grown Petunias, Gazanias and Cosmos. I sow in heated propagators in March, indoors on a window sill if still too cold. Then I pot them on into the GH which is heated with a small electric heater, a heating cable in sand and a heated mat on a shelf. I find Gazanias are slow to take off.

Cosmos must be pinched out to stop them going tall and leggy and to make them bushier.

I find they germinate well in a heated propagator but they can't stay there too long once they've germinated so you need somewhere light and frost free to keep them. If I hadn't any heating in my GH I would sow them later.

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 07:50

Morning all.

Watched Breakfast TV. Reporter in Leeds was in the dark at 7.20am (8.20am here), but here it was completely light at the same time, difference between north and south.

Off for the day to sort refugee clothes etc.

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