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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.

Last edited: 25 November 2016 18:09:18

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.

How it Began

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 22:05

My Open Day is on the 9th July next year so I'll grow for my own garden but it's too late to sell bedding plants. Maybe less stressful! But, I forgot, I usually do a charity garden party in June and I sell plants then too.

Being a seedaholic is very easy!

pruning a Fuchsia

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 22:01

I do mine in the spring too, cut them right down.

Best plant bible

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 21:59

I'm another who likes the RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening. For veg growing and cooking I like an old book Food from Your Garden by the Reader's Digest.

summer raspberries

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 21:55

I wouldn't worry, I don't usually get round to pruning them until Spring and then it's easier to tell which are old and new. Old ones are darker brown with little branches on them as Pierre says.

I've found an article about it, the author prunes his in winter. https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/pruning-raspberries-patrick-whitefield-0 


Posted: 24/11/2016 at 21:48

I meant water and feed next year, not in the winter. They'll be asleep in the winter! I leave my tubers upside down to dry for a few days then pack them in a cardboard box with wood shavings in it. But newspaper is fine, easier to get hold of.

How it Began

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 21:44

Kitty - you noticed!

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