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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 14:45

Spent some time yesterday and four hours today hauling other people's crap to the HWRC. Had to make two trips because the van I hired for the job couldn't hold it all. Got expanded polystyrene and MDF out from behind a trellis, took an old mattress off the back lawn and threw at least two large slugs into landfill, so it counts as gardening.

Also fed the birds.

Not sure where in the world you are, Victoria, but my bulbs are already coming up in dense patterns all over their bed. I'm kind of hoping there will be a few gaps so I can get at the hedge behind it to prune the tops again. Privet doesn't half come back fast. Going to be an awkward job to replace that when the honey fungus finally eats it all, but I reckon that'll take another 20 or 30 years yet. S.E.P.

Ground Ivy in the Asparagus bed

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 00:35

I've fought both of those. Kneeling pads, gloves, patience. Dry them thoroughly on a concrete slab before putting them on the compost heap or bag them and send them to the council. Hedera is the tougher one, in my opinion, because the stems break off when you pull and have roots every inch and because it's waxy, so you can shove it into a jar of glyphosate without bothering it much. Still, pulling out as much of it as can be found again and again will clear it.


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 00:28

Oh yeah, carrot fly. Probably the smallest reason to nengage in covert chemical warfare against your local giant hogweed population, but a good reason nonetheless. No point trying to grow carrots here. I can't get at enough of the riverbank to wipe out the fly reservoir.

Dismantling a wooden glasshouse

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 00:25

Ye gods and little fishes.

That's ambitious.

Looking at the end wall, I think you'd have to have custom glass cut to fit if you broke that.

All in all, that's one HUGE load to shift. Do you have a truck that size? You probably need special access equipment to take it down safely, too.

Also, being that big and weighing that much, it would need some serious foundations, enough to justify hiring a digger and getting a cement truck round to pour them.

You sure you wouldn't skip the glasshouse and take a month's holiday around SE Asia or hike the Andes or something cheaper and easier like that?

Then again, if you've got a garden big enough to justify that thing you're not that worried about money, are you? Hmm. I could take out the washing lines, throw the old one, give away the newer one, take up the lawn*, dig trenches, lay foundations, lay a perimeter path, put in a 12m-square glasshouse, stretch a few washing lines across it to dry stuff even on drizzly days, grow fruit and veg and have some sofas and coffee tables out there for lunches. Not sure the people on the ground floor north of it would appreciate that, but it'd be nice.


* The entire lawn.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 22:23

Wood mice are adorable. Ever see a forest dormouse? Had one in the compost heap once. SO CUTE ... and "adamant" that it wasn't leaving.

Currest show in the garden: 4 cream-coloured crocuses. Yeah, same as the one that was up in September/October last year. They have no idea what month it is.

Also got new leaves and buds on the rose cuttings, some honeysuckles doing well and ... birds. Lots of birds. Male blackbirds now coming within arm's length when I get back from work for their evening feeding. There must be nesting going on.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 22:17

fidgetbones: "Made soup with half a crown prince squash"

Where can you still buy a prince squash for half a crown?

Movie quotes

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 17:27

Recognise it, yes. Name the film, no.

Someone else's turn to come up when someone else does better than me on that one, I guess.

Meanwhile, if a couple who don't know Westerns want to get familiar with Westerns for a Western-themed weekend, what Westerns should they watch?

I've thought of these:

How The West Was Won
High Noon
The Big Country
A Fistful of Dollars (some people thought this one was about aquarium-keeping)
For a Few Dollars More
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
High Plains Drifter
Pale Rider
The Outlaw Josey Wales
True Grit
Cat BalouTwo Mules For Sister Sarah
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Magnificent Seven
Once Upon A Time In The West
Blind Justice
Gunfight at OK Corral

Anyone think anything should be added to or removed from that list?

I don't *own* copies of all those, but given 48 hours to think it over I thought of all those.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 13:16

The first line? I mean that, generally speaking, the first rule of CN's feelings is that CN doesn't talk about CN's feelings, and the second rule of CN's feelings is taht you don't talk about CN's feelings.

Glad people aren't suffering any more? I've lost enough family members (and enough hair) to be well aware that noone's going to be around forever, that old age affects everyone and that immortality without eternal youth would be a curse, not a blessing. When I'm too old to hike the Alps I'll hike the Highlands, when I'm too old to hike the Highlands I'll hike the Lake District and when I'm too old to hike the Lake District I'll climb an Alp. When you lose an elderly relative to a dozen things at once, including dementia, they're ...


Yeah, I'm really not good at this.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 05:24

Hi again. Just came back to this thread. I ... have my own problems with this kind of sharing.

So, to various people, sorry to hear you're losing her but glad to hear she's not suffering any more, sorry to hear you lost her but glad to hear she didn't suffer, sorry to hear you're losing him but glad he's had a good innings ...

granma, accordin gto the NHS site:

If you are allergic to a certain food or medication, symptoms can include:

Not necessarily eggs. Identifying an allergen is a long and tiresome process, and allergies can come and go over time.

... and ... yeah, stepping back from that Devon story because ... yeah.


Birdfood = worms = MOLES!

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 04:48

Hey, I saw today that where the A659 joins the A61 in front of Harewood House there's a line of molehills passing the road signs just like those ones near your bird feeders.

Clearly, it's not the bird food that's attracting them but the metal poles. Moles like to be near metal poles stuck into the ground. You should move your feeders to a wooden structure, a tree or a brick wall somewhere else in the garden and leave that pole where it is, and see whether the moles' activity relocates to follow the food or stays around the pole.

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