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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 11:58

Oh Dove that sounds awful! (The ear not the chicken manure). Do keep a careful watch over it even if it does seem to be sorting itself out with your TLC so far. Ears have such a tendency to go from irritating to dramatic very quickly.

Water Conservation

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 11:51

There are lots of ways that will help manage water usage.

1. Plant appropriately. If your soil is very free draining think carefully about making sure the plants are appropriate. I.e. bog plants that you'd be having to water every day wouldn't work without careful design (i.e. sinking a soil plastic pot into the soil to create a micro- ecosystem.)

2. Think about what water you waste in the house: for instance I keep hardy plants in pots by the back door. When I hand wash pots etc. (with suitable eco cover detergent that the plants seem to tolerate) the waste water gets thrown over them. This saves the rain water for less tolerant plants. I have also been known to empty the bath water into pepsi bottles to water plants (my first house had no shower, but was on a water meter and with only one water butt this method although labour intensive kept my vegetable garden going over a very hot summer).

3. When money is of consideration take advantage of local selling sites (i.e. groups on FB, gumtree, freecycle). You'd be amazed at what people through away that you can use or re-purpose. I don't think I've ever paid for a compost bin and my last water butt was free as well.

4. Getting creative here: I use a upturned plastic drinks bottle in my hanging baskets that is filled with water and then plonked into the soil. It slowly waters the plant and saves me water as when I use a watering can I notice that unless the soil is already damp it often runs straight through the basket and onto the grass below. This drip drip feed approach means that although I use the same amount of water it all goes where I want too. I have tried this with plants in the soil too. Best of all it cost me nothing to give it a go.

5. Mulching certainly seems to make a difference to how often a plant needs watering. As I grow mainly vegetables I can't comment on ensuring ground cover to stop evaporation but I know that when I have used even just slate chippings on pots they seem to need watering less. Could it be a trick of the mind? Without setting up a trial I couldn't say.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 09:46

According to the BBC it is meant to be raining hard all day. I need it to rain hard. I have a rule of survival of the fittest in my planters and this lack of rain is really doing no one any favours!

Please send me your rain!

The plumbers are here currently putting radiators on to walls / servicing the boiler / creating yet more mess / slamming doors so the hound and I are tucked up in the office where I am working on a top secret project for a club I belong too.

Or at least I'm meant to be. I've hit that stage where I know what I need to do: I just need input from other people and we all know how hard it is to get that when everyone is so busy.

I'm off to collect my new car wheels this afternoon: then get the car deep cleaned ready for my job. I think looking at the fur there is half a dog in there! (I do clean it often I swear!) All my shirts are ironed ready to look smart (bit of a shocker after wearing a t shirt and more casual attire for the museum) I might even polish my shoes up in a bit before I make a chilli con carne or super.

Blitzing a garden rant

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 06:51
TinyGardenGIrl says:

I'm of immigrant (Indian) descent  and I'm gardening barmy. I like to think my garden is the nicest on the street but thats probably what we all like to think.

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 In the interest of fairness. I'm British born from a British family that I can trace way back past the 1600s on my mother's side and...

... my garden is a right mess! 😂

It's a shame the landlord hadn't invested in a proper gardening company to regularly maintain the garden so this incident didn't occur.

It is a shame the gardening company wasn't reputable enough to stand it's ground and not destroy the habitat like this.

Money unfortunately care about racism or equality or nature.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 06:41

Congratulations BL!

Morning all. Today is an official day off before my new job starts tomorrow. Unfortunately it starts with the plumbers arriving and ends with a large chore list so no chances of adventure of mini holiday.

I'm really hoping it rains soon; we're meant to be getting a lot of it. Even the dandelions are starting to dry out.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 09:32

Morning all!

Chick I hope you father is okay.

Managed to avoid the Eurovision last night; it's just something that I've never gotten "in" too.

But for anyone needing a little cheer...

You all know Friday was my last day, you all know that his lordship offered to take me out for a meal but then pointed out he was out on Friday night, doesn't like eating out on a weekend and that in actual fact the celebratory meal probably wouldn't happen til June.

Yesterday afternoon I spent 5 hours in the kitchen preparing my dogs meals for the month. 5 hours handling raw meat.

So when his lordship came in and suggested that rather than toil away in the kitchen a moment longer we get fish and chips tonight I jumped at the chance...

... I wasn't expecting him ask if I had any spare cash and  to go and get them whenever I was ready! 😂

It's the thought that counts!

Pat; you scared with me mentioning of Mothers Day. I always forget that the world doesn't just have the ONE day for celebrating mum's. 

Shallow dishes of Water

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 19:28

I've just had to top the pond up when I realised it had dropped so low the blackbird couldn't reach the water. There is a rock type pebble corner that is usually shallow enough for the birds and animals to access the water with small pools for them to bath in but with this lack of rain it bone dry.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 19:25
WonkyWomble says:

Hello everybody!  I made it to the weekend!  yes Lilyp, tgif!!!! does it feel!?! 

Welcome home Pdoc, sorry bout ya bum!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and gets the weather they want! 

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 Enjoy your weekend WW! I see Dove has essential rations ready to bring up to you.

What we need here is some decent rain. It keeps messing around with barely moist dribbles: just enough to make it humid but not enough even to knock down the dust bath the birds have created under the apple tree.

What we REALLY need is an EPIC THUNDERSTORM the type that has the kind of rain that not only gets you wet, but gets even the bits of you that can survive a shower barely moistened properly soaking wet. That's it guys: we need the kind of rain storm that bounces off the floor and comes up to your arm pits (what were you thinking off? Tsk really Dove!)

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 19:22
Joyce21 says:

The sun is out then it's not. . . . can't make up it's mind.  It's quite muggy so won't be surprised if we get some thunder later.

Clari, treat yourself to a meal  (that you haven't had to cook) and a glass of something to celebrate 

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 Joyce: I've just scrubbed the oven with some seriously good cleaner. But it has to be left to work for at least four hours (preferably overnight) so when it comes to not cooking by means of celebration...

I'm microwaving myself beans on toast!

His lordship says we can go out for a meal if I like. But what with him being busy tonight, disliking going out for meals at a weekend, my going to scouts on a Monday night and then him flying abroad for work ... I think the offer might have expired by the time he gets back.

Still. Its the thought that counts!

Who had bets on what it would be like leaving a job I had put so much in too? A job that saw me instrumental in teaching over 6,000 people life saving skills? A job I was so dedicated too I cancelled holidays, family weekends, and spent thousands of unpaid overtime away from my home to keep the money flowing into the museum.

Who thought I'd be getting flowers? Nope!

A card and box of chocolates? Nope!

A thank for your all your efforts? Nope!

A good bye? Nope!

The bare minimal recognition of me even leaving the building.... WE HAVE A WINNER!

Like any of you would have been stupid enough to bet on chocolates! 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 10:10

5 hours 49 minutes

Not that I'm counting.

I don't have to: thanks to the internet I have a huge count down timer on my laptop!

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