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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 22:19

Feel better soon Liri.

I've just been on bedtime pee patrols in the garden with the hound and I realised I can hear both a pair of tawny owls singing away in the not too distance but also the chattering of the many small birds that reside in my hedges.

I don't think I've ever noticed the day and night shift collide so clearly before, certainly not so distinctly. 

I read somewhere that in South Yorkshire we'd not see nightfall (I.e. proper darkness) til July now but instead get twilight so hopefully I can get out my blanket and lay on the lawn some more and listen to two different worlds collide.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 21:55

Dove; being a big brave German Shepherd he's not keen on the water at all. Digging holes however...

Fairy; unfortunately the dog will only dig soil that has been pre loosened by me. I must have flattened the same hole five times at least. It means the grass is safe but when I put a plant in the ground it's... hard work.

The pond has been in place for three or four years at least. With about 2.5 ton of water currently keeping the fishes and frogs happy I'll not be able level it at all but I've removed the wooden sleepers that went around it previously so that the grass can be built up to the pond edge rather than there bring a drop.

Fortunately the sleepers are in good condition so I can reuse then somewhere else.

Lemon tree questions

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 21:32

Now regarding the ornamental part of your question  I believe they put ornamental on the trees as a safety catch. It prevents producers

- not having to use food safe ppesticides or soil when growing the plant 

- having to worry about people eating the actual plant I.e. leads (remember when shops had to put a note telling people not yo eat the daffodils?!)


As for your ants; have you checked to see if the ants are actually eating aphids or other small bug? If you think they are nesting in the soil just make it uncomfortably damp and they'll move on.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 18:43

I forgot to take a starting point image! But here is project pond (and my helper). That's about 12 wheelbarrow loads of soil to replace the slate that was there before. I'll need more soil to level this off as it settles (I'm not going for a perfect finish; the pond isn't level for starts!)

The slate is in bins ready to be reused on the front garden.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 18:18

I've moved as much soil as I dare for now (spine does grumble so) walked it down (it looks more natural than flat) and cut the lawn (funny how a garden always looks so much better after a mow), the green recycling bin is full and truth be told... I'm ready for bed!

The pond area is starting to look better now even though it is just mud. I just need to (walk the hound, have a shower, do the ironing) decide on which plants I want to sink into the grass. For spring I will be adding tulips and daffodils that will appear before the lawn needs cutting to mark their spot. For summer and autumn I am thinking of getting inventive with the idea of sinking pots into the ground and creating holes that I can pop pots in too to create an ever changing display.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 14:53

Wonky; I tripped over myself and landed in the wild area of the garden aka stinging nettle central.

Thank goodness I still had a t shirt on and wasn't belly out; my arms are just one massive red angry lookibg blob. Still. I'm sure nettles are meant to have medicinal qualities so it's all good.

Plus it's a good excuse to stop for some ice cream.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 12:31

Wonky; I thought about shirts til I saw the nettles around the back of the shed. I also thought about topless (With my industrial sports bra covering way more than any bikini and ahem why are you looking into my garden anyway attitude) but thought I'd best not; can't be putting anyone off their dinner now can we.

7 wheelbarrow loads of soil moved from one end of the garden to the other and my phone just pinged to tell me I wasn't being active enough; how rude! I'm digging up all of the slate around the pond to replace with soil and eventually grass with carefully choosen plants dug all theatrically like to create a more German Shepherd dainty feet friendly (he has cut his paws tearing through the slate like his bum was on fire while playing) more wildlife friendly area.

Trouble is my helper keeping digging up the soil from the wrong end of the garden :/

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 09:00
fidgetbones says:

Clarington... an employment tribunal is the way to go for a wages ( or lack of) problem.

See original post

 Thanks Fidget. I am not holding my breath for Monday's post so it's good to have this information handy.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 08:59

Morning all! Enjoy your dinner Pat.

Mentioning food: thanks to my scout training I will be able to provide us all with quite the three course feast over an open fire pit. I enjoyed it so much yesterday that I'm now having to replan the garden design to incorporate somewhere that I can BURN THINGS. I think I have squeezed in space. 

Reggie had an unsettled night; he always does when his master isn't here but by good fortune managed to time his 03:00 bark at the world session perfectly so that I was able to respond to a text saying OH had landed safely moment's after he sent it. Brownie points for me for making it look like I had woken up especially me thinks ;)

Not that brownie points work in this house!

We're now enjoying a very lazy tea in bed before hopefully spending the day pottering in the garden. Unless it starts to rain; in which case I have many GW to catch up on.

Have a great day everyone.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 22:19

It's been hailing here. HAILING!!

ALSO I learnt a fun fact tonight. Apparently those of us in the South Yorkshire area shouldn't expect it to get properly dark at night until late July. 

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