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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 13:18

You all sound so busy! I'm sat here in the coffee shop, still on my tod, writing drafts of articles for a children's newsletter for a club I agreed to help out however I could, and generally being too lazy to even make myself another mug of tea.

Good job I'm hosting a first aid session with scouts tonight to make up for it!

Ob: thanks ever so for the recipe, I'll give it a go this week once I've dug all my jam jars out.

Solar Lights - how long are they lit ?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 13:13

There should be a guideline time on the packaging BUT there are so many variables to this.

A few being:

1. condition of original batteries

2. temperature (batteries can be affect by both hot and cold)

3. positioning of the solar panel to ensure it gets the maximum light all day

4. how clean the panel is: any dirt will affect performance

I agree with the others: try swapping the batteries (they may have been in storage a long time). But ultimately if you're unhappy don't be afraid to return them.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 10:41

Yes please on the chutney recipe OB! My partner isn't much of a sweet things fan so when I tend to bake a cake... I tend to eat it all. 

Which is fine I guess but when I put on my shirt for my interview last week it was... rather more big boobies sexy receptionist wanting a pay rise than I remember it being. 

Still.... I got the job! 

Today is my last day home alone in the museum! Mondays have already traditional been the museums "day off" during term time. This is fine except that its a struggle for me to find volunteers or staff willing to swap days to come in when a school want to visit on a Monday so I did my best to keep it clear.

The trouble will keeping it clear is... I'm home alone with nothing but the dressing up box to entertain me.

Still: while its quiet I'm taking home my Ikea childrens toy box storage tidy thing that I purchased to keep all the pens / pencils / etc. tidy in the classroom. I'm thinking it will fit in the greenhouse quite well once varnished and I can use the tubs (plastic and water proof with lids that I'm sure will help act like propagator lids) to grow the likes of salad and herbs in. We always eat a lot of salad but I've never had much success at it and my herbs have been very much abused and neglected of late.

Spring bulbs faded - what to do with them now?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 10:32
rosemummy says:

that was helpful info to me too, thanks for asking metalmama and thanks for advice everyone, I have lots of tulips in my front garden some didn't flower, should I dig these up ( v difficult as vv heavily planted) or can I just ignore them and replant next year? thanks in advance

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 Rosemummy: its worth considering why they didn't flower first. Are they old or did they suffer a lack of nutrients last year so couldn't build up the energy they needed for a good bloom. You've said its vv heavily planted: could it be that the tulips were the weakest in the fight for good soil and feed?

Either way I'd not bother to dig them up unless you are going for another colour scheme or they will look out of place. I tried digging up tulip bulbs over the space of three years to put them in another area. Each spring digging them out as they appeared and moving them to where they should be.

Three years later this spring I had an absolutely beautiful display.... in the wrong place!

They're sneaky devils.

Just fertilise the place well so that both new and old will get plenty of nutrients. 

What to plant under mature apples trees

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 10:27

You don't want anything that demands too much from the soil: the trees will already have had that and of course their roots will be placing a large demand on the water level hence it always being dry there.

I am putting spring bulbs under my pear tree: they will add some wonderful colour until the tree kicks in with beautiful leafs and blossom. I'm also sinking some buckets into the soil so that I can put more demanding summer plants in pots and throw them in: then just replace with different ones from the greenhouse as the season goes round. The buckets will give me control over watering and nutrition.

What is worth considering is what are you actually wanting:

- Year long colour or a seasonal burst of colour?

- Something you can use in the garden (like a herb) or purely ornamental?

- Something you can change every year or something that will slowly develop over several years (like a ring of lavender bushes for instance)

- Is this an area that has a high volume of traffic? Like dogs or children? Not purely because you want to make sure what you plant is safe and will survive being bonked around but because you can add to the beautiful display by having wonderfully smelly plants: I am putting rosemary near where the dog runs when he brushes up against he gets a stealth perfume!

Tell us exactly what your dream is and we'll try and help you make it come true.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 07:08

Wonky; I'll swap you our weather for any rain you might have. I can't remember when it last rained here. Everything is so dry.

LG: enjoy the greenhouse! I need to spend a day tidying mine up as it has been used as storage during the house renovations. 

Dove; the rhubarb and crumble ice cream was a success! I think I will add ginger next time. Plenty left for anyone else wanting some! I just need to work out what else I can do with the rhubarb now.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 19:31

Dove; we're still at the stage where I can sit on either the bed, the stairs, or in the dogs bed (which has at least just been washed).

His lordship has messaged to let me know to proceed with dinner. He doesn't realise that tonight I'm testing him on a new creation; rhubarb and crumble ice cream. Might be awesome, might be awful! I need to find more inventive ways to use it up before it just goes straight in the freezer!

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 19:14

Evening all. Had a scout camp at the museum this weekend; I'm absolutely knackered as my usual volunteer wasn't able to help so I had two others who... I'm sure they mean well.

The lamb joint is roasting in the oven til his lordship gets home which is driving the poor dog crackers! His pacing feet are at least keeping me awake.

Unfortunately I've stripped the bed so can't just have a quick nap; mind you all my camp equipment is in the kitchen so if I get desperate!

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 07:16
Dovefromabove says:

 Clari   for years and years  my little gardening granny was a voluntary Centre Organiser for what was then the WVS (and later the WRVS).  

From its beginning at the outbreak of WW2, to her retirement in the early 1980s when she was in her 80s she organised  homes for evacuees, prams and baby clothes for unmarried mums who had little support, loans of medical equipment, hospital visits for those without transport, meals on wheels and holidays for the elderly (many of whom were younger than she was) and loads of other stuff,and was awarded the BEM by the Queen.  Brilliant organisation.  I know it's changed hugely since my granny's day, but I hope the job gives you as much fulfillment as she found with the organisation 

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 Your gardening granny sounds an absolute angel! What a lovely woman to have dedicated all those years to helping others.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 07:14
Hostafan1 says:

Odd one out as usual. Did we really need to know " there's no Nigel today.My son has taken him for a long walk" ?

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 Can you imagine the tweets asking if Nigel was ill or worse had died? I think N & N have more fans than Monty!

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