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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:19

Afternoon all. 22'C and rising so I've had to bring the hound inside to cool off otherwise I think he'd start to cook.

I've started a little project reusing some things I used to use for work. The plastic tubs can be rotated as required to enable harvests of cut again plants to rest. It's sat in the greenhouse right now but in the summer can sit by the kitchen door.

The bottom tray shows you the lids that have a hole in. I'm hoping they might have a propagator effect in the cooler months.

The small pots in the middle are for coastal errosion! Because the trays are slanted I water them through the pot which stops the soil moving. To ensure it's watered evenly I can rotate them as required. That will help ensure thry all get plenty of light / shade too.

Well that's the theory anyway! 

Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 09:02

I think if a cat can get in chances are a fox could too. They are remarkably agile. The amount of damage you're describing seems excessive even for an army of arse-hole cats.

Have you tried putting gripper rods on the walls to stop them walking over them? I'm sure you can buy specialised ones as anti cat / thief deterrents like these...

(Just the first company I found in google: I have no opinions on the quality of the company).

Lemon tree advise

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 08:00

In my opinion if these are all from individual seeds they look established enough to be repotted before their root systems become too entangled. Make sure the compost you use is suitable for the trees of course.

If the roots are entangled I find using a pencil useful to tease the roots apart rather than pulling or cutting.

They will probably need to be supported when you reply them and I'd be tempted to trim them down a little if required to help them support themselves.

What month do gardens grow the most?

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 07:49

oops hit send! Let's try again.

With the Canna, again when did you plant them? I know that normally you start the rhizomes off in pots in the garden (a windowsill or greenhouse) around April time and these dont get planted out until the end of May when the last risk of frost has gone (they don't like frosts but do tolerate staying in the ground all year in sheltered areas of the UK) so you definitely should be seeing something if you planted them this way. Did you put them straight into the ground?

What month do gardens grow the most?

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 07:44

Ahh. In that case let's ignore what is happening in our gardens (being in Yorkshire my seasons are never the same as Devon or even Northampton for instance so a general overview while good to know isn't always that helpful) and instead have a look specifically at what is growing in yours.

Now I've never grown Echinacea so hopefully someone with more expertise will be over to help. When did you plant the seeds? I know that they don't like the damp; have you been over watering the area or does it naturally stay damp? I think these flower in August / September so we might still be a bit early yo be expecting them to make an appearance just yet. As I said hopefully someone who knows these plants better will be here to help.

With the Canna, again when did you plant them? I know th

Resurrected Fourteen

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 07:33
Ladybird4 says:

Morning Clarington - not seen you before on Rez thread. I hope you know you have to be truly bonkers and talk loads of dollop to fit in on here.

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 You'll find me bouncing around all over the forum. I'm part Springer spaniel you 

oooh butterfly.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 07:31
chicky says:

Don't think 3 smilies really did it justice ........

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 And there was my thinking you were all excited for Tuesday because it is my birthday Chicky!

Despite being tired all afternoon I couldn't really settle until gone midnight. This meant at least I could send a good morning message to my partner who'd have been just waking up. Thank goodness he installed a duel clock on my phone so I could see the different time zones.

Reggie and I are off work today. I will be gathering vital supplies for scouts tonight (I'm going to have them cooking on an open fire) but I need to think of a few more interesting things than orange chocolate cake and bananas (going for desserts as we've not warned them not to have supper before they come).

Til the school / work rush has departed however we will be mostly drinking tea and having cuddles on the bed.

Have a great day everyone; it's already looking like it'll be a hot one!

Resurrected Fourteen

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 07:17

It's certainly sunny! I may have to break out the *gasp* summer dress.

What month do gardens grow the most?

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 22:33

Go bang?

For weeds it has to be May / April depends on when the showers and warm weather hit that special synchronisation. Like on Thursday when I swear you could see the damn things growing an inch an hour.

For harvesting? Despite my efforts to have an interesting vegetable patch / flower bed most of the year September / October are my busy harvesting times as I get my sumner herbs to give me one last push so I can freeze / dehydrate what I can for the colder months ahead and other fruits and vegetables are ready for picking.  

For colour? Well that depends on what you grow. For me I need that spring February / March early burst of colour to awaken me from hibernation and tempt me back into the garden. For others they manage their gardens as rainbows of delight the entire year round. 

Why do you ask?

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.

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