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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 10:14

Having started early in order to drive OH to work, I've done loads already this morning. Shellfish stock made with the lobster bits from Wednesday's supper and already strained and cooling, and shin of beef casserole for tomorrow made and chuntering in the oven, floors swept, kitchen tidy, birds fed and everything tidy ...

Willow Trellis

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 08:12

Hi and welcome Smufter

What sort of climbers are you thinking of planting - then we'll know the sort of weight we're dealing with?

Arum maculatum, cuckoopint, lords and ladies By Pete8

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 07:58
ahylands929 says:

This is area I'm clearing to day so many weeds I've been doing all 3/4 of acre by hand and pulling out weeds , no easy way ? 

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 Not really - I'd dig it over, pulling out all the roots - then if you get any regrowth later in the spring, just treat individual plants with contact weedkiller or targetted spraying.  Weedkiller is far more effective on new active growth rather than old leaves that have been there over winter, which is what most of that lot looks like. 

Good luck and remember, it's cheaper than gym membership

Benefits of planting a very wide hedge?

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 07:53


Love the diagrams 

I'm all in favour of hedges rather than fences - so good for wildlife and much more attractive - however it might be that I've not had enough yet this morning, but I'm not clear where you're thinking of planting more hedges

Cactus Display.

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 07:48

I used to have collections of cacti and succulents in troughs I made from pieces of old roofing lead filched from Wonky's Papa Womble who was a builder.  That way I could make them the right size for the windowsills.  They worked really well and looked good with a sort of rustic weatherbeaten look which worked well with the cacti and succulents. 

Think it would probably be advised that you wear gloves when shaping the lead nowadays ... I didn't 'cos no one worried about such stuff back then and I'm still here to tell the tale.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 07:43

Good morning all

I've done it!!! Because I'd picked OH up from work yesterday evening I had to take him back this morning .......... and I've done it ........ we were in the car by 7am and I had my clothes and my mascara on!!! .......... it's three years since I retired and stopped getting in the car and driving at that time of the morning .... I've also been into the back garden and fished plant pots out of the pond Now I need my second

Hope there's not too much damage out there folks  .......

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 21:55

It's much quieter here now - hopefully thats the last we'll see of Doris ... Sleep tight everyone 

Ant colonies in my planters.

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 20:58

Ants do not like wet soil, so empty and refill your containers and plant some plants that like really moist soil and keep them well watered, then hopefully the ants will move on somewhere drier. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 20:27
Iain R says:


Try locking car with key &  don't use remote. It wont set the alarm -worth the risk for one night unless you are in a very high crime area!

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 Iain  you're a star! It's a Renault megane so only has a 'hidden key' and 'hidden keyhole' which I've never had to use, but what you said reminded me and I've checked the handbook and know what to do - fortunately all has been quiet since I posted last - hopefully Doris has worn herself out now ... 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 18:50

Flippin' wind keeps rocking the car and triggering the alarm   I'm sure most people understand there's nothing I can do but I'm very aware that our very elderly neighbour sleeps downstairs at the front of the house and is alone once his carer has tucked him in for the night. It's probably very annoying for him. Still, he once drove from the South Cape to the north coast of Africa

so he's probably put up with worse things than an annoying car alarm. 

Last edited: 23 February 2017 18:50:57

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