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Any one done any gardening today version 2

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 17:30

Go into your settings (top right corner under your sign in name)  and amend your options. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 17:00

Went to the GC with OH and bought a load of rocks for the back of the pond and supervised their installation.  Then OH dug more of the new sunny bed while I cut back some grasses in pots which are waiting for the sunny bed to be finished, and gazed lovingly at all the lovely flowers that are smiling back at me in the sunshine

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 14:31
Buttercupdays wrote (see)

Perhaps we should set up our own house swap arrangements on here.  I have to say that an urban or suburban break with shops, theatres and restaurants etc on hand  has its attraction when you live in rural isolation all year long, just as urban dwellers have the reverse dream. At least we would have a gardener there to help take care of the plants and might learn something of the reality behind our dreams

Think we have the best of both worlds now - a bus stop at the bottom of the road with an hourly service into the city for theatre, shops, restaurants etc.  The mobile library stops there too. 

10 minutes gentle stroll to the village with a bank, supermarket, opticians, undertakers, church, chemist, hair salon and financial advisor, Laura Ashley, a gastro-pub and a village pub-cum-post office, an off licence, an Indian take away and a fish and chip shop - as my son says, 'What more do you need at your age mum?'. 

Yet 100m away we have an SSSI of old chalk caves full of bats, and the other side of the hill we have a nature reserve of grazing marsh, river and oak woodland teeming with wildlife that spills over into our garden.  All that coupled with a warm modern easy to run home.

I've been there and done that with the rural smallholding - it was wonderful.  Must say, this is pretty wonderful too

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 13:22

Back from the GC with a car boot full of  large rocks (it's a good job the car has a big boot).  £3.99 each, but 20% off this weekend to club members, less some birthday vouchers means that I paid just over £10 for nine large rocks and three bottles of beer for the Under Gardener - result!  I think even Verdun would approve

I've just fed the Under Gardener with home made minestrone, promised him roast beef and all the trimmings followed by rhubarb compote and crème fraiche later on and he's agreed to help me arrange them at the back of the pond make a sort of fernery with hidey-holes for amphibians   .... or rather he's insisting that he does it rather than have to pull me out of the pond   I can supervise


Houses with lots of land

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 13:10

It's worth noting that some smallholdings have an 'Agricultural Tie' which will carry planning restrictions - explanation here

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 12:43

And you might find this thread interesting

Wonky could tell you more

problem sparrows

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 12:28

How odd - we have house sparrows but they don't touch our runner beans (or any other garden plants that I've noticed).  Ours are happy eating the Robin blend seed mix in the bird feeders on the fence by the Clematis Freckles.  They don't touch the clematis flowers either.

Try growing white flowered runners - they are reputedly less prone to bird attack. 

White Emergo is a variety I've grown in the past and found them well flavoured and crop well. 

As has been said, House sparrows are in serious decline nationwide and are on the RSPB's red list.   

Chaenomeles Leaf Problems

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 10:02

I'd have potted it in John Innes loam-based compost with some added grit.  Not much nutrition in bark and perlite. 

Also if it's too free-draining all the nutrition will wash straight through in heavy rain.


Tulip Spade Monty!!??

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:59

I know you did Jinxy  

I was replying to GWRS - should have explained myself better

Tulip Spade Monty!!??

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:51

Thought it was wider than an ordinary spade ... about half as wide again ... wouldn't fancy trying to dig with it ....  

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