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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 14:40

Clari!!! ((hugs)) 

We've spent nearly 3 hours in the garden  

OH has netted the pond, deconstructed the beans and tomatoes and dug the bean patch over ready for a load of manure which will sit on there for the worms to play with over the winter. I've potted up bulbs, potted on cuttings, planted out hellebores and irises and some other perennials.

I've moved the pots of random plants around (you know the ones I mean, cuttings and seeds that have grown but you've nowhere to plant them - yet) most of them live behind the trellis fence which has the grapevine on it. I started tidying it up but discovered the biggest frog in the world had taken up residence there for the winter, so I quickly put things back where they were and she settled down in her snug corner again.

I've also tidied the little greenhouse ready to overwinter some plants that are on the border-line of being hardy - however, it's not time to put the begonias and dahlias away for the winter - they're still flowering their socks off.

Now the only other jobs left to do are planting the wallflowers - but they're in pots so not urgent, and sowing the broad beans. I would normally do them about now but it's still so mild and I don't want them to make soft and floppy growth, so I'll wait until it's a bit colder before I sow them.

I'm going to spend the rest of the afternoon on the sofa drinking coffee, knitting and resting my shoulder.  

Strictly is back!

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 10:52

Hear! Hear! Frank - I totally agree with you   The Pros really are professional, in every sense of the word. 

Strictly is not a lot to do with teaching someone to dance, it's much more about teaching someone to perform.  It's why so many 'celebs' want to do it - as well as raising their profiles it gives them transferable skills they can use to develop their careers, even if they never dance another paso doble again in their lives.  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 10:28

Heading into the garden - there is sunshine 

Gooseberry bushes

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 08:29

Clear the ground around and below the bushes of dead leaves and other detritus and mulch with compost/ well rotted manure

this will help prevent the pests from overwintering there. 


Posted: 17/10/2016 at 08:25

Pick the fruit and bring them into your house and put them somewhere warming like a sunny windowsill in a warm room. They'll ripen within a few days. 

clay soil

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 08:19

Or it could be areas of mycelium. Does it smell mushroomy?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 08:06

Good morning all   it's a sunny morning here in Norfolk and I have the use of the Under Gardener today. Climbing beans and their teepee to come down. Bird boxes to clean out and refix. The rest of the bulbs to plant and the little greenhouse to get ready for the winter. 

Clari, hope you're feeling better soon ((hugs)) and Pat, I'm glad that you feel you're getting some positive support - onwards and upwards 

Indian pokeweed - dangerous?

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 23:17

If I remember correctly it's the roots and possibly mature stems. that contain a toxin. The leaves can be cooked and eaten and I'm sure I've read that the berries, although once reputed to be toxic, actually aren't.

I would do some online research if I we're you, and remember that most gardens contain several poisonous plants and all small children should be supervised in the garden. 

Last edited: 16 October 2016 23:23:41

Long garden design that preserves the view

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 19:11

I agree with all of the above.  Try to think of your gardening as creating a frame for the vista - have a look here - I know that this is probably larger than the area you have to play with - it's very much larger than mine - but the principle is the same.  

Large fat white grub eating trunk of young rowan

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 18:21

This might help 

Remember that stag beetles are an endangered species - if this is what yours are please report them here 

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