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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 05:18

You have a solar powered washing machine that trips when the kettle is switched on Pat E!!!

I will be round tomorrow to fix it. That might be 24 hrs or 3 weeks depending on British Airways.

Our electrician take the same time (forever as well) and they only have to travel for 2 mins.Trying to fix a burst boiler on a bank holiday, Is another matter! it takes no time at all but costs £180/hr but they can fix it cheaper and properly (off the books the next day for £175). They are not f*****g Daft are they.

So glad we can relate to your weather now Pat E.

Have you tried 1 hour delivery from ASDA?   

I understand as the delivery fee is nearly £5 ($8.59 to you) and the eggs are always cracked.

PS. Is it true you see the moon upside down or do we???  I have a i̶d̶i̶o̶t̶  relative staying and she is a flat earther. You can't imagine how much fun I'm having. Believe me I'm taking my time with her.

Hope you are well.

Last edited: 08 June 2017 05:20:35

Oversoaked anemone de Caen bulbs

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 04:39


Don't give up.

How mouldy were they. Were they soft and mushy or still firm. 

What is the worst you can do???

Stick them outside and forget about them. Nature is very forgiving when it comes to survival.

You may have just discovered a new germination method!!!!

(don't hold your breath) But I bet they will survive until next year. 


Shove them in a shed and look next year (a bit water will be needed) 

You might be surprised.

Black spots on under side of leaves

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 04:22

You can jennyporche 

But if you take care of your plants like you are doing then there will be no need for expensive neem oil?? Why do you have it or have you just bought it, before you wrote this?

 If you ever chop fresh garlic then it will be left on your fingers and that will be just as good to your plants as neem oil (in tests) apparently.

I prefer test results myself.

Forgive me but I picture you cutting garlic with gloves on. Am I wrong? (or perverted

You obviously have neem oil beforehand and it is good so use it but it is no better than Garlic (in tests) and will not help BLACK SPOT that is a systemic fungal disease similar to cancer in a way,  that needs a alkaline  treatment that has been tested and works on plants. (I do not mean for Cancer in humans that is still under observation and has no base in human medicine) This method is only proven to work on plants. 

Its one of my favorites alkaline based cures for plants. It helps with mildew on sweet pea at this time of year and stops damping off. 

Sodium bicarbonate / baking soda. (NOT baking powder!)

1 teaspoon to 1 ltr.water spray  (you can try 2-1 for Black spot if you like. Please let us know the results.)) 

Do you have to use earth to earth up potatoes?

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 02:44


Knows his stuff Stephanie newish gardener.

Straw is the best stuff or dry leaf mould to mound up potatoes (preferably fern mould). I grow for show and believe me the top growth can get over 9 feet tall with Cara. I always train them up with wires. If you do not believe me then leave them and when ready, drag them out over the ground  before you dig them up, they provide their own cover this way, but they will be long. Just measure them.

Mounding up produces bigger/better pots, but they need feed and water every other day.

A bit of a drainage problem

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 02:21


No offence, Hun.

Last edited: 08 June 2017 02:23:57

A bit of a drainage problem

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 02:13
Barefoot gardener says:

How awful for you. There was me feeling  so sad I lost a lot of delphinium spires in the winds we had here today even though they were all supported.Puts it all in perspective. 😕. Great you have your sense of humour. I hope your garden recovers. 

Last edited: 08 June 2017 01:56:59

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 You are so right Barefoot gardener. Aldi and Lidl are not the answer. We should have better conveniences in town but the Council closed them all along with the Libraries, just so they could make more parking spaces

So sad but true Parking (in my street only
) is 4  times the price of my road tax!

Last edited: 08 June 2017 02:15:05

A bit of a drainage problem

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 01:48

Quote,Stephanie newish gardener.

"We lost one of those tall plastic garden stores, it floated off over the garden wall and is probably now heading for Denmark. Ironically one of the things in it was an irrigation kit!"

Forgive me but we have found your tall plastic garden stores. I washed up in Crook.!

We had to wait 3 years to get it but Aldi has now washed up, in our town after the co-operative left and I must stress that it was heading back to Germany (not Denmark) and so is the other plastic shop that you failed to mention, that went missing. Lidl washed up in a nearby town! Can you believe that! Same day.

In the last 3 years. I must admit it has been used as a irrigation kit (perhaps yours?) and now that It has arrived I think it might be used as a more conveniently seated function.

Would gladly return for a decent butchers/bakers. We have the best candle stick makers. Wherever could you go and get 1. / One screw in brass at the right length and width for 2p 

Defties in Crook. Co Durham That is where!!!!!

Believe me it is true  "fork handles" and you must try.


Is that advertising? I do hope not.

Last edited: 08 June 2017 01:51:58

A bit of a drainage problem

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 01:06

I have rice seed Stephanie newish gardener.

Willing to swap for soggy wet (chopped ) logs and unused pallet??

PS. I actually feel for you. Thanks for saving my soul. 

How can we help.

Kind regards


Last edited: 08 June 2017 01:10:08

Year round bulb planter

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 00:51
fidgetbones says:

Its called lasagne planting. You have early bulbs like snowdrops or crocus on the edge. below that you plant early daffodils, below that are later tulips. I found it only really worked for one year and then you have to get new bulbs and replant.

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 Divide and conquer fidgetbones.

I thought better of you.

Year round bulb planter

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 00:48

Blood, fish and bone each spring!!!!

While spoil what you have got.

Do divide them all up and take half or more out and reuse in another planter. Why spoil something if it works for you?

Bulbs divide and get bigger. They will die if kept in the same pot and cramped so make a new pot. 

Make sure you put them back in the right order. Bulbs can be taken out and dried like onions so you can take your time and dry the top bulbs before the bottom and reset a whole new pot for next year. 

I would recommend removing Half of the first tub and making two other new pots of the same size.

Remember also that pots do not understand rainfall and need watering, even if it rains for a constant 40 years!

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