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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:38

Hi Pat E.

I bet you can't guess who this is? 

Sorry, It says at the top.

"geese" are very expensive when we want one (christmas time) hun.

We have toothpaste up here hun but I would not recommend it as it is for cosmetic purposes only! It's all full of very bad chemicals. Teeth are supposed to be light yellow, not bright white.

How are you anyway.

How should I prune a patio rose?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 01:03


Cut all dead off and cut all long shoots down to about 6" or about 5-6 new shoots, Hun.

I used to mow mine down wit the lawn mower!!!  and they came great.

I'm a bit more careful now they are in pots. But they do still produce well, now that they are in pots and need a bit more care.

Lawn is a mess please help

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 00:53
tomgregson says:


I have just moved into my new property and it comes with a lovely big back garden. I have been waiting for the weather to clear so that I can start organising the garden ready for the summer. 

I have been checking the condition of the grass and it is very poor full of weeds and moss. 

I have looked at getting green thumb into fix it but to be honest I enjoy gardening and doing things myself so i thought i would ask for tips on here. 

I have been told to follow these 3 steps.

1) Scarify my lawn to remove the moss.

2)Then apply a weed killer over my lawn to kill all of the weeds. 

3)Feed the lawn. 

Does anybody have any tips on how to get this all completed so that we can have healthy grass for the summer. 

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 Hi tomgregson.

Do your best to take the dandelions out. (a touch of systemic weed killer will do it ) salt and vinegar will do the same?

Use Iron oxide  for moss killer. Its what you will buy in a bottle anyway and is cheaper.

If you have a WET LAWN. (I presume you do with moss)

Then you need to drain it. (not sure of your garden but you need a sump drain and some Aeration to it.

Deep holes with a fork at worst will do (fill holes with river sands)

Dig a deep hole (sump) at the lowest area of your lawn and see what happens.

Never use feed on your lawn only use Epsom Salts. Feed will just force fast nutrient growth.

PS. You will need new seed for the bare patches and you must keep off it for 3-4 weeks!!!!

You need to water and KEEP OFF IT at the same time.

Hope you get it



Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 00:18

When you drive into Seaton CAREw! You find this all along the middle of the duel carriageways from about 6 mile outside. Then they give you free parking and a beach to die for with dunes. The best fish and chip shops in the world. Well you have a choice as all 3 fish shops and 2 restaurants and they are within 20 sec of each other! 

Can you imagine the price war!!! I will take Young's every time (only 3 small tables inside) more like a take out. BUT!!! I tried the rest over the years and I can recommend this one. You have to wait just like across the road but they are FRESH. ( I have been stopped twice with time delay apologies, because they were changing the lard!!!) I am lucky if I go twice a year.  What a place.

PS. Sorry, nothing else there for you to see. 

PPS. It's a local foggy place just for local people.

Try Redcar now the steel has gone  it looks good from up north but once again. The huge (billions) expense has been wasted and it is now a ghost town.

PPS. Remember we are the powerhouse of the north now!

Sorry that was just? He has 6 jobs now. What about Austerity targets?!!!!!!!! We actually need to pay more.!!!


Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 23:19


I've been very disappointed with the last two years efforts from all of us.

It all looks the same. Unfortunately.

No matter how many seed bombs I tried! (Very very disappointed)

The only option now is to weed kill the area and rake and plant new seeds in 3 weeks.

I recycled a lot of seed from Seaton Carew. In the Autumn (in the fog) 

So this year is it. Any help with seed would be a bonus.



Last edited: 31 March 2017 23:22:16

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 01:31
Pat E says:

Fidget, I've been meaning to ask - have you found a suitable place to move to? I remember that you were looking.

sleep well all. I'm lazily think about getting up. 

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 I have a 3 bedroom going cheap fidgetbones! Will swap for scuba gear/ lifesavers belts and a year's supply of sea sick pills (the ginger has stopped working)

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 01:23
Pat E says:

Edd, this one is for you 

i know some some of you have seen this before, but just so you know!

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 Ahh. You have Cats!!! "Cats to the south west. Thousands of them"

Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead: Sixty! We dropped at least 60, wouldn't you say?

Adendorff: That leaves only 3,940. left in the yard.

Cat Deterrent

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 01:05
Dovefromabove says:

It's Hosta who is getting richer and richer Edd 

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Composted bark?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 01:02
Hostafan1 says:

bark used as a mulch doesn't leech nutrients from soil, even uncomposted. There is debate as to whether it depletes nitrogen when dug into soil. I've seen research which says yes, and research which says no. 

Used as a mulch  it draws nitrogen from the air ( 78% Nitrogen ) NOT from the soil. 

Another well trotted out myth I'm afraid.

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 Life is a wonderful mystery Hostafan1.

I can't disagree with you Hostafan1.

Time will tell and as long as we keep researching it, then the facts will come out eventually.

But If people like you and me stop studying it!  

Then what?

Potatoes - Manure Question

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 00:54
raisingirl says:

LoserBloke says:

My potato plot hasnt had any manure dug in over winter. So presume it's too late for this now. My question is, when I dig my trenches, can I add some manure below the seed potatoes (provided it's well rotted). My local garden store has Grow Sure Organic Manure 50L bags for sale, would this be ok? 

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Alternatively, if you just want to grow a few spuds without winning competitions, no, it's not too late to add a bag of well rotted manure to the ground where you intend to plant greedy feeders like potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes or beans. Don't use it where you are going to grow salads, onions or root veg.

Yes you can dig in a spadeful of well rotted manure under each seed potato as you plant it (and a bucketful under any courgettes, later in the year). 

Yes the grow sure organic stuff will be fine.

You can add BF&B as a top dressing if you think the soil is exceptionally poor, or you could try manure this year, see how it goes, use a seaweed or comfrey soluble feed for your plants this season and then adjust your feeding regime next year, depending on what comes up (or not) this year.

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 I guess you never get big onions then raisingirl.

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