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gardening on clay

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 18:46

It's the best medium of all to grow in. As has been said, take a look at what's growing round about in other gardens and that will help.

The aspect is also a factor - no point in growing sun lovers if all you have is shade.

If teh soil hasn't been worked at all, you can add plenty of well rotted manure and compost to help improve the texture. Lots of grit dug in is also beneficial, especially if you're in an area of high rainfall as it will help with drainage. 

Plant a potted clematis

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 18:27

They can be grown in pots, but it depends on the size of the pot, the type of clematis, and the ampount of care you can give it.

As Obelixx says, get it into the ground if it's suitable, and give it a good start as described - making sure it's in an appropriate aspect and location. You'll also need a decent support for it. Training new growth in horizontally as well as vertically gives a better display. 

Do you know what variety it is?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 18:17

Quite so Clari. The human race makes me despair sometimes, but it gives you hope when there are still people who appreciate those small things  

Been a decent day here after another chilly start. Pity I had to work. Looking more promising for the weekend for walking too. Hurrah!

Glad you enjoyed that prog Liri - it was very good. I might try and catch it again. There was also one done  (before it I think ) on the Cairngorms that Ewan McGregor narrated. Very similar to that one. 

Slightly concerned about Obelixx planting Bishops....and as for After Eights - I usually just eat those...

Hope Joyce and doc are feeling a bit perkier and not in too much pain, and Dove hasn't got too much sleet. Wonks you'll be warm enough when you get your  new jumper 

I've forgotten everything else now  

Roast beef in the oven. Daughter has made up the mix for Yorkshire puds too.

Good job there was a couple of eggs left.... 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat 

I keep one of those phones for exactly that purpose Hosta. Although I suppose it's less important nowadays when we have mobiles. I hate those things  

Hope you're not too badly afflicted Joyce. Keep tucked up and warm.

I couldn't manage cake for breakfast chicky, but I expect youngest would have no problem! Choc cake is her favourite too.

Cold but dryish here today, but no idea what we're to get. I use the online Metcheck forecast Obelixx, but mainly for hills as you can put them in directly. I look at it for my own area, but as the doodah isn't actually 'here' but several miles away and at lower level, it's usually a couple of degrees out for temps. Pretty good apart from that though.

Better go and feed the birds and get ready to go. Catch you all later - have a good day everyone

Bird Box

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 19:44

If he looks like this, he's got nae chance of getting in Hosta! 

They're really tiny - 25mm is plenty big enough 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 18:37

Just what I need chicky - after dealing with a very rude, sarcastic woman on the phone at work. What the **** is wrong with some people?

Good job daughter has got the meatballs on for tea. I need some comfort food after doing the supermarket shopping after work too. I'm well scunnered  

Glad you had a good time T'bird - I was wondering whereabouts you were, what with the new snowfalls over the weekend etc. North east has had a lot more, but there's a fair bit everywhere down the west, and even at fairly low level.  We've had snow/sleet all day here,  although nothing lying. Supposed to be a bit  tonight though.

I needed a bit of maths to work out sizes for building things, and for the amount of timber I needed for all the fence in the garden doc, does that count? 'Does that count'...d'you see what I did there.... 

Pest proof birdfeeder.

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 12:51

The starlings get their head in through the small ones - so make sure any 'cage feeder' you get has a big enough cage that they can't reach the food from the outside. They can empty a feeder very quickly. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 12:48


Wondered why it felt so chilly this morning - it was only about 1 degree going to work, and we had the misty, foggy stuff that LP had. Been snowing on and off for  most of the morning. Not lying though - wet stuff. Still the same temp. Spring not looking forthcoming any time soon 

I realised the value of 'sums' when I witnessed the teenage daughter of a friend struggle to work out if she had enough money for some purchases, and she couldn't add up the cost of a couple of things in her head.  She was a bright girl too. They used calculators constantly in class. Quite illuminating.

Heating a cold frame in winter to start seeds

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 08:09

A cold frame isn't meant to be heated. It's for hardening off, starting hardy annuals, or giving a bit of protection from bad weather to cuttings etc.

I think any heat added to such a small space would be counter productive. It would get very hot, then you'll be opening it through the day - big fluctuation in temps. Not good at this time of year. 


Posted: 07/02/2017 at 08:04

There's always rabbit stew, Bill..... 

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