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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 08:05

Morning all/afties Pat  if you're there. Hope you're ok today. 

Dank and chilly here. No rest for the wicked - i's going to be busy at work. Do people involved in politics not know when the local elections are? I only ask because they leave it so late to order their friggin' rosettes....

Did you watch L of D Hosta? All getting very complicated and nerve jangling!

Bettter shift. Have a good day everyone. Think Wonks might be out in her greenhouse today 'ferdiddling'   

Patchy grass

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 08:02

Hi twr - I think you've hit on something if you can grow those...

Did you keep it well watered after laying the turf? That's more important than feeding. 

Lots if grass looks a bit dodgy just now so I wouldn't worry too much. Cloggies's advice is  sound, but make sure any new seed sown has proper contact with the soil below by walking on it. A shade mix might be better for that site.  Avoid seeding for about  4 to 6 weeks if you give it any weed treatment too.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:53
WonkyWomble says:

might affect productivity! 

See original post

 That's the general idea Wonks- nothing like a bit of pondering....

If anyone wants rain - we've had enough now. Happy to forward it. It's to be cold here tonight too Hosta. Wonder if the 'cooncil' will send the gritters out - otherwise it may be a tad slippy going to work in the morning 

Last edited: 16 April 2017 19:54:12

Amount of Compost

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:40

Why don't you fill a pot and see how far it goes  

I think you're over analysing everything to be honest. Most herbs like gritty free draining compost and sun. Water r them well, pick them and use them, and don't fuss too much over them. Some will take some shade. If they're in pots just move them if they're not happy. 

Perennials -  check the requirements of the  ones you want to grow, in terms of location and soil type etc, but most perennials are happier in the ground. 

Amount of Compost

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:02

100 litres is nothing. For that amount of pots that size, you'll need about  7 of 8 of those - at least.

Depending what you're growing of course. Anything staying long term in a pot needs more than just compost although that will be ok for the next few months.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 18:59

Fabby dabby Wonks! Have you awarded yourself several chocolate eggs as a reward? 

I could have done with one of those today. It's stopped raining now - I think. Darn cold though. I had a little nap earlier  

Ugly tin sheet ... how can I hide it

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 18:57

Jeez - the things folk do! 

I'd paint it too as a start - or cover it with landscape fabric or similar. Is there any way you could make a small screen for it from timber or trellis? Perhaps similar to your planter? 

If you have room in the little border, you could plant an evergreen climber. Even something like Euonymous would work as it will 'climb' against the wall. Or even put in another planter with a decent sized evergreen shrub or climber?

border/path/pond transition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 18:51

I wouldn't worry about it too much Angie. If you make the slope of that area run back towards the border and spike it with a garden fork, the water hitting the path will go through and also head towards the planting rather than the pond. Any bits and pieces going into the pond won't be an issue anyway. It's what happens in a natural pond in the wild. 

Yes - you can plant through it as well. I've done that in other gardens, and I've done it here in the area I've just created at the back of my extension as it's part path and part seating area.  We get very high rainfall and it's absolutely fine if you spike it thoroughly. 

A good selection of different sized rocks, pebbles and gravel will also help blur the boundary between pond and border which will make it more natural looking.  

toms have given up !

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:23

They look fine to me too. If  the roots aren't filling the pot, there's no need to pot on. 

Tomato plant

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:21

Don't fuss over them too much. It's easy to think they're harder to grow than they actually are. 

If they're going in the plastic growhouse, ventilation is the single most important thing as it's harder to prevent fluctuating temps with those. 

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