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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 12:03

Wonks - was it summat I said.... 

I felt that way about conservatories too Hosta, until the one at the last house. Perfect for watching the birds and wildlife. It was a ridiculously large size though!

We won't  nag you any more - will we laydees? 

Been to get the mane trimmed - I hate going to the hairdresser. Don't know why women enjoy it. Is there a chance I'm actually a man? 

That's a fair old load ot shift chicky. I own't be coming down to help - sorry 

Looks like the rain might be going away a bit too, so I will get a few more things done outside later. Perhaps the slabs and gravel as my achy side has gone now. Found some Cupani sweet peas so I might sow those too. 

Beechgrove is back!

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 11:56

You can watch it on iPlayer Pete  - it's available right away, as soon as it was on here last night in fact  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 09:39

Pat - hope you're ok. Keys eh? Only happened to me once when I nipped into a shop  and the girls stayed in the car. Turned round and they'd decided to join me...having locked the car doors with the key in the ignition. My fault completely  

I drink about 3 mugs of tea at work plus one at lunchtime when I come home. That's about 350mls or between half and three quarters of a pint each time. I expect I'm quite a bit smaller than you  - so maybe you do need a bit more Hosta. It has to be 'flushed' through  as the others say.

Yes - we're ganging up on you! 

It's my dongle, Wonks. No tittering....

Ruddy connection is iffy, and if I touch it the wrong way,  it cuts off. 

I said - no tittering....

Clematis Montana 'Elizabeth'

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 08:50

Different type of growth Sandra. The pleached limes eventually support themselves - the frame is only for initial trianing. It's not suitable for a montana, as Obelixx says.

Better to build a proper support of some kind for it,  or buy a shed for it to scramble over  

Underplanting large magnolia

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 08:46

I'd go for HC's suggestion of hardy geraniums. You can have a circle of those if you like a symmetrical sort of look, and you can plant a huge swathe of spring bulbs which will initially carry you from winter into spring. Some summer bulbs for summer interest would work too - lilies for example, or alliums if the ground suits. 

You'd be surprised how inexpensive it can be to fill a biggish area with bulbs, Gnoob. You forget the expense when you see them come up anyway  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 08:15

It's the hassle of isn't it Dove?  One of my work colleauges had an accident recently when someone pulled out a side road into her. It's taken ages to sort, because their insurance co. was useless. She just got her car back, and then she ran into  someone!  

Lawn is a mess please help

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 08:13

Tom - I'd agree with hogweed. My front grass  looked like that when I moved here a few years ago. A feed  (that makes everything grow, including the weeds ) followed by a weed and feed about 4 to 6 weeks later (it will now work better as it has more weed for the weedkiller to work on)  and regular mowing,  and it'll be fine. Any of the readily available products work well - they're all pretty similar - and there are liquid ones as well which you might find easier to apply  

Every spring mine is quite yellow as it's mainly moss. By early summer it's green and looking good. A bit of aeration with a fork helps too - especially if it's compacted. You can do that any time when the ground isn't soggy. If it's a shady area, you'll always have more maintenenace than in a sunnier site. 

If it's getting a fair bit of traffic, oversow with a hard wearing grass seed. I chuck  a bit down on the bare areas where the moss has been killed. The most maintenenace mine now gets, is the weed and feed in spring, and regular mowing. Good luck. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat - shame about the toms - and your weather  

Laptop probs last night so I misssed a few of the doings. Big hugs to Yvie's littlies   and Wonks. Hope the new greenhouse is slightly more successful than the first one. Cars ...I'm saying nowt, but at least they didn't b***er off as some folk do. It's a royal pain in the chuff though.

Hosta - ouch 

Rain here too , but it doesn't seem to be bothering a pair of frisky dunnocks...  

Today is 'random act of kindness' day apparently. I did mine the other night when I rescued a neighbour who'd locked herself, and her sister, out. That's me till next year then  

Tomato plant problems

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 07:55

I'd echo the lack of light as the issue Andy. When they're that small, light is more of an issue than warmth. Having them on extra heat initially has also meant they've germinated and grown more quickly than they would if left to their own devices a bit more. 

Once you have them potted on and outside it won't be such a problem. Good luck with them anyway. Perhaps you'll have to invest in a greenhouse for next year  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 13:22

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