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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 21:05

Yvie - do you have the Windows Photo Gallery then? When I put pix on from my camera, that's where they go automatically. If you do, click on Edit in the headings, the resize option is there, as well as the auto adjust for sharpening the colour and straightening them.  

First bites of the year

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 20:58

Ah 'the midge' - it's our secret weapon Mynx .....


Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:53

If the ground stays quite damp, that gives you more scope. It really depends what you want to grow too, and what direction the bed would face. The adage 'right plant, right place' is a valid one. No point trying to grow sun lovers for instance,  if they won't get any!

Preparing the ground is important too. Make a clear, designated area for your border with some form of solid edging to keep the grass at bay.  If it's previously been grass or uncultivated in any way, you need to dig in a good bit of compost and manure to give it some nourishment. A general fertiliser like Blood, Fish and Bone when you put plants in will get them off to a good start. Water well and mulch with more compost or bark to keep moisture in, and then keep an eye on the plants till they establish. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:43

LP - I think we got the gist.... 

You must be knackered obelixx! Meant to say - the photos you posted of your garden recently were lovely. Everything looking very healthy and happy. Hope the weather holds for you tomorrow. 

Heating's been on here too ....


Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:33

Hi vic - there's no pic so I'm guessing that you have the grass and a path in front of the conifers. Conifers take all the moisture and goodness from surrounding soil making it tricky to grow much. They also cast a lot of shade. Those two things make it almost impossible for grass to thrive.

If you want to grow flowers in a border in that location, you'd really need to build a raised bed of stone or timber which will allow you to control the conditions more easily. Using decent soil with added manure, you should be able to grow some shade loving plants, although you will have to choose sensibly as they still won't get much water from above unless you're in a reliably wet part of the country.

Hope that's of some use just now  

First bites of the year

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:00

It's what all hillwalkers up here use ppauper. 

Apparently they didn't like the fact that walkers use their product for that purpose, but they refuse to make a proper midge repellent with the same recipe even though they'd sell loads of it.

They never bother me so I don't need it  

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 18:10

Haven't seen Verdun either doc. 

Horrible cold day here - it just scraped into double figures but it was already back down to 9 when I came home at 5pm. Think my sweet peas are scunnered  after growing to about 6" during the nice spell recently!

The rain might soften the concretey ground though. I'm not looking forward to shifting more of it....

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 18:00

It is a pain Ppauper. I can only assume it depends on what device and operating system you use. I have Windows, so I can resize them in my library by right clicking on a photo and it adds the resized one. They both come up when you click the camera icon. I also find those image sizes tiny as well. It makes it tricky to see which one you want, if there's two or three similar ones 

If they'd just kept the option to use an external site it would have been fine - I could upload any size of photo that way. 

First bites of the year

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 17:44

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Posted: 26/05/2016 at 17:42

Hi Lauren - I'd agree with Ladybird re separate pots. The point of Acers is to let their lovely foliage make an impact, and that would be lost completely if they were in the same pot. It's also why they make such good pot grown specimens. 

As they grow, pot them on into something just a little bit bigger too, so that the roots develop properly. Don't let them get dried out during hot spells - that affects the foliage development. Windy conditions also have a drying effect. A mulch (gravel sets them off well)  after watering helps to stop them drying out too quickly  

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