Fairygirl


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Bolted Sweet Peas.

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 08:14

In addition to hogweed's advice, you could also try potting them on and burying slightly deeper. They won't form roots from higher up (the way tomatoes do) but it will help stabilise them. You might get some success so that they're not completely wasted. The weak stems are caused by poor light levels and too much warmth. It's another issue if sown early and inside. Germination is slower that way and creates a stronger plant. They only need protection from rough wet, windy weather over winter. 


Still sow more as well though 

New pond

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 08:07

I'm a great advocate of watercress and have mentioned it frequently here. I've used it in every pond I've had apart from the big one at the last house - I'd have needed rather a lot for that one!


Just chuck some in from a supermarket bag. It grows in the water - doesn't need anything to root onto, although it will do that as well. Takes up all the excess nutrients and clears the water very quickly. It will also seed around if you allow it.  Easy to remove if it gets too widespread. 

Is it really a problem?

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 07:59

Easy to get rat poison if they're in there. Just follow the instructions carefully and keep watch to see that it's being taken.


Not sure whereabouts you are in the country Kathie, but I'm assuming you're north as you mention snow, although I didn't relaly understand your reference to it! Rats often like warm compost bins to set up home, but I expect the logs are also a rather nice, cosy corner, so it's best to deter them now. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 07:44

Thanks Dove - morning to you too. 


The colour was a bit stronger than it appears there, but it was so pretty looking in that direction - completely different to the other way where the sky was leaden. Stunning as well though. It was a tad breezy so a little tricky to get photos - especially at the summit!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 07:37

Morning all/afties Pat - have you got your brolly out now?  


Wet here too. Judging by the skies yesterday on the hill, there's a large amount of snow fallen on them now. Not too warm here though - no need to look out the summer clothing yet 


Re the pedalo (nice one Dove) how about a rowing boat BL?  At least there would be room for the bags and the OH on those....just  


Are you stopping owrk completely LG - or is to change jobs? Apologies if I've missed you saying.


I'll have a look round here and do some photos on the Camera thread. As it was about 5.30 when I was half way down, I caught the setting sun behind Bheinn Bheula and over the Cowal peninsula, which was rather pretty 


Bolted Sweet Peas.

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 20:31

It's all a bit of a learning curve Martin. Hope you get something you like and have a bit more success. Work with your climactic conditions too. In a colder area, it's best to sow a bit later as the plants will be slower to start growing on well. In a warmer area, it's easier as they'll get going more quickly. Sometimes it's just a question of using a bit of judgement with the timing of sowing.


I tend to sow direct in April. Earlier sown plants often just sit and sulk here when they're planted out as it's too cold for them to do much growing. The direct sown ones catch up anyway.  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 20:11

Evening all. Rain's arrived here too, but I made the most of the dry day and got out on lovely little Ben Donich. 'Brisk', it's fair to say, rather than sunny, by the time I got up top, but only to be expected at 5pm on a frowsty March day. Some great skies - clear and bright one way, louring, moody and leaden the other  


Always been idiots I suppose-there just seems to be more of them nowadays....


BL - if the strike's on next week, are you a good swimmer?....


I need to do some cold frames too - especially if I want to get some seeds done soon. Don't think the weather's to be too favourable for outdoor jobs at the weekend though  


Can't be bothered with any dinner. One of the girls at work brought some cakes in today. I picked a giant Empire biscuit, and ate it just before 12,  so haven't eaten anything since! It was very, very good 

Bolted Sweet Peas.

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 08:10

I'd agree. You need to keep pinching them out to keep them bushy, if you're going to sow that early and keep them indoors without enough light.


They're hardy plants and don't need as much cossetting as most people give them. Tough love is what's required to get strong plants 

Dead lawn

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 08:08

It was very lush most of the time Dove - the run off from the spring which fed the ponds all ran down into it  


It was quite uneven ground though, despite looking quite level, so it was never as good as it could be. Reclaimed field basically.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 08:04

Makes a difference from seeing grey squirrels or cats here in the garden Pat!  


She's lovely. Do they cause any major damage or is it more accidental?


The rain clouds move in and the rain then clings to hill tops here Pat , which is why the higher hills are often clag covered at summits, especially in summer.  I expect it's the same there. Just when you're hoping it'll move over to you, it stays put. You've certainly had a good bit less judging by your figures. Makes it difficult for your garden 

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