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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 07:55

Morning all/afties Pat. The CM detector sounds a good idea. They're becoming 'the norm' here. Especially in new homes.

Vile day here. Slightly milder than yesterday I think - wouldn't be hard though. I've had the heating on every morning for the last week - albeit only for ten minutes to take the chill off. WInd to arrive tonight although I'm hoping we may miss the worst of it.

I wondered if doc was on holiday LP. Think he was going but I'm hopeless at remembering dates for things like that. The days go by in a blur for me. Am I getting old? 

Not seen Plant pauper either recently. Perhaps she's building an arc over there...

Thanks chicky - sounds nice. I don't care for asters, but that one could possibly tempt me...

Work Hosta - what's that about....if only we didn't have to....

Off  for a look round now and then head for t'mill. Have a good day everyone. 

Strawberry Runners

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 21:38

If you've got a lot of bindweed, I'd address that. If you have new runners on the strawbs, I'd peg those down into pots, and when they're rooting, you can remove them from the parent. You could then use those to start off a new patch. If you have nowhere suitable right now, plants will be fine over winter in pots. You can create a new bed at any time really, unless the soil's too wet or frozen to work with.

Discard the oldest plants, dig up any healthy looking younger ones to help with the new area, then dig over the existing bed, removing the bindweed. You could plant that up with something else temporarily depending on what you want in your garden. 

Monty's advice was for the older plants. Removing dead or damaged foliage allows the plants to freshen up. Runners wouldn't be cut back.  

Sustaining grass under leylandii

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 21:27

Don't want to deflate you Mark , but grass and Lleylandii don't mix well. You'll be forever trying to establish it under there.

Better to create a decent edge/barrier a good few feet away from the hedge, and put bark down under the hedge instead.

Camera Talk

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 21:12

There was a little flock of them up on the ridge that day!

I think they're mostly Black face sheep and Cheviots on Scottish hills, GD, but not sure. They have to be tough to survive the weather. In the worst of winter, they're lower down the slopes.These were in Glen Douglas down in the bottom of the glen - it was a bit snow clad higher up 

There are some particularly handsome ones on the estate in Glen Fyne. Not sure which breed they are  

Of course - they don't all make it.....

Does anybody know what this is please?

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 20:16

Horses don't eat buttercups , phil. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:12

Glad you're making a bit of progress Clari. Finding good tradesman is always tricky. Hope things can crack on a bit for you now.

Gosh - Pat is having a hard time....why do we have to project manage every area of our lives nowadays? Does no one do their job with any commitment any more?  Really hope you can get some resolution, Pat.  Not funny when it's your health.  

Good 'trellis' Wonks...

DD - sounds like you're going to be just as busy in the future 

chicky - 'scuse my ignorance, but what plant is Calliope? Is it a rose? 

B****y cold here. It's currently 11 degrees and I put the heating on when I came in for ten minutes. My hands were numb at work, damned if I'm going to be cold in my house as well. 

Raised Bed : Filling and Growing

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:02

A general mix of soil and compost will be suitable for most things. You can add extra nutrition to the mix as and when you need, and depending on what you eventually grow. I wouldn't add the shavings. 

More important is how much light and shade the bed has, and most important of all, what do you like to eat? Not much point in growing fabulous beans, for example, if no one likes them  

Looks like there's quite a bit of shelter form a building too - you'll have to make sure you water well enough too, if the bed won't get a lot of direct rainfall. Some crops will need rotaion too, to prevent a build up of pests and diseases. 

2.4m x 1.2 m might seem quite a lot of room, but it isn't really. You might need another one 

Water retaining gel

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 12:46

Agree with you Hosta. I know we get a lot of rain here, so it's less of an issue keeping pots etc watered, but I've never been completely convinced about any of these things. Perhaps I'm just cynical. 

As for the fungi - how have we managed all these years without it?  

I think you'd need to do an intensive bit of testing - and be very vigilant about checking the outcome. I feel it's probably negligible. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 12:38

Afties all - nice pic Pat - if a bit of a moody sky 

I'll have to read back in a minute - no t'interweb this morning as it was 'updating'. 'It' clearly went to bed last night after it said it was doing that last night and I left it on....

Cold here this morning - 8 when I went to work. Lots of condensation. On the plus side, my paint seems to have covered the water damage on the kitchen ceiling - thankfully. 

I'll go and catch up with all your doings. Think Yvie might need a lie down in a darkened room....

Camera Talk

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 12:34

..and they just appear sometimes, Joyce....

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