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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 18:56

Good to have you back, doc. I'd wondered where you were 'cos I thought you weren't away till the end of this month...  

Hope the restorative powers of the holiday last a good while for you 

We've had a very traditional Burns Night dinner. Pork stir fry  

Good to hear you've had a good response for the holiday compensation Hosta. I agree with you about mentioning helpful people to their superiors. I know how much it means to people, and it only takes a minute to do. 

Happy belated birthday DD. 21 again?  

Great to hear you had support. Makes it all a bit easier to deal with. The tablets will help too.

Have a 'special' cake on me xxx 

Help, my neighbours extension has spoilt my garden!

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 18:46

If the fence is the neighbour's, you can't attach anything to it, or paint it. Some people will make an issue of it, so perhaps better to ask politely if they mind you doing that. 

You should have been notified of any building work, but most councils take virtually no notice of objections, in my experience, so it's rarely worth going to them in the hope something will be changed. Deal with what you have, the best way you can.

However, having said that, I'd much rather have the fence than the 'overlooking' windows!  Plenty of privacy  

As nut has said, plant something in front of it. I'd bung in a hedge, or some nice structural shrubs. Lots of potential to make it really attractive and/or interesting. View it as an opportunity 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 18:17

Evenin' all. Dreich, dank miserable day here. Just as well it's dark now and I don't have to look at it  

I love No Offence, fidget. Took me a little while to get it, but It really is brilliant.

I've never really liked Silent Witness. Preferred the other one, whose name I've now forgotten, which was in a similar vein. With Trevor Eve   

I've now also forgotten everything I've just read. 

Hosta with cleaned drains and broken posts, Obelixx and posts needing put up, visits to rellies and cinemas, and £3.30 for the train to Oban....don't tell everyone Liri - they'll all come 

I think you're being optimistic about it not being windy in March though.....

Apologies to everyone and everything I can't remember. It's been a busy day. 

I think you could do a simple pergola Obelixx, without too much trouble. Even easier if you have a jigsaw 

lawn help

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 07:54

It'll be fine - you can tidy it up with a bit of extra soil/compost in spring, and sow some seed. 

Of course - you might need to net that to stop them eating the seed instead 

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Posted: 24/01/2017 at 07:52

Just what I needed pansy - something to burn for keeping warm  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 07:51

Morning - manky looking day here. Just as well I'm working.

Hope Pat's ok....perhaps she's trying to keep out the heat there. 

Are you pretty much on the mend now Dove?

Short and sweet Clari - no more to be added  

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Posted: 23/01/2017 at 18:09

An interesting use of the apostrophe too, girls. I particularly like that hyphen/apostrophe combo. 

Almost like Morse code....

Aaah - perhaps that's it...a secret code. How exciting!  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 18:01

Seems no time since you left LP! 

What a wonderful trip you've had - I bet it went far too quickly for you all. Glad you didn't need the thermals  

Aunty Rach - big empty space can be daunting, but also exciting. I know what you mean about missing seeign squirrels using the trees, but every cloud and all that. There will be lots of opportunities elsewhere for them , and you can invite more wildlife in with whatever you plant there instead  

Sun tried to make an appearance again this afternoon, but short lived. Back to the nothingy, dank stuff. At least the temp went up a bit - and it's about 3 degrees now. Woo hoo!       

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 17:50

Hi pokhim - now that you have a new garden, they'll be queueing up for the food  

A good quality mix will have plenty for robins, but you can get a robin mix  too. Sunflower hearts are very attractive to many birds and certainly robins will eat those. In cold weather, a bit of grated or finely chopped cheese, and also little bits of fruit - apple, raisins etc. They'll attract blackbirds and thrushes too. The moisture inthe fruit is helpful when water is frozen, but a bird bath or just a dish of water is really beneficial for all birds, adn if it's big enough for them to bathe, that's even better. 

The no mess mixes are worth buying as anything that gets dropped is less likely to grow into anything! They're better value as the cheap mixes are bulked out with wheat or barley which just attracts pigeons, and they also tend to have whole sunflowers which create a lot of mess with the husks, and you also get less actual food. Most people like to use suet blocks or balls as well, which you can get in any Garden Centre or DIY store etc. You can get a different container for holding those, but you can also break them up and scatter pieces in a border, on a bird table or on the ground for ground feeding birds. 

As time goes on you'll get to know what comes in the garden and you can add other things like Nyger seeds if you get goldfinches for instance. 

Making a Cold Frame

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 17:40

You'll need basic equipment - saw, screwdriver and screws and the ability to use them. You could use nails but it's never very brilliant. Some hinges for the lid.

Make it higher at the back than the front to maximise light to the plants, and the lid needs to be perspex or glass - old windows work well if you can get one. It should be deep enough to take a reasonable sized depth of pot plus it's growth.  About 9" or so at the front, and about 6" higher at the back, so you'll need a triangular piece of wood for each side at the top. You can achieve that by sawing a piece of timber in half diagonally.

You can make it any dimensions you want, but make it of a size easy enough to reach the back for opening, closing and fastening the lid, especially if it's against a fence that you might fasten it to when open fully. Around 2 and a half feet in depth is ideal. The width (or length) can be almost anything, but if you make it too long, the structure of the lid especially might suffer. About 3 or 4 feet is pretty average. A timber post for the corners to attach the front, back and sides can be of 2" by 2" timber, but you can use old fence  posts or anything similar if you have it. A handle of some kind for the lid is useful.

Hope that's of a little help. 

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