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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 11:17

Kids eh? Love 'em - couldn't eat a whole one....

Think you deserve a medal for patience and tact Obelixx. Not sure I wouldn't have lost the plot...

I've been looking at my seeds to see what's what chicky. I'll wait a bit for my sweet peas, unless I can be bothered rigging up a temporary cold frame to keep the lovely weather off them. Just to feel I'm doing something! I have lots of other things to sow too - including some things I wouldn't normally do. Daughter brought some seeds home the other day for me too - the spinach and lettuce isn't a problem, but now I have to make the effort to find somewhere to grow great big carrots... 

Oak Acorns

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 11:05

You'd think she'd have better things to do AuntyRach  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 11:03
Pat E says:

Love Annie Lennox, Fairy, 

See original post

 Forget whisky, shortbread and Billy Connolly, Pat - she's our greatest export  

I added a couple more pix for the jigsaws 

Yeh - yellow warnings for wind ( 40/50 mph ) here Joyce. It's not the greatest today. 60/70 mph on the hills so I decided not to bother. The lashing rain lower down and heavy snow higher up was also an issue  

There'll still be some tw*t up Nevis no doubt...

I've been cleaning instead   

Don't get the magazine AuntyRach. What did I say? Nothing libellous I hope..... 

Evergreen climbers

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 09:57

I wouldn't plant Hydrangea pet. there. It's stunning but needs a lot of room, and fences are never ideal for it anyway.

I wouldn't put a honeysuckle up a fence either. The habit's not right for that. They're more suited to  scrambling over and among other structures, whether it's trees, large shrubs or sheds.

Jasmines aren't hardy in all locations in Britain. Please make sure your site and conditions are suitable forit, or you'll waste your money Emma. 

Evergreen climbers

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 09:14

Attach wires spaced out at about a foot or so, and tie in stems as they grow. They don't really need pruning, so you won't have to do it every year. Make sure to spread growth out horizontally as well as vertically to get good coverage.

You can do the wires horizontally only, or add a few vertical ones if you like  

Dead lawn

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 08:29

Some weed and feed in spring will really help. You can apply a few times throughout the season. Regular mowing is key to getting a good sward - never take too much off. That way, the grass will always be healthy and will spread, making it harder for weeds to take over.

My grass was largely weeds when I moved here. In winter, the front area is mossy because of the aspect, but the spring feed and mowing is enough to keep it looking good. The back looks rough just now, but it doesn't take much to get it looking good again.

Wood ash

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 07:40

Treated wood ( and that includes fencing timber and posts etc ) of any kind should never be burned and used either.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 07:26

Dunno Hosta - it's a real stinker out there - sleety rain, windy and four degrees. I'd forgotten how much of that we normally have   

might have to resort to h****work..... and double 

Currently watching Annie Lennox on Sky Arts which is helping my pain  

Last edited: 26 February 2017 07:27:29

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 07:20

Are the Merlins the same as the ones we have here Johnny? Stunning birds. This is a young one I saw last year

Hosta - I found a brilliant site for collective nouns yesterday. Nuthatches are a 'jar' and waxwings can be a 'museum' as well as an 'earful'. 

It's obviously American/Canadian because of some of the birds, but the best one is for a yellowleg (some kind of snipe) which is an 'incontinence'....

Starting a raised bed - filling and using asap?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 06:42

Advice there is good figi - the mix you're considering is fine for growing most things, as long as the manure is well rotted. Drainage is something to consider if you have a  lot of rain, and if the site is drier, you may need to look at usingmore ordinary soil so that it doesn't dry out too quickly. 

If you want to grow specific things, it may need some other altering or additions. 

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