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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:17

Oh LP - I hope all is ok with the baby. Puts our little moans and groans about s*d all into perspective really.

I don't know what plant you mean. I don't have anything called Nora... 

DD- love to you as always. Keep hanging in there - you'll come out the other end like a butterfly emerging from the chrysalis xxx   

Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:14

GD - the problem with these kinds of offers is just that - you don't always know what you're getting, because if they run out of something, you get a replacement which might not be suitable for your needs. Far better to buy for the purpose you need and the position you have. Spend a little time researching and get the right thing, especially if it's for a pot. 


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 08:59

I don't think that would be big enough GD. You need big enough so that it doesn't feel restricted, and therefore grows properly, but big enough in each direction (especially depth) to contain the roots properly. I'd make something a metre square, or a metre long by 60 cm wide depending on the space you have available, and at least 60cm deep - as a minimum.

If the bamboo doesn't work, you can always remove it and have a planting area that has different conditions from the rest of the area - for instance damp, rich soil if the other bits are sandy, dry and free draining, or vice versa. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 08:49

I quite liked the little courtyard - small spaces like that are very difficult to work with. At least if they have a lot of faffing and fussing, there aren't too many plants to do!  Last week's modified, contemporary one was lovely, I thought. My kind of space. 

I find I sleep better if I've had a snooze, or more, on the settee Dove. Several years of sleeping on it I guess. My body still hasn't fully adjusted to having a real bed again! 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 08:30

Morning all/afties Pat. Incredible how diverse the planet's weather can be - you have horrific fires and Los Angeles is having some kind of weird cyclone called a  'bombo Genesis' (new invention?) with torrential rain and flooding. I can imagine how frightening it is for you re the burns - or worse   

We've just had wet and windy overnight, but the rain's gone off a bit. Don't think it's to be particularly good today though, although the temp is about 8 again, so I'm glad I got a little bit done outside.

I pruned a couple of Group 3 clems Hosta - seemed a reasonable thing to do as they're making new growth. Hope we're getting a pic of the new obs  when you get them. I was awake for a while through the night - you could have called me and I'd have bored you back to sleep...  

Plenty of tea here Clari  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 22:05

Pheww....thank goodness for that Liri...I was slightly concerned! 

I need the subtitles on all the time. Either I'm getting slow or they're all talking much quicker than they used to....

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Lumpy, uneven flowerbeds

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 22:01

Ah - I am too Elspeth - winter eh?  Although it's been a very easy one this year - in the west anyway.  A serious shortage of wet stuff and snow, even on the hills. Tropical compared to normal  

Lumpy, uneven flowerbeds

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:11

If the water mainly gathers in the areas where the rocks have been removed, it's most probably because the ground's been compacted by the rocks. If that's the case, just loosen the soil with a fork or hoe. 

If the soil's generally heavy, you can add compost or well rotted manure to make it more friable, but any bare areas in borders will tend to collect water over winter, especially if there's heavy rainfall. It's only an issue of the water's still lying after a long period of time. That can be attended to when the ground's more suitable for working in - probably in a month or two depending on whereabouts you are.

any news on New series

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:05

Assuming you mean a new series of Gardener's World, it's usually March.

I think there's been several threads on the subject though, so you could use the search facility at the top of the page 


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:03

GD - if you decide to go for the bamboo, and I know you're doing a lot of constructing at present  - you could always consider making a purpose built 'bed' for it with a barrier of blockwork under the soil surface, or paving slabs set in the ground vertically. That way, you can give it room, but prevent it going mad and giving you a headache in the future!

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