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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 21:10

Silk liners inside the rubber gloves might help too - if there's room for them 

I'm off as well - after washing the dishes anyway....

Night night 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 20:38

Wonks - you can get little heat pads for putting inside gloves - the ones you squish about to activate. I wonder if they'd be any good to you - assuming you can wear gloves? Walkers use them - they're readily available. I don't really use them, but they're useful things to carry in the ruckie for emergency purposes. 

Greenhouse shading?

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 20:34

In addition to opening doors for ventilation etc.,  in summer you'll need shading. Even in spring, direct sun will create a lot of heat, so it's best to have it. Plants will fry very quickly, especially if you won't be around to adjust vents and dampen down, or move plants outside. There are several options including painted on and netting/screening you attach on the inside.

I take it when you say cement, you actually mean concrete for the base? Cement wouldn't be suitable. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 19:33

That's 'purty'  Wonks  

Nice to see things sprouting isn't it? Our plants might head back  underground by the end of the week if the forecast's right. Snow.

Nice when young people work hard for what they have, and can get ahead. So many just expect it, for no effort. It's also much more satisfying when you reap the rewards of your own labours- as gardeners always know... 

Bolognese was good  

Just saw your post re Mr Wonder Dove. Been a fan since I was a teenager. More talent in his little finger than most people can ever hope to have in a lifetime. It's a cracking song - perfect for shaking all sorts of things - and not always intentionally....

17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 19:11

That would be nice Mark. I'm sure Dove and Hostafan will join in too - they both have resident hogs and keep us up to date with all the comings and goings  

Never mind 17 degrees. We've got snow forecast for the end of the week. Fairly normal here in February   

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 18:06

Glad you had a good day Wonks. No chance of t-shirts here unless they were fleece lined  

On the plus side - the crocus are opening, and a snowdrop has even started to do the same - hurrah!

I don't want my girls to be in the position of having to rent and then struggle to ever get a home of their own. I'm fortunate that I'll be able to help them - eventually, but it certainly won't be easy for them. They're fairly realistic though, which helps.

Youngest fairylet has got the bolognese on for dinner. At least they'll be able to cook a few meals, so they won't starve ...

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 17:56

Definitely not George.

I think they're Purple Gem. I had that written in my notebook from a few years ago, and ticked off  

Can't recall where I got them though.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 17:32

Hosta - I couldn't agree with you more. Every generation has had difficulties, and future ones will have them too - they'll just be different. It makes me angry when I hear people 'blaming' a particular generation - often the post war/baby boomers one, of which I'm part. I can state, hand on heart, that my parents certainly didn't have it easy. They worked their a**es off all their lives for what they had, and did without many things that people now take for granted as the norm. When I could afford to move out, interest rates were around 15% and rising. Could have done with that rate when I had savings! Swings and roundabouts - and always will be. 

Weather back to normal here after getting to double figures for a little while.We even had some sun! If I'd known it was going to be dry, I'd have put washing out. It might have needed stapling onto the whirly though.....

Shame about your pots LG. I've never seen squirrels get the chicken wire off , and I wouldn't have thought foxes would be doing that either. R**dy annoying anyway  

Does anyone know about this pond?

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:09

Duckweed - which you can scoop out, and frogspawn - fab!

Fish - not so good for the frogsapwn, but if you feed them appropriately, it will help. Take any dead foliage out as it rots down and adds to the nutrients, which isn't so good. The pump will help with that. I've never used pumps as they aren't necessary in wildlife ponds, but yours will be there because of the fish I expect. If you wnat to attract more wildlife, you can add some rocks at one edge to give a little shallow area for access in and out 

How to plant a rose arch with Clematis

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:00

It's also the width, or length, of the sides Emma, and how substantial it is. If it's any less than eighteen inches/45 cm, and not fixed in the ground with sturdy posts, it will struggle to take the weight, especially if the wind catches it.

Even a samll, lightweight structure attached to posts concreted in to the ground will take more weight, if you can do that. If it's in a sheltered location, it's not so bad either   

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