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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 23:46

I've been to Wales for the weekend to visit SIL in her new house and garden. New years eve saw a lot of alcoholic refreshment consumed.It was tipping it down with rain and not fit to be out.  New years day, a walk along Harlech beach started with me in t shirt and trousers, woolly jumper , fleece, berghaus windproof jacket followed by sheepskin coat(made with real polyesters) With two hoods up I was still freezing. There was snow on the top of Manod, and 4 C on the beach. We warmed up by dragging a builders bag we found, and filled it up with all the plastic bottles,plaster bucket,  glass bottles, bits of fishing net, an old bouy, and other non biodegradeable rubbish. Me and hubby dragged it back to the car park and left it at the side of the rubbish bin. The rest of the party tried to pretend they weren't with us. We'll probably get done for fly tipping. My sheepskin coat has a pocket full of shells and a cuttle fish bone. (good job its machine washable)

Today I inspected the new garden.  It backs up to a hill and is on  a slope which is mainly terraced. What do I think.? Well the row of huge 40ft  Lawsons cypress with lots of dead need to come down. Leave the beech and eucalyptus. The greenhouse under them is past it. If they remove it, cut the laurel down to six foot, it would make a nice flat area for a garden studio, overlooking the view down the valley. The third shed with the glass missing will make a wood store for the said cypress logs to dry out ready for the log burner. No I'm not doing it.  Get a qualified man in. The overgrown veg patch needs the part rotted compost spreading on it, cover with cardboard or black plastic, then plant blight resistant potatoes in March.  The overpruned apple trees  that now have loads of water shoots need winter pruning. All long bits off down to six inches.  The stream through one corner will look nice with a gunnera at the back and some candelabra primulas, a few astilbes and a rodgersia or two. Crug Farm is only a short drive away. There looks to be a very nicely shaped large magnolia.

Then I left them to it. We visited Ashwood nurseries on the way back, but only bought a flowering indoor jasmine and some bird food,

 When we got back, we got a text to say the apples have now been pruned. The beginnings of a large project, I think.

Happy New year everyone .

  Bed for me .


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:44

I get a lot of free books from it for my kindle. I load up chicklit for the holidays. If I don't like it after a few pages, its easy enough to send back to the cloud.

The Tiger Wormery

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:41

This may be useful, an old thread on vermiculture.

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 14:13

Beans don't really need to be rotated, there is not much build up of soil borne pests for beans.

Onion family and brassicas  and carrots must be rotated otherwise they tend to succumb to pests such as onion root rot and club root.

onion seeds

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 14:25

Robinsons mammoth range

Kelsae. was  available from many sources, but there seems to have been a crop failure last year.

Lawn to meadow

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 23:32

I would strip the top three inches of turf and soil off. Use it as a turf stack, and then use it for potting soil. It is probably too rich for wild flowers. Wild flowers tend to prefer poor soil.

rose cuttings

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 23:27

You can take hard wood cuttings now. Use unflowered shoots as thick as a finger, cut to about a foot long, insert in gritty soil leaving about 3 inch sticking out.  Water if it is dry. Leave for about a year before moving to final position.  I have stuck them in where I want the final rose bush to be, and then left them.

Calling Bensmith412

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 20:22

Shame he's not still  eating Turkey. Maybe he has no family to annoy at Christmas.

Elegant Water Features

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 19:42

Nope. Not likely to either.

Reported to mods.

Last edited: 27 December 2016 19:43:20

Spring bulbs blooming already

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 13:16

I think they will flower now and then the bulbs will have to build up for next year.

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