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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:54
archiepem wrote (see)

north manchester dull day and the first rain for weeks here but  warmer . looking like a good weekend to get stuck in . 

Yes it actually rained later yesterday. Not much granted, but quite steady. We still need more so I can mulch the borders.

Today is surprisingly bright, but am waiting on a delivery so stuck - wait a bit, it's just gone through the letterbox! Yay, so will be going outside next to start chucking chicken manure pellets around, joy.

More rain pleeze, say overnight, so ground nicely soaked through so I can get mulching! J.


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:47

Dont just think spare cardboard- toilet/kitchen roll inners & used kitchen towels/paper serviettes, that havent been used for mopping up chemicals, all go into mine.

Snotty paper tissue, no, those go down the loo! J.


Posted: 11/04/2013 at 16:28

I'm another who permantly leaves the tap open with a large glass jug beneath. That way I can spot signs of possible blockage, ie no liquid, & deal with it promptly.

Empty, plus lid, milk bottle cartons are used for the liquid which I try to dilute, very approximately, at 10water:1liquid. Great food for my permanent plants in pots/containers. As my wormery is outside the back door it's conveneient to add to it little & often. Great when weather too cold/wet to trot down to bottom of garden to my main bins.

The resulting compost is fine in texture & I sometimes add it to my other compost for planting, or use as a neat mulch on any bare soil that needs it. Other times I've used it as an accelerator for my bigger bins & vice versa if the wormery seems less active. J.

Tree Roots / Fence Posts

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:45

If you're a tenant then surely it's the landlord's responsibility?

Under normal circumstances, I'd say check the deeds to establish who does actually own the fence, but that's not something you can do.

I think you're going to have to keep asking the landlord about this. If the fence is the neighbours' one even if jointly owned by the 2 properties, then it's up to the owner of your property to ask the neighbour etc. I certainly wouldnt supply & fit your own panels unless it states specifically in your aggreement that you are responsible for that fence, which doesnt seem likely as you personally dont own the property.

Who paid for/had the tree cut down? You can hire stump grinders, but again why should you? If for instance, the cooker broke in the kitchen as a tenant I would have thought your landlord is responsible for the cost of repair/replacement. Not if the house was unfurnished though, but you can see where I'm coming from.

Good luck in attempting to dig down/cut through any roots. With a stump of that size it wont be easy. Am sure that there are stump killers still available to the domestic market to use, but IME they take 4-5yrs for the material to rot down. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:30

Good luck with the Meconopsis GG. It's one of those plants that just doesnt like me/my garden. Tried 3x, no joy, so wont do again, costs too much!

My pain isnt chronic yet, I hope. Some caused by pulled back muscle, initially done when a student, which must be pressing on the sciatic nerve. Knee by climbing an Austrian mountain- I did it though!! on the first day of a holiday when wasnt totally fit. Rest is a side-effect of current medication, which I cant change.........oh & arm problem a side-effect of surgery couple of yrs back which will apparently re-occurr from now on! Drat! I will keep on gardening, thus setting things off again, so I winge, take painkillers & try & carry on as normal. J.

Fritillary (Snakes Head)!!!!

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:19

They prefer moister soil, but cope well if dryer too, providing they're not in full sun.

Watch out for Lily beetle attack too, sorry. J.

plants for part shade/ full shade

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 16:16

How could I forget Hellebores- some bigger than others, in flower now.

Also Euphorbia amygdaoides-Robbiae, yes can be invasive, but copes very well in dry shade & easily pulled up when nec.

Hardy fuschias too will cope, some obviously taller than others. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:34
Pennine Petal wrote (see)
Try not trip over any plant pots Jo!

I survived!

Nice lunch & had a £5 off any full price plant voucher too, so another Heuchera has come home with me! 

Off to wash the car now. I usually wait until it's rained/raining, but I need to sort it so metered water it will be. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:27
Palaisglide wrote (see)

Stockton Dull and cold.

My last report for a while as laptop on the blink, posting hit and miss.
New part ordered although looking at new ones, it is a minefield, too much choice.

May be gone a while Frank.

Good luck Frank.

WManchester is bright with some sun & windy. Still that cold East wind, so at least the washing will dry. J.

plants for part shade/ full shade

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:23

Where to start?

Spring bulbs - anaemones, chinodoxa, species crocus, smaller daffs, bluebells, muscari, erythroniums, frittillary- if moist enough.

Plants - heucheras, japanese anemones, hardy geraniums- lots to chose from, Vinca minor, Solomons seal, epimediums- if dry shade, ajugas for ground cover, yes various ivies, lamiums.

Grasses - I've got an evergreen yellow grass, a carex I think, growing really well in a dry shade similar situation.

It does depend on why it's shade/what's causing it. Under deciduous trees lots of the spring bulbs pop up, flower then die back as the tree canopy above closes up. The soil beneath trees is invariably dry too, because of the tree's roots, so you need to plant in 'pockets' to get things established.

Fences/house walls however are permanent so the shade is almost 'deeper'. Usually just as dry, because of the rain shadow.

Hope some of these suggestions help. J.

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