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Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:02

Nettles are suppsoed to be good for arthritis, especially in teh hands and drug companies are now actively looking into the active ingredients to see why.

I do agree tho - proper diagnosis and then appropriate treatment with meds, creams, physio and diet as necessary.


Posted: 13/02/2017 at 14:47

As Ono says, some grasses just need raking or combing to remove dead leaves as they are otherwise evergreen.  Deciduous grasses such as miscanthus need cutting back now so the new season's growth can come through without being trimmed or sliced as this makes them look odd.  Like grass in the lawn they grow from the base and not from the tip so the lovely pointy tip never gets repaired if cut.

Potting compost

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 13:15

I googled "compost mix for vegetables in containers" and got these results for starters but I still think a book is a good starting point.




Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 13:10

Not plants or herbs but glucosamine sulphate.   Helps me with my arthritic bits along with a diet of fresh, unprocessed foods...

Make sure you get plenty of essential fatty acids from eating oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel at least once a week.  Linseed/flax is good if you can't or won't eat fish and turmeric is supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties.   There's more info here - http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4815/5-Herbs-for-Arthritis-Joint-Pain.html 

New look for your garden shed

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 12:38

This is a UK based forum.  Most people who paint their shed do it to preserve the wood; to make it more discreet or more showy according to their taste and situation; to make it look like a beach hut or a Wendy house or just a country shed.

I'd have thought the whole point of graffiti is that it is free style so I suggest you google for some ideas.

Bear in mind also that in the UK and EU we have strict rules about what kinds of products and chemicals we can use in our gardens and that will limit the materials and effects achievable.  

Have you tried the Houzz website?  It should have some good ideas for you.   http://www.houzz.com/garden-shed and http://www.houzz.com/sheds and http://www.houzz.com/photos/garage-and-shed/query/Graffiti

Potting compost

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 10:38

I just grow mine in the ground with added garden compost to enrich the soil as needed.   The only things I have grown in pots have been herbs so I can shelter them over winter.

I think you need to go to the library and get yourself a book on container vegetable gardening as different crops have different requirements.  EG carrots do best in lighter soils which allow them to grow straight roots.  Beans need plenty of moisture retentive material in their growing medium.   Brassicas need lime to counteract club root so will enjoy a compost mix enriched with mushroom compost as this is usually alkaline.

Herbs also have different requirements.  Rosemary, sage, thyme all need good drainage.   Chervil and parsley need to have some shade.  Basil and mint need more moisture but don't want to be water-logged.

Any container full of holes - eg wicker - will need lining with plastic to retain the compost but don't forget holes for drainage and set the containers where you want them to be before filling and planting as afterwards they may be too heavy or fragile to move with a  full load..

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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 10:29

Holiday let sounds like a plan Hosta.  Need to do some sums tho first I should think but seasonal rates can be amazing.

Busy - do the horses not have a shelter in their winter paddock?   I'm with them on strong winds and draughty bits.

Just back from the vet.  Rasta has had an irritation which has become infected after scratching so scenes of dram queen extraordinaire as the area was shaved and bathed (her pelt is like sheep's wool) and then jabs.  Antibiotics for 20 days; anti inflammatories 10 days; bathing 10 days or more if needed.....   On the other hand, she's lost the kilo of blubber she acquired from stealing kitten food until I Rasta proofed their feeding place..

Leccy man here and happily working.   Good, cos once he's done that we can start dismantling our kitchen. What fun!

Bought myself some telescopic parrot bill loppers on Saturday so I'm off out to test them on the unruly fig.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 07:54

Good morning.  Up, showered and dressed and on parade to take Rasta to the vet.  She has a wound on her neck which we think is from fossicking in brambles late on Saturday afternoon.  Been bathing with Betadine buts he won't let me cut the woolly bear fur to see it properly.

Other than that, leccy man coming and I have to leave him with OH which is a worry......

Windy out there but dry so far.   Nothing extreme.   Hope you had no more damage Busy and any snow doesn't affect plans for today for everyone else.

Clari - be very afraid of what you may let yourself in for in a weak moment.............

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 18:53

Clari - I do think it's too early for you to take on so much.   Stay as helper while you learn the ropes and get to know the boys and parents and then decide whether you want to commit further.

Wonky - the mouse ruse is a very good idea.  Clever Clari.

Hope you've warmed up now Hosta.

It has stayed brassy here today.  I decided to clean upstairs, starting with Possum's room and let the kittens out through the window and onto the roof of the annex whence they can easily jump into the garden.   Minstrel finally decided it was OK to jump and then ran straight up a tree.  Cosmos eventually worked out that he could run down a sort of ladder thingy I found but, of course, fell through a hole near the bottom and then ran up a tree.   Daft pair.   Stayed out for ages despite the cold then came in for a feed and a long long sleep.

Just waiting for slow roast belly pork to cook with turnips braised in marmalade and Savoy cabbage with caraway seeds.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 16:22

Have you thought of holding a garage sale Wonky?

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