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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:52

LG - well done for the lean-to greenhouse.  Exciting new toy.

Lily - hope the journey goes well.

Liri - good advice re contracts etc.   Absurd in this day and age not to have sick pay for a permanent job whether part or full time.  Boss sounds positively antediluvian.  Needs a wake up.

Chicky - your snowdrop man sounds lovely.  What did you buy?   I have brought some of our ordinary ones with me as I potted them up last spring whilst in the green but the little clump of taller, broad-leaved ones wasn't showing in September when we left.

Busy - glad you enjoyed your panto and shopping.

This morning we've dropped Minstrel off at the vet's so no more sing-songs although the bum waving and snuggling was endearing.    Pheromone collars for the dogs have arrived so we hope Bonzo will calm down about kittens and strangers and we're trying one on Rasta to see if it reduces her barking.  She used to be quiet but since we've had Bonzo she needs to tell him everything whether it's visitors or passers-by.

Then we popped into a local kitchens place.  Very helpful chappy with lots of good advice.  Estimate by Saturday.  Will be an arm and a leg job but he has his own, salaried installers and craftsmen and can tweak it to measure.

Cosmos is missing his pal and very cuddly.  I'm off to keep him company while I fit a hook on our dressing room door.  It's where I feed the kittens and Rasta keeps raiding it when I'm not looking.  Do not want a Fat Rasta.


What to do with Shreded branches

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:36

Fresh wood chippings are great as brown stuff in compost heaps.   

I believe it's also safer than using it as a mulch, especially if it contains willow.  I spread some willow chippings on my garden - kindly donated by the council chappies who sheltered in my garage for their lunch ( better than their van and they wouldn't use the kitchen - and the flipping stuff grew willow trees all over the place!

The amount of nitrogen consumed in degrading is now thought to be negligible.  I would worry more about aphid and other pest eggs.  Better neutralised in a compost heap. 

The edible garden

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:32

I record all the gardening progs that are on early Sunday morning so I can watch at my leisure later and also show OH good ideas such as Adam's new veg plot on last year's GW and so on.

Soggy smelly compost

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:31

Just add more "brown" stuff as you are doing - paper, cardboard, dead stems and shredded twigs and branches as these allow in air which is essential to a healthy compost bin.  Too much green, wet waste allows for compaction and then becomes anaerobic and smelly.   You need about 1/3rd to 1/4 green with teh rest being brown.   Try covering it to keep the rain out for a while so it can heat up as being too wet will also make it smelly and stop it functioning..

I suspect you don't need to turn it weekly.  Try fortnightly to give the microbes a chance to work longer..

Lots of helpful info here form the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=444 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 22:43

Bright here already - almost a full moon and just as bright as the super moon so it must still be pretty close in its orbit.

RHS Bridgewater

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 21:49

Wisley, Rosemoor and Hyde Hall are on donated land which just happens to have been willed to them by southeners.    Harlow Carr was acquired when the northern horticultural society needed financial rescue and has since been much restored and improved.

The RHS has been on the lookout for a 5th garden for some years and this one sows great promise.

I daresay they'd love to have one in Scotland too but in the meantime there are RHS partner gardens and the NT.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 21:39

For heaven's sake Clari.  Be sensible and stay at home.  400 kids have up to 800 parents and countless siblings, not to mention the poor teachers and it isn't fair to share your bugs with them all.  If they're really interested they'll re-schedule.  Stay at home and pamper yourself for the rest of the week and weekend..

Not a successful day here.   By the time we got to Nantes it was lunch time.  Fortunately this IKEA is in a smart new shopping centre which has lots of feeding options and we found a nice little brasserie.  Then a wee explore before hitting the kitchen planning dept.   Eventually we had a plan with everything we wanted except work tops and splashbacks.  The ones we want aren't on the 3D design system so we needed help.  One hour later, still no staff free and by then we'd done the taps and handles and bits of trim so I went to ask the supervisor.   15 mins later she and 2 chaps were free but one couldn't, one wouldn't and she faffed and dithered.   We left.

However, we do have a plan and can now compare prices with other kitchen shops whose sales all started today and between them and IKEA - once top management has had a letter - I shall get what I want.  Can't use my Rangemaster Busy as there isn't enough leccy but I can easily add some in the incomplete annex and plug it in there.

I hope those bugs are on the wane but do try not to do too much at once folks.

Fidget - hope hubby is safe.

Still calm here but set to change by the weekend.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 09:19

We visited Uluru in Jan 2001.  40C in the shade but bearable because it was dry heat and we didn't have to work.  I can take a lot of dry heat.  It's humid heat that floors me.

Enjoyed MD and did feel for that woman down-sizing to such a small plot and am pleased she's found a way through to enjoy her new garden.  Monty was very good with her.  The young couple are amazing; so full of energy and zest for life and a great set of friends and family to help.   Flowers - I have done something similar but a bit more artistic to an albizzia julibrissin because every single plant underneath it was dead apart from a few tiny bulbs.   The canopy needed thinning to let in light and rain.  I hope they get some decent apples and not just a load of water shoots.

Grey and drismal to day but calm.   We're off to look at new kitchens.  I've tried but this one is badly planned and the cooker is a nightmare.   Who would install a 90cm oven that runs on bottled gas?   It can't bake and it can't roast and it doesn't cope at all when I'm using the hob too.  It has to go.  

Keep safe everyone, whether dealing with strong winds, high heat or lurgies.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 00:46

Stayed up late to watch Monty Don's new series and finish the last few rows of a scarf I've been knitting - OH has gone to bed along with kittens who would other wise help me. 

I very much doubt we get as hot as you for as long Pat or that you get as cold for as long as we do but you must be on the downhill run soon for more comfortable temperatures.   Hope so.

wisteria pruning

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 00:14

Best wait till the heavy frosts are over.  It can be done in February if necessary.

See this for advice from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 

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