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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:13

Love the look of those pasties Dove but can't bake till I get an oven installed and by then it'll be too hot.   Been out there in sleeveless t-shirt most of the afternoon and actually sat and sunned ourselves when we stopped for a coffee.

I found some daffs growing in the former donkey paddock which is to be the potager so took the old abandoned wheelbarrow we found here to bring them back after digging them up.  It squeaked appallingly so I sprayed its wheel with WD40.  Easy.  What did OH say?  Just swap it with the real one that's holding up pallets in the corner where Rasta doggy escapes through a gap in the hedge.  Typical!  I told him to fix the hole instead.  Been waiting since November.

He has had the mower out and has also cleared away all my hackings from yesterday and thinned some more of the ginormous bamboo.   I have planted out about 50 rescued daffs along with two shrubs after we cleared a small bed for them and bunged on 140 litres of multi-purpose compost.  The lilac that is left in that bed will probably faint at being weeded, fed and watered.

Tingling now.  The daffs were in a patch of nettles.

Hosta - those frogs are a bit early aren't they?

Amaryllis stem

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 12:50

Very unlikely but don't give up hope.  I've had two flowering stems on mature bulbs before.    Feed it with tomato food while the leaves are green so they feed the plant for next year's flower and then let it go dormant in teh usual way.  Keep it well above dog height next year.

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 12:48

There are bluebell woods in Belgium - Halle on the south west side of Brussels - http://www.eupedia.com/belgium/halle_wood.shtml and there's one near our old house near Gembloux but it's a private beech wood maintained for logging.  Visible from the N29 tho and carpets of wild mini daffs then wood anemone and then the bluebells before the bracken takes over for the rest of the year.  Gorgeous.


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 12:44

I've just ordered a polytunnel for our new fruit and veg plot.  It's quite big - 4m wide  x 8m long.   There is also a shade net including for high summer.

I'm planning to erect it facing east with the long sides facing north and south to allow for sun worshipers and plants which need less and there will be a door at either end for ventilation.

It will be used for starting off crops early and ornamentals too and then producing salads and some veggies in the lean months and sheltering tender stuff like dahlias and cannas over winter.

Any tips on making the support poles secure, tying it down, general care and maintenance?   I've only ever had a teeny glasshouse and that in much colder climes.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 12:31

We try and avoid Saturdays for a big SM shop and also Friday pm as schools come out - heving with parents and over-excited or tired and grumpy kids.

I take the view that SM prices include having my stuff scanned and then I am free to stash it in bags according to type and where it will go in the kitchen and pantry so fridge bag, freezer bag, fruit and veggie bag etc....    Much quicker to deal with when I get home.

OH has been manfully hacking the bamboo clumps, thinning out at least every other stem.   So many huge bean poles now!   I have been pottering in the kitchen but now I'm off out in the sunshine.

Bonzo, having been scared stiff of the kittens when they arrived and then seeing them as prey to be chased the second they move has now progressed beyond letting them pass by quietly to trying to woo them.   It's hilarious.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:40

Sorry.  Sounds similar in my poor morning brain.

What are you sewing?

A Special Delivery

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:32

Well done Jones.  He's gorgeous and I too love his growbag.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:29

DD - two weeks at Carnaval seems a bit odd to us after Belgium's one week but since they all do it I'm sure the administrative wheels will grind on in the usual way.  Patience and, as you say, enjoy the calm before the storm.  Fingers crossed it all gets moving soon.

Liri - how very worrying for you.   Fingers crossed for you and the baby too.

Busy - Where did you get your albums?  I have photos going back decades that need organising but I get irritated by the usual albums and am definitely not into scrap-booking. 


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:01

GD - that container sounds cramped to me.    Think couch grass on steroids.   That's what the roots will be like so a bit more depth and certainly more width if it's to screen bins.

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