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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 13:57

Good afternoon all.  We have a seasonable 21C here but have only had 3mm of rain and not the promised 8.5!  More dribbles going on but again, nothing like they promised.   We have been and done a raid on the SM and a DIY store for supplies for the weekend of rellies.   Senior SIL thinks she doesn't do spices or curry so I'm going to creep up on her with a chicken pastilla for lunch after they  arrive tomorrow and then Spanish hake with a smidge of chilli for dinner.

Called Possum when we got back and she's passed all her exams - again.   This follows a couple of years where she lost her way thanks to a completely unsuitable, disastrously needy and manipulative boyfriend.   Thank goodness she's coming out of that now.  It also means we get her all summer and no hassles with re-sits.   She wants to learn to paint furniture and I will also teach her to sew if I can.   She doesn't do gardening, especially now she knows there are snakes but she has started growing herbs in pots........   Slowly slowly catchee monkey.

Chicky - hope Chicklet survives without too much stress.   You too..  Nearly done now.

Dove - there's tennis at Eastbourne!    Joyce - glad you had a good sleep.  Hosat - can't bear F1 racing - nasty, noisy, smelly stuff ful of unpleasant people, including commentators and managers.

Busy - I'm sure other stuff will be on point for your OG.   There's always something "you should have been here last week" in my experience and something else that takes it place.   

Have a good day all and success with your projects.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 23:43

I'm so sorry Joyce.  Didn't know there was cancer too.  A huge worry for you.   I hope at least you can get to see him each day.

Dancing was good tonight.  Cha-cha samba and tango and then at the end, instead of us all going home we were invited to stay for a drink.   Someone had their birthday yesterday so offered everyone a glass of fizz and a piece of lemon meringue tart.  Lovely gesture and a great opportunity for a chat.

There has been some rain here in our absence and the forecast says we'll get 8mm in the night and 8mm more tomorrow.   That would be brilliant, especially as tomorrow is a shopping and cleaning day.   Other than that, normal service has resumed and temps are back to a more usual 20Cish.

DD - don't see why you can't show us your flyers and yes - menu pricing is important and make sure you get the margins right.  Nearly there.  Very excited for you.

Sweet dreams everyone.

Best Free Garden Design App

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 17:38

I signed up for Sutton's vegetable planner when I was designing my potager.  Doesn't cost much and you get a design tool plus regular tips by email.   Some of these have been quite useful but the software itself can't cope with my 29m x 25m plot on screen or printing out all at once as allotments and veggie plots are usually smaller.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 17:08

Our weather forecast is very volatile at the mo but not our weather.  However, the storms forecast for here have clearly hit other parts of the Vendée because we have had no internet for 24 hours cos of storm damage.......    We have had a couple of showers.  That's it.  We do now have normal June temps hovering about 20C which is very comfy for pottering.

Anyway, spent my day painting things and walls and giving houseplants a shower and tidy up and top dressing as needed.   OH has done all the ironing and then rotavated a 7m x 3 m bed in the potager which will become 2 squares and a central path for growing sweetcorn and squashes.  Another will follow for beans next spring and then I'll have a rotation.

Have read back but 3 pages have befuddled me so I'll just say hello everyone and I hope all are well and those who aren't are improving and finding solutions to aches, pains and worries.

Last edited: 27 June 2017 17:09:34

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 15:51

If it is, you shouldn't cover the concrete with anything but build your terrace beyond it.

How often is "frequently"

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 15:50

If yu've done them in trays it's better to stand the tray in a bigger tray of water and let it soak up what it needs and then remove and drain any excess.  If in the ground, you have to use your judgement so try feeling the soil next to your rows with your finger tips and if it's dry, water.

Gravel borders

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:29

I find gravel easy enough to hoe and then tidy with a rake if needs be.  In an ideal world the plants grow together to cover the ground and prevent weeds but while they're getting to that size the gravel retains moisture and keeps the rain spots off them.

This is what one should look like IMHO - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1

ID needed please

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:25

Looks like one of the sparaxias to me, or a close relative perhaps.

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:22

Cement is the usual medium for fixing slabs.  

Before closing that 10cm gap, check where your damp proof course is and any air bricks.  Going up to that level or higher will knacker them and be hugely detrimental to the fabric of your house.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 11:03

NOt me Pat.  Clari.

Proud mum indeed Busy.  Congrats to son and you too.

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