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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:19

Not familiar with Noel but I really like Sandy T and Prue L.   PH is a tad too naive and sensitive and humourless for me so let's just hope they get a good batch of amateur bakers.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:11

Still have no beds for planting so am busy tending things in pots whilst waiting for the man with the digger to make our potager and build us a couple of fences for supporting some clems and roses for a scented courtyard garden up by the house.

Haven't found any plant fairs happening yet but there are some coming up in April and May.   Meanwhile I'm having "fun" bouncing around on the mower trying to tame grass that has been mown by sheep or farm tractor for the last 3 years leaving it very wild and hummocky and bumpy.

Have fun potting up treasures to take BF and thanks for the updates. 

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:06

Good morning all.  Late start today owing to a lie-in needed after being kept wake half the night by OH snoring.   It's cool and breezy and grey out there.   More painting for me and then some pottering, outdoors if it warms up.  It's so uninviting out there at the mo that  OH is tackling our ironing mountain.

Haven't seen the news properly but have heard bits in the background.  I can't see that Merkel will have been surprised by Trump's behaviour or utterings.   Putin and his cohorts will have closely studied Trump and his tricks and will make him look foolish if he tries it on.  I have no admiration or liking for either.  Both dangerous and arrogant and stupid in their ways.

Anyone seen the new line-up for the Bake Off?

Plant which has the most impact on gardening and the plant which has started your passion, according to you.

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 09:50

I was always interested as a child but discouraged my parents too time poor to risk letting me play with beds and plants.   Discovered only in my 40s, and long after he was dead, that my paternal grandfather was a keen amateur gardener and prize winner up in South Shields.

What started me as an adult was buying a house with a garden - 85' long and with a row of 30' high leylandii down the eastern side blocking the morning sun from our garden and the afternoon sun and prevailing rain form our neighbours.    Suddenly, we had grass to mow, dead roses and weedy laburnum to get rid of and those trees making it all dark.   We cleared the rubble and planted a fruit cage, took down the trees and found our garden was suddenly a whole lot wider and lighter and then started planting with help and advice form our new neighbours who were delighted the trees had gone.

We'd come home from work and make a cup of tea and wander about the garden admiring blooms and veggies and pulling weeds and gently de-stressing and now find that a garden and the process of caring for it are essential to our well-being.   Love sharing plants and info and tips too.

Harlow Carr visit

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 16:12

Lovely Andy.  Thanks.   Please go again when it's a bit warmer and share some more photos.

Garden design - blank canvas

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 16:10

I suggest you get the messy stuff done first - terraces and seating areas and paths and any raised beds you decide to make as trampling the awn with all the wheelbarrows of materials will be messy.

The fences can be disguised with climbers, shrubs and tall perennials but first you'll need to fig out some decent beds and improve the soil by removing any crud and adding lots of compost to feed both plants and beneficial organisms.   There are roses and clematis able for every aspectand you can train them across the fences and walls on a system of vine eyes and tensioned wires or painted trellis panels according to taste and budget.

Garden tools utility belt

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 10:59

Would get hot and bothered with a belt thingy.  I use a palstic trug split in two sections and designed for carrying DIY tools round the house but works fine for me for my secateurs, trowel, hand fork and so on.  Anything else needs a wheelbarrow or a big trug.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 10:57

Already Busy?  That was short.   Hope you've enjoyed it and get home with no bovver.

Builder's just been with all 5 copies of 2 sets of documents for us to sign and deposit at the mairie for the shower room extension.   Do we know how many sq m's we have here already.  No.  Need to fish thru purchase docs but not now.

I've done my painting and we're off to a Spring show at La Roche-s-Y - food, deco, gardening and more so may be fun or may be dire but we have to check it out to find out.

How's OH and his teeth Pat?   Good detective work on that tree.

Lining raised beds

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 09:00

Line the base with cardboard.  Line the sides with plastic to prevent water from the soil seeping into the material from the soil - makes it last longer and stops nasties leaching back into the soil.  

I would suggest straw rather than chipped bark as it's probably cheaper and will rot down faster to release nutrients.   Mix it with some manure if you can get some - DIY and garden centres sell it bagged and rotted.    Then start a compost heap as you will need to renew and replenish the soil and its nutrients every year to maintain both levels and plant health.

Rose Bush repair

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:52

I would weed the base of the rose stems so they're completely free of competition from grass and weeds and then give a generous handful of fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure just gently forked into the soil and then water well - at least a gallon - and then mulch it with some potting compost or soil enricher which you can buy at garden centres and DIY.

Then, as Hostas says, you need to train all the stems as horizontally as possible.  The simplest method is to attach vine eyes (screws with loops on the end) to the strongest parts of the fence at intervals of 123/30cms and then stretch wires between them to make a horizontal framework.   Then you gently tie in the stems as they grow.  Use garden twine and don't strangle them.  Leave room for growth and girth.  Make sure they're not strapped to the fence too tightly as they need air to circulate.

The trained stems will then push out short flowering stems.  You can encourage this with liquid feeds of tomato food used between now and mid July.  No later as the new growth won't have time to mature before the frosts.

See this site for general rose pruning info as well as climbing rose specifics - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=186

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