Latest posts by Obelixx

Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 23:42

Sorry Daniel but UK ads are of little interest or relevance to those of us outside the UK and you'd be amazed how many companies won't post to the EU or else charge an arm and a leg.

Still glarey white and pale blue/grey here on an HP Pavilion laptop.

Forum changes now live

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 21:17

I can see more threads on the Latest posts page which is a definite improvement but my screen is still mostly blank grey with a newly softer white for the content.   Still seems to me to be a lot of wasted space at the top.  Why can't Latest Posts appear on the same line as the number of posts and the page numbering?

I think the contrast between font and background could be much sharper.  Black instead of dark grey would be clearer and less tiring.

In the green block at the top Gardeners World could appear all on one line along with Logout. That would save space too but maybe too wide for portable devices?

I am busy doing the posters to advertise the dance club's assorted classes and activities for the next academic year so am very conscious of things like font, spacing and background and getting in all the info needed.  The forum pages still look very empty to me.   I do have adblocker.

Great to have pages numbers at the top and bottom.

Well done team.   Roll on the next lot of upgrades.

Vinegar Weed Killer

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 16:14

I think salt is really bad as it changes the soil and kills off beneficial micro organisms.   Better to use a carefully applied systemic weedkiller or a blow torch if your drive is too big to weed by hand.

To stone or not to stone

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:32

The RHS has been doing some research on container gardening and best techniques and now advises not to crock or stone in layers but just enough to stop compost leaking from the drainage hole(s).

The interesting thing about the wine corks is that they soak up excess moisture and then release it if the compost gets a bit dry - and the collection process is enjoyable too.

Rose Garden

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:23

Ornamental alliums and lavender are great companions and help deter aphids which don't like their smell.

Hardy geraniums and heucheras make great ground cover hummocks of attractive foliage with the bonus of flowers.  Which you use depends on your soil and aspect and exposure.

I also have hardy cyclamens, snowdrops, daffodils, hyacinths, pulsatilla, aquilegia, London Pride and penstemons in my main rose bed.   In another more shaded bed I have variegated ground elder, violets and hellebores under the roses.

To stone or not to stone

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:18

I now use a piece of weed suppressant fabric in the bottom of pots to stop soil/compost escaping and allow drainage.   If it's a large pot with a tall plant, I might add stones at the bottom as they add stability with their weight.  If it's a deep pot and not such a deep rooted plant, I'll use wine corks to reduce the compost needed and make the pot lighter to move.   

If it's a ceramic pot with just one hole, I still sometimes cover the hole with one or two bits of broken crocks to aid drainage and stop compost escaping.

What's wrong with my chilli?

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 14:12

Keep them warm.  Feed and water as needed and put down some organic slug pellets.

Vinegar Weed Killer

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 12:38

There's some more info here, including different formulations, where it works best and the fact that it only kills top growth, not roots so is no good on deep rotted or perennial weeds - http://www.garden-counselor-lawn-care.com/vinegar-weed-killer.html

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 11:17

I've seen ketchup advised for loosening nuts and hinges on old furniture.   I stopped drinking coke when I saw what a spilled glass did to the varnish on my desk at work.  Confirmed my dislike of it when it was recommended for loosening the metal wheels on a decorative iron wine rack being bought by a friend in a junk shop.   All that plus the total lack of social ethics from the manufacturers and their marketing policies.

Bonzo dog is barking mad today.   We've had another group of Belgian blue/white breeding cows arrive in the pasture next door.  Late arrivals as they have to recover from their Caesarians cos their calves are so big.   He likes to remind them that this is our garden but, being curious, they line up along the fence and just look at him.

I should be at a regional patchwork day today but am on doggy duty and house cleaning ready for visitors tomorrow.   Rasta is still doing her thespian limping - until someone mentions treats or walkies.

Gardening later then as it's lovely and sunny and warm.

I hope your lecture has gone well Busy and everyone else's projects are bearing fruit.

Forum notifications - please take part!

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 22:42

I receive email notifications of PMs.  Didn't always happen before.  I never receive notifications of replies to posts.

I didn't in the old format either and have never ticked the box to ask for them.   Too intrusive.  If I'm in email I'm busy doing non-GW forum stuff and don't want the distraction.

I use Outlook to manage my emails but have recently had to change to a gmail address as my old one developed problems following a change to our internet provider.  They all still come into Outlook and there's nothing lurking in Junk or anywhere else.

Works for me.

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