Latest posts by Obelixx

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 17:41

Not going there.  I've just spent €65 on 12 perennials in 4" pots, 12 trays of veggie and salad plugs, a yellow courgette in a 4" cube, 4 pots of dwarf pinks for the pots by the front door and a bag of pigs' ears for the dogs.   Spent way more than that on seeds for the season and then there are the bags of compost, pelleted manure, the seed trays and modules and new gloves.

Haven't been to a single plant fair yet or Chelsea which will involve lily bulbs and peony supports and gloves.   I'm a lot more careful about what I buy now that I know just how hard winters can be here but still spend more than that average sum without even trying.

I rather suspect no-one on here is average anyway or has an average garden or an average gardening habit.

Horizontal wire support for climbing rose and clematis

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:04

Just remembered.  SIL had a rampant montana on nasty plastic mesh which was sagging so 3 years ago we installed horizontal wires for it and an alpina further along the wall.   We then wound more wires to make a zig zag to help them along as she's a novice gardener.

It worked really well and she liked it so much that last year she ripped out the montana and planted two or three longer flowering summer clems instead.  We'll be seeing it for ourselves in September and, no doubt, fixing some other problem.   Re-dug and lined and edged her two ponds the last time too and planted up a border next to a new fence.   

Climbing plant

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:56

Did you take a photo?  Use the tree icon to post one.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:53

We have been adopted by a pair of ducks.  Mr Mallard follows her every move.  Mrs M tends to sit on the bird food watching the small birds eat and they go for walks across the grass, whilst the dogd watch from the living room window with their tongues hanging out and tails wagging.  I do hope they aren't trying to nest and lay in our pond as we have the two horrors who will finish all that for them.

Hosta - move the conifers.  Much easier to replace those than shifting a rock.   We dug up a huge flat slab of local blue stone which had been hiding a well and moved it to be the new stone for loose feed under the bird feeding arch.  Got our farmer neighbour to do it with his tractor.

Soggy here.  been out and about doing errands and that meant a drive through our local woods carpeted with stunning bluebells - proper ones.   Stunning even on a wet, grey day.

Accents - I use and AZERTY keyboard as most of my stuff is done in French now and that has built in accents.   Can't use a QUERTY now without thinking about every stroke but used to do the Alt thing too.



Comfrey Bocking 14 - friend or foe?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:32

Better to get a big bucket with a lid and put the cut foliage in water.  You will get a very smelly solution (hence the need for a lid) which you then dilute and water on the plants that need it - flowers and fruiters such as roses, clems, toms etc. 

Alternatively, use an old dustbin to store the cut leaves dry until you do get a compost heap or to mix in with your bought compost.

Patio cleaning help

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:28

Pressure washer.   Buy or hire a Karcher.   We used one on our terrace made from black granite pavers which had come out of the cowshed and they turned out to be lovely shades of brown with flecks.

Productive soft fruit plot

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:25

We have spring daffs between our redcurrant, blackcurrant, gooseberries and blueberries for a bit of cheerful spring colour.   There are also strawberry plants in their second and 3rd year in those beds and giving good crops.   You could grow early salads or late oriental pak choi and co (best sown after mid July or they bolt) that won't get in the way when harvesting your gooseberries.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:21

Has it occurred to you that it may be easier to move the plants to show off the rock than move the rock?   Mohammed and mountains and all that?

Plant ID

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:20

Yes, or you'll get no flowers this year.

Comfrey Bocking 14 - friend or foe?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:19

As I understand it this version is sterile so will not self seed.  It is an excellent plant for adding to the compost heap and its foliage makes the best tomato feed - trialled on Beechgrove against standard commercial products and much to Jim's amazement.

It has attractive flowers that bees love and is good ground cover.  Comfrey sin't fussy about soil or light levels.  I grow it in full sun and partial shade on fertile alkaline loam.  A friend grows it in shade in her woodland garden on a lighter, acidic, sandier soil.

Just dig up any that gets too big and bung it on teh compost..

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