Latest posts by Obelixx

Allotment progress.

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 13:32

Our timbers are 2.5m Hosta so common sense says 1.25 wide and 2.5 or 5m long.   OH has built me one 2.5 wide and 7.5 long which is fine as I can use one such big blocks for squashes and sweetcorn but he's built another 2 at 2.5 wide to save sawing!  I have now undone one of those to make it 1.25 wide and expect a change to t'other as well as all future raised beds except the fruit cage which can stay 2.5m wide as it won't matter about walking between permanent rows of peaches, apricots, plums, cherries and soft fruits.  

Allotment progress.

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 12:27

Thanks for those pics Hosta.  Now maybe OH will understand about raised bed dimension!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 12:23

Grey bits, blue bits, windy bits.  No wet bits.   Cooking today so we can have a picnic tomorrow as we're taking the dogs with us.   Simmering a chuck in good stock to make a pastilla when it's cooled and a courgette loaf plus salads.   Should hit the spot.

I have a Karcher steam cleaner after the light model with the triangular head died.  Very effective but clearly designed for short people and they didn't get anyone arthritic to test the access to the water reservoir and the single cloth cover for the steam head was obviously never tested in anger by a woman with tiled floors, 2 dogs and an OH all living with a large garden and country walks.  I have improvised and now it works well.

Love chicken livers with lardons and salad.  Love lamb's liver cooked Venetian style.  

Saw just a bit of GW last night but have it recorded for catching up.  it's on again later this afternoon too and tomorrow am for anyone who missed it.

Busy - your mojo will return and your garden looks lovely anyway.   Which cake are you making?

WW - glad you've got over your bug.  I am staying away from porn till I find a lorry load or 3 of manure and then I'll sow from my stock of seeds bought in anticipation............

Pat - Have you any blackcurrant?   Makes a change form lemon and honey.

Brain fogging now.  Need more coffee.  Have a good one everyone.

Over grown, old garden

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 21:30

Sorry, being flippant.   As stated, this is a British based forum and, while there are all sorts of levels of experience and skill, we mostly haven't a clue about soil/weather/environment in your neck of the woods.

Have a chat with your neighbours about why the chicken wire is needed.  Over here we are encouraged to make holes in fences and boundaries so critters like hedgehogs can wander between gardens to find mates and food.    

Think about what you want from your garden - play, relaxation, sitting, eating, flowers, perfume, vegetables, fruit, wildlife - and then how much time you have to spend on it each week to maintain it - the horticultural equivalent of dusting and vacuum cleaning - and also your budget because that will dictate the style and content as well as whether or not you need a greenhouse and cold frames for sowing and pricking out your own plants, taking cuttings, making divisions and so on.

Then work out which way it faces, how much sun each bit gets and when and you can work from there.  We'll be happy to help if we can.

lime loving plants

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 21:23

Try the RHS website - written by experts.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=257

Urgent -re Damsons

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 21:21

Sounds wonderful.    I rather doubt that a damson would be happy here but I got very excited on walkies today when I found some lovely sloes in a hedgerow, despite the drought.   Maybe, in a normal year, damsons would be happy enough.   So much better than the Mirabelles we have a-plenty but sweet and lacking character.

Urgent -re Damsons

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:56

I think they will ripen but would agree with Dove about making damson pickle or damson chutney.   What would you have done with so many that were ripe?  Damson jam?  Damson crumble?   Same principle but savoury and yummy.

lime loving plants

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:53

Even roots that go metres deep need some to^p growth to photosynthesise and feed them so if you keep on top of top growth removal the roots will eventually weaken and die.    

What is casting the shade and can you do anything to reduce it?

Over grown, old garden

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:51

Fidget!!   Woman shed!!!!

Utter Confusion

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 19:50

Or coffee breaks!

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