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Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 23:05

LB - no worries.  She was small once - it only seems like yesterday so where did the time go? - and I did have her very late.

White equivalent of Geum

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 23:03

Astrantias also like moist soil and some shade.  Gorgeous plants tho.   

White equivalent of Geum

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:56

Geum rivale is lovely but needs moist soil.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:40

Possum is not little any more - 22 and went to local schools in Belgium and is now at Namur studying PR.   Here for 3 weeks of Easter hols so goes back on Saturday for summer term and June exams.   Might be here for summer depending on whether or not she gets a student job for July or August in Belgium.   She's allowed to do 30 days tax free..

Sums up my weekend

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:26

What a pain KT.  I hope tomorrow goes better for you, and the rest of the week too..

Last edited: 16 April 2017 21:26:48

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:24

My mum saw food as fuel and also worried about germs so everything was very well cooked, ie over cooked and dull but she did at least try curries as that was what eating out involved during their 5 years in Tanganyika running a leper colony - Saturday night, once a month at the Indian restaurant..    OH's mum was even worse tho - no curries or Chinese till I got hold of them.

Lantana - my orchids were parked on Possum's window sill but git knocked over by kittens leaping after flies.  I moved them to the window on the stairs where they've been knocked over less but one had its flower stalk wagged off by Bonzo's tail.  I put the stem in a wee vase a month ago and it is still looking fresh.

Amount of Compost

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:15

Most composts contain nutrients for a maximum 90 days' consumption.  JI 1 is for seeds and cuttings.  JI 2 is for potting on and plants that need less food.  JI 3 has the highest nutrient levels and, crucially, all JIs have the drainage you need.

MPC gets claggy and can be hard to re-wet if it gets dry.   Not ideal for herbs.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:12

Looking good Wonky.  Well done.  Important that the cats like it too.

LG - you'll have time to do yours now you're free, for a while.

No rain forecast here till a week tomorrow and that's only a maybe but we are expecting to get down to 1C on Wednesday morning so all my toms and squashes will have to come inside.

Glad your lunch went well Busy.    

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 20:57

Can't be doing with Rowan Atkinson so no Maigret here.   Plenty of chocolate tho.

LB I spent my teenage years living in Grappenhall with Saturday morning trips to the covered market in Warrington for fruit and veg and the pork butcher in the nearby streets for ham on the bone for Sunday tea and a joint of pork when we weren't having lamb or brisket.   My mum was a very boring, predictable cook and we always knew what day of the week it was by what was for dinner.

All gone now.   Progress?

On the other hand, the first time we went in the Mersey flowing over the weir was covered in pink foam from pollutants and at least that has all been cleaned up.

Amount of Compost

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 20:49

Use a measure?   Multi purpose compost is not best for herbs.  They tend to like good drainage so you should use a John Innes no 3 which is loam based and maybe add a bit of MPC to give it some water retention and some coarser grit for good drainage.

Sounds counter-intuitive to mix like that but herbs hate wet feet unless they're mint and basil which like some shade and good drainage with a bit of moisture retention.   Think also about a gravel mulch on each pot to reduce the need to water and keep weeds down.

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