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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 07:51

5C on the north wall this morning and sun trying to peak through mixed clouds.   I have a rare coffee morning to go to, hosted at one of my favourite gardens (garden group friends) so have made a coconut carrot cake to take.  Now I just need to pot up a few pulmonarias to take along for another friend starting a new bed after losing some infected ash trees.

This pm will be more decorating.   Almost ready to start painting.  Just a bit more filling to do and all the masking tape but all surfaces now clean and scrubbed and plaster dust almost under control.

Hosta - hope the theatre trip goes well.   DD have a good flight home. Dove - our heating is on all the time but each radiator has a thermostat so only the bathroom ones are actually warm.

I hope everyone who needed it has had a good night's sleep and that everyone has a cracking day.

Late summer/autumn bulbs

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 22:50

I like acidanthera which are a silky white with deep purple throats.  Mine flower in September/October.   They are also called peacock orchids and are a form of gladiolus so need winter protection from heavy frosts.

Agapanthus come in blues and white and, whilst not strictly a bulb as they have fleshy, rhizomatous roots, do very well in pots.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 22:20

Yes, PSB is what I grow.

You can grow samphire from seed, apparently.   Found this after a googl - http://suttons.kayako.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/371


Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 19:00

Samphire, in season, is sold as standard in supermarkets and fishmongers here.  However, they don't do PSB and nor do the markets or independent greengrocers so I grow my own.

Last year's sowings have survived winter in a sunnier, more sheltered bed than my usual veggies and the last few days of mostly sunny weather mean we should get our first picking this weekend.   Now to decide what to eat with it.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 14:08

Me too.   Possum went for an interview for a student job at a theme park this summer and had to do role play.  She loves that sort of thing and does it well.  However, she lost the plot when the other person returned a pizza for the 6th time but they've employed her anyway to sit in an office and count cash for 4 weeks in July.

Speaking of recipes, I was very surprised to find palm oil listed in an organic Xmas pud from Duchy originals a couple of years ago so didn't buy it.   All those food miles and homeless orangutans!   What's wrong with British butter?

What is your weather like?

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 14:02

Drismal here.   Yesterday OH and I sat outside to eat our lunch and it was warm.  Today started fine but is now grey and damp and cool.   Good decorating weather probably, given that the kitchen needs finishing and putting back together.

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 11:29

I just cut ours in two Sandy and then bend them.   That makes enough "leg" to push into the soil and hold up my echinops which get tall.  You can work it out though - 20 to 30 cms for each leg to go in the ground and another 50 to 80cms for the bent part which goes round the plants (depends on size of clump and tree trunk for bending) and then the height you want times 2.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:33

Drove thru Rouen on our way home from the Vendée - lovely route which avoid Paris and its dreadful orbital road.    Still haven't been to Monet's garden but it is on the list now that OH is retired and available.

No gardening for me for a few days as I have to get the kitchen re-decorated.  OH is busy clearing old vegetation and doing lawn edges today and I hope to get out there for an hour or two while plaster repairs or paint dry.   Should be done and dusted by Monday so I can crack on with gardening fun so yes please with the calendar BF.


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:27

I only use our détaupeur in extremis.   Mostly, we live with the blighters but sometimes they just get too invasive and have to go.   Live rescue if possible to surrounding fields on the other side of the stream as they've tunnelled under the road before now!

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:23

The stuff I buy is sold as reinforcing rod and comes in various thicknesses starting at 5mm which is cold bendable but going to 1cm and more which aren't.  It rusts quietly so is unobtrusive at first and then invisible as the plants grow.

I have my own bolt cutters but the staff are also happy to cut the rods in two for me to get them in the car.  It comes in 5m lengths and is in the sales yard next to all the sheets of 5m x 2m metal grid which I use as trellis now - doesn't rot, doesn't collapse under the weight of happy clems or heavy pumpkins and can be cut to size with my bolt cutters..

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