Latest posts by Obelixx

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..

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:17

Bit dull here this morning.  OH is out there already clearing the piles of vegetation he cut back yesterday and then he'll be doing lawn edges.  I am on plaster filling duty and then the cutting in - after yet another floor wash and a scrub of the skirting boards.  Lovely.

Has to be done tho so I can get out there and tend my treasures.    There are clematis needing new obelisks and an arch to rebuild for Etoile Violette and roses to finish pruning and plants to pot up for the charity sale.

Have a good one everyone.  I hope your weather is clement for whatever you're doing and that all is well.

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:30

I doubt it'll be too difficulut if you have reasonable strength and a handy tree or sleeper to bend it round and then a plank to stand on while you bend the "legs" up.   However, I find 5mm is fine for a plant support à la Monty and use it for purple phlomis, echinops, helianthemums and any other tall plant that needs a support.       

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 16:11

Glad you're OK Hosta and OH is looking after you.    Dove, I hate stud parking too and badly thought out and indicated diversions.   Shopping's OK if I'm in the mood which isn't often.   Not a shopaholic at all.

Verdun - EU rules apply to all EU businesses.  Some adapt, some cheat and some go under.   That's life with government of any sort be it local, regional, national or European.   Worth noting also that the little jobsworths in Britain apply all those rules far more assiduously than their EU counterparts.

We have roast dinner on Sundays.  Possum expects it (Capricorn so likes tradition) and OH likes it anyway.  I've only recently started doing Yourkshire puds and now Poss wants them every week!   Simple salmon and veggies tonight as the kitchen is in disarray and I'm shattered.    It's a big farmhouse kitchen with some fitted cupboards but mostly not.    Furniture all moved and cleaned and protected.  Walls all sanded down and then vacced and steam cleaned.  

Some filling been done already and floor washed for the 3rd time to collect plaster dust which will no doubt continue falling for days.  I've done the hall while I was on to get all the dusty stuff done in in one go so it's a huge area of wall and floor.

In between dries, have taken the last of the roses and clems in pots from their shelter corner and put them in full sun and wind and rain.   They've done well so far so I hope they'll be OK.   OH has kept out of the way and gardened, cutting down miscanthus and other dead perennial stems and weeding.

Immigrants - most are genuine, escaping horrors but some are economic and some naugty infiltrators up to no good.  On balance, we should be doing more to sort and help but on the understanding that our way of life gives personal freedoms and standards and opportunities for which we also have to share civil responsibilities and duties.  They should not expect to come and impose their religion, values or politics on us as it is not our way and that's what got them into a mess in the first place.  

It has turned cold and grey and damp now but the last few sunny days have worked wonders on the PSB and we should finally get enough of a picking for supper tomorrow if it stays sunny.


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