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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 08:32

Here is my latest rain dance

The air is very slightly damp but no visible drops.  This morning they arrived at 7:45 and bashed out the rest of the hole and are now putting in a lintel and cementing the edges to strengthen them before the door frame can go in.

All very well but I was up till after midnight sewing the top for the Star Wars outfit - now soaking because I managed to prick my finger and get a spot or two of blood, right on the front fastening so very visible.  Gauntlet next then the belt and the flowy tunic thingy. 

Definitely gardening this pm.

Hosta - OH doesn't need booze to snore but it's irritating all the same.

Clari - OH is 27 and finally beginning to understand about late nights and early starts.  These usually involve dance evenings (sober to manage the footwork) followed by early golf.  He then sleeps when he gets home and feels wrecked afterwards.

Joyce - that tree has beautiful bark.  I hope daughter can salvage some for her garden but, more importantly, that the clean up goes well.

Time for a 2nd coffee.

Wall shrub for wildlife

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 23:10

I think you could try wisteria.  In my garden it's been a-buzz with insects - lots of bees - since it started to flower last spring.   Good shelter for spiders and other tiny critters and plenty of birds hopping about in it.  You'd need to make a structure of tensioned wires on vine-eyes to support it initially but, in time the stems will become woody and self supporting. 


 They can get very high and/or long depending on how you train it.  Neighbours here have one that has escaped from an arch and is growing a good 20m along the hedge.

 You could also try one of the honeysuckles which provide shelter and nectar for insects.

Old shrubs

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 20:31

For winter you could scatter some bonemeal which helps feed roots and make strong plants and just fork it lightly around the base.  Make sure the soil is weed free and, after some good rain, you could also mulch with well rotted garden compost or cheap MPC compost.  Garden centres and DIY stores often sell it cheap now to clear space for Xmas trees and displays.  The worms will work it into the soil for you and that will add life and air to help your shrubs.

Come spring, scatter the well rotted chicken manure and then either leave them be or mulch again to retain moisture thru spring and summer and keep down weeds.

Wall shrub for wildlife

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 20:19

Which way does it face and what's the soil like?

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 20:17

FG - I hope you're clean and dry now.  What a pain!   Those cakes look very prim and proper for a significant birthday but absolutely gorgeous and very tempting.

I made a fruit scone round today for house history chappy but he couldn't stay so all the more for OH and me and some for the freezer.   Yum yum.  Haven't made fruit scone for over 20 years.   Chappy tells me loads of big, mature trees were taken down by various storms form '72 onwards and was moretified to see what owners before us have done to his aunt's "jardin à la française".  Only a tree peony and the wild rootstock of a persimmon left.   He planted our walnut tree 30 years ago and tells us that the end of the plot where we are building the potager has several feet deep of very rich, fertile soil.   Good.

Meanwhile, chappies turned up to bash the hole in the wall to our new shower room.  I'd have thought exposing thing back to the insulation behind our plaster board interior wall would be a brilliant rain dance but no, the forecast for 47mm of rain overnight has changed to an uncertain 4mm on Friday night.   Typical!

I hope everyone has a peaceful night, weather wise, health wise and worry wise.


Posted: 17/10/2017 at 18:47

Can't use salt Frank as it would drain into a new bed I've created next to the driveway.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 15:52

Our raised beds in Belgium were permanent and we just had to replace a few planks now and then.    This potager will have all new wood since we haven't traced any scaffolding planks and have only found railway sleepers by the lorry load from Brittany which is a coast too far.

OH is gradually strimming down all the weeds in there, forking up just the really big ones, and covering it all with weed fabric or cardboard for now.  Just had the grandson (aged 71) of the chap who built the house round and he says our potager should have several feet deep of really fertile soil.  Certainly seems so given the way the brassicas have grown despite the drought. 

Apparently there was a very productive fruit and veg plot here before but lots of big trees wiped out by storms and the rest of it neglected by subsequent owners.    We'll have to see what we can do about all that. 

Yesterday was certainly odd with eerie light and hazed sun but no winds or rain so far.  As ever. 

chocolate teapots

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 13:58

Josusa - you wear the socks and leg warmers to stop your feet getting cold in the first place.  Good thermal or ski socks are great and work in power cuts and in the garden..

Busy - you could have "planted" that thing upside down and hung bird feeders or lanterns on it.

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Posted: 17/10/2017 at 13:49

It may do well on a bloc drive.  I know our old farmer neighbours used one to good effect on their paths and driveways made form granite pavers.  I bought one to try here in this new garden but it is worse than useless on the forest of weeds coming up thru our loose gravel drive, even in a severe drought!  Oh has resorted to a hoe and has just tried weed killer on the latest eruption.


Posted: 17/10/2017 at 13:42

I do it on my PC with something called "resize your image" which lets you select the image, resize it and then save it into your downloads folder.   Very simple and effective.

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