Latest posts by Obelixx

Sussex Trugs in France

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 18:12

If you google "magazine+jardin+France" you will get quite a list of magazines.

I don't buy any regularly but I picked up a copy of Jardiner Facile last month because it had a lunar calendar I can pin on my garden shed wall.   You could also try Living Magazine which is in English and targeted at the Englsih speaking community in the Dordogne, Charente and Vendée regions.

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 09:18

I don't think chicken wire is sturdy enough for a bouncy dog and nothing will deter cats other than the presence of a dog and maybe a water scarecrow which is a weapon you can google.

I'd go for rolls of the proper green mesh, plastic covered wire mesh at whatever weight you can afford.  You'll then need the vertical supports and tensioners and you'll need wire cutters to cut it to size for stepping down your slope.   

Last edited: 27 February 2017 09:18:52

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 08:59

I remember being in Texas in '88 and supermarkets were open 24/7, even in a bible belt.  At the same time there were people driving round in pickups with shotguns and rifles attached to the cab.   I am a devout atheist too but am happy for people to observe their own religious or other beliefs as long as they don't ram them down my throat or disrespect other people's beliefs or lack of them.

Good fun at the Oscars but coverage definitely OTT.   

TB - when I got a big thorn in my thumb and it got badly infected, the doc removed what he saw (a teeny speck) and then told me to soak it 3 times a day in a solution of iodine/bétamine antiseptic and squeeze out any remaining infection.  3 days later, out popped a 13mm splinter.........   Felt a lot better after that.   Good luck with yours.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 08:28

There's a campaign against Sunday shopping in Belgium on the grounds that it mostly affects women working at the tills and who would be better off at home with their family.    However, on the few occasions I nipped out for something the place was heaving with other others doing their big family shop for the week.     Bigger stores have got as far as "Collect and Go" but not yet delivering tho that will surely come.    I enjoy doing my own shopping and hope it will be many a year before I need deliveries.

Wild and woolly out there this morning but supposed to be better up at Nantes.    

Hope everyone has a good day, whatever you're doing.

lunar gardening

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 08:18

It is supported by those who use it successfully.  No-one has funded a thorough scientific evaluation because it is not in big commercial interest to do so.   However you will find that French gardening magazines publish lunar calendars and Italian seed companies advise which days are best to sow seeds.

It's a system that's been used since Egyptian times but, like any other, you can take it or leave it.

I find I organise my time better in the garden if I discipline myself to stick to root jobs on roots days and not get distracted by leaf or flower jobs and so on.   Their are even jobs when gardening with any plant is discouraged in favour of maintenance of boundaries, tools, sheds etc   What's not to like?

Ultimate Alphabet 'P'

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 21:00

Pug, Pommeranian, paint box, paint brush, pawn, plum, plantain, pestle, padlock, pliers, proboscis monkey, pitcher, pagoda.

Is anyone counting?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 20:52

Swiftly bypassing the waste of time that is football (IMHO) are we talking about John Nettles?  Used to fancy him in Bergerac many moons ago but not in Midsomer Murders as he went all huffy and puffy.  Didn't watch Poldark - on a par with football.

Fire away.   Not ducking.

I gave the b****y gas oven another try at slow roasting some belly pork.  I expect it would be OK connected to town gas or a 1000litre reservoir but your standard domestic bottle just doesn't do it.   Had to finish the joint in the wee combi oven and finish the crackling under the grill, all of which faffing meant I didn't get my sweet peas sown.   It'll be Wednesday now.

Hosta - why does Waitrose do deliveries on Sunday?  I can just about understand Sunday morning opening for the shops but are delivery staff not allowed a day of rest?  Not to mention all those vans rushing about.

lunar gardening

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 20:37

Yes Ivy.   There are several ways of gardening by the moon.   The first and simplest is according to the moon's quarters and uses a waxing moon for activities and plants that happen above ground eg sowing leaf, flower and fruit crops, and the waning moon for below ground activity such as root veg, cuttings and divisions.

Then there is the system which takes into account the moon's relative position on the sky - ascending or descending relative to the night before - and finally the biodynamic system which take into account the waxing and waning together with the moon's position in the 12 zodiac signs as well as its relative position to the earth.  This last is very complicated but there are calendars available online and in books and magazines and a poster called Biofreak kindly posts the dates and activities - and when not to garden - on the above mentioned thread.

Ultimate Alphabet 'P'

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 18:59

Thanks.  i'd saved it and tried enlarging that copy but it was limited.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 16:58

I've been doing it from Belgium so would drive over on Monday, stay with friends two nights thus allowing a good chinwaggy catch up and at least one proper curry.  On the Monday I would hit M&S for fair trade cotton t-shirts and any bargains going and do an SM run for non-perishables then Tuesday at Chelsea and Wednesday would be home via Wisley's shop and another SM for undyed smoked haddock if I could find any and some spring lamb. 

Last year I dragged OH along for a whole 5 days and we visited Beth Chatto's and Hyde Hall to get inspiration for our dry garden to be.   Brilliant trip.

However, if I do it again I shall be visiting the V&A and new design museum and maybe old Tate.  If I visit museums and galleries I have to have a shortlist of things to see or I get overload.  Doesn't happen at Chelsea though.

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