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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 10:11

Morning all.   Still cold and wet but no frost.  Good.

No gardening today though.  I have to sew a waistcoat for a boy in our junior belly dance class for the show next weekend and I need to stay in so Rasta stays in and stays clean.   She's had her lump removed - benign cyst thankfully - so has a lovely bare patch and row of stitches on her shoulder.  The occasional limping is the beginnings of arthritis in her shoulder so needs a "cure" of one month on chondroitin and glucosamate every 3 months plus all post op painkillers and antibiotics for a week.    Bonzo Labrador very jealous of all the "treats".

  I do hope the frosts are over for everyone.  Hate to see brown magnolias and worry about fruit blossoms not being pollinated.  I have a damson tree that was covered in masses of gorgeous white blooms but am not convinced there were any bees around in the cold and wet and wind to make any damsons. 

Good luck with the Open Day Busy - no cakes at Belgian Jardins Ouverts!

Slug explosion

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 15:56

The trick is to scatter slug pellets, the wildlife friendly sort treehugger recommends.  You need to start in late winter - Feb 14th is an easy date to remember - and spread them thinly but regularly around susceptible pants as the slugs and snails are emerging from hibernation or hatching from eggs.    That way you get them before they start to feed and breed on your treasures.

I have an acre of garden and get through less than one pack of pellets a season by following this system around hostas, clems, hemerocallis, baby veggies and other gourmet slug plants.   Works for me.


Posted: 29/04/2016 at 15:45

Once they finish flowering just lift them with a trowel or hand fork or garden fork depending on the size of their clumps and then tease them apart with your hands.

Soak the roots in a bucket of water to loosen the roots if needs be then plant again in soil improved with garden compost or in pots of good planting compost.   Water in and they'll grow away.

Anemones De Caen

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 09:36

I always soak small bulbs for at least an hour before planting them but anemone corms need longer.  I hope you can rescue your leucojums.  Lovely plants.  I buy and plant mine in autumn or else in the green in spring.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 09:15

Morning all.  Perishing cold here and very windy so feels Arctic.

Have taken 9 yr old Rasta doggy to the vet's for X-rays on her occasionally limpy shoulder to see if it's arthritis or something else.  They've decided on a full anaesthetic so they can also remove a ganglion type lump rather than just extract fluid, analyse and risk another tranquiliser/anaesthetic later.   Fingers crossed.

Busy - I put the charge in the tunnel and the end of the baton at the bottom end of the vertical hole.  It can take 2 or 3 goes to get it right but does work.   

Happy gardening to those who can today.   Have fun whatever you're doing.

Anemones De Caen

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 09:04

Soak the corms overnight in cold water to re-hydrate them then plant in pots or in the ground if you have a sheltered spot.  Worked for me but they struggled in successive years because of very harsh winters.  I may well try again as recent winters have been mild.

Narrow hedge plant?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 09:00

Hi Louise - a wildlife hedge needs to be a mix of varieties of tree and shrub which will provide shelter and food for insects, birds and small mammals so needs to be able to grow thick and gnarly for shelter and nesting and have blossom for nectar and seeds and berries.  All that inevitably means it needs to be thicker than you want.

A single species hedge is possible as is a thin one but you won't get the wildlife.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 14:07

Same for me.  Dreadful look.   Can't reply.   PMs not working either.

Back to the old format please till this is thoroughly sorted.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 13:32

Heavy frost at 6am this morning - deep and white and crispy.   Still cold and windy here but dry so far despite heavy clouds scudding by.   

Was planning to plant out my veggie plugs but they are staying tucked up for another couple of days at least and I shall have to get out the cloche tunnels to make sure they stay safe.

Pressure Washer

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 12:27

Have to confess we've just replaced our Karcher with another Karcher -assuming I can use the old heads on it if needed but not bothered either way.  Wanted the power at a good price.

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