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Average gardeners spending

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:06

Definitely easier to propagate hostas than shirts.  I have been known to make casual shirts for OH and do most of my dance frocks, trousers and tops.  When I worked I also made my own suits and smart blouses and even coats.   Takes a couple of days but is cheaper than buying made to measure and decent off the peg.

The longest it's taken me to split a hosta wa slast spring when I needed to get Sum and Substance out of a large ceramic pot without breaking it.   Took nearly an hour in the end and I had to cut it up into chunks with a bread knife and extricate lump by lump.   9 huge hostas resulted, of which 6 ended up at the charity sale.

I buy perennials in 4"pots in spring when they're on special offer and reduced to €1.99 a pot if I buy 10 or more.    If I want something special I buy seeds or else go to a specialist plant fair.   

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 08:57

Morning all.  Cold, windy and intermittently wet but not frozen out there today.  Didn't get much sleep as the thumb is at the very itchy stage of shedding dead skin and making new plus my wee brain was churning stuff over.   Got up to find we're out of leaded coffee and only have decaffeinated.  Not good.

Gardening this pm, come what may, so that will either knock me out or wake me up for Soul class this evening.

Hugs to all who need one.  A pox on senders of unpleasant PMs.   Happy gardening for those who can get out there today.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 23:35

Busy - moles are a pain at this time of year.  Have you got a détaupeur?

I snuck out in the rain this pm to buy some plugs of veggies and some perennials in 4" pots cos they're on special offer this week.  First purchases of the year apart from a shrub about a month ago.  Leccy man coming tomorrow morning to fix a broken halogen spot circuit in our bedroom and another chap coming to assess the energy performance of the whole house and then I can garden all afternoon.   Looks like I'll need to be rugged up and water-proofed.

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 23:25

Magpie - I make that comment to OH every time he buys me a proper bouquet of flowers - "that would have bought a lovely shrub or two or loads of perennials" but he still does it tho less often.   And he does now come with me to my favorite plant fair and pays for the big stuff.

Reverse sums work too.  I received a free cutting which grew into a large twisted willow.  I have recently given away 11 new twisted willow trees propagated for free this spring.   I saw them on sale at B&Q in Canterbury on special offer for £12!  Last week I saw them on sale here for €7.   Either way, that's a lot of plant money I've saved my friends.   Maybe I should set up a stall and fill my own plant fund coffers.

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 17:41

Not going there.  I've just spent €65 on 12 perennials in 4" pots, 12 trays of veggie and salad plugs, a yellow courgette in a 4" cube, 4 pots of dwarf pinks for the pots by the front door and a bag of pigs' ears for the dogs.   Spent way more than that on seeds for the season and then there are the bags of compost, pelleted manure, the seed trays and modules and new gloves.

Haven't been to a single plant fair yet or Chelsea which will involve lily bulbs and peony supports and gloves.   I'm a lot more careful about what I buy now that I know just how hard winters can be here but still spend more than that average sum without even trying.

I rather suspect no-one on here is average anyway or has an average garden or an average gardening habit.

Horizontal wire support for climbing rose and clematis

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 16:04

Just remembered.  SIL had a rampant montana on nasty plastic mesh which was sagging so 3 years ago we installed horizontal wires for it and an alpina further along the wall.   We then wound more wires to make a zig zag to help them along as she's a novice gardener.

It worked really well and she liked it so much that last year she ripped out the montana and planted two or three longer flowering summer clems instead.  We'll be seeing it for ourselves in September and, no doubt, fixing some other problem.   Re-dug and lined and edged her two ponds the last time too and planted up a border next to a new fence.   

Climbing plant

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:56

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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:53

We have been adopted by a pair of ducks.  Mr Mallard follows her every move.  Mrs M tends to sit on the bird food watching the small birds eat and they go for walks across the grass, whilst the dogd watch from the living room window with their tongues hanging out and tails wagging.  I do hope they aren't trying to nest and lay in our pond as we have the two horrors who will finish all that for them.

Hosta - move the conifers.  Much easier to replace those than shifting a rock.   We dug up a huge flat slab of local blue stone which had been hiding a well and moved it to be the new stone for loose feed under the bird feeding arch.  Got our farmer neighbour to do it with his tractor.

Soggy here.  been out and about doing errands and that meant a drive through our local woods carpeted with stunning bluebells - proper ones.   Stunning even on a wet, grey day.

Accents - I use and AZERTY keyboard as most of my stuff is done in French now and that has built in accents.   Can't use a QUERTY now without thinking about every stroke but used to do the Alt thing too.



Comfrey Bocking 14 - friend or foe?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:32

Better to get a big bucket with a lid and put the cut foliage in water.  You will get a very smelly solution (hence the need for a lid) which you then dilute and water on the plants that need it - flowers and fruiters such as roses, clems, toms etc. 

Alternatively, use an old dustbin to store the cut leaves dry until you do get a compost heap or to mix in with your bought compost.

Patio cleaning help

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:28

Pressure washer.   Buy or hire a Karcher.   We used one on our terrace made from black granite pavers which had come out of the cowshed and they turned out to be lovely shades of brown with flecks.

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