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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.

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

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 12:11

We slept thru the '87 storm too and woke up late because the alarm didn't go off after a power cut.   Interesting drive to work in Harrow round fallen trees and bits of fence and shed in the road.  There was  3.6 earthquake in teh north of the Vendée on Sunday night and we didn't feel that either tho we did wake up so maybe subconsciously aware..

It was eerie here yesterday with the strange sky and veiled red sun but still.   I was within a couple of kms of the Atlantic but I understand it stayed calm.  This was what it did to our local coast in storm Xynthia in 2010.


I would like to see a few proper waves out there one day but nothing like what caused all that.  

Joyce, I hope your daughter and her family and house are OK and everyone else who was in the path of the storm.

Pdoc - what are you like?   Hope you get sorted soon.

Dunno about Dove and her OH and their arty supplies but, after patchwork class yesterday - very good - I drove home via the fabric shop and got me some goodies............

Have a peaceful day everyone.  Hugs to those who need them, especially Pat and RG's dog..

Straightening a Prunus?

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 23:07

There are tall canes available or posts.  If you prune the tip you'll end up making it branch and that may spoil the shape even more.

Straightening a Prunus?

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 22:50

It might straighten up as it heads for the light but maybe you could encourage it with a cane or post and a gentle tether.

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

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 09:10

RG - I thought doggy had mended now.  Hope he's OK.  Plenty of shooting around here but for roe deer and wild boar and they put signs up to warn you they'll be at it so you can avoid the woods and fields involved.  Rasta doggy hates the bang-bang so we avoid it if we can or keep on her lead to stop her running home.

Our skies looked ominous last night but they were just pretending.

What to do with a small North facing area

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 08:53

RG - I had an escallonia that struggled in Belgium cos of cold, wet winds in winter or bone dry and freezing easterlies from Siberia but I have one here that's doing fine.  Seems OK where it's warmer and it is recommended for coastal gardens cos of the small leaves.   Your plot sounds challenging.  

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

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 08:50

That sounds a bit too interesting Dove.  I hope everyone is ready fo it and have tucked treasures into sheltered corners and tied the rest down.  Our forecast has changed and we may get some local stormy bits in the early hours of Wednesday and maybe even some rain.  Not holding my breath.

LP - I do hope your family can get a new place soon and a good one.

Chicky - glad you have happy chicklets.   Helps to relax a bit when you know they're OK doesn't it?  Oz will be great too.

Joyce - gorgeous beach and Busy - San Seb looks lovely too.  I do like yacht and boat basins.  All those stories and adventures to imagine now my sailing days are over.

Clari - grandson and daughter need a firm hand and so does grandma but you can only advise and you have enough on your plate without inviting emotionally manipulative and immature people to share your precious space.

Must go and sew and clean and get ready for patchwork class.  No idea what I should take so that'll be everything.

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