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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.

Productive soft fruit plot

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:25

We have spring daffs between our redcurrant, blackcurrant, gooseberries and blueberries for a bit of cheerful spring colour.   There are also strawberry plants in their second and 3rd year in those beds and giving good crops.   You could grow early salads or late oriental pak choi and co (best sown after mid July or they bolt) that won't get in the way when harvesting your gooseberries.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:21

Has it occurred to you that it may be easier to move the plants to show off the rock than move the rock?   Mohammed and mountains and all that?

Plant ID

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:20

Yes, or you'll get no flowers this year.

Comfrey Bocking 14 - friend or foe?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:19

As I understand it this version is sterile so will not self seed.  It is an excellent plant for adding to the compost heap and its foliage makes the best tomato feed - trialled on Beechgrove against standard commercial products and much to Jim's amazement.

It has attractive flowers that bees love and is good ground cover.  Comfrey sin't fussy about soil or light levels.  I grow it in full sun and partial shade on fertile alkaline loam.  A friend grows it in shade in her woodland garden on a lighter, acidic, sandier soil.

Just dig up any that gets too big and bung it on teh compost..

Horizontal wire support for climbing rose and clematis

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:14

I have clematis growing on wooden trellis, wire mesh trellis (for reinforcing concrete), obelisks and 2 treese.   They all need guiding from time to time or they just shoot straight up in a bundle and are impossible to untangle.   I think horizontal wires spaced at 30cms/12" would be fine for the clematis and easy to manage.  

I also have a huge Kiftsgate rose that is trained along the house walls on wires - very easy to attach the thicker stems with good twine and then wind the whippier ends of new growth around it.   There is a clematis heading the same way, just as soon as it gets its feet established and takes off.

Glyphosate - possible problems?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 10:59

We all  know that banning something like drugs or booze just leads to criminal activity.  The best way is to spend excise duty or other taxes on education from an early age about nutrition and health and the effects of abuse of certain foods and drugs and alcohol and baccy.

Ditto growing one's own food in a healthy manner - good for soul, body, environment.  The RHS sponsors and advises growing in schools in a manner that includes the wider school curriculum - maths, science etc - so it's easy enough to get kids started.  Just need to get the teachers motivated and make sure each school has a space for gardening.  easier said than done in towns and cities.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 09:42

Hosta - we have one of those concrete BBQ things with stand, fire space and chimney all built in.   Told OH we were going to move it by rolling it along on 4" round posts and he scoffed.   So did the 2 chaps we got to help liftone end up to insert the first couple of rollers.

It worked a treat and the BBQ has been in its new home for years - in a corner of the terrace and backed up against the retaining bottle wall they also all scoffed about but which has been there nearly 20 years now............ and much admired.

Cool and grey out there.  Have to shopping with Possum and general admin but definitely gardening tomorrow.  Thumb is hugely improved now I've removed the shard.

Have a good one everyone.


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