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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 22:09

Well, I have been mightily sick and now feel a lot better so presumably a bug of some sort.

As I don't have any beds yet I have held off sowing sweet peas and beans on the assumption that they will romp when I do or else wait till next year if I don't get mini-digger man soon.   I did see someone on TV once recommending soaking peas in paraffin before sowing.  The smell puts off the rodents.

OH is off to Belgium for a week on Friday.  He has a golf tournament at the weekend and will then hang on till next Friday so he can bring Possum home with him for 3 weeks of Easter hols.   He will have a shopping list for Possum's freezer and lunches with assorted friends to keep him busy and no doubt some more golf.

He's promised to try out his new toy and rotavate a new bed for me to plant out my hostas before he leaves.   That'll have to be tomorrow cos Wednesday and Thursday are set to be stormy here.

What do I need to do to this?!

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 21:54

Have you fed it?  Is it in the same compost it came in?   It's probably hungry.    Plants need encouraging to flower.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 19:27

I know, and they start so small and simple yet become so intricate and beautiful.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 19:19

Lovely story FG.   Are those pots big enough Dove?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:32

Not the paint Dove.  All water based and I had doors and windows open so I hope it's not that..   Loads left to do in other rooms.   

Lots of lovely primroses out in the lanes now and that magpie nest is growing too.

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 16:41

Desperately dull here and I'm bored.   Can't shift a headache and nausea since waking up and am taking it easy as I need to be on form on Wednesday when chappies start on the new kitchen installation.

Your walk sounds uncomfortable Liri.  I do hope you get home OK tomorrow.

We are told to expect stormy stuff on Wednesday.  Brilliant timing.  I went to a GQT at the British school in Brussels years ago now Dove.   Good fun and you get to chat with them afterwards.

Rose Seeds

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 16:05

I've only done this once, years ago, when I nicked a few hips off some rosa rugosa shrubs in a public car park one autumn.     I sowed them sparsely in a small window box, covered the seeds with about 1/8" of compost and then left them outside for the winter.   The next spring they germinated and grew into enough small plants to grow on and make a hedge.

This chilling process is known as stratification.  You can cheat by mixing your seeds with some slightly damp compost and sealing them in a bag and keeping them in the fridge for a few weeks.  Then take out and sow in trays as you would any other seed.

Dog wood Heights

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 15:57

I had both in my last garden and found they grew at about the same rate but the red one, being more sturdy and resilient, could be cut back hard every spring whereas the Midwinter Fire sulked if I took out more than a third to a half of the stems each year and you do need to keep cutting them to maintain the interesting stem colour.

We moved to this new garden in October and I will be getting more of the red because I love the strong red colour but not the Midwinter Fire because it suckered like ad once it was happy.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 14:10

We have a Labrador who loves puddles and streams but turns out to be afraid of the sea.  Doesn't like the noise of the waves or the way the water creeps up at him.   Clearly doesn't know what he was bred for.

Amateur gardeners needing help!

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 14:08

More questions :-

What kind of soil?  Heavy/sandy/clay/loam/acid/neutral/alkaline?  

Is the soil in that bed topsoil or lumps of sub soil from the excavations?   

How cold do you get in winter?    

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