Latest posts by Obelixx

Can someone identify this weed/plant, its growing everywhere

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:27

They're the ones with winged seed so can fly a long way from mum without any help from squirrels.   Easy enough to pull out at this stage.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:25

Sorry Liri.  Have to say I don't do party politics any more.   I go for personalities and ideas which still , unfortunately, doesn't leave much about which to feel hopeful.

Cosmos first, then garden.  All this changing of schedules for political announcements has put my daily clock out.

Tempting fate

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:23

Watch it again on i-Player of search for info on the RHS site.  Cuttings should flower in their first year if treated right.  The number of shoots produced depends very much on the health and size/age of the tubers.

Raised flower bed vs Cat Poo

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:20

Yes, take out the obvious lumps and then fork over the rest to mix it well.  Add plenty of organic matter to improve teh sandy soil - cheap bags of multi-purpose compost or soil conditioner sold in DIYs and garden centres.  Fork that in too and then cover till you're ready to sow or plant.

I grew veggies happily for several years in a typical 30s sized garden with 7 of our own cats plus 3 next door and more either side.  You just need to make sure you wash your hands careful after gardening and also wash any veggies thoroughly before eating.   You could try covering veggie beds with weed suppressant membrane or even just sheets of cardboard and planting thru slits made in the form of a cross and then just fold the corners back once you have planted and watered thoroughly.

It would work too for ornamentals but then you'd need an ornamental mulch of chipped bark or slate chippings.  Not gravel as cats love that too.

A water scarecrow or a dog permanently on duty are the only effective deterrents.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:08

I wondered why we were getting PPBs on the Beeb.  I gather form the lunch time news that the local elections are mostly rural areas and Wales and Scotland this time round.

Just seen Diane Abbott being her usual lovely self.  If she were a relative of Pinochio her nose would need scaffolding.

Railway Sleepers with Bamboo v Trellis on top of wall with creepers

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 14:03

You'll be looking at the new screen mostly from below so perspective would help take car of the extra height.  Alternatively, you can buy metposts which are a metal spike with a special cup thingy for holding posts securely.  In my experience they get blown over in strong winds and wet soils but you could maybe sink some in concrete to gain extra height.support fence posts

Damp shade

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 12:18

Hostas, hemerocallis, cleome, lily of the valley.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 12:14

50 days of electioneering, party political broadcasts and general nastiness and sniping.  Thank heavens for gardening!   

I am 5'6 and a bit and find wheelbarrows OK but the bloody Dyson and the Karcher steam cleaner were clearly made with smaller people in mind as I have to bend to use them.  Love my Wolf handles in varying lengths so I can pick the best for the task in hand.

Skirt done.  Now for lunch and then irises.

Tempting fate

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 12:09

I think you're being a tad optimistic.  Have you taken cuttings as backup?  Just getting cold will check them and a bit of frost the night you forget to protect them will see them off.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 09:49

Cosmos will be fine and will love being fussed over later.  He won't know he's missing anything, not having had the opportunity to use them.

Just been out to take a pic of some surprise aquilegias over by the fig tree and found it covered in figs!  Result!  Not a one last year so I hacked the bejabers out of it and it has responded by forming loads of fruit, some nearly an inch across already.  Yum!

Never used to worry about the wight of tools as much as the balance.   Now I leave the heavy stuff to OH and have forbidden him a chain saw.  Know what he's like.

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