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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 11:12

GWRS - sounds grim.  Get well soon.

FG - I am supposed to be painting Possum's bedroom in the ams and gardening in the pms.  Not going to happen now.  Even walking is painful today so no walkies with the hounds either.    They'll have to chase each other round the garden but I need to rig a barrier to stop them trampling the newly worked potager which is looking good already.

Learned that lesson in Belgium when we had a man do the same to prepare our 45 are garden for sowing grass seed.  3 cows escaped form the paddock across the road and trampled craters all over before 2 climbed over the barbed wire fence to get to the cows in the paddock next door.   Policemen came to control the traffic while the cows were recaptured by their owners.  Lots of jokes about Mad Cows, us being British and all.  Ho-ho.

I have sent that link to OH.  He can try it with his bloody Dyson.  My robot does rugs but not lumpy dogs.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 10:09

I think the difference is the lack of cliffs and also generally calmer air currents.  7 years ago storm Xynthia flattened parts of the coast near here and killed 47 people but there were winds up to 200kph.  Nothing remotely like that this winter thank goodness. 

Good Book

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 09:51

I'd start with Alan Titchmarsh too.   You can buy the DVDs for both series on Amazon and borrow the books from the library.  He starts with how plants grow and what they need to grow well then goes on to how to use plants and design a garden.   

Another good set of books would be Geoff Hamilton's Paradise Gardens and ornamental Kitchen Gardens, also with DVDs available form Amazon.  You can sometimes find the books in charity shops or borrow them from the library.

You'll learn loads from this pair and can then branch out to more specialised books by people like Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd for plants or people like Dan Pearson for design,   

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 09:23

Good morning.   Lovely cat stories and photos.

We once had a young cat come home stinking of white spirit.  She'd obviously jumped into a bucket of it somewhere cos she had a tidemark half way up her belly.  Needed a good bath and shampoo to clean all that off and then all the affected fur fell out.   Hilarious to see and a good job it was summer.

Sacha, the angry cat, did finally accept the kitten and went all doo-lally again and promptly got herself run over and killed when not paying proper attention.   So did the kitten 2 years later.  Anothe rescue kiiten lost a leg to a car.   We gave up on taking in kittens and ended up with just the abandoned cat we adopted after finding her starving and cold in our barn.   She hated other cats too and didn't approve of dogs either.  She died in October - cancer of the spine poor thing.

Lovely clear skies last night when I let the dogs out before bed.   Too far south for aurora but there are no street lights here so we get great swathes of stars - far more than we could see in light polluted Belgium.   

Mulching with woodchips

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 09:04

Direct and thick layers.   No membrane means the chips can gradually rot into teh soil and provide food and shelter for micro organisms that will improve you soil - assuming it's untreated wood.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 09:03

Good morning all.

Decrepit Obxx today.  I managed to fall yesterday and bash my rear left middle and ribs and today I am exceedingly stiff and sore.   Bummer cos today was going to be a morning of painting followed by a pm of walkies and gardening.

Chappy has turned up with a small tractor to riddle the potager and make it smooth.   Then he'll check the gates in the new fence are OK and that's him done till they come back with a bulldozer to address the pond which is now just a mass of dried bull rush and brambles.

Kitchen man is here to finish off so this evening was going to be putting everything back but that will have to wait a day or two now.    I might have to find some puzzles to do for today.

Sorry you've been crook GWRS?   FG - hope your sore bits ease soon or at least in time for next Sunday's walk.  LP - hope his passport comes soon.   There's always Whitsun and other hols. 

Hello to everyone I've missed and happy gardening or garden dreaming.

Why, with all the sophisticated telescopes and radioscopes all over the world are they telling us there's a hidden planet and asking for amateur help?

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 08:36

That is beautiful FG.    

We have not yet really explored the coast here but when we do go to Olonne for the market (great fish and veg) or lunch or both we always drive along the corniche which gives us views of the very long sweep of sandy beach with just a few rocks at les Sables d'Olonne.   This view is the most excited we've seen the Atlantic yet and shows full tide just to the north of the harbour from where the Vendée Globe solo yacht race leaves.   We'll have to wait for a good storm to see some real waves.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 21:25

We used to have a very loving long haired, fluffy cat who loved to be groomed but then became psychotic with jealousy when we adopted an abandoned kitten she found in our veg patch.  She tried to kill the kitten, scragged me to shreds up my arms - much blood - and refused to groom herself or be groomed.

This lasted nearly a year so we had to grab her and take her to the vet to have all her fur balls removed under anaesthetic.    She came out looking like Puss in Boots - tiny naked body up to her neck and down to her tail and with huge fluffy cheeks and boots.  She was livid but becae cuddly again just to get warm.

I missed Uni Challenge.

Any ideas what this is?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 20:43

Rhododendron "President Roosevelt" I think.

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 20:30

I enjoy Countryfile, mostly because of the scenery and locations, but I did prefer it when it was more serious and less fluffy.

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