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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:51

Rescued two plastic cloche tunnels form being blown all over the garden and put the dustbin cloche back on the rhubarb with a large brick to hold it down.

Not gardening weather here..

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:49

 It's the singalong thing.  I know so many words without having to think.   Not so good on 70s or 80s when I had less time to listen to radio and so much dross since with just a few treasures. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:32

Do you feed it?  try some liquid tomato food to see if that perks it up.

Anyone got a Dyson?  OH chose ours when we needed a new vacuum cleaner in January.  It sucks very well and has lots of useful heads but the whole process of emptying and cleaning it drives me round the bend.   It' supposed to be his toy but he doesn't empty it and is never there when I need it!

What's wrong with having a bag that doesn't get dust all over the place and doesn't need washing?

Yvie - fingers crossed.

Joyce - I've told OH that if I start to go doolally and lose the plot he just needs to play 60s music all day long and I'll be happy.   He said he'd have to have the 1966 football final on TV...........

Trellis & Posts

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 16:25

We are doing ours now.  We had 6 x 1.8m trellis panels dividing th eveggie plot form the mai garden and the posts have gradually succumbed to strong winds and heavy rains and leaned more than Pisa whilsts the panels have rotted or have their middles blown out of their supporting frames.   

We used metposts the first time.  This time all but two of the posts are out and will be replaced by new ones buried in concrete boots.  We will then attach 5m x 2 metre panels of builders' wire mesh for reinforcing concrete.  It doesn't rot, doesn't break and will support my assorted clems and roses.   We already have some along the back perimeter and I use it to support pumpkins and trained blackberries and tayberries.

We also have a honeysuckle over on the far side and its trellis needs replacing so I shall simply cut back what I can't "untrain", put in new metal trellis as above and let the honeysuckle.  It doesn't need tying in but does need twining through to guide and support it.

Posts and metal mesh come from a local builders' merchants who are happy to deliver.   Cheaper than garden centres too.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 09:35

Blowing a hoolie here and what seems from several directions at once.  Rain coming down hard too now.

OH was busy attic sorting yesterday and left both storage ends open and lights on so draughty house and who knows how much heat and light wasted.   Apart from feeding the birds and replacing the dustbin that serves as a rhubarb forcer - this time with a brick to weight it down - I am staying indoors and painting walls and then more patchwork while the paint dries.

Two cushion covers finished yesterday.  Very chuffed.   Wall hanging today, making a surround for a embroidery of a Chinese dragon, all the while cogitating about which seeds to sow in which order when we get back from our week in the Vendée.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 15:24

It was a suggestion on the BBC Good Food website and it works.    Possum, being Capricorn, opted for plain white rolls for hers but then put both HP and tomato sauce on hers.  That is weird!

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 14:58

Hosta - I don't tea in flasks or out except about once a year I get a yen for a cup of Darjeeling or Assam.   The bacon and hot cross bun butties were very good.   Home made buns (120km round trip to English shop) toasted and grilled streaky bacon and proper Fair Trade coffee.   Yum!


Posted: 27/03/2016 at 14:54

I have geum rivale which, as Berghill says, prefres damper soil and is very happy near my unlined pond.   I also have Mrs Bradshaw and Lady Stratheden which are both doing very well in several places in my garden and fine in better drained soil.  

I bought Flames of Passion and a couple of other new ones last year at the late spring plant fairs here.  They did very well but it remains to be seen how they'll do after winter.  Haven't checked those beds yet.

No vine weevil here as yet but it's been a funny, off on winter and off on spring and that can play havoc with plants.

Kilmarnock Salix

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 14:48

If you scratch a branch with your finger nail do you see green?   If not they're probably dead.

These things are grafted onto a root stock and, in my experience, short lived.   They are willows so require a lot of water.   Mine curled up, despite being well watered, after just 5 or 6 years.  A friend's died after 7.

In the end I was pleased mine died as its grafted head grew its branches far too long for the root stock stem and I was forever pruning the thing to stop the branches swamping ground cover and other plants.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 11:47

Started sunny and warm so OH and I have moved pots from winter cover to a sheltered, south facing aspect so I can water, top dress and feed them.   Getting too very windy now and huge clouds flying by so I'm done for the day - apart from plant plans ticking over on simmer while I paint walls and then do patchwork homework while they dry.

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