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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 23:20

I have just the one.  Told OH I wasn't getting married again whatever happened!   Not good at weddings.

We've owned the new house since mid July so have already been down with beds, fridge, combi microwave, coffee machine and loo rolls and our bedroom is already painted so will be a haven of tranquility while we settle in.

Went to dance clas shere for the last time to say goodbye.  Flipping nippy.  Gorgeous deep blue sky and lots of stars so very fresh and chilly.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 20:03

No cakes or malt whisky for me.

There I was, packing the contents of an attic wardrobe which included my wedding dress - simple affair of silk from Liberties. Just for a laugh I decided to measure the waist - 67cms!  Crikey!!  These days it is considerably more.    Have told OH that once we get past the first week of the move there are to be no more cakes, chocs, treats, croissants and lots of walks till I shed some blubber and get fit again. 

The end is in sight.  Nearly done all we can before they arrive with larger cartons and their specias stuff for breakables.   Still no gardening but 'll do some on Monday.  

Enjoy SCD - those who love it like me.



Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:03

How often do you need to do that?  I don't believe in digging once a bed has been cleared of perennial weeds and stones.   After that it gets a light forking for veggie planting or hoeing for the ornamental borders and only dug when I need a planting hole.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:00

Don't tell OH but I have been known to put all my Wolf tool heads and trwels through teh dishwasher at the end of the gardening season before sharpening, if needed, and oiling them before he got home from work.  

GW is usually repeated on Sat pm on BBC2 and again on Sunday morning, after Beechgrove.

Still sunny and dry here and 22C.   No rain in sight.   I really need some for plant rescues but attic first and bedrooms.  OH is on garage duty............   Possum is sorting her riding gear.


Posted: 23/09/2016 at 15:30

The trick with clay soil is to pile on layers and layers of compost every autumn once the garden is hibernating and there's been enough rain to soften the lay then leave it for the worms to work in.   Over the years you'll end up with lovely, workable soil and amazing fertility.


Posted: 23/09/2016 at 14:43

Creative - but much easier with a stainless steal hand fork I'd have thought.  SS is good in clay and the ones with round tines are especially good.

Plants and shrubs used by local housing association

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 22:28

Round here they use rosa rugosa, berberis, potentilla (the acid yellow one), photinia and sarcococca - in blocks, not mixed.

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Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 21:46

Both are gorgeous Richard.

I've been collecting seeds of my clems to take with me to the new garden.  Looking forward to seeing what I get.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 21:42

WW - hope the rest does the trick then.

Definitely equinox today.  Fish out your socks and jumpers.  We'll be needing them as the evenings draw in - except Pat whose days are going to get longer and warmer.......

DD - take the mayor a home-made cake or two and emphasise the tea and cakes aspect - so different from coffee or beer and a croque or a piece of French tart if you're lucky.   Cultivate that bank manager.  he sounds great.

Pruning raspberries

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 17:04

Leaving the stems on till February protects the crowns of the plants through the worst of winter.   You have to use your nouse and not do it when it's freezing but, once done, you know that the new growth will go on and flower and fruit in mid to late summer, assuming they're that kind.

If you need to move any or all of your raspberries it will be easier of you cut them down to about 9 to 12inches then water well to protect their roots and make them easier to lift.  Replant in well prepared beds and then wait and see.   You'll be fine with the late fruiters but will probably lose a season with the earlies.

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