Latest posts by Obelixx

Tools keep breaking

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:58

Victoria - change your methods and care for your tools!  Dig out smaller clumps of clay instead of one big one - better for your tools and your back.  Use an appropriate weapon.

I used to garden on deep clay in Harrow and used a stainless steel Spear and Jackson ladies fork with an ash handle to great effect.  I still have it 30 years on.   I use Wolf trowels and toolheads for other weeding, hoeing, raking etc and a stainless steel round tined hand fork for tricky bits.   They get cleaned after use and oiled for their winter rest.

I have friends with a seriously heavy clay garden.  They have dug out all new beds just one spit deep using a fork and then applied lorry loads - literally - of local council compost over the years.   The only other digging is for planting holes for trees and shrubs.   No broken tools.

Avocado plant stopped growing

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:45

Aym mentioned fruit.  Everyone who does it will end up with compost fodder.

Sprout some beans instead!

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unknown rather pretty invader

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:44

American poke weed.  Birds love the berries which means the seeds are scattered liberally all over the place.   Easy enough to pull up when small or lift with a fork when a bit bigger. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:31

Hot and sunny already here.   Fresh coffee brewing for me and OH is taking the dogs out before they bake.

I have to water the bits of garden M-C and I will work on this afternoon.    Plant sorting to do and re-planting of stuff I moved so I could deal with bindweed.   Going to be hot stuff.

Avocado plant stopped growing

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 09:09

These trees get huge in their natural state so you will never get fruits from a teeny one grown in a house in the UK.   You will just end up with compost heap fodder.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 23:22

Back from the family marathon and baking hot.   31C as we drove inland from Calais.  Dogs, cat and hoomans all happy to be home.

We've just watched last week's GBBO and enjoyed it as usual.  I do hope Channel 4 don't mess with the formula.  Stupid Beeb for losing it.   We always tape it anyway as we're usually out at dance class so will continue to watch it as a recording to escape the ads.

Well done DD.   Seems like you're settling into your new life very well with plenty more big and small steps and triumphs to come.   

Fairy - I'm impressed with your gate hanging exploits.

I have Marie-Christine coming tomorrow afternoon so 5 hours of gardening - gathering treasures for us both whilst making sure this garden looks good for the new people so I'm of fto bed for a restorative sleep - I hope.

Sweet dreams all - especially those with worries or health problems or naughty shoulders and other aches and pains.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 21:47

Planted prezzies for my SIL.  Went to an Open Garden yesterday and picked up decent sized specimens of a deep purple salvia, a geranium Ann Folkard and a deep pink but not too tall Michaelmas daisy she liked so, since we were there for lunch today, I planted them for her so I know they'll get a good start.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 11:19

Busy - you eat out a lot and have cream teas and stuff in England.  Easy to add the kilos.   We're off for a cream tea at the Singing Kettle after we've been to the Open Garden and then a take away curry after the theatre this evening........

Lots of owls in the night time here - kept awake by a snoring OH and a purring Pusscat so double whammy.

Sunny so far and we have lovely views from the cottage with umpteen shades of green in the trees and across the hills and valleys.    Set to change at the weekend.

Have a good start to the weekend everyone.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 22:04

Try a Creole cake (Delia).  Similar amounts of alcohol but soaked a couple of days to get the fruit drunk and then baked in the week before Xmas so none of that remembering to feed and going through all the unwrapping and re-wrapping palaver - or is just me that gets too busy to faff?

Paint colour for this wall?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 22:02

Love that screen FG.   I might nick that idea.

There was an earlier thread about this terrace on which I suggested a trellis type screen for those tanks with changeable pots in front to maintain seasonal interest..    

I think that low wall might be better just blasted with a pressure washer to clean it and then see what state it's in because I gather that this is a terrace in Ireland so will be wet a lot and that leads to algae and moss.

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