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Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 11:38

Well Busy, if you're ever over this way, bring a roof rack!   We have loads stashed in the barn now.  Turns out this cane is deciduous so my lovely bare patch will just grow again as soon as the weather warms a bit.  I hope it doesn't get as tall again tho and the new growth looks a bit better than when left a few years.  Otherwise I'll be at it with the brushwood killer and then plant some clems and roses up a trellis if I still need a screen.

Only have nighties for hospital visits and not planning any of those.   Kaftan for wandering around feeding cats, letting out dogs fetching early coffee, sometimes feeding birds but yes, I like to be dressed too whether scruffy or for going out.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 11:08

Good that Bow is off OK.  How was their joint concert?  Shame you have to wait so long for exam results.  A new gardening friend here makes pigeon proof cloches for his salads from chicken wire.   Would they be good against squirrels if you pegged them down?  Cheap, simple, movable.

WW - not me getting haircut.  Not for a long time now.   I shall do my own fringe for a while and get the long stuff trimmed when it won't stay up in a butterfly clasp for gardening purposes.  I hope your hands are feeling better for their rest and that the turmeric helps.

No lime green anything here but we do have a lilac guest room with dressing gowns.   I either have a fuchsia pink kaftan for summer or brown wool twill kaftan for winter - made for OH but he found it too warm.   It's over 20 years old now and still going strong but I feel the need for a change just as soon as I see some nice purple stuff.  Or maybe burgundy.

Hosta - hope you got some more sleep and hubby found his way OK.

Pdoc - any chances of photos of Chatsworth grounds?  Never been and unlikely to in near future - but make sure you tidy first and have enough energy for walkies afterwards?  It can wait another day.

Pat - sounds like an exhausting day out.  I hope it was appreciated by the Joey banger.

Sunny here but still very cold.  OH has cut down every single stem of Provençal cane.  Anyone want any bamboo canes?  3 to 4m........   I'm still hibernating but will go out for doggy walkies later.

I hope you're not all iced in or snowed in or rained in.

Sweet corn

Posted: 06/02/2018 at 22:29

Growing the same crop year after year leads to depletion of minerals and nutrients and possible build up of pests.   I think you need to ask about how he or she plans to maintain soil quality.  Will they mulch, spread muck, grow a green manure in between?  How do they water?  What chemicals do they use against weeds and pests?

Our beef cattle farmer neighbour grows wheat and sweetcorn every year but in a 3 year rotation with grass which then gets eaten by the cows when they go out to pasture in spring and summer.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 06/02/2018 at 22:23

I've had long or very long hair most of my life Liri.   Too straight to look good short as it then needs blow drying or styling every day.  Now I go with wet hair and just get the ends trimmed.  Tried having layers last time but she scalped my fringe so I'm steering clear.

I hope you OH is safe out on the roads and that they're not icy.   Same for anyone else who has to be out there.  

Looks like being very cold again tomorrow but still not enough daylight to start any painting of walls so more sewing for me I think, with helpful felines..............

Sweet dreams everyone.   Hope you get a good sleep.

Harvest 2018

Posted: 06/02/2018 at 21:54

So far this new year we've eaten beetroot, Swiss chard and Savoy cabbage planted last year and still growing as well as pumpkins harvested last autumn.

There were signs of life in the garlic and red onions planted in November earlier in January but it's been so wet I haven't been down to check for a couple of weeks.   Hoping the cavolo nero and flower sprouts have survived and thrived as they were a bit small when they went in last October - late cos of the drought.

Garden in France

Posted: 06/02/2018 at 21:49

The South of France is rather a large area.  Can you be more specific about where you are, how exposed to wind and how much rain you get in a normal year as well as whether your soil is sandy/clay/loamy/stony and acid/alkaline or neutral?   How hot in summer, how cold in winter?

There are a few of us in France who can help but before you plant anything you need to address the soil and make sure it's right for the plants you want and vice versa.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 06/02/2018 at 16:08

Sunny now but still cold.  Freezing again tonight.   I don't like it.   Getting soft I expect after just over a year here and being so much balmier than Belgium.

We have a couple of blueberry and hazelnut muffins left from yesterday and OH has half his Xmas pud that he finally heated up on Sunday and we have a whole Creole cake to go at but are saving fro when we can start gardening again.  However, I shall male that clementine cake in the next couple of weeks and I also have my eye on this which Possum says is very good - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/coconut-chai-traybake for patchwork meetings, not just us.

Been quietly getting on upstairs with my trousse only to find OH has taken out the dogs without me.  So much for keeping the toes and everything else fit and mobile.  Tomorrow then.

Hosta - our boiler in Belgium used to block sometimes if we let the oil get down low as sludge would get in and block the flow to the burner.   Hope you get it fixed soon.   Hot water essential.

Hhog - hope you get  whole one but, if not, no harm in starting with a half and working up to a whole one if it comes free.

RG - I hate going to the hairdresser!  They always cut my fringe too short and too straight and those basins are neck busters.   Hope you found some lovely sticky cake or some biscuits.

Garden Gallery 2018

Posted: 06/02/2018 at 13:16

Most of that pic is actually paddock Joyce.  In theory the horsey neighbour is using it for his horses and paying us in horse poo.  In reality, he has wimped out so, after a wee chat, I shall invite farmer Luc to put cows and calves in there again so we can concentrate on this bit and the front.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 06/02/2018 at 13:12

That sounds like a good plan HHog.  Maybe some veggies too for you and your new neighbours?

Garden Gallery 2018

Posted: 06/02/2018 at 11:54

I do love those we blue irises Joyce.   Not venturing out to take pics today but here are this morning's views from front and back doors.  Very unusual for the Vendée this close to the coast

Popped out just long enough to top up the bird food.

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