Latest posts by Obelixx

Garden tools utility belt

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 10:59

Would get hot and bothered with a belt thingy.  I use a palstic trug split in two sections and designed for carrying DIY tools round the house but works fine for me for my secateurs, trowel, hand fork and so on.  Anything else needs a wheelbarrow or a big trug.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 10:57

Already Busy?  That was short.   Hope you've enjoyed it and get home with no bovver.

Builder's just been with all 5 copies of 2 sets of documents for us to sign and deposit at the mairie for the shower room extension.   Do we know how many sq m's we have here already.  No.  Need to fish thru purchase docs but not now.

I've done my painting and we're off to a Spring show at La Roche-s-Y - food, deco, gardening and more so may be fun or may be dire but we have to check it out to find out.

How's OH and his teeth Pat?   Good detective work on that tree.

Lining raised beds

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 09:00

Line the base with cardboard.  Line the sides with plastic to prevent water from the soil seeping into the material from the soil - makes it last longer and stops nasties leaching back into the soil.  

I would suggest straw rather than chipped bark as it's probably cheaper and will rot down faster to release nutrients.   Mix it with some manure if you can get some - DIY and garden centres sell it bagged and rotted.    Then start a compost heap as you will need to renew and replenish the soil and its nutrients every year to maintain both levels and plant health.

Rose Bush repair

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:52

I would weed the base of the rose stems so they're completely free of competition from grass and weeds and then give a generous handful of fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure just gently forked into the soil and then water well - at least a gallon - and then mulch it with some potting compost or soil enricher which you can buy at garden centres and DIY.

Then, as Hostas says, you need to train all the stems as horizontally as possible.  The simplest method is to attach vine eyes (screws with loops on the end) to the strongest parts of the fence at intervals of 123/30cms and then stretch wires between them to make a horizontal framework.   Then you gently tie in the stems as they grow.  Use garden twine and don't strangle them.  Leave room for growth and girth.  Make sure they're not strapped to the fence too tightly as they need air to circulate.

The trained stems will then push out short flowering stems.  You can encourage this with liquid feeds of tomato food used between now and mid July.  No later as the new growth won't have time to mature before the frosts.

See this site for general rose pruning info as well as climbing rose specifics - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=186

Last edited: 17 March 2017 08:53:17

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:42

Fingers crossed LP.  Maybe a summer visit?

Anybody out there like sewing?   Half price patterns offer this weekend - http://www.sewdirect.com/?mc_cid=b5a2803a5f&mc_eid=2c6581b1df 

An open letter to Daniel

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:26

The rules for using these boards are clear and available for all to read.  All forums, especially one like this which is run by a commercial magazine and which lets anyone and everyone sign up to chat, have to have admins to monitor any problems be they technical or general behaviour.  Being a commercial site, the owners are bound to run it as they see fit and finances permit.

Just be thankful it's here and free to use.   It's such a good community here with all sorts of levels of knowledge and expertise to offer and people willing to do so.  Lots of friendships have been made and lots of help given and some fun on the way.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:03

Cool here and a bit grey and not going to get warms and sunny like yesterday.   Set to be wet for the weekend but I've heard that before and it hasn't delivered.   We'll see.

Since when does London spend 3 days celebrating St Patrick?   All good fun I'm sure but will St George get even one?

Sorry Pat.  Not a tree expert by any means.

Garden design - blank canvas

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 23:13

You need to start with a list which identifies what you want in a garden.  eg seating area, eating area, grass, paving, plants for colour, perfume, ornamentals, veggies, herbs, fruit, pond, tree....

Then identify how much time you are willing or able to spend on building a garden and maintaining a garden and also how much money you have to spend on it now and in the future.

You also need to know what sort of soil you have as this will determine which plants can be expected to thrive and which will struggle - it can be clay, loam, sandy, a mix of these in different parts of the garden.  Also is it acid, neutral or alkaline.

Lastly, new build gardens tend to have lots of compacted sub soil and all sorts of rubble and gubbins below the surface.   Be prepared to do a lot of digging to improve the soil and remove crud and then working in lots of lovely compost and other organic matter to improve the soil.  

Get the initial preparation right and you'll have a lovely garden that will make you happy.  


Posted: 16/03/2017 at 23:02

Where can I get those mugs?   

Help with salix flamingo

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 22:19

Where have you planted it?  In the ground, in a pot?   A lot can depend on location and soil.

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