Latest posts by Obelixx

Screening for small london garden

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 12:34

Bamboo in containers will be expensive, hard to maintain cos of all the watering needed and very dull as it won't change much thru the year.

I suggest you consider building a pergola over the seating area at the end up which you can grow climbers such as roses, honeysuckle, clematis or even a grapevine.  This will give you filtered sunlight, colour, perfume, fruit depending on what you choose and privacy from the houses behind.

The fence and wall either side could be softened by growing climbers up trellis panels or tensioned wires between posts inside the fence but you'd need to make a decent bed to plant them in and then you'll have weeding, pruning and so on to maintain it all so I would wait to do that until the children are older.   

Meanwhile add some pots of colourful pansies and bulbs for winter/spring and replace with pelargoniums or petunias fro summer colour.  Keep it simple for now.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 12:15

You have to be careful with lavender when making ice creams and such as too much can make it seem soapy.  Had some pâte with lavender once and it was horrible but also had some lovely ice cream.  Delicious when done well.

Busy,  I bought this stuff - https://www.amazon.fr/Curcuma-Curcumine-2500mg-Bioperine%C2%AE-Curcumino%C3%AFdes/dp/B06XCL7S4V and it ahs worked wonders on my recently arthritic toes and my hands are a lot less stiff tho still a bit "knuckley".

No doubt OH will be glued to the 6N.  He went to watch Wasps play La Rochelle a few weeks ago and enjoyed that but, after years of going to Twickenham for the big games, he now prefers the sofa for the big matches.  I last went in the days of Tony Neary who used to coach our college rugby team and for whom i was the only regular supporter - shared a house with 3 of the players.   Long, long time ago.... 

Last edited: 03 February 2018 12:16:06

Pruning an inherited Lavender hedge

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 10:49

Just a few days so any wounds heal before frost gets in and expands and breaks the cells open, thus enabling infection to enter.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 10:45

I hope the perfume is relaxing for you Pat.  We never harvested ours, just left it a sa low hedge at the top of retainer wall and enjoyed seeing it buzzing with all sorts of insects from bees to hover flies.  I shall definitely be planting more here when I get organised.

Miserable weather today so I've enjoyed a lie-in having a long snuggle with Minstrel who doesn't often ask for one then reading, drinking coffee and cuddling Rasta and Cosmos and then having a boisterous cuddle with Bonzo.

OH has fetched me some more big fat and insect blocks but even the birds think it's too wet to come and feed.   It won't last so I'm making the most of the rain to have another pottering day indoors.

Pdoc - I hope you've warmed up now and feel better.    

Wonky - glad the turmeric is working, and the rest too.   

Busy - hope you're feeling better today.

Greetings to everyone else.  Hope you're having a good day and enjoying the lengthening daylight.

Organic Growing

Posted: 02/02/2018 at 22:29

Yes if it's for your consumption and not for sale but only raw fruit and vegetable food waste and coffee grounds and tea leaves.  No cooked foods.   Some paper to balance all the nitrogen and aerate the compost.

Levelling our garden

Posted: 02/02/2018 at 22:25

A garden with similar problems featured on BBC's Garden rescue programme last year.  They made a sunken garden in the lowest part and leveled the rest and planting it up.  It required a mini-digger and timber and paving so time, funds and skills.

I suggest you draw your garden to plan then draw up a list of features you want - eg patio, pond, flower beds, vegetables, herbs, perfume, trees/shrubs etc - then work out how many you can fit in and where before you talk to anyone about things like diggers.

You may find it is simplest to construct a large raised bed in that lowest corner using sleepers or roofing beams lined with black plastic to prevent rotting and then fill it with bought in topsoil.  Plant as you see fit depending on what features you want.

Couch grass on the allotment

Posted: 02/02/2018 at 22:05

Mulching will just encourage it in my experience.   Hoeing doesn't work as any bits left in the soil turn into new plants.  I agree with Hosta and Dove - spray with a systemic weedkiller or else fork over the ground to a good depth and leave every bit of root you find on a sheet of plastic to dry out completely so it can't regrow.

Background Music

Posted: 02/02/2018 at 20:57

B3 - not all the way thru but definitely during the bits between shots and pundits and course discussions but, frankly, who cares?  Golf is such a waste of time.   4 hours to play a round plus the preamble, the 19th hole, the journey there and back, the endless spost mortems (as bad as bridge players!)  and the practice sessions in between games. 

What is there to like?   The only upside I can see is that golf provides space for wildlife and, over here anyway, the food is usually good when I am finally persuaded to go for a meal in the club restaurant.

Home made wood preserver

Posted: 02/02/2018 at 20:21

I have used Cuprinol.  It is expensive, not always available in a colour that suits and, being water based, flakes off or fades or grows algae.

We use dit in our Belgian veggie plot for the planks for our raised beds but, as they rotted, we replaced them with pressure treated roofing beams which I oiled as above.   Looked a lot better and worked a treat because the oil repels water but doesn't affect plants.

Poorly unknown shrub

Posted: 02/02/2018 at 18:01

This is an evergreen shrub but it will lose leaves in hard winters.   It cab be pruned in spring if you want to reduce height and width.  Also a good idea to take out some of the oldest looking stems right back to the trunk as this encourages healthy new growth and, if done every year, you gradually renew the shrub and maintain vigour.

Make sure you also remove any damaged branches and any that are rubbing against another and causing damage to the bark.   

Give it a generous feed of pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone in spring and it will reawrd you with fresh foliage and flowers..

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