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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 11:14

Afternoon all - just about here.  After a long and stressful week decorating and organising dance club stuff I too enjoyed a good 10 hour sleep.  Could do with some more.  Hosta, I do hope your knee appreciates it.

Cold and cloudy but fairly bright here.  The lawnmower came home yesterday afternoon so I whizzed round and did two circuits on ax blade height and then one down.  Oh gets to use his scarifying toy this pm and then I'll have another cut on Monday.   Lots of daff dead heading and other pruning to do but can't drive secateurs or scissors with the thumb yet.   Pain in posterior.

Runnybreak - I too have a myopic OH.  Had my hair cut form hip length to shoulders when I was 30 and he walked straight past me.

Busy - Good luck with the garden preps and hope DD can help out.

Dove and Wonky - I hope "not long" goes OK and that Ma stays peaceful.

Happy gardening everyone - or whatever else you're up to today.


Hello All

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 17:06

Welcome.   We have lots of people happy to answer questions and we share photos of problems and achievements.  Use the tree icon to upload photos or else post a link to a photo site.

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 16:17

Aym.  Possum is my daughter, now 21, and no allergies or other health problems.   Doesn't like plants though so something went badly wrong somewhere.

Dahlia rings

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 14:48

OK Scroggin.  Builders' merchants and bolt cutters Alex.  However, last time I bought them I'd taken my cutters so they were easier to load into the car so, of course, chappy volunteered to cut them for me.

flowers that dont need direct sunlight

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 14:39

For a summer display, fuchsias and impatiens and lobelia will enjoy this space.   Fuchsias and lobelia come in upright and trailing forms.    Just give them good compost and regular waterings and dead head the fuchsias to keep them flowering.

Hostas will also do well either in pots on the ground for the larger ones or you can put several smaller ones in a window box.   

For winter, a mix of trailing variegated ivies and upright pansies or violas will brighten up the space and, since it's protected from the rain, auriculas would be great in spring.

Dahlia rings

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 14:34

I use 5mm steel for reinforcing concrete and find I can bend it easily enough.   Love the rusty look which makes them largely invisible.  Ours comes in 5m lengths which I cut according to the height of the plant I need to support so shorter for peonies and longer for echinops and helianthemums.

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 14:31

HI Nanny.  I do.  I use the spray on the walls, doors and shower pans just cos it's easy.   Next time I install a shower somewhere it will be an Italian walk in with no pesky glass door!

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 14:21

Arum are not the same as peace lily.  Different family -

Gerbera are good.

We don't have fitted carpets, just a few oriental rugs made from wool and and laid on tiles downstairs or floorboards upstairs and with no chemically underlay or backing.   Don't use chemically cleaning products either except for a descaling spray for the showers as we have hard water.  Otherwise I just use various strength solutions of spirit vinegar and hot water for surfaces and taps.

Not especially allergic to anything but I didn't want Possum growing up in a chemical house.

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 11:18

Aym - read the NASA list.  It's houseplants and which pollutants they're good at cleansing.  Spider plants don't do benzene and I assume you want something that would, given your traffic fumes problems. 

They would have helped with the Damien Hurst dead cow exhibition though.......

Home made organic way to kill aphids

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 09:01

For traffic fumes you're surely better off with a plant that filters benzene.   Spider plants don't.

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