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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 12:08

Pancakes?  I thought Chandeleur was next week.   Similar goings on in Belgium when Possum was in Maternelle from 30 months on.  Really good system for socialising children and facilitating working parents.

I didn't work - except part-time for OH occasionally - but it didn't take long for Possum to decide she wanted to be at school all day please mummy and not just mornings..

Last edited: 26 January 2017 12:11:00

How to look after potted Christmas Tree?

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 12:06

Planting it out now would not be kind.  It needs to acclimatise so the fresh young growth doesn't freeze to death.   Put it in a cool, well lit room for starters then gradually increase the cold by putting it out by day when it's above freezing.  Bring it in again at night until the worst of the frosts are over - March or April depending on where you are.

It will want to grow huge but you can limit growth by keeping it potted but make sure it is watered regularly and fed every spring.   Pot on every couple of years until it's too big to handle as an Xas tree.  Then you'll have to decide if it's to be planted out in your garden - not advisable unless you have an acre or more, or given away to a forest plantation or chopped up and composted.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 11:42

-2C at 8:30 but I wasn't there to see it.  Was awake for most of the night and didn't fall asleep till after 6.   There is a fresh breeze blowing so I'm staying tucked up except for a raid for fresh veggies for some soup.

Raided a Vietnamese shop yesterday and picked up goodies for the lunar new year on Saturday - cooking with Possum - but still no spring onions.  I shall just have to sow some for future cooking.

Glad you had a good birthday surprise DD and hope you get some good advice for you future café.  

Hosta -enjoy your day of blobbing.   

PDoc - good luck with the maths!   Not my forté at all tho basic geometry comes in handy for up and down sizing cake tins for recipes.

Dove - enjoy your day away and the feast.

Busy - 2yr olds baking?   Sounds like great fun.  Enjoy.

Keep warm and dry everyone except Pat and Glenys who need to stay cool.

Help, my neighbours extension has spoilt my garden!

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 12:47

It's not a disaster.  It's a planting opportunity.

You will have to ask permission but a simple solution would be to to screw vine eys on the vertical fence posts at 12"/30cms intervals and at teh same height all along and then stretch and taighten (special fixings available) green or aluminium coloured wire along the fence.   This then provides support for climbers.  

There's space for a lovely big rambling rose or 3 to provide colour and perfume for several months if you go with plants like Malvern Hills, Lady of the Lake, Snowgoose all from David Austin but other rose growers probably have some to offer too.  Just make sure they're repeat flowering.

Climbing roses would be good too - all sorts of colours and perfumes and sizes available but agian, make sure they repeat for extra interest.

Honeysuckles will quickly cover the space and can provide creamy yellow flowers, pinky purple and also coral depending on variety chosen.  Certain clematis will grow rapidly over a few seasons to cover the fence and give a glorious display of colour for 3 months or more if you choose well.  I would suggest Etoile Violette as  very good doer but there are many more colours available.

If yo do go for roses or clems, prepare teh soil well with plenty of good slow release feed and a top up feed every spring.   Keep well watered in their first season and be patient.  They may well want to concentrate on root growth first.  I find both take a couple of seasons to establish before they take off.  Go for group 3 clematis as they have the easiest pruning régime and won't go mad like a montana..

Chilli experts - Advise please

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 12:38

IN that case you need to rig up a polytunnel/greenhouse thingy to keep your chillies warm and speed up ripening.  It can be DIY or bought online or from your local DIY store or garden centre.  Have a google.

Chilli experts - Advise please

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 11:24

Not familiar with Habanero idiosyncrocies but I do know you can bring chili plants indoors and grow them on as a houseplant and thus allow late fruits to ripen.  Just give them a spot on a bright, sunny windowsill and protect from cold draughts.

Lawn in shady area with poor drainage?

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 10:03

You could get a tree surgeon to raise the canopy of the oaks and let in more light and build raised beds for veggies so they have good drainage.

However, if you want a grass lawn you are going to have to tackle the drainage problem and that involves digging out a lot of soil, making a soakaway or installing a land drain and then putting back the soil.   If you can get in there with a mini digger you can cut the time involved.

Dig a trial hole and fill it with water and then see how long it takes to drain.  If it doesn't, you have a serrious problem to fix.  If it does, but slowly, maybe try planting some ornamental willows to soak up water.  They can be coppiced to keep the stem colour and control size.

If you do opt for gravel, buy it from a builders' merchant rather than garden centre to get a better price and make sure you use a fork to make deep holes in the soil then brush in sharp sand to help with drainage and then apply a good quality sheet of porous membrane to stop the gravel sinking into the soil. 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 09:55

Late start today and only 0.9C at 10am so still cold but sunny.

Rasta doggy is due a haircut too but can stay a woolly bear till it warms up a bit.

Help with Victorian Terrace garden

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 09:53

Good plan LF.

Jjo - Don't forget to use you boundaries.  You can string tautened wires at 12"/30cms intervals and then use them to train climbers such as roses to give you perfume and along season of flowers or clematis if you have children and don't want thorns.  There are roses and clems suitable for both south and north facing aspects.

I would put the washing whirlygig right next to either terrace so you have solid ground to stand on if it's been damp.  If you make it the end near the house you won't need the stepping stones and won't be tempted to walk on sodden or frozen grass in winter.

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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 09:32

Good luck with the lime pickle TB.  It'll be ready to eat when you get back.  We eat a lot of curry too and I could get mango chutney easily enough and even some curry pastes but not lime pickle unless we went in to Brussels for the Chinese supermarket.    I made a double batch this last time.   I also made some mango chutney a few weeks ago as I haven't found any here.   Maybe fix that this pm when we raid the oriental shops in La Roche.

LG - try to see the funny side.  It's the only way to get through most things.  

More glorious sun today but very chilly.  We woke up later than usual at 8am and were sort of thinking of getting up and the next thing we knew it was 10am.   Everybody on parade now.  Lots to do before we go shopping for "unusual" foodstuffs and a robot this pm.   No sign of veggie shortages here?  The shelves are full but prices probably a tad higher.   Roll on the veggie patch.

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