Latest posts by Obelixx

New allotment

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 14:17

I would think it best now to wait till the new year to plant but you can always mulch your beds with compost or well rotted manure if you have any.   In the new year you can maybe sow broad beans early and start chitting potatoes indoors and plan your crop rotations and beds for the coming season..

This almanack of what and when is by a chap who posts on A4A - http://www.thegardenersalmanac.co.uk/Indexes/index.htm  Click on month and then vegetables for advice on what to be doing.   He's in Yorkshire, near Huddersfield so adjust your own timings according to whether you are warmer or colder than his allotment..

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 13:43

SAD is seasonal affective disorder and affects people who respond to low sunlight levels in winter by becoming depressed.   The SAD lights replicate daylight wave lengths and improve mood in most sufferers.

Not a problem here at the mo as we have bright sunlight again today but UK and Belgian winters can be very long and grey and dull.

Loads of stars here at night too.  No street lights.   Wonderful.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 12:52

Thanks Lesley.  I'd tried ctrl and alt with up key but not all at once.  OH fixed it when he got in.

Haven't started on cards yet.  Only just giot OH's birthday done and dusted.  Now we can start on Xmas.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 12:11

I need a PC doctor.  Cosmos has bounced on my keyboard and the screen display is now upside down and the mouse is disoriented!   Can't see an easy fix and OH will be grumpy when I ask him to fix it.

Good luck with the onions Dove.  Don't like them myself - too vinegary - and I haven't yet found a recipe for pickling them the way the Italians do, sort of sweet and sour using small red onions.

Christmas decorations

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 11:55

I do like simple coloured themed for Xmas.   Mine have been red and gold for years with simple soft white lights.   We like to go to Xmas markets and find something new each year and I do buy replacement baubles in the sales so I always have spares but this year the tree is half the usual size so we'll be fine.

Other than those I have special tree ornaments picked up in Brussels, Leuven, Liège, Bonn, Cologne and other smaller German markets.  I rather hope to have time to make more of my own decs for next year, including some patchwork table runners and maybe a wall hanging.   


Posted: 08/12/2016 at 11:40

I think it's Minnow too but you can compare it with teh info here if that helsp - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/90112/Narcissus-Minnow-(8)/Details

If you want to keep the bulbs healthy for more flowers next year you need to remove the flower stems once the flowers fade and feed the plants to build up  reserves for next year's flowers.   The bulbs will increase in size and make offsets which can be grown on till big enough to flower, thus increasing your stock.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 11:34

Hello.  A lovely start to the day but I haven't been out yet.  Stayed upstairs communing with kittens who are definitely better for being steamed and full of beans.   OH has taken the dogs out for walkies so they have the run of downstairs in peace at the mo.   Rasta doggy is "in love" and doesn't understand why lying on her belly with her ears pricked, eyes focused and tail wagging doesn't get her any new feline playmates.

I am waiting for our lawnmower to be delivered from servicing and repair and then will be outside planting bulbs and supervising OH.  he wants to cut the grass where the naturalised cyclamen are now in full leaf so hands and mowers off.

Have fun with the decs Busy.   Wonky - that sounds appalling but you seem to manage it all sensibly.  Have to wonder why you should have to though.

Everyone else - enjoy whatever you're doing.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 20:32

Never saw a nuthatch in our Belgian garden and none here either.  However, the feeders I've put out are being used by somebody and I look forward to identifying what we have when things have settled down enough and I have more plants and feeders positioned where I can gaze out of windows and identify the wildlife.

Kittens have been steamed.   He just lies back and gets comfy while she sits and starts to mew after a few minutes.  

OH's birthday lunch was very good and worth the trip.  Afterwards we went for stroll to the shore but the Atlantic is still looking like a mill pond whenever we go.  One of these days we'll get dramatic waves and clouds.

Putting up Christmas Decorations and Tree

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:04

Not if you do it outside and let it dry before you bring in the tree Logan.

We now have a Nordman tree sitting outside in a pot (says cultivated in pot but I'll believe that when I see it) and having a good drink.  It was the best shape in that size and only a few euros more than the ones with their feet stuck in logs.   With any luck it will grow but not a drama if it doesn't.

Getting lights out and testing them is OH's job but I do put them away so I know they're not bundled in knots for next year.  OH does candle lighting but I had to buy him a snuffer after I kept finding great gobs of wax on my furniture and walls where he was blowing them out with a bit too much puff.

programmes to watch

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 09:19

Bright spot for Monty and Nigel fans - GW back on March 10th.  93 sleeps to go.

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