Latest posts by Obelixx

The effect of Brexit on your garden

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 16:47

I know Dove but a still twitching turkey is not like a pheasant or a grouse!  I was 14 or 15 and had come from the suburbs of Manchester.  Loved all the fresh air and open space but not so much the gory and smelly bits.   Cheshire so lots of dairy but also pig muck spreading.........  I can remember having to ride my bike thru piles of disinfectant soaked hay to get to and from school during a foot and mouth break out.   Clearly far more local and less devastating than the recent ones.

The effect of Brexit on your garden

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 16:37

Have to agree Fidget.  When did it stop being a safety net?

I spent my teen years in Cheshire countryside.  I went potato picking once.  Back breaking, filthy, cold and badly paid.   Ditto turkey plucking once at Xmas.  The farmer brought us the corpses still twitching but at least he was no Bernard Matthews.  The turkeys were grown to order and had a good life and space to move once they'd gone into the barn for the final fattening.

After that I got a paper round and a Saturday job in a shop.  Much better conditions and pay.

The effect of Brexit on your garden

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 13:36

It doesn't all go to supermarkets Dove but I do agree about pay inversion.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 13:31

I have courgettes to spare too so will be trying the lemony cake as we now know the chocolate one is delish.

Busy start to the day.  Tried for a lie-in but was woken by Minstrel jumping in thru the bathroom window and loudly announcing her offering of a large dead mouse.   Sorted that out and fed the kittens then headed back to bed only to be woken again because she'd gone out and got another victim for Cosmos to play with.   Sorted that out too and sent OH for juice and coffee.   That led to a trip to the bathroom on my own account and Minstrel flew in and dropped a live mouse in the bath!   Might have to get her a collar and bell!

Warm and sunny witha  slightly hazy sky so an hour of sunbathing for me this PM and sewing.   Only have a week left to make 2 new frocks for Possum and finish a jacket as well as the remaining visits she wants to fit in so am on a mission.  

Hugs to WW and her OH.  So sad for everyone. 

Hope your anti-histamines are working Hosta.

Pat - that's lovely.  Great to have such skill and patience.

FG - hope you get to do your hills.

Hi to everyone else and hugs where needed.

The effect of Brexit on your garden

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 13:21

Vendée here after 25 years in Belgium where we always ate seasonally and European.   Don't see the point of transporting green beans from Kenya or asparagus from Peru or onions from NZ.   In Belgium a lot of fresh veg and salad is grown but also hot house peppers and tomatoes from The Netherlands where they had the wit to divert excess heat form electricity generation to heating industrial scale glasshouses.   The Brits just send it up to the sky.

We eat seasonally here too and being that bit further south and west there's a tremendous amount of fresh local roduce as well as from other French regions.   I watch food miles so, until I get my own potager under way and producing all year I wait for French strawberries rather than buy early Spanish ones and so on.  SIL over here in early July, horrified at price of strawberries at 3 times what she'd been paying in ASDA but there's no social contract in the UK to limit working hours and even below minimum wages are more than Romanians can earn at home.  Unfortunately, the dive in the value of the British pound has meant fewer eastern Europeans going to pick crops in the UK and even less next year so they'll have to automate because the the Brits see it as peasant work.

We hope to become self sufficient except for things like avocados and blueberries which I won't be able to grow myself and potatoes which we eat so infrequently it's not worth growing them.  Given the milder winters we should be able to grow early and late PSB and such and I shall try sweet potatoes too and salad crops in the polytunnel for winter.

Cat eating grasses in garden

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 20:50

RG is right.  Staring at a cat is a sign of non acceptance verging on aggression so always glance away.

Light Deterrent for Badgers, Deer, Foxes & Rabbits

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 19:14

Don't know if motion activated lights work but it sounds like you need a water scarecrow.  Google for models and prices.

Salix flamingo

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 16:19

It's a willow on another willow stock.  Give it good quality compost and make sure it gets plenty of water.  They don't like to be dry at their feet.   Shelter from strong winds too as the palest leaves will scorch easily.

Wisley under threat!

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 16:16

Done.  Direct link to petition page if needed - https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/Articles/Wisley-under-threat-from-A3-plans 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 14:52

Tall order Liri.  As far as I know all raspberries sucker and spread.   Suggest she has a look at the Ken Muir website but also search for Little Red Princess which is apparently shorter than most raspberries but still suckers but would maybe do well in a tub - http://www.lubera.co.uk/plants/soft-fruit/raspberry/autumn-raspberries-fruits-on-1-year-canes/lowberry-raspberry-little-red-princess 

It'd need to be a big container and have good John Innes no 3 compost.

Bench saga sounds log and involved.  Too busy sewing for Possum to think about all my furniture projects, indoors and out, but will get cracking once she's gone back to Namur.   Apart from anything else, 6 of my scientists are coming for lunch (weekend in La Rochelle for them) so I shall need indoor chairs and a table in case it's cool or, heaven forfend, wet!   Dining room is currently empty for dance practice.

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