Latest posts by Obelixx

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:12

B3 - I have now settled on a written list but even so he can get it wrong so this year I'm suggesting a joint present for something we can both use or enjoy about the house or garden or when we're out exploring.

Have his birthday first though so not pushing too hard just yet.


Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:09

It depends on funds an energy levels.  If you're planning a ptio and raised beds anyway I woud think that keeping the hardcore would be a simpler option.  Then you can build raised beds up tp knee height for smaller plants and shrubs - knee height means they're comfy for sitting on so free seats if you make the top wide enough.  

You could also build a deeper ones to take bigger shrubs and climbers such as roses and clematis that like a deep root run.   This would stop your garden looking flat and you could easily ship in materials and compost during your house renovation phase.

Have a google for courtyard designs online and check out books in the library for ideas and things to consider such as outside lighting, water, bins and tools storage, seating, plants, boundaries..

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 11:33

Hello all.

12C when we got home from dance class at 10h30 last night and still mild today but it's gone grey again and the air feels damp.   I have had a lazy morning after an interrupted night (Hosta-itis?) and will have a quiet afternoon with just a few errands to run while OH goes and practices his golf.

They've put the C lights up in Mouthiers now and on Sunday there's a C market in the old market - 40 stone pillars, timber roof frame and terracotta tiles so gorgeous.  Tiny town tho so not expecting much of the market and no sign of any locals decorating houses yet.

Hope OH is really OK Fidget and that you soon settle down with your new meds Pat.

Anyone got plans for the weekend or is it just time to snuggle up and hide from the weather?

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 11:14

I like practical prezzies these days but that wasn't the case early on in our relationship.  One year, after Ken Hom had done his first series on the Beeb I received a lovely rusty wok that needed tempering.  Not thrilled.

Another year was a new pressure cooker, shortly after I'd blown up the old one.  Being gifted, I blew that one up too so now manage without.   Best of all was a mobile phone - for the woman who has always considered having a PC, internet and answer phone at home to be adequate communication resources.  If I'm not at home I'm busy doing something and don't want interruptions.  

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 22:00

No flooding here BF but we've had some decent rain and more expected so we can start planting my trees and shrubs soon.    12C when we got back from dance class at 10pm this evening so good root growing conditions.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 16:56

Blimey Fidget.  That is very worrying for you and not good for OH to be sat out in the cold after a bump like that.   I hope he's OK and has no lasting damage.    Good that there's a witness for insurance and police purposes.

Big hugs.


Posted: 24/11/2016 at 15:15

Thank you.  We did.  In fact that's all I had for supper.

Do plants have a biological clock?

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 15:02

What's available commercially is more a question of what's easy to propagate using mechanical means and without paying plant breeder's rights where possible so seeds, cuttings, potting on in industrial scales.  They have huge sheds and machines in The Netherlands which is where so much of it is grown.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 12:35

Bubble wrapping bodies just sounds noisy to me.   Does anyone recall the cling film sequence in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café?  Brilliant film.

Do plants have a biological clock?

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 11:31

As AC says, plants are driven by either temperatures or day length.   Some seeds won't germinate till they've had a period of chill followed by warmth which indicates winter is over and it's safe to grow.   Some seeds, like lettuces, won't germinate above a certain temperature as they know it will be too hot for the plant.

You need to know what the plant is, where it grows, what trigger growth and then adjust its environment accordingly.  I can't see the point of messing with natural rhythms unless you're growing for exhibition, competition or shows like Chelsea where things have to be at the right peak of performance.  It requires such an investment in time and materials and heaters and lighting.

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