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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:08

Good luck to you Fidget.  We have moved because we knew we didn't want to be managing the Belgian house when we were 80.   Surrounded by agricultural land so no chance of being built around but the house and garden were just too much for our later years and I was fed up of killer winters.  

The process of selling, packing up and moving on is hard work, stressful, exciting and sometimes hilarious but we are now much more relaxed and have the time to do things our way and at our own pace.   I hope it goes well for you and you have time to take cuttings and gather seeds of your treasures.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:26

I expect you could make green chilli jam if you used unripe toms and green chillies.   Here's my recipe i case you want to adapt it:-

Sweet chili jam with garlic and ginger

 225g               chilli peppers or less or more depending on taste
400g               red/bell pepper - cleaned, deseeded and roughly chopped
600g               onion - chopped
400g tin         chopped tomatoes
1.5kg              sugar
750ml             cider vinegar
1 head            garlic - cloves peeled
1 tbs               sea salt

Add the cleaned and prepared chillies, peppers, onions, garlic and ginger to a large pan with the vinegar and salt and blend with a hand blender (or in an electric blender before putting in the pan if you don't have one) until well mixed together - keep your eyes out of the way as any splashes would be very painful!

Add the sugar, stir with a wooden spoon and bring to a rolling boil for about 45-60 minutes until thickened and the wooden spoon leaves a trail when stirred in the bottom on the pan.   Skim off any 'scum' that rises to the surface.

Pot and seal.  

Creating a corner bed under a cedar

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 15:18

The hedges and the tree will be sucking out most of the nutrients and water so I would abandon all ideas of shrubs and go for ground cover plants such as geranium macrorhizum which have scented leaves which turn red in winter and white or pink flowers in late spring.   Add a good clump of hellebores for late winter flowers then concentrate on planting bigger specimens where they will have more light and less competition for nutrients and can grow well.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 15:07

Dull and grey today so no urge to go outside.

I am sat here with a Cosmos lying bum on the table, tum on my chest and head and paws attacking the zip fastening of my jumper.    Minstrel is sat watching birdies at the window.   She is finally over her singing phase so a peaceful night was had by all.   OH is now walking the dogs while I rest my bashed toe and make chilli jam with lots of ginger and garlic - good immune system boosting stuff.

Last night it was cold enough for OH to want to light the fire but we clearly need to master wood burner techniques as the house is now filled with the smell of smoke so windows open and scented candles on in all rooms.   For some reason, this one doesn't like paper screwed up under the kindling.

Sorry you're having to sell Fidget and hope you find what you need and can love.

Clari - yes mad.   Should be getting your house habitable before giving time to other things - unless the scout hut is warmer!

Keep safe and well everyone.

Iris problem

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 14:52

Divide as advised above.   I wouldn't wait till end of March either.  It'll be clear by end of Feb if it's going to flower or not and you'll just be giving it an extra month of being cramped and starved.  In the meantime, try giving it a liquid feed of rose or tomato feed to see if that helps.

Drive Screening

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 14:31

Posts, tensioned wires at 30cms intervals and climbers of your choice - sweet peas, green beans, roses, clematis, honeysuckle.    

A narrow hedge?  I've seen beech and hornbeam hedges just 9" thick.  Very attractive if kept clipped.

House plant leaves dropping off

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 18:15

Mine's on a wheely thing too and it's great but doesn't help when I want to lift it into the shower or - as I plan to soon - move it downstairs.   We have 2 new kittens who think it's a climbing frame so it needs to be put in a room with a door I can close instead of its current position on the landing.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 18:11

Should have said, repeat massage 2 or 3 times a day as needed.   If your sinuses are bunged too, you can "hammer" your forehead and temples and then sides of nose and cheek bones with the tips of your fingers (not if you have long nails!) and then do circular massage of the same areas followed by the ear thing.  It all helps loosen stuff up and change pressures.

Love a walk with interest but also do walks just with doggies.  Back in 1989 when we both worked long hours and had no dogs I took OH up to the Lakes cos he'd never been.  He bought a book of walks to follow and before I knew what was going on I was up Great Gable.  All very well but not dressed for fell climbing!    Glorious summer day so Hush Puppy lace ups, not fell boots.   He'd only liked at the "half day" estimate but not at difficulty or heights.   Very scenic.   We were both fit but shattered by the end.   Last time I let him select a walk with no supervision. 

After we got Rasta we persuaded Possum, then about 13, to come to Durbuy for a morning walk followed by lunch at a brasserie.  She hates walking and it's hilly so we promised her a 4km walk but accidentally on purpose took a wrong turn.   15km later and a good lunch and both slept soundly all the way home.

Been messing with the bathroom unit most of the afternoon and then Rasta needed a bath after a good smelly roll so too late to cook planned dinner of pork and apple casserole with herby dumplings so quick spicy prawns and pasta it is.  

Then we need to find a good film or other recording to watch cos I can't stand being shouted at by people "singing" on talent shows.   Only 9 months to the next Strictly.

House plant leaves dropping off

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 15:20

How long has it been in that pot?  It might be pot bound or just plain hungry as that's a lot of plant for not a lot of pot.

I have a variegated form somewhat larger than yours which was also shedding and it has been much better since I potted it on last spring.  However, it is now also in as big a pot as I can manoeuvre so, in future, will stay in that pot but have its roots trimmed and then a bit of fresh compost top and bottom and some liquid feeds in spring.  

The other thing I do is to stand it in the shower and give it a good rinse every 3 months or so to remove dust from leaves and give the pot a good soaking but also good drainage.   They don't like wet feet.


Posted: 07/01/2017 at 15:15

I have Felco bypass secateurs and Wolf anvil loppers but would like to get a shorter handled pair of bypass loppers when I see a good pair.   Lots of trees to sort out in this new garden and, as said above, they are kinder and, I think, easier to use.

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