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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 16:45

Sounds good Busy.  When in Belgium last week I looked for my favourite Nobilo NZ wine but they've stopped stocking it.   However, I found another NZ Sauvignon Blanc called Mud House.   Couldn't resist.  Still trying to identify the best French version.  Hard life sometimes.

Well done Joyce too.

Minstrel has got the hump.  Came chirrupping in with a mouse offering which she dropped on the rug.  Rasta dived in and ate it!   Pussy not amused.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 16:37

Yes, a good plan and yes, check acidity for blueberries.  You can always grow them in raised beds or pots filled with ericaceous compost if needed but remember you'll need to collect rainwater for watering if your tap water is hard.

New hedge after conifer removal

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:12

Maybe a couple of weeks for levels to settle in case you need more.

When you do plant, make sure the soil is neither frozen nor water-logged and that the roots have been soaked in water to rehydrate them - an hour or overnight in a bucket for bare root or, if in pots, dunk the whole thing in water until no more air bubbles appear and then, when you remove from the pot, tease out the roots with your fingers to encourage them to grow out into the soil.

Water the whole row well after planting.

Allotment diary.

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:07

You can hire turf cutters but they do only lift turf and some roots so won't deal with nettle roots altho these aren't deep and are easy enough to pull or fork up when the soil is damp.  The good thing is that you can stack the turves in a quiet corner - alternating grass to grass and soil to soil - and they will rot down to make wonderful friable soil for you new beds or for potting on seedlings.

I suggest you start by measuring the space and noting the orientation so that you can play with plans on paper on cold wet nights.   Then cover as much as you can with cardboard to cut the light to any weeds and seeds and cover that with a good thick layer of well-rotted manure.   Leave it all to rot down over winter and be worked in by the worms while you get on with layouts and structures which should include compost heaps fro recycling waste and feeding your soil.

Come spring, it'll be ready for a light forking or hoeing and your first plants.

simple Questions

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:52

The simplest answer it to make a list of the plants on sale and then look them up online if the labels aren't informative.

Google "plant name+cultivation" and you should get answers on colour, height, flowering times, need for sun or shade etc..

Well done for wanting to know what you're selling and be able to give helpful advice.

Using Roundup; Remove dead roots?

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:48

Sieve!  The teeniest bit of live bindweed root will sprout and grow and invade.   The alternative is to leave the sprayed patches alone a few weeks, or better still until spring when new growth starts, and then spray new growth as soon as it's big enough to absorb enough glyphosate to kill the surviving roots.  In my experience, bindweed doesn't give in after just one spray.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:10

NOt usually keen on Michaelmas daisies but those are rather good.  Love the orange glow in the blues.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 12:00

Well, I must have had the wrong specs on.  Sorry RG.

Liri - that hedge became the shortest, fattest holly hedge ever because the neighbours ate the soft juicy tops every spring.  We ended up installing builders' mesh cut at 1m50 to stop them leaning over.  It then grew taller very quickly.

They never touched the tree on the right though - a toothache tree with fierce thorns.

Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 11:32

Last spring I joined the Vendée garden group but an admin glitch meant I only received my first email on Thursday.  Garden visits this Sunday so I packed up OH, a picnic lunch and my camera and off we went.  First stop a country garden in Martinet and then a town garden in Aizenay.

The first garden is 1 hectare/2.5 acres and is owned by a couple of recently retired farmers - apple orchards and cattle - who developed a passion for plants which cope with their acidic soil.   Seems to me they're more interested in acquisition than after care so I was itching to get out my secateurs, trusty hoe and a tree surgeon but they do have some interesting plants.    

They started with shrubs and trees about 50 years ago and she has added perennials but banished annuals.  It does have a lovely atmosphere.  The flowering hedge is abelia and, apparently, once the pale petals fall the pink calyxes stay on till the February trim.  It's gorgeous.


More pics here - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1709%20Guilbetiere?sort=2&page=1

Second garden is a long, narrow town garden lanted in jungle style and filled with sculptures the owner makes from found metal objects.  He also teaches these skill in Madagascar and Tanzania to help locals re-cycle and earn money.  

I find such gardens claustrophobic and out of place in northern Europe but this one does have added interest.

More here - got to love the sculptures.


Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 10:54

Good morning.   OH has gone and I have lazed about finishing a book.   Now to get on with jobs like washing, sanding and feeding chairs and a table, messing with pots which means going to buy more compost and maybe being tempted by other goodies.

Sunny but fresh so the washing should dry well.

Pdoc - it can be hard to learn stuff about your parents, especially when they've kept it hidden so long.  Just as hard trying to find out about a parent who abandoned you and never looked back.   I think you did the right thing and hope it has helped your new brother without doing long term damage to you.  Just remember it was not your fault, nor his nor your sisters'.   Think of that poem by Philip Larkin - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48419/this-be-the-verse 

Hosta - did you see the How to Stay Young programme on the Beeb?  One of the three they dealt with on the first prog had insomnia and they helped improve the quality of her sleep.  Might help you.

Pat - seems logical to me that people moved to ensure food supplies.   Hope you get some fruit this year but maybe time to find some later flowering varieties?

LP - lovely for you.  Hope it goes well.   


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