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Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:46

It's Berghill's birthday today.  Hope it was a good one.

Help for busy garden

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 12:50

Good.  Concentrate on getting your circles outlined and cut and then edged before you start to think about plants.   You need to live with the new shapes a bit before making other decisions.  The chooks will love chipped bark.  Be prepared for them to toss it about and scatter some on your lawn.

The RHS website has a feature that allows you to look up suitable plants using aspect, sun, shade, exposure, soil type, hardiness and then plant type and colour.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/search-Form  You can also use it to search for info about a named plant to see if it's suitable for you and your garden.

The other way to get good plants is to visit a good garden centre or nursery once a month and buy what is in flower and that you like.  Then you will fill your garden gradually with something of interest at every time of the year.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 11:09

Good morning - just.  Had a lazy morning reading whilst cuddling Rasta doggy and Cosmos kitten.  Rasta loves kittens bit is jealous.  Bonzo dog has finally stopped trembling when we bring the kittens into the living room of an evening and has progressed as far as sneaking up and sniffing.  Slowly slowly catchee monkey.    Kittens get their jabs this afternoon - finally free of flu and conjunctivitis and growing fast.

It is still foggy here and hasn't got above freezing for the last 2 days.   Bit of a shock to the system.

Busy - glad you're feeling better and hope it's all gone by the time you fly.  

Hosta - Derbyshire is not a million miles away and very beautiful so visits will be fun.   Have a great holiday.

Fumpy - nice to see you on here.

DD - as everyone says, onwards and upwards.  It will get better but not all at once or all the time but we're here for moral support and friendship.

Clari - put the tyres in the shed yourself and maybe OH with them!!  Kitchens are for food - storing, prepping and eating and relaxing.  

For all those back at the coalface tomorrow - enjoy the rest of today.

Good health everyone and happy dreaming of gardens and projects to come.

Seed catalogues

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 21:13

I like Chilterns and Plant World catalogues as they are informative.  Both sent seeds and catalogues happily and efficiently when I was in Belgium so I assume they'll be fine in France too.

I am intending to try Seedaholics this year and will use their online ctatalogue.  I find that once you've ordered, companies send the catalogue for the following season..

Help for busy garden

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 14:13

If you put a brick, wood or stone edging the two circles will be well defined.

As with many other aspects of gardening, you're just going to have to try it and see if works.  You can always modify it later on.

Some people like the softening effect of plants drifting over boundaries to break up hard edges.  Others prefer strict formality.  I would suggest your garden should be of the former variety given the children and hens.

Last edited: 01 January 2017 14:13:54

Help for busy garden

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 18:15

The double circle works for me.  Leave the hosepipe in place a few days or a week or two of poss and it will make a natural mark in the grass for you to cut too.   You'll also have time to look at it from every angle - upstairs, downstairs and outside - so you can do tweaks till your'e happy.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 18:10

Fairy, I read your Beinn as Benin and wondered what Nigeria was doing ins Scotland.  Need new glasses.

It hasn't crept above freezing here today.  Bit of a shock to the system on walkies!   Spent the rest of teh afternoon measuring and drawing my kitchen and dreaming of the new one..........   Too cold to garden.

Now to cook a festive dinner for me and him.

Thanks to everyone for your company and communal humour and kindness and support this last year.  You are lovely people.   Long may it continue for us all.    Huge hugs for those who need them.

Good health and happiness to all for 2017 and success in all your ventures.

Who's going to the gym in the new year.

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 13:03

I hope you get to enjoy them for years to come too Fairy.  Those hills and views are good for the soul and I miss my regular fix in the Lake District.

Can't do fells and hills any more as I have dodgy hips and knees as well as new feet but I can do gentle slopes and country lanes and beaches and that suits the doggies too.

rats in our garden

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 10:33

Rats are there all year round.  They're just more visible in winter when they are bolder about coming out to scavenge for scarce food supplies.    

I make sure I have sachets of poison on hand for use in the garage and sheds and use hanging feeders they can't get to.   I also ration food for ground feeders so there's none left for night time rodent raids.  I have been known to leave sachets of poison for them to take overnight but you have to be up and out by dawn to make sure it' s gone before the birds come - not hard in winter.   If they dare come out in the daylight I let the dogs out.

Calling in pest control will at least give them the opportunity to talk to your neighbours and advise about leaving too much food out.

Who's going to the gym in the new year.

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 10:27

I spent years in my 30s going to a gym 2 or 3 times a week after dislocating a hip on a skiing holiday and needing to build up muscles to hold them together.   Ended up loving it and being very fit.   Then we moved to Belgium.......

Now in mid 60s with arthritic bits and back problems so these days my gym is the garden and walking dogs and housework and decorating plus dancing.    Moving house and countries means I'll have loads more time to be outside with the dogs or in the garden and the weather to enjoy it.

Ballroom, slasa or line dancing are much more fun than zumba IMHO and work your memory and sociability too so good for Alzheimer prevention too.

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