Latest posts by Obelixx

Transforming a challenging garden

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 11:03

It looks very well laid out to me.  I would wait and see what comes up this next year - for instance, the longer grass may well conceal naturalised spring bulbs and wild flowers and shouldn't be cut before the bulbs have gone over and had time (6 weeks minimum) to store new energy in the bulbs.  Those beds no doubt have all sorts of invisible bulbs and perennials too so wait and see and just keep them weeded for now.

For windbreaks, I would go for wildlife friendly hedging and there's still time to plant young whips very cheaply now or take the time to do more research and get to know your garden then plant them in autumn.

South facing walls are good for training fruits such as apples, pears, blackberries etc if you can attach training wires.   Leave a path in front for access for care, pruning and picking and then some raised beds for veggies - as long as you like and 1.2m wide for access from both sides.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 10:50

Good plan Pdoc.  Expect there's some interesting railway history to see, being the first place to have a passenger and freight train service and all. 

That tasting menu will be tiny portions with explosions of flavour.  Enjoy!

Dove - do you not take pics of your work before you exhibit or sell?   I would.

Busy - hope no lurgies are lingering and that you have a good trip.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 10:43

Uchiki Kuri - excellent.  Sweet dumplings disappointing but that was in Belgium so may be better in a decent summer period.

Still sewing here but planning a day off to garden at the weekend.  Have to stay clean tomorrow as our farmer neighbours have invited us for apéro.

I will see what I can fin out about local tides once I get into sowing mode as the Atlantic is just 20kms away to the south and the west and most of our weather comes form there.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 09:39

LG - sounds like a lovely evening.   I think wind farms are expensive, inefficient and seriously bad for wildlife.  There is a significant increase in the number of dead bats and birds found in their vicinity and they're a disaster if on the path of migrating birds.  Then there's the effect on humans - headache and stomach problems form the hum and vibrations.  Visual problems form the stroboscopic effect on sunny days.  The WHO reckons there should be a minimum distance between them and any housing but it is too often ignored.

I like iris foetidissima too and the teeny petals on hamamelis that you have to really look at to appreciate.

Hosta - snap.  Broken coffee pot here.  Fortunately we have two machines - one for leaded for mornings and one for decaff for pms so we can cope till we get a new one.  Kind of you cleaner to find another for you.   How's the tan coming along?

Camellia buds and pyracantha tips

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 09:10

Yes, we used them to replace planks on our raised beds in the old veggie garden.  They are pressure treated.  Line them with plastic as suggested and, if you like, apply some oil on the exposed sides.  I'm using olive oil for cooking (not virgin) mixed with the juice of one lemon per litre.  Shake well.   Works a treat and goes on very easily with a big brush.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 09:07

It's looking very green Pat.  Lovely views.  We had 4.6mm yesterday and overnight.   Less than promised but welcome nonetheless.

Bad news yesterday.  The village newsletter tells us work is to start on a wind turbine park between us and St Cyr-Talmondais.   10 big uns.  I loathe wind turbines and given that this area is known as the "côte de la lumière"(light) you have to wonder why they don't just give or subsidise everyone a few solar panels.  I shall be looking in to it anyway.

That's a quick appointment GWRS!  We go next Tuesday to have more metal fillings replaced with modern stuff.

Dove - for me, sewing goes much faster than knitting and embroidery and felt decs are things I can do to keep my hands busy while watching TV.  Not good enough to knit on auto pilot.

Sunny start today but no frost.   Cleaning this am then showers and SM and fabric run.  No walkies for me as we have dance class this evening.

Camellia buds and pyracantha tips

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 23:27

Try roofing beams instead.  They'll have been treated against rotting and infestation and, being pine,  will be a lot lighter for both you and the wall.  Longer too so less cutting.  Probably cheaper too.

We're planning to use them for raised beds for the veggie plot in this new garden.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 23:24

Lucky you!   Your OH is amazing.

They sent Masterchef Professionals competitors there in the last series.  It looks amazing.   Jay Rayner rates it very highly indeed.     Bit of a trek tho.  Will you stay over?

DL - that cake looks like obscenely huge.

I'm off to bed now my Kindle has re-charged.  Sweet dreams all.

Camellia buds and pyracantha tips

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 22:25

Sleepers are good.  We used them to make retaining walls to create a level veggie plot in our last garden.  Ours had been up 20 years when we moved and showing no signs of wearing out.  We did line the soil side with black plastic to protect them from water in the soil and also stop any chemicals leaching out.

Very heavy though so we got chaps in to do all the carrying, laying, cutting and fixing. 

Auto watering Systems

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 20:35

When I go away and leave pots needing watering I set up a sprinkler attached to an outside tap on a timer which is powered by a 9volt battery and lets me set the length of watering time and the frequency per day.  I attach a Y to the hose connector so I can have two groups of pots and two sprinklers. 

http://www.hozelock.com/product-category/watering/automatic-watering/classic-micro-irrigation/timers/ for models.

You could attach one of these and a couple of seep hoses to a large water tank.  Try agricultural suppliers rather than garden suppliers as you're likely to find bigger and cheaper tanks.

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