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Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:56

The fountain refers to the effect of all the foliage I believe Aym.

Planting an Acer

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:55

And, before yu plant it at the same depth it was in its pot, remember to soak the pot in a bucket of water until no more air bubbles appear.

Water well after planting and mulch with compost or chipped bark to keep down competing weeds and retain moisture.

Planting an Acer

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:26

Planting one now is OK as along as the soil isn't frozen or water logged and you prepare it well so that the roots can establish themselves before the big burst of spring energy puts a strain on them.

You'll need to make sure it is watered regularly for its first season and also be sure to plant it so it is sheltered from wind as this really burns and dessicates the leaves.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:24

Heavy frosts this morning but sunny and creeping up above zero now.

We're off to a vide greniers/brocante at Fontenay-le-Comte today so doggies will be left with a marrow bone to chew and the kittens will just have to play indoors till we get back.  It's supposed to be a beautiful village/town so we'll have a wee explore too and lunch.

Have a good time today Busy.  I hope the enjoy your feast.

My sleep was disturbed at 5:30 by Cosmos deciding he absolutely needed to curl up in my hand like he did when he was little.  Far too big now so lots of wriggling and purring like a train.

Busy may be right Hosta.  Instead of lying there wishing your were asleep maybe you should go and curl up with a good book or film somewhere cosy so you can doze off it you need to but not sit there worrying about not sleeping.

Have a good day all.  I hope your weather is kind for your projects.

Good hygiene...

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:17

Lucky you on getting the tools.  I think you've done enough to ensure good hygiene and cleaning tools after use is just good husbandry and makes them last longer and work better.

My tools hang on the wall in the shed so I have been in teh habit of rinsing them off after a session and occasionally a squirt of WD40 on blades of trowels and spades.    They all get a good clean and oiling to see them through winter.   I think it helps keep the business end in good nick.

OH doesn't bother so I can always see which tools he has used.

Yesterday I discovered that this new garden has a claggy yellow clay soil in parts so I may well sharpen trowel and spade blades to help them work it with less resistance.

If you do find you have club root anywhere in your garden there are ways round it.  Firstly you can use lime to counter act it and it's also good for brassicas even without club root.   Sow brassicas in cells and grow them on into 4 or 5 inch pots so they have a really strong root system before you plant them out.  You should then get a crop.  Otherwise I believe it can take years for the active infectious fungus bits to die out - less in well drained soils and 10 or more in clay or damp soils.

The RHS has this info and advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?PID=128 

New pond

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 08:04

That looks to me like quite an impressive undertaking GD so there are bound to be some delays and setbacks and weary bits.   Take a day or two off the pond and let it all settle, both in fact and in your mind.

Then attack the completion with gusto and enjoy your lovely new water feature and, once the water has settled, you can start introducing water plants.   Such fun.

Last edited: 19 February 2017 08:04:41

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:55

Thanks for the link Busy.

Our local ponds in Belgium were invaded by eats Euro frogs.  Incredibly noisy blighters.  Once they got going in spring we had to keep the windows closed at night and even then we could here them from the pond in Sauvenière - over a km as the crow flies!   They hadn't made it to our pond when we left but they were in teh one in teh paddock across the road......

Amaryllis stem

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:29

Quite normal if it's one of the taller varieties.

Hanging Baskets

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:26

Where will they hang?   Will they be planted with all trailing plants or some upright ones?

You don't want you or anyone else to bang their heads as they go past but you don't want them so high you can't see the plants or water them easily.   In warm weather they need watering daily and in hot weather twice daily so factor that in when hanging them.

There are techniques for planting them up that help you succeed.  See this advice from the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=139 

Eaten snowdrops

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:18

Slugs.  I brought 20 wee pots of snowdrops to this new garden and, when putting them out on display yesterday, found over a dozen small slugs lurking under the pots.

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