Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 13:50

That sounds good.   You must feel so much better Joyce. 

At least in California they have the resources to find people and rescue them and re-build but I do feel for those who've had their lives shattered by this or any other disaster.

Removing living willow structures

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 13:47

Good advice to leave something to get hold of.  The other thing I would say is, if you plan to chip the wood, leave it to dry out before and after cutting as the pieces will root very easily.

We took fresh chippings from some council workers pollarding neglected willows in the paddock next door to our previous house and I left them in a pile for a month before putting them on beds as mulch and I still got baby willows trying to grow.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 13:37

That sound great Joyce.  I'll let you know.   Does it just ease pain or reduce swelling too.  I can't get my engagement ring over my finger knuckle any more and have been thinking of having it altered but matbe I won't need to.

Off out to exercise the toes in an hour or two, after another session at the machine.....

Dreadful disaster in California.   Escape the fires to be destroyed by mud?   Not sure which is worse.

Plants for new front garden flower bed/border + how to get rid of bubls in lawn

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 11:32

Why not plant the bulbs leaving spaces for the other plants?  You can mark the spot with sticks.

It's still early January and the worst of winter is yet to come unless this turns out to be an exceptionally mild year.

Garden centre staff are there to sell you plants and make profits.   

However, your money and your risk.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 10:28

Our forecast is for a dry day with  downpours from 11pm.   Sunny now, anyway.

Have a good trip tomorrow.  No hold ups I hope.   Flying again?

Japanese money plant

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 09:53

I expect you're being too kind and have over watered it.  It should be resting at this time of year.  They only need teeny amounts in the dormant period over winter so let the pot dry out now and see if that helps.   The compost should be free draining with added grit so, if it recovers, you could try improving the compost medium.

The best way to water is to dunk the plant pot in a bowl or bucket of water till no further bubble appear and then let it drain completely before putting it back in its cache-pot.  These plants need good light, warmth and maybe a bit of feed for flowering house plants 2 or 3 times during the growing season. 

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 09:25

All that dashing will no doubt push up the BP too Dove!   Paintings on the crafts thread maybe?   Best to get the boob squeezing done and dusted.

DL - haven't used margarine for 30 years.   Butter or rapeseed oil or olive oil and, more recently, coconut oil and duck fat if we've had duck breast to render.

Hope you are well today Pdoc and able to study or whatever takes your fancy.

Joyce - I have ordered some turmeric supplements.   Should arrive in the next day or so.

Good morning everyone.   Hope you're having a good start to the day.  Anyone had news from Fairy?

We have more rain but only light.   46cm since mid December which is half a years' ration.   Excellent.  I expect you're wet too Busy.

Adventures in my garden 2018

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 22:14

Yes - Monty Don on Islamic gardens from Turkey to Morocco apparently.  There's a book to accompany the series.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 22:12

Tee Gee posts on the A4A forum but knows I share his almanac on here when appropriate.  Lovely chap.

Plants for new front garden flower bed/border + how to get rid of bubls in lawn

Posted: 09/01/2018 at 22:10

Reading back again it seems you have little experience or knowledge about plants and how they grow.

It is fine to plant woody plants like shrubs and trees in winter but not when the ground is partially or completely frozen and better still in autumn when the top of the plant is dormant but the soil is still warm and roots can grow and settle the plant ready for the big spring push.

Herbaceous plants, for the most part, die back above ground so asking any young plant that has been raised in a sheltered, covered nursery to cope with having its feet stuck in almost frozen ground and its head exposed to frosts, wind, snow and sleet for another month or two is just foolhardy.   They need to be watered in and that will make them more susceptible to frozen feet or waterlogged feet if it can't drain adequately.   No amount of fleece will solve that problem for you, even if the chosen plants are ideal for that aspect and soil.

Bulbs - it depends on what they are and when they are to flower.  If they're spring bulbs then it's jolly late and you may well just get foliage this year and no flowers.  If they're summer flowering bulbs they won't thank you for bunging them in freezing, or near freezing soil.

As said earlier, patience is a great virtue for a gardener.   

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