Latest posts by Obelixx

Challenging Clay

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 16:53

I would go with honeysuckle rather than clematis if you're in a  hurry as it doesn't need as deep a root run or as many nutrients.   I would also go with the mulch plan but lay it on as deep as you can and several times now and in autumn and just leave it for the worms and other organisms to work over for you.

While you wait, grow smaller plants to give you colour and interest - annuals or biennials or perennials as you prefer.   You could buy a small honeysuckle or clematis now and grow it on in pots until the bed is ready to plant it - cheaper than buying a big one and it will establish faster.

This would give you time to cork on the weeds coming from the other side but, I have to tell you, that weeds from fields, whether arable or pasture, will always want to come through so when you do fianlly get the soil into a workable state and plant your chosen climber(s) through a weed suppressant membrane and hold that down with pegs and cover it with something like chipped bark to make it look more attractive.  However this does mean you can't grow anything else as every planting hole you do make will be an opportunity for perennial weeds to come up.

Compost idea

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 16:43

Good project B3.

Our local council sell wooden flat pack compost bins for 35€ each, roughly 1m cube .   OH's job to build, fill and turn as appropriate and then dump the good stuff as directed by the head gardener.  I hope they have removable fronts or things could get complicated.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 16:38

Sounds good FG.  Any pics today?

Dove, I've only saved the packet form one set of tulips and it just happens to be those - a mixed bag of Havran (deep purple) and Rajka.   The white daffs are either Thalia or Princess Zaide.   I've deadheaded them all now so can't be more precise.

Been out watering pots and thinking about what else and where else to put treasures in the hosta bed when our neighbour went past on her way back from walking the dog.  Long chat followed - once we sorted out our noisy dogs - so no planting done as I need to go and get scrubbed up for dancing.

Nothing planned tomorrow so I can play all day if I want.

Climbing Rose Pruning

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:30

I agree.  Bend them over gently so they are at least diagonal if not horizontal and tie them in loosely along teh stem so they can move a bit on teh breeze and also grow thicker.   They will put up small vertical growing flowering shoots as well as extra length at the tips.  Mine do, anyway.

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:25

Not off hand Dove But I'll go and see if I kept the packet info when I've finished my coffee break.  Bit of a sucker for purple in tulips.

Sorry looking plant - ID & pruning?

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:21

Take some cuttings from the tips then prune it back and feed and water it.  Cross fingers.

Or just leave it whole but feed it and see what happens.  Lovely colour on the fresh foliage.

Might be penstemon digitalis Husker Red in which case it's worth looking after.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 15:03

Sorry it's sideways.  Just going over now so a good feed to build them up and then they can go out in a bed and try their chances.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:50

When I do a typo or use an English spelling I get a red line under the offending word and can then right click to get the suggested correction and accept or add the real spelling to the dictionary.

Enjoy yourself M-U.

I'm off myself now, but just in the garden, not out till dancing later this evening.

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Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:35

I do that with word and email.  I'm referring to the dictionary on this site.  I keep telling it - time and time again - but it seems to forget.

tools used on the programmes

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:23

It is called a hand harrow and is rather expensive to buy.  Her's one, similar but not exact - https://www.manufactum.co.uk/broad-galvanized-steel-hand-harrow-p1443496/  They have a narrower model for not a lot less.

I think a decent going over with a good push-me-pull-you double edged hoe head from Wolf and then a rake over will do just as well.

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