Latest posts by Obelixx

Old stone pond and fountain

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:13

The metal grid is a safety feature - keeps kids form drowning and/or herons from fishing out the koi carp or whatever.  In this case it looks like the support frame is there but the grid has gone.

Last edited: 12 February 2017 12:13:48

Stuck on a hedge!

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 11:34

We bought pieces you can use for securing small pipes to walls - half inch semi circular hoops with a flange either side with a hole for screwing.  Put the hoop diagonally across a join in th mesh to attach them to posts.  The mesh we used was 5m x 2m so three posts per length and the joins hidden on the far side of the post.  The beauty of this simple system is that you can bend the wire mesh round a path or bed.

If you want to be fancier for a structure inside the garden - and I do next time - lay the mesh on the ground next to 4" wide posts and mark where each horizontal bar will sit then drill a 1/4" hole about an inch to 1.5" deep.   Erect the posts at suitable distances for a snug fit and then slot the bars into the holes.   Should be very sturdy if posts done at say 1.5 to 2m intervals.

killing bramble roots n nettles

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 10:56

Generally speaking, April and September are the best times to sow grass as the temperatures and moisture levels tend to be optimal.  There will be slight variations according to where you are.   If you sow too soon, you'll just be feeding the birds.

While you wait, you can carry on clearing visible weeds and then, when the bits left start into growth again ins March, you can spray the green shoots with glyphosate which will be transported back to teh roots and kill the whole plant.   A bit of patience now will pay dividends in the end.

Slate chipping as a cheap patio

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 10:47

Don't lay chippings of any sort directly on bare earth.  lay a sheet of weed-proofing membrane first.  It will stop the chippings working into the earth and make them last longer and also more stable.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 10:45

Morning all.  I took one look at the weather and went back to bed to snuggle with two kittens and a Rasta doggy.    Both kittens have been outside again - Cosmos keen to go but is staying away from trees.   Minstrel has her tail bushed out the whole time and has now asked to come in and is sat watching Cosmos romp in the gravel "garden".

 It is perishing out there with grey bits and light drizzle and a serious wind chill.   I've sprayed a layer of acrylic varnish on the new terracotta pot I had to buy yesterday after finding a packet of daffs in the annex.     We need to clear some space for leccy man coming to lay cables for my real cooker.   Turns out the neighbours have a Falcon which is a Rangemaster in French disguise and can tell me where to get all the spare parts I may ever need.

Hah!   Minstrel went out again to check on Cosmos and scarpered through the wire mesh fencing to cross the road and inspect the cattle pasture!   Fine now but not so clever in spring when the mums are out there with their babies.    OH has been and enticed her in again.

Your new jumpers sound great Wonky.   Well done Dove.

Pat - we had a fish lunch on the coast at Newcastle whilst taking the scenic route from friends in Manley Heights to others in Canberra and stopping off at Kangaroo Bay where the roos can occasionally be seen surfing.   They didn't for us but we were bombarded with friendly parakeets.   Dreadful to think of it all being burned.

Stay safe everyone and keep warm.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 23:19

Not tartiflette in the end.  We had seiche (squid) cooked as a casserole.  First time we've had it like that and very tasty.   Very pleasant evening.    They have a handicapped daughter the same age as Possum and we took her a bunch of roses because she loved the ones I used as individual place decs when they came to us.   She can't speak but uses gestures and insisted we take one home with us.  Made friends with their dog too - greyhound/retriever cross and gorgeous but timid.

Full moon again tonight and a few stars and wispy clouds so another cold night in store.

Joyce - I hope you get your appetite back soon.

No idea what happened in the rugby.  No doubt OH will be up early to watch the recordings.

Hosta - you can't have tartiflette anyway - lots of white wine in a good one.

Topbird - they're eating very well and yes, growing fast.

Busy - how long till your new car arrives?

Thank you to all who have congratulated Possum.  What a lovely bunch you are.  Hope everyone else's student offspring are doing well too.

Last edited: 11 February 2017 23:23:11

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 16:18

Kitten fun - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/170211%20Kittens%20first%20outing?sort=2&page=1 We reckon Minstrel is 7 months or so now and Cosmos we know is coming up to 5 months.

As a beginner knitter, I've contented myself with scarves but using fancy stitches to make a holey effect.  Haven't done any knitting since a primary school project so I've had to google for instructions on casting on and deciphering knit-speak but that's OK and it keeps me busy when I'm watching TV and not minding kittens!   Thought I might progress now and do a garment, starting with a  simple sleeveless tank top for OH as he likes them for golf.    Google found lots of patterns online and plenty of those free.

Chicky - hope your dinner goes well.  Great to get the family together.

Liri - glad you've had a good feed.

We're out at the neighbours tonight so no idea what we'll be eating but tartiflette was mentioned.  I love tartiflette...........

Manual VS Powered

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 16:06

As with housework and DIY, some power tools are essential - lawnmower, strimmer, lawn edger, branch chipper - but for digging planting holes, raking, hoeing and pruning it's hand tools for me.

As we've just taken on a 3 acre plot we're considering a motorised cultivator/tiller to make new beds for our new potager and some new ornamental beds and, whatever we decide, a chappy will come with a mini digger to turn the soil and level it all before we get planting..

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 12:05

Only for the woman suffering the man with man flu!

Me too Joyce but Minstrel has been desperate to go outside for a week or two now.  She was found outside - under a vehicle and covered in oil - so it wasn't a first for her.   Cosmos really enjoyed himself until he discovered he doesn't like facing down a tree trunk.  No doubt he'll learn form watching Minstrel when they go out again.

Last edited: 11 February 2017 12:08:20

Stuck on a hedge!

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 11:33

You could always erect posts and wires or trellis inside you existing boundary and leaving a  mowing strip for access.   If you plant  group 3 clematis they just need an easy cutting back to about 93 every Feb/March.   Honeysuckle can be left to sprawl and just needs trimming to keep in bounds.   An occasional evergreen such as pyracantha will extend seasonal interest - all a lot less work than keeping a hedge well trimmed.

I have successfully used builders' wire mesh (for reinforcing concrete) as trellis panels.  Cheap, almost invisible on is own, an excellent support for climbing plants and would not break when slammed by a football but would stop it flying into the road and risking your kids' safety. 

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