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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.

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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.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 17:13

Love the look of those pasties Dove but can't bake till I get an oven installed and by then it'll be too hot.   Been out there in sleeveless t-shirt most of the afternoon and actually sat and sunned ourselves when we stopped for a coffee.

I found some daffs growing in the former donkey paddock which is to be the potager so took the old abandoned wheelbarrow we found here to bring them back after digging them up.  It squeaked appallingly so I sprayed its wheel with WD40.  Easy.  What did OH say?  Just swap it with the real one that's holding up pallets in the corner where Rasta doggy escapes through a gap in the hedge.  Typical!  I told him to fix the hole instead.  Been waiting since November.

He has had the mower out and has also cleared away all my hackings from yesterday and thinned some more of the ginormous bamboo.   I have planted out about 50 rescued daffs along with two shrubs after we cleared a small bed for them and bunged on 140 litres of multi-purpose compost.  The lilac that is left in that bed will probably faint at being weeded, fed and watered.

Tingling now.  The daffs were in a patch of nettles.

Hosta - those frogs are a bit early aren't they?

Amaryllis stem

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 12:50

Very unlikely but don't give up hope.  I've had two flowering stems on mature bulbs before.    Feed it with tomato food while the leaves are green so they feed the plant for next year's flower and then let it go dormant in teh usual way.  Keep it well above dog height next year.

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 12:48

There are bluebell woods in Belgium - Halle on the south west side of Brussels - http://www.eupedia.com/belgium/halle_wood.shtml and there's one near our old house near Gembloux but it's a private beech wood maintained for logging.  Visible from the N29 tho and carpets of wild mini daffs then wood anemone and then the bluebells before the bracken takes over for the rest of the year.  Gorgeous.

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