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Resurrected Nine

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 09:31

Hi Lantana.  Just wanted to say a huge thank your for the tip on pheromone collars for calming Bonzo.  It has worked a treat and he and Cosmos kitten are now best of friends and he knows not to mess with Minstrel.  

Doesn't stop him barking madly at "intruders" or passers by so he hasn't gone completely soft.

to fill in cracks

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 09:26

You could try low growing forms of lysimachia.  Creeping Jenny is the obvious one but there's one that has larger, variegated leaves and golden flowers.  Can't remember its name.

You could also try ajuga reptans which copes in dry shade and comes in variegated forms for adding a bit of interest.   Lovely blue flowers in late spring.

Raised vegetable garden - cardboard or mesh?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 09:16

I would line the whole thing with black plastic (compost bags?) to protect the wood from moisture content, pierce the bottom liberally and then but in some grit or crocks or gravel to help with drainage and keep the holes free.

Depending on what you want ti grow, I would also consider lowering the inner base as it seems high to me and that will make the planting medium heat up/dry out/freeze all the faster according to the weather.  It you're planning to grow alpines the depth is fine but you need to add grit to your planting medium as they like fierce drainage and hate winter wet.

Paw prints

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 09:08

Have a look at this - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/29208304 and this - http://www.bear-tracker.com/blackrattracks.html to help identify your paw prints.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 08:58

I have just received a request from Possum for my chocolate carrot cake recipe as she is making a cake for the student council meeting on Wednesday.   It's one I made as cup cakes for her morning snack at school (hiding carrots which she wouldn't eat - and also as a whole cake for her birthdays.  

Sorry you were worried yesterday LP. and hope you can relax more today.

Joyce - we have 3 square wooden bins provided by the local council for 35€ each.   Already full so we shall probably get more and I'm trusting teh extra sunshine here will make them hotter and faster than the ones we left behind in Belgium.  

Busy - how lovely to share gardening fun with your daughter.   She sounds amazing.  I think I shall have to wait at least 2 decades for mine to get the bug.. 

I'm off to make some fresh coffee.  Anyone want one?   How's your pot doing Dove?

Last edited: 27 March 2017 08:59:54

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 08:26

Funnily enough there have been several questions on here lately about "hedges on stilts" so maybe the pleached limes were relevant to someone.   I made OH watch the grape section as we have inherited 3 here, all in a state of neglect and now pruned within an inch of their lives.   They're OH's baby and he'd actually done some research online!

It'll be bananas in a few weeks - again.

I still haven't got over MD leaving the wee plastic ties on his clem stems when he buried them......

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 08:19

Interesting day then FG.   Another good photo.

Chicky - did you get photos and plants or just lectures?  Sounds like a good day too.

Frit - we can both have a belated M day next Sunday tho I confess to going out and buying myself a few treats on Saturday to make up for being abandoned.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 08:03

After Saturday's very long sleep and the doggy disaster I went to bed well after midnight last night and have been awake since 6 with purry cuddles.   Dogs on form when I came down to let them out and aftera  short burst of hyper activity they are all now dozing on a sofa.

Sunny all day today so I shall try and rescue some more daffs from the potager and weed round some hyacinths I need to rescue from the gravel mess.

Good luck with the mowing Hosta.  I've been doing ours on the highest setting too and it's hard work.  Not even going to attempt to mow the paddock or the back area between the potager and side fence.  They can stay wild in the expectation of being munched by horses when I get the neighbours sorted out.

Cosmos is funny with Bonzo.  He walks casually past, ignoring him, but then gives a tantalising flick of his bum and tail and then sits, just out of range, looking at him with big eyes.   The second Bonzo falls for it Cosmos is off, ducking and weaving till caught and given a serious licking and then he rolls over to get his tum nuzzled and then he's off again with Bonzo making funny throaty noises.   They usually end up snuggled nose to nose on a sofa or a rug.

With Rasta he just marches up and goes nose to nose and then gets his licks and nuzzles.  

Making a wildlife pond

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 23:26

Pebbles and assorted rocks can be used to disguise and protect edges to continue the beach effect.   Irises are attractive and allow emerging insects such as dragon and damsel flies to leave the pond and dry out their new wings before they take flight.   Avoid iris pseudacorus tho as it's a thug and will take over.

You need some plants to cover the water surface to reduce algae bloom and blanket weed but a bundle of barley straw weighted down will also help.

People Leaving in a Huff

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 22:00

Daisy, these boards are faceless and anonymous and very lightly moderated.   They are free to use by anyone and all that is asked is that people follow the basic rules of politeness without prejudice, bullying or name-calling or worse.

Having seen the tone of many of her posts over recent months I too suspect there was a lot of neurosis involved but I'm not qualified to judge with any certainty.  I do know, having seen it, that her behaviour last weekend was unacceptable and uncalled for and verging on the irrational.   There is no excuse for the kind of personal attacks she indulged in.

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