Latest posts by Obelixx

Bad knees

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 10:18

I think you would do well to find a local organisation that has older volunteers or patients working in their garden - RHS, National Trust, Care homes etc - and spend a day observing how they work and asking questions.

For many people, getting down isn't the main problem.  It's getting up again that's hard.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 09:22

Good morning.  7C this morning at 8am and 15C expected once the fog clears.  We had a whole 5.5mm of rain yesterday evening and it's made for a misty start.

Kittens are out to play again and Rasta is at the hairdresser's having a serious trim.    Hope she beahves.  She has a skin infection along her neck from scratching an insect bite so is a bit sore but needs must.   I hid her meds in kitten food and she wolfed the lot.  Normally she's a PITA at taking meds.

I shall go and do some lopping whilst supervising kittens.  OH is playing golf so will have a lovely pile of branches to stuff in his new chipper.    We don't do Valentine's here but,  I may just go and treat myself to a rusty shelf rack/plant display thingy I've spotted in a Troc.

Have agood day everyone whatever you're doing.

Last edited: 14 February 2017 09:23:02

pet companions

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 09:14

Good news Logan.   

Kittens are out to play again.  They had their first adventure on Saturday with Cosmos, for once, being the cautious one before running around scatting with Minstrel and then finding he didn't have tree technique and needed rescuing.  He's been practising since.

Rasta has been in woolly bear mode for a month but is at the hairdresser today having a serious trim.    15C forecast this afternoon so she won't need her jumper. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 20:21

I found one teeny white crocus in flower today and a Japanese quince shrub and the mimosa trees.  Rosemary flowers are budding already and other bulbs are poking up their noses.

Unfortunately, the last week or so of cold weather and strong winds have ravaged my pansies in pots.   I thought pansies would be OK here.

Lovely hellebore.    Still only seen very ordinary cream ones here for outlandish prices so I shall stay helleboreless if I can't find some seeds.

Potting compost

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 20:08

Glad it helped.

Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:02

Nettles are suppsoed to be good for arthritis, especially in teh hands and drug companies are now actively looking into the active ingredients to see why.

I do agree tho - proper diagnosis and then appropriate treatment with meds, creams, physio and diet as necessary.


Posted: 13/02/2017 at 14:47

As Ono says, some grasses just need raking or combing to remove dead leaves as they are otherwise evergreen.  Deciduous grasses such as miscanthus need cutting back now so the new season's growth can come through without being trimmed or sliced as this makes them look odd.  Like grass in the lawn they grow from the base and not from the tip so the lovely pointy tip never gets repaired if cut.

Potting compost

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 13:15

I googled "compost mix for vegetables in containers" and got these results for starters but I still think a book is a good starting point.




Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 13:10

Not plants or herbs but glucosamine sulphate.   Helps me with my arthritic bits along with a diet of fresh, unprocessed foods...

Make sure you get plenty of essential fatty acids from eating oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel at least once a week.  Linseed/flax is good if you can't or won't eat fish and turmeric is supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties.   There's more info here - http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4815/5-Herbs-for-Arthritis-Joint-Pain.html 

New look for your garden shed

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 12:38

This is a UK based forum.  Most people who paint their shed do it to preserve the wood; to make it more discreet or more showy according to their taste and situation; to make it look like a beach hut or a Wendy house or just a country shed.

I'd have thought the whole point of graffiti is that it is free style so I suggest you google for some ideas.

Bear in mind also that in the UK and EU we have strict rules about what kinds of products and chemicals we can use in our gardens and that will limit the materials and effects achievable.  

Have you tried the Houzz website?  It should have some good ideas for you.   http://www.houzz.com/garden-shed and http://www.houzz.com/sheds and http://www.houzz.com/photos/garage-and-shed/query/Graffiti

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