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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 23:01

Glad you've arrived safely and hope you enjoy yourselves.   Not looking forward to darker evenings once the clocks go back. 

Can anyone recognise this lovely plant?

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 22:07

It's not moving a peony that is the problem.  The important bit is to get them in at the right depth.  Too deep buries the flower buds that come from the crown of the plant so they don't develop.  Too shallow and they get baked or frozen and don't flower which is why Nut said to plant it at the same depth as it is in the plot.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 15:33

Might be a daft question but how big is a row?   Long time since I've grown them so how many do I need for 2 people and a freezer?

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 15:27

Short-sleeved cotton T-shirt weather now.   Slow warming up but gorgeous now and oh so dry.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 15:21

Have put pansies in the tops of deep pots in which I already have tulips and daffs that I left to settle for a day or so.   Need to go and buy 2 more of the same pots for the other front doorstep and some more pansies plus pots for more bulbs since I don't yet have beds to plant anything.

There are shrubs in a mixed hedge sort of bed along the fence but they're in landscape fabric so I can't put bulbs in there and in any case the ground is rock hard from over 2 months of drought.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 15:18

Locksmith has just been, after 2 class to locate us as we are a "lieu-dit" that only recently got a street name so not on many satnavs.   5 mins to change cylinder and give me 3 new keys.  180€!!

Might need to learn a new skill as we have 7 doors to the outside.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 13:48

Just to add to the distractions of jigsaws, I like this site - http://www.jigidi.com/ 

Waiting for locksmith so dogs are indoors as the gates are open so he can get in.   There is a handicapped girl next door who likes to come out and shout at the sun and play with her dog so they are going berserk as they can hear it all but can't join in the shouting.  Instead they are "singing" to me.

I have found a garden centre online that sells pots in all sorts of shapes and sizes!   I shall be off there tomorrow after the chimney sweep has been so I can get some for my bulbs as there won't be a bed ready for ages.

WW - lovely to be appreciated and have a good send off.   Hosta - soup sounds good.  I shall add some chilli to the big pot of tomato and veg soup I made for snack attacks.  OH in Belgium so no fixed feeding times.   Yvie - enjoy your visitors.   Pat - yours sound a bit like hard work but I hope you do enjoy their company most of the time but, if needs be, maybe a visit form your horror would deter them.....

How Tom grow rhubarb & when?

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 12:05

I grew rhubarb very successfully in the garden we have just left behind in Belgium and which hit temps as low as -32C one freak winter's night.   It will do well in partial shade or full sun if there's plenty of rain and it likes a rich, organic soil full of well-rotted manure and garden compost at planting time.   To protect the crown through winter, pile on a generous dollop of garden compost which the worms will work into the soil over winter.

Choose a variety you fancy, Timperley is good and so is Champagne for flavour.  Water during dry spells and don't pick any stems in its first year so the leaves feed the roots to make a strong plant.   In subsequent years, Harvest up to half the stems up until mid to late July which is when levels of oxalic acid rise and can affect taste as well as causing gout or arthritis in susceptible people.   It also needs its foliage form then on to store energy for next year's crop.

I find it useful to have two crowns so that one can be forced under an upturned pot or dustbin for early, tender crops.   Once these pink stems have been picked it needs to be left to recover for a whole season so you then harvest stems off the other plant and alternate them each year.  Remove any flower stalks as soon as they appear as they sap energy.

Mine did so well with this regime I had to divide them every 3 years and ended up with a huge bed of 9 fat crowns and gave away lots of spares to good homes.

First time

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 11:14

Just bring it in and treat it as a houseplant.  Keep it away form draughts and directheat and water by dunking in water till no more air bubbles appear then let it drain fully.  Repeat as needed when the top inch of compost feels dry.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 11:03

Busy - hope your trip away helps settle you.   

PDoc - WI can be very interesting women.  Be prepared for an attentive audience and probing questions.

Hosta - I have a SAD friend who couldn't cope at all without her special lights.   Hope they work for you.

Lots of excitement this morning.   Dogs, especially Rasta, fascinated by noises in the dining room fireplace so I removed the dogs out the front and opened the grate and…….nothing.    Let the dogs back in through the kitchen this time and bingo – bird flapping in the dining room which adjoins the kitchen with an arch.   Sensibly it found the open back door but Rasta didn’t see it leave and is now doing her impression of a chimney sweep convinced there is something in there.     She’ll probably sit and watch it all day.

Locksmith later and then I need to do which I hope will be without yesterday’s bovine excitement.   I shall go the other way.

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