Latest posts by Obelixx

Potting compost

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 10:38

I just grow mine in the ground with added garden compost to enrich the soil as needed.   The only things I have grown in pots have been herbs so I can shelter them over winter.

I think you need to go to the library and get yourself a book on container vegetable gardening as different crops have different requirements.  EG carrots do best in lighter soils which allow them to grow straight roots.  Beans need plenty of moisture retentive material in their growing medium.   Brassicas need lime to counteract club root so will enjoy a compost mix enriched with mushroom compost as this is usually alkaline.

Herbs also have different requirements.  Rosemary, sage, thyme all need good drainage.   Chervil and parsley need to have some shade.  Basil and mint need more moisture but don't want to be water-logged.

Any container full of holes - eg wicker - will need lining with plastic to retain the compost but don't forget holes for drainage and set the containers where you want them to be before filling and planting as afterwards they may be too heavy or fragile to move with a  full load..

Last edited: 13 February 2017 10:39:04

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 10:29

Holiday let sounds like a plan Hosta.  Need to do some sums tho first I should think but seasonal rates can be amazing.

Busy - do the horses not have a shelter in their winter paddock?   I'm with them on strong winds and draughty bits.

Just back from the vet.  Rasta has had an irritation which has become infected after scratching so scenes of dram queen extraordinaire as the area was shaved and bathed (her pelt is like sheep's wool) and then jabs.  Antibiotics for 20 days; anti inflammatories 10 days; bathing 10 days or more if needed.....   On the other hand, she's lost the kilo of blubber she acquired from stealing kitten food until I Rasta proofed their feeding place..

Leccy man here and happily working.   Good, cos once he's done that we can start dismantling our kitchen. What fun!

Bought myself some telescopic parrot bill loppers on Saturday so I'm off out to test them on the unruly fig.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 07:54

Good morning.  Up, showered and dressed and on parade to take Rasta to the vet.  She has a wound on her neck which we think is from fossicking in brambles late on Saturday afternoon.  Been bathing with Betadine buts he won't let me cut the woolly bear fur to see it properly.

Other than that, leccy man coming and I have to leave him with OH which is a worry......

Windy out there but dry so far.   Nothing extreme.   Hope you had no more damage Busy and any snow doesn't affect plans for today for everyone else.

Clari - be very afraid of what you may let yourself in for in a weak moment.............

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 18:53

Clari - I do think it's too early for you to take on so much.   Stay as helper while you learn the ropes and get to know the boys and parents and then decide whether you want to commit further.

Wonky - the mouse ruse is a very good idea.  Clever Clari.

Hope you've warmed up now Hosta.

It has stayed brassy here today.  I decided to clean upstairs, starting with Possum's room and let the kittens out through the window and onto the roof of the annex whence they can easily jump into the garden.   Minstrel finally decided it was OK to jump and then ran straight up a tree.  Cosmos eventually worked out that he could run down a sort of ladder thingy I found but, of course, fell through a hole near the bottom and then ran up a tree.   Daft pair.   Stayed out for ages despite the cold then came in for a feed and a long long sleep.

Just waiting for slow roast belly pork to cook with turnips braised in marmalade and Savoy cabbage with caraway seeds.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 16:22

Have you thought of holding a garage sale Wonky?

Identify this vegetable

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 14:40

It doesn't need earthing up.  It's not celery or leek.  It wants sunshine, fertile soil with good drainage but adequate water too.

Old stone pond and fountain

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:47

A liner would be simple plastic sheeting or butyl.  The water would hold it in place.  The bit of metal visible is definitely for a safety grid.

Stuck on a hedge!

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:46

Maybe, so I shall probably tie them with wire too, wrapped round the first vertical bits of mesh and the post.  It'll be hidden by the climbers.  My current plan is to make a sheltered outside eating and cooking area so we can enjoy sunsets over a glass or two so I need it to look good and not just be functional.

Identify this vegetable

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:43

Lovely veg as long as you like the light aniseed flavour.  Look on the BBC Good Food website for recipes.   We like it cut into wedges and microwaved with a little water and lemon juice for 10 mins then drain and scatter sundried tomatoes, bits of goat's cheese, chopped garlic and pine nuts over.  Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 200C till the cheese and pine nuts are toasted.

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

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