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What is composted bark?

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 17:14

The amount of nitrogen they consume in decomposing is really negligible and will not harm your plants and will certainly be more than compensated by all the moisture retentiveness and weed suppression the chips provide.    The chips are just that, chipped bark.   Composted bark is finer and stringier in texture and breaks down much more quickly. 

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 17:05

Nope, not a hint.   Odd, come to think of it.

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Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 15:37

No quinces here either but the neighbours gave me 3 kilos at the weekend which is plenty so I don't even need to plant one.  I'll be looking for some good apples to grow though and picked up a bag of "fertility bacteria" whilst exploring an otherwise disappointing new (to me) garden centre.  

No pots and no greenery apart form some neglected looking plugs of lettuce and broccoli.   Lots of outdoor wear and riding gear and pet food.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 15:34

Stay strong Yvie.  Lovely news.   I have just git in form a very brisk walk with the dogs - thighs tingling as the blood whizzes round.  Pity it doesn't take WD40 to my creaking hips and knees.

Before that, SM for a good browse without OH in tow;   Found some 25cl plastic goblets for sweet peas and broad beans and some pigs' cheeks to cook long and slow.  Been looking for some since I saw them cooked on Saturday Kitchen months and months ago.

On the way home I popped in to a Gamm'Vert to see what they had - nothing green apart from some neglected looking plugs of lettuce and broccoli  and no pots of any description.

Hope your OH gets on with the leccy Clari.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 10:35

Haven't had time to absorb news today.  That extra coffee worked a treat and I now have a repaired bathroom basin with a shiny new tap and drip free plug but he can't come and move the basin unit till early Jan cos he's busy busy.   He has tho got the radiators working.  Seems the system was drowning cos the expansion vessel was flooded.   New CH doctor booked for 10/11, locksmith tomorrow pm and chimney sweep for the two wood burners will call back when he's not up a roof.

I hope the fog is clearing for all those driving or trying to garden.

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:32

I expect OH will want his usual stay and play long golf weekend so maybe some room for negotiating.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:46

I like the way he writes, just not so keen on his presenting style.

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:11

Thanks Dove.  Just need to find somewhere to park the dogs for a day as we usually take them with us on relly trips and there are none near there.   Worth a detour I reckon or maybe a trip on my own.

Bare west facing fence

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:08

You could try a wall shrub such as ceanothus.  Dark Star will spread to about 3m and give you scented flwoers in late spring.   Another is payracantha which has spring blossom and autumn berries and is excellent for wildlife.

If you stretch wires horizontal wires between the posts at 12"/30cm intervals you could try clematis such as armandii which is evergreen and has scented white flowers in spring. 

The RHS website mentons 2 evergreen or semi evergreen honeysuckles - Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' AGM: An evergreen or semi-evergreen, vigorous climber with dark green leaves and white fragrant flowers from spring to summer. Height: 10m (33ft).
L. henryi: This is an evergreen, vigorous honeysuckle with purplish-red flowers between early and mid-summer, followed by purple-black berries. Height: 10m (33ft).

Plant a mixture and spread your flowering times.

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:52

Lovely colours Nut.  Sadly lacking here in my new garden but I'm working on a list......

Can it all be visited in one day?  i'd love to fit it in on a trip to see friends or rellies.

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