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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 13:32

Hi Joyce.  We went for a Neato in the end - better reviews for dog and cat hairs and slightly lower for sliding under furniture.   We'll see.

Now I have my foot up again while I consider paint colours for the new kitchen.  It's north facing so my initial thoughts of pale blue will make it cold.    Better get to know Pinterest I suppose.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 13:17

I sympathise about James B Dove.  

I know it's daft but I do always resent it when the voice over woman in BDSS refers to MD as the nation's favourite gardener.  

However, in this series he has been much more sympathetic to the people doing their gardens and I like him better for it but definitely still not my favourite gardener.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 13:05

Up half the night with toe throbbing.  Heaven knows why, it's supposed to be healing now I'm resting it properly.  Then, since it was raining anyway, I lay abed a long while reading and cuddling kittens and a Rasta.   Sunny now and we've had a whole 17.5mm of rain.

The robot is an autonomous vacuum cleaner intended to trundle happily around downstairs cleaning up dog hairs and bits of grit they ship in.

Funnily enough Liri, I called a chap about finishing our extension then sent him a mail detailing the work to be done and he eventually called back a week later on a bad line as I was serving dinner.   Asked him to call the next morning and nothing.  Meanwhile, a chap who came out about something completely different is keen to do that job too.  Fine by me.

Hope your cat's OK now Liri, and your fencing Busy.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 20:40

I imagine a red deer would frighten the horses!  Or maybe a stray dog running wild?  We have roe deer in woods near here and wild boar and foxes.   No pheasants for some reason.  Saw some roe deer for the first time when we heading off to La Rochelle on Saturday morning so I expect they'd been spooked into the open by hunters or dogs.

We have a robot!   Plugged in to charge up and then we'll let it loose tomorrow.   OH is off to play golf so I shall go and play in the garden shed and organise my tools my way. 

General thoughts?

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 20:24

There's a size limit on photos so maybe the panorama was too big.

While you're waiting and watching, you can watch the new season of Gardeners' World that starts in March on Friday evenings, repeated on Sunday morning and then Beechgrove which is from a garden enar Aberdeen and also repeated on Sunday morning on BBC2.  Other garden shows are also shown then and there is currently one about vegetables.

If you want to grow veggies, bear in mind that most like full sun so look out fo rthe best spot.  Veggies can be ornamental.  Look for copies of the Ornamental Kitchen Garden and Paradise Gardens, both by Geoff Hamilton.  You may find them at charity shops or else the library.  There's also a DVD box set available from Amazon.    If you have time, buy or borrow a copy of Alan Titchmarsh's How to be a Gardener in book and DVD form.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 18:19

Hope you get a walk next weekend then FG.

We had towel radiators in Belgium and they heated the bathrooms very efficiently as well as giving us somewhere to hang towels to dry in any season, with or without the CH being on.   This one would have to be a bit shorter cos of the sloping ceiling but then there is less volume to heat and I don't want a sauna, just somewhere to hang towels.  If I get and ordinary radiator and towel rail it'll just take up more space.

We've just had the estimate for 100 metres of fencing with a 3m gate for a horse and a mini digger to sort out the former donkey pasture that will become our potager.  That should concentrate OH's mind on a bit of DIY!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 17:59

Well let's hope they go for his ankles at the top of the royal staircase.  Seems he has a phobia about them.  Poor man.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 17:46

I agree.  Old age.   Now you have a planting opportunity.

Dig it out, improve the soil and plant something attractive for more than one season.  I find kerria very dull once their very short flowering season is done and they sucker like mad in most gardens.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 16:53

We actually have a bit of rain after a long dry spell.   I've had some late, impulse buy bulbs saokig in water for a few days waiting for frosts to pass and have just planted most up in a small trough and a large square pot - helped by kittens.   Just waiting for the last coat of varnish to dry on my new terracotta pot so I can plant the last bulbs - perfumed poeticus daffs and some miniature glads.  Not the great blousy Dame Edna sort.

General thoughts?

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 14:55

If this is your first year in the garden the best advice is to wait and see what appears this coming season.   Only when you've observed the changes in light, shade, colour and form through a whole year can you make sensible decisions about what's good and bad without making inadvertent bad decisions and maybe removing a treasure or causing problems.

In the mean time, repair any obviously broken bits of fence, prune out any obviously dead wood from shrubs, keep the grass trimmed once it starts growing again (temps above 8C) and maybe apply a weed and feed to the grass in spring and some handfuls of pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone to all the shrubs around the end of Feb.

Take lots of photos, note where the sun shines longest and least and try and make a sketch of what you have.   This will make it much easier to plan changes and improvements later on when you have a clear idea of what you want in your garden and, more importantly, what you don't want.

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