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Bulb Fennel

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 13:05

I took to growing plugs as direct sown results were so patchy given the vagaries of spring weather here.   They generally do well as long as I water during hot or dry spells and the taste of a freshly picked bulb is so superior to shop bought whether eaten raw or cooked.


I hope yours do well for you.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 13:00

It is far too big isn't it and would be like the Titanic with areas open only to first, second and third class passengers and premiums for a cabin with a window and buffet food all day and "entertainment". Nightmare.


I went to bed in the small hours cos I was busy correcting Minutes with no distractions form OH or Possum and then was woken at 6am by Pusscat demanding cuddles - she pokes a delicate claw in my nose - but eventually dozed off again after a read only to be woken by OH's mobile phone wailing at 8ish because he hasn't replied to a text message.  He'd forgotten to put it on silent and hasn't worked out how to kill the wail.   This is not the first time.  Grump.  I said a brick would fix it.


Ended up staying in bed and dozing and reading till I finished my book and then got up and did a proper English breakfast.


It's raining but OH has already been out and walked the dogs before it set in so they're snoring on the sofas while I rescue Favourites from the BBC Food website before they close it.  When the rain stops I shall go and move more pots from front to back so they don't get baked to a frazz while we're away next week.   Possum is revising for a mere 17 exams between May 31st and June 16th and will not think to water.


If the sun comes out later I shall take photos of the hostas for Hosta. 


Seeds are definitely not plants.  I shall check out those 2 websites mentioned above.  Thanks.  I already use Plant World and Chilterns and have been very happy with the service and quality.


Have fun everyone, in your garden or not, with company or not.

Last edited: 22 May 2016 13:01:48

Bulb Fennel

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 23:03

I grow this most years but now buy plugs rather than sow from seed.   I plant them in rows a trowel length apart so I can get my hoe in to deal with weeds.   They like full sun and good soil and plenty of water to swell the bulbs.


I grow mine in raised beds that have had plenty of compost worked in over the years and I always scatter pelleted chicken manure before planting.


If you're lucky, and not too far north, you may get swallowtail caterpillars which are very civilised and only eat the green fronds without damaging the bulbs.

Progress update

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 14:02

Daniel has a Like or Useful button on his list of non urgent fixes.  Personally I think Like is better than Useful because it's less specific - I can like a post because it's funny or wise or correct or has a good photo without necessarily finding the info useful to my situation.  Trolls will misuse either option.

So...............

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 11:12

My first primary school (Huncoat, Lancs) had outside loos across the schoolyard.   We also had slates and chalk to learn to write and do sums.  Miss Demaine was very good and very strict and nobody left her class unable to read, write, tell the time and do their tables up to 12 plus 13, 15, 17 and 19 which she insisted were essential too.   Amazing teacher.  


By the time I left school at 18, teachers had decided teaching grammar was old-fashioned and boring and unnecessary so I've met people here just 2 years younger than me who have no idea how a sentence is constructed which makes it nigh on impossible for them to learn French as you really need to know about subject, object, indirect object, adjectives, past participles and subjunctives and so on to get agreements and tenses right.


It's also basic to being able to write coherent English that is not a chore to read - a basic skill for many jobs as well as simple communication between friends, colleagues, service providers etc.   The English language is rich in vocabulary and can be direct, elegant, beautiful in its simplicity but also in its capacity to use precise words and elegant structures to communicate complex ideas.  


We should embrace it and not fall into the lazy traps of imported Americanisms or ugly structures.

Progress update

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:51

Thanks FG.  I'll keep that in my "idiot's guides" corner.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:49

When we visited friends in Oz a few years ago their spare bedroom had a kookaburra nest just near the window.    I've never complained about our chirpy sparrows and tits in the eaves since.


Grey and cool and windy again here.  I hope it calms down soon as I want to spray the bindweed patch before we go.    Looking forward to our trip as we are both shattered from end of season dance commitments plus loads of urgent projects in house and garden.   OH says his retirement is not as restful as he'd expected and has exchanged one demanding boss for an even more demanding one.  It's his first full-time spring in the garden so he'll have more downtime soon enough.


Punkdoc - Trentham gardens please and lots of photos as I've never been either and am unlikely to get there.  Have a good day whichever you choose.


WW - hope your plan worked and you got some sleep.   Hosta too.


i'm parked on the sofa looking out at a bed full of large leaved hostas next to the terrace.  They are so glorious at this time of year with their big, fat, quilted leaves unfurling and no damage from slugs or winds or hail.  Touch wood.  I came back from Chelsea a couple of years ago to find the whole lot and my rhubarb patch and babies bed had been shredded by a hailstone tornado.  Utter devastation and some of the shrubs and trees still have scars on their bark.

Progress update

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:34

I have never used the quote facility - never seen the point - so it's not a problem for me.


Many posters on here have nothing in their profile which is a pity as location can be helpful when advising about plants and projects.


Unwanted email notification now seems to be fixed for me - thanks Nora.


Haven't tried to load a photo yet and I use a laptop so no pinching to enlarge.  Hoping my pics will be the right size when I do as I would have to work out how to change size.


Pleased to have page numbers at top and bottom and back to top to reduce all the endless scrolling.


Getting used to the layout but think it could be improved further.


Really want the first unread post feature back to make access quicker.   I find I visit less and read less now but that's also a factor of the glarey screen which is pale grey background and white text boxes with thin, spidery text.  I have good eyesight but need reading glasses now and find these colours tiring.


Conclusion - we're getting there so thanks to the team for doing their best to rectify mistakes.   Let's hope they can fix the rest.

Glyphosate alternative

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:09

I use glyphosate based products on paths and will be spraying some ona bed I have cleared of treasures so I can deal with bindweed - if the wind ever drops enough!


Not a perfectionist about pure grass lawns tho.   No point whilst bringing up a child and entertaining her friends and then acquiring two playful dogs.  Just needs to be green to set off the rest of the garden.

Glyphosate alternative

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:54

Autumn and spring weed and feeds when OH remembers.  Otherwise just keep the grass cut not too short so it can grow more strongly and combat weed invasion and I don't care as long as it looks green.


If a dandelion or some other nasty gets too persistent I dig it out with a special, long, narrow blade from Wolf attached to one of my short handles - http://www.wolfgarten-tools.co.uk/multi-change-tools-main/multi-change-tools-inner/multi-change-weeding-knife 

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