Latest posts by Obelixx

Rat or mole?

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 23:24

Peter Salanson - get yourself a détaupeur from your local garden centre.  Very effective but you do need to be careful when setting it as pet cats and dogs will want to sniff and inspect and can get a surprise.  I used it to great effect in my Belgian garden but, once we got a  dog, had to hide it under a bucket.   So far, in this new French garden, I haven't needed it as the mole is much more restrained.

As for rats, there were some when we moved here 15 months ago but I put down poison and we've had no problems since.   All bird food is kept in closed bins and so are my seeds.   We've also got a good ratter in our terrier and 2 young kitties, one of whom is turning into a demon mouser.

SOS Allotments appeal

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 20:58

Thank you.

Lyn, Philippa - I used my old UK postcode but I think it's just a requirement of the 38 Degrees organisation that helps with these petitions.   Also a way of keeping SPAM out. 


Posted: 19/12/2017 at 17:30

No worries Philippa.  RG - it flowers, or it couldn't produce fruit.   Lovely way to remember a Tom.

Exciting World of Spuds

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 15:59

Try putting them somewhere cool but light and perched in cardboard egg boxes.   The shoots will want to grow now but will get too thin and leggy if kept dark.   It's now a question of whether they'll last till planting weather is here.

Keep all the rest completely dark and also cool or you'll lose the lot to the urge to sprout.


Posted: 19/12/2017 at 13:34

There's a pittosporum called Tom Thumb - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/77301/i-Pittosporum-tenuifolium-i-Tom-Thumb/Details and I believe a fuchsia too.   Need to check whether or not they're hardy enough for your area.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 13:31

OH says our rubbish collection fees are 130€ a year.   In the new year we will be moving from fortnightly collections of everything to weekly but alternating between wheelies and recycling but going to weekly in the summer season.   Two recycling centres, both about 10 minutes away and manned alternate days.   The coastal resorts already do night time collections.  As the recent mergers of local councils goes thru, we are now part of a coastal conglomerate council.

I'd have thought if you're paying local taxes you're on a local route!

Lovely and sunny here but I have to cut out and sew some warm pyjamas for Possum.....

Strictly is back!

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 12:29

I'm so glad we don't get Panto in France or Belgium tho I do know some am drammers in Brussels who tried it.  Only works for the Brits tho.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 12:27

Happen your road is more remote than many round here tho I do see bags and bins left at the ends of small unmade roads for the bin men.   We've been told we're moving to night time collections next year........  Not sure what our rubbish collection costs are but certainly not that high.

I think a practical prezzie you will use is much better than a romantic one you won't - and what's romantic about a tablet?  OH bought me a 3 strand pearl bracelet 23 years ago.  I'd asked for automatic garage door openers and hit the roof, gently, after Boxing Day.  I got the automatic dooberries later that spring and we used them daily.  I've worn the bracelet about 3 times.  Possum is relieved that this year I don't want gardening or cooking stuff.   Crafty stuff is more acceptable apparently.

Renovating hedge

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 11:30

Good advice.  Ring barking is asking for all sorts of infections to invade your hedge plants and kill them.

Much better to use clean, sharp tools such as secateurs or loppers or a pruning saw depending on girth and make clean cuts that will heal quickly.   Don't do when frost is present or expected within a few days as this can also lead to tissue damage and infection.

Plants like hawthorn and beech will recover quickly and grow new hoots form below and make a fine home for wildlife of all sizes.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 11:19

Well, Sunday is the SCD day or rest - officially.  No idea how late they have to go on on Saturdays pretending to do a Sunday results show.

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