Obelixx


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Cold Frames

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 22:55

I made mine using old window frames and they did me very well till I reorganised my garden work area and got rid.   Since then I've used old glass shelves I got from a shop that was closing down and old glass shelves from a fridge when it died.


If you google "make a cold frame" you'll find some good advice about how to make one which will let you select the size that suits you and probably save you money too.

Identifying

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 19:29

Rhus typhinus - aka stag horn sumach - lovely tree but has a tendency to sucker and spread so can be invasive.


You could try giving it a bigger pot and some fresh John Innes no 3 compost as it'll be hungry in that pot.

very old rose

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 19:25

The green bits you have look healthy enough so I reckon you can keep it going a good while yet.   Cut out all that dead, grey wood as soon as you can.   If your garden is windy, cut back the tallest green stems by at least a third and then work some bonemeal into the soil around the roots and mulch it with good garden compost or well rotted manure once you've had some decent rain.


Next spring, cut out any broken or damaged or crossing stems and cut the reminder back to an outward facing bud.  Feed generously with slow release rose fertiliser and an instant liquid tonic of tomato food.  Take cuttings if you want some insurance.   There's info on the RHS website.


It should recover well and flower for years to come if you look after it.

very old rose

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 19:24

The green bits you have look healthy enough so I reckon you can keep it going a good while yet.   Cut out all that dead, grey wood as soon as you can.   If your garden is windy, cut back the tallest green stems by at least a third and then work some bonemeal into the soil around the roots and mulch it with good garden compost or well rotted manure once you've had some decent rain.


Next spring, cut out any broken or damaged or crossing stems and cut the reminder back to an outward facing bud.  Feed generously with slow release rose fertiliser and an instant liquid tonic of tomato food.


It should recover well and flower for years to come if you look after it.

Things I don't get

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 17:41

Yes.  Really odd but I heard it's hangover from pioneer days when they didn't have enough knives so had to share.   Similar to their using cups for measuring ingredients as they had no scales.

Copper Mixture

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 17:34

It's so late in the season now and natural leaf fall will happen soon anyway I don't think spraying will make much difference.


Make sure you rake up every single fallen leaf and burn them so no spores subsist till next spring and then use the protection measures advised by the RHS.  Make sure the plant gets a good feed of decent garden compost and well rotted manure next spring to help feed it and make it stronger.

Storing allium bulbs

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 17:28

I have Christophii and Purple Sensation and Sphaerocephallum nectarospordum and a white globe form that all spend their lives in the borders from one year to the next and come up and do their thing with no probs.


I think they'll be fine planted now.   I reckon the "plant in october" advice is a "not later than" so the bulbs don't start to dehydrate and weaken.

Storing allium bulbs

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 17:05

They'll be in the shops here in the next week or so and ready for planting straight away so I wouldn't worry.  


What kind are yours and have you planted them deeply enough to be safe from any frosts this winter?

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 17:00

Filthily.  Dust and sneezing fits as I go through old folders of documents to keep or chuck, old dress patterns, old embroidery kits, books on stenciling and furniture painting, boxes of old copper pans, brass bits, crockery that hasn't seen the light of day in 20 years including some very fetching late 60s/early 70s brown and orange stuff OH had in his first flat............   Finally says it can go.


Now I'm on to packing up fabrics and have found the stash Possum and I bought to make her modern, fitted, belly dance costumes except that she's given that up now.  Oh well, dance frocks for me then.   Have to wait for the big packing boxes to be delivered before I tackle the serious pile of my fabrics and need to buy some proper containers for all my reels of thread.


OH has done several dump runs with old crocks, old stereos and wood and curtain rail offcuts.  It's amazing what accumulates when you work full time and can't get to the dump cos you play golf on Saturdays!


Very thoughtful of you to buy some cakes but none for me thanks.   Need to clear a space in teh kitchen so I can get dinner on and then have a shower.

What type of weedkiller

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 14:45

Any total weedkiller will do.  Check info on packets and don't buy a selective weedkiller.   Glyphosate takes 2 weeks to get to the roots and kill the entire plant and you do need to kill the roots of any perennial weeds in there.


Having said that, you are surely not laying directly onto soil?   Since you'll need to dig out the grass and soil to make a stable substrate layer for your cement and pavers why bother with a weedkiller?  Don't forget that you'll need to make sure that the terrace is below your damp proof course and has a slope away from the house of 1cm per 60cms of width to ensure it drains rainwater away from your foundations.

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