Latest posts by Obelixx

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 16:29

Have just watched this and thought both projects were mad but was impressed with the final results of the woodland allotment.

I didn't like the "ruin" at all as the scale was al wrong for the plot but it's their dream and their money so fair enough.  However, I did like the water feature but, being a plant person, I'd have found something less obtrusive and more effective for growing lots of luscious climbers.  Really disliked the blue pavers.  Very odd.

Best time to start planting out?

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 13:23

It is unfair and unwise to put plants grown in pots out in the garden before the worst of the winter frosts are over and that depends on where you are and how exposed you are.   Even hardy plants will need hardening off which means moving them from the shelter of a greenhouse or conservatory to a cold frame and then gradually exposing them to outdoor temps by day and covering them again at night.

As FG says, foxgloves will be tougher than delphiniums and also safe from slugs and snails.   I wouldn't put out cornflowers before late March so I suggest you pot everything on into the next size of pot with good compost so they can continue to grow without check.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 13:16

Afternoon all.   Just got internet back.  Presumably the strong winds last night damaged lines as well as causing power cuts.  No other damage here but there are trees down on the regular walkies route, according to OH.  I'm still on boring foot rest and have been snuggling kittens and dogs and doing a bit of knitting.

It's bright and sunny now and feels quite warm so I've sown some spring onions in my last available window box.  I shall have to find some more containers to do some successional sowing.   Plenty of lettuce in the supermarket yesterday but not a lot of the ready washed bags of salad.  We tend to have either soup or salad for lunch depending on temps but otherwise stick to seasonal, local veg.

Fingers crossed for your plastering Clari and Chateau Gateau plans for DD.

Stay warm and safe everyone, especially lurgy sufferers.   Hope you haven't had any serious damage in the storms Busy.

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Posted: 03/02/2017 at 12:44

Joyce - it's a form of mild fasting where you eat nothing for 16 hours of the day and then two meals in the remaining 8 hour slot.   Suits my system very well as I've never been a fan of breakfast except as a late brunch at weekends or when staying in hotels and then not eating a lunch.

For dieting purposes, the 8 hours need to be restricted to 1500 calories.   3 kilos gone since Jan 5th despite being more or less inactive cos of the broken toe.   

Clari, if OH likes his food spicy, give him a  kick up the rear to get the propagator going.  Meanwhile, you can be cleaning, painting, fitting shelves in your garden room ready for when you do need a potting/sowing/pricking out bench and seedling shelter.   Maybe refuse to do any "house work" until he's got you warmed up?

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 12:34

Gusts of wind up to 70mph today so all I've done is pick up the Xmas tree - again - and hide the bird table from the worst of the blasts.   

Next job is to sign the contract for the man with a mini digger - future gardening!

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Posted: 03/02/2017 at 11:56

OH and I did 5:2 a couple of years ago and it worked well for us Clari but then I ha dto spend 6 months on a sofa waiting for new feet to heal so blubbered.    Since then, OH has retired so it's not a practical option - he has stayed slim - and I've been doing 16:8 since the NY and it's working so far.

I've been playing with some woftware to design our new potager and have concluded that all the beds will be rectangular or square for purely practical purposes such as hoeing, sowing, planting, harvesting, protecting with mesh against pests and also making sure the material used to make the raised beds yields maximum area.

I would definitely go with leccy first so you can start on getting the walls finished and have a comfy home.  

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Posted: 03/02/2017 at 11:24

I like the Michael Portillo raiiway journeys too and am recording them as it's my cooking time too.  Didn't spot the US series was on.

It is a bit blustery, but not very, and a grey but only mildly wet.  6mm overnight.   Not encouraging for the trees and shrubs I have in pots waiting to be given a permanent home.  OH has been to the docs for a check-up and been given the all clear.   Ought to get myself prodded and poked too but am waiting for a new birth certificate before I can register.  Tanzanians very nice but so manana.

I have now cleaned the disastrous gas oven and will not be trying to use it again.  Proper leccy for the "piano" will be installed in 2 weeks' time.  Exciting - in the absence of being able to garden.  On th eother hand, my baby texensis maxima has a 1' shoot and is looking very bonny.  Whoopee!

Take care, all you lurgy sufferers.  

Keep warm - or cool - as needed everyone.

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Posted: 02/02/2017 at 23:39

I knew what he meant about the piano Busy but I think of my Rangemaster as the real cooker compared to the gassy disaster currently plumbed in.   Odd about the regional variations for tiles.

No rain here.  We have fuzzy stars so the air is moist but not precipitating.

Haven't seen that film.  Off to bed now.

Sweet dreams all.

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Posted: 02/02/2017 at 21:57

LP - hope tomorrow is better.  

As for Scotland, I'd have thought north-east would be perishing with all those North Sea and Arctic blasts whereas the north west would benefit from the Gulf Stream but be wetter.   Midges either way.

I had a clump of broad leaved snowdrops that always came out in November and were taller than the ones I had elsewhere in the garden.  I'm quite happy with my little flock of ordinary ones in their pots.  Just need to find a good place to plant them permanently.

Chappy who came to see about building a shower room and finishing off the extension for us got very excited when he saw my Rangemaster lurking in the annex.  "Oooh, you have a piano!"  So I said no, it's a real cooker.   Discussion about terminology followed.  Apparently in French French, tiles on walls are faience and tiles on floors are carrelage.  In Belgium, faience is earthenware pots and a tile is a tile is carrelage except when it's a tuile cos it's on the roof.   So much to learn..

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Posted: 02/02/2017 at 18:17

How naive and stupid can people be?   Says so much about the standards of education and press reporting in the US that people think this is normal belief and beahviour

Getting blustery here apparently and has stayed wet but nothing to get excited about.  Up until 30/1 we had 0.4mm of rain.  We are now up to 2.1mm.  No fear of flooding the flower beds or pots then.

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