Obelixx


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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 19:19

Lovely story FG.   Are those pots big enough Dove?

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 18:32

Not the paint Dove.  All water based and I had doors and windows open so I hope it's not that..   Loads left to do in other rooms.   


Lots of lovely primroses out in the lanes now and that magpie nest is growing too.

Last edited: 20 March 2017 18:32:52

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 16:41

Desperately dull here and I'm bored.   Can't shift a headache and nausea since waking up and am taking it easy as I need to be on form on Wednesday when chappies start on the new kitchen installation.


Your walk sounds uncomfortable Liri.  I do hope you get home OK tomorrow.


We are told to expect stormy stuff on Wednesday.  Brilliant timing.  I went to a GQT at the British school in Brussels years ago now Dove.   Good fun and you get to chat with them afterwards.

Rose Seeds

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 16:05

I've only done this once, years ago, when I nicked a few hips off some rosa rugosa shrubs in a public car park one autumn.     I sowed them sparsely in a small window box, covered the seeds with about 1/8" of compost and then left them outside for the winter.   The next spring they germinated and grew into enough small plants to grow on and make a hedge.


This chilling process is known as stratification.  You can cheat by mixing your seeds with some slightly damp compost and sealing them in a bag and keeping them in the fridge for a few weeks.  Then take out and sow in trays as you would any other seed.

Dog wood Heights

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 15:57

I had both in my last garden and found they grew at about the same rate but the red one, being more sturdy and resilient, could be cut back hard every spring whereas the Midwinter Fire sulked if I took out more than a third to a half of the stems each year and you do need to keep cutting them to maintain the interesting stem colour.


We moved to this new garden in October and I will be getting more of the red because I love the strong red colour but not the Midwinter Fire because it suckered like ad once it was happy.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 14:10

We have a Labrador who loves puddles and streams but turns out to be afraid of the sea.  Doesn't like the noise of the waves or the way the water creeps up at him.   Clearly doesn't know what he was bred for.

Amateur gardeners needing help!

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 14:08

More questions :-


What kind of soil?  Heavy/sandy/clay/loam/acid/neutral/alkaline?  


Is the soil in that bed topsoil or lumps of sub soil from the excavations?   


How cold do you get in winter?    

Help me choose a rotovator

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 13:25

I agree with KT about costs and maintenance.


Have you thought of trying No Dig?   It's a system that may work well for you on clay.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 12:42

Pat - as far as I know, poodles were bred in France to retrieve ducks for hunters - hence their French name caniche.   She should like water then.........


We have been to the Mairie to deposit plans for a wee extension to make a shower room, then a raid on the local supermarket where I can buy decent sized red onions and spelt and seed biscuits for OH to have with cheese.   Currently waiting for a frittata to cook then gardening - if the rain holds off.  Looks a bit gloomy out there now.


Yvie - good look with the clothes sorting.  Might be fun trying on old stuff again to see what fits now.   Better than h*work!

Best branch garden saw

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 12:36

I use a Wolf pruning saw too for branches that can't be cut with loppers or secateur.  I've had it for over 25 years and it is still good.  Just needs an odd clean and a squirt of WD40.   It can be attached to either a hand length handle or a medium or a long so can be used for close work and higher branches.

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