Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 19:13

I've been to my favourite Leclerc and found chicken thighs, Limousin steaks, lamb belly and pork ribs and beef mince as BBQ weather seems to be setting in.  They also had cocktail and then some smelly fried chicken.  Smelly, in our household, denotes garlic, not off.   As I was on my own with time to peruse at leisure, I found proper baking powder, 00 flour for making some pastas, wholegrain couscous and fusilli but no brown rice.   Treated OH to a big fat Chaource too.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 18:40

I'm sure most of us could do with a bit of titivating after a few hours in the garden.   I very nearly bought a new nail varnish this pm but decided against as I always end up with similar shades to what I have.   Don't bother with it on my finger nails any more anyway.

33C coming back from SM and it feels like a snug, warm blanket at the mo.   I took a detour to Gifi and treated us to a new fuchsia pink parasol for the terrace table.  The old one is very small and on its last legs.  Had it 20 odd years tho so can't complain.

T'other pair have gone to the beach to surf and dog walk respectively so i'd better get on with dinner as they'll be famished when they get back and have had a shower.

NO LAWN after using Evergreen 4 in 1 lawn feed

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 18:31

If you had more weed than grass it's normal that you have big bare patches.  Rake it all clear of thatch and dead weeds and moss then leave it to be rained on for a couple of weeks.   Rake again to loosen the soil surface then sow suitable grass seed in September when temperatures and moisture levels are conducive to good germination and the residue of the product should have been washed away.

Mystery plant

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 14:40

I reckon your're right SS.  Very pretty too.

Utter Confusion

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 13:58

This is the list of sections on the forum - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/  There is a search function at the top of the page to help you find topics or you can post a new question in the appropriate section..   There are two main threads in the Potting Shed for non garden related chat - Hello Forkers and Resurrected.

Code of conduct and terms and conditions appear below the blank white message box.  

It helps to set up a description of you - profile - so we can see where your garden is and what kind of soil you have as both affect the plants you can grow and the problems you may have.

To post a picture, use the camera icon.  There is a size limit so if it fails, try re-sizing.

Welcome.   Enjoy.

Last edited: 14 August 2017 13:59:51

Where to start?

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:29

Exactly.   If you are thinking of creating flower beds or veggie beds, map out where the sun shines and then doodle some shapes on paper to get a pleasing effect.   Then use a hosepipe or dry sand poured form a bottle to mark out the shapes and go and look at them from all angles, including upstairs windows to make sure they please.  

Then prepare the soil well, digging to at least a spade's depth and adding lots of well rooted garden compost and/or manure to improve its composition and bring it back to life.  Let it settle a week or two then plant according to how much sun it gets.  No point putting shade lovers in full sun and vice versa or ericaceous plants in limey soil.


Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 12:24

We have always had a gas hob with leccy oven, just in case of power probs.  In Belgium and here that means bottled gas as no mains to the sticks but still better than being dependent, given the flakiness of sub stations in thunder storms.   

Busy - I like to go too but am always glad to be home and increasingly less likely to wander anywhere I can't drive.   I like the independence.

Have a safe trip home Chicky.  Bet she doesn't swap Hosta but feel free to wish your rain our way, just for a couple of days.


Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 11:32

Hope it's been a good break Chicky, and lots of lovely local food and wine too.

Where to start?

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 11:17

Pull or fork out the weeds you can get hold of then smooth down the soil.   Using a large garden fork, go over the entire space pushing it in as far as you can and then wiggle back and forth to enlarge the holes.   This will improve aeration to grass roots and also drainage.  Brush on some sharp sand - not builders' sand - so it goes into the holes and keeps them open.  Poor draiange and compacted soil encourage moss.

In September, apply a Weed and Feed mix - available at DIYs and garden centres but do read the instructions about dosage and weather conditions or you may regret it.   If that ends up leaving you with little or no grass left, rake away all the resulting debris and thatch then rake the surface to loosen it and sow fresh grass seed in September.   Leave to germinate and grow a couple of inches before its first cut and then mow it on the highest blade setting.  Longer grass makes stronger roots for getting thru winter.

Alternatively, just dig the whole thing over completely removing all roots as you go then rake level, firm by trampling with your boot heels, rake again and sow fresh seed or lay turves in September.  Plenty of info on making lawns on the RHS website.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 11:00

I too have a Hot Lips but only cos it was a gift.  There are much nicer salvias about, especially now that I can leave them in the ground and not cart them in and out of winter shelter and life in pots.

Sunny here and warming up but Monday is cleaning day and fresh sheets and towels so sunning ourselves has to wait a bit.  Set to get to 30C by 5pm and the steamy storms forecast for overnight have now gone away.  Not even postponed.   Humph!   Still haven't cut the grass since mid June tho the weeds could do with a chop before all the wee yellow flowers set seed.

Vitamin D is my answer to boosting the immune system against colds but selenium, zinc and plenty of fruit and veg and nuts all help.   Hope you don't get a bad dose Pat.

Where you been Chicky?   Looks very bonny and blue.

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