Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 11:26

Sounds like a plan.  Is there no-one who can help?  More hands, light work etc?  They could at least hold it down for you.

I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that OH and I should build stuff here rather than get it all done - pergolas, trellises etc but he's not keen.  Hoping the estimates will convince him.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 11:09

Never knew deep frosts to kill off slugs in the Belgian garden.  Like the worms, they just burrowed deeper to stay warm.

Colder start than yesterday at -3C but bright and sunny and warming up gently.   Gorgeous as long as you're wrapped up.

Cutting garden

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 11:07

I'm planning to grow mine in a spot that will have shade at midday and maybe also trench full of moisture retentive stuff like for runner beans.   We'll see.  They didn't like my Belgian garden cos it was too exposed to wind and rain - or maybe it's just me.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 11:05

Steaming is great Liri.  At first they'd wriggle and squeak but now they just lie end to end and soak up the heat and vapours.   Once in the cage they can't go anywhere so you just have to sit nearby and be ready to steady the cage if it wobbles.

Well done on the train fares.  Bargain!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 10:08

So far here everyone accepts our fixed line and I try not to give my mobile number as I don't know it and only use it for texting Possum if I absolutely have to.

Lovely sunny day again.   Kittens have been out on the bedroom windowsill ogling birds and then they had a good steaming session as they're both sneezing again.  Vet this pm for top up jabs and to take out Minstrel's stitches so I can get the sneezing checked too.

Must get some sewing done first and do a couple of coats of acrylic varnish on my new pot.

Be careful with that rock Hosta.  Have a good time at son's Dove.   Scary Dynorod story.  

Have a good one everyone.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 21:19

Good.   Love the rich colour of that amaryllis.

Watching the Apple tree thing but not keen.   Not engaging characters or plot. Won't bother with the rest.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 18:21

I coped by potting up as many treasures as I could, whether whole plants or divisions.  After that you just have to let go.    It was really hard the last couple of weeks as I realised I didn't have time or space to take some of everything or even collect all the seeds I wanted and we were still sorting house contents too.   The time will fly by faster than you think so don't waste any.

What gets you through it is arriving safely in the new place with treasures intact and then planning and dreaming of the new garden you will make.

This morning we had a man round to talk about fencing and also a mini digger for turning over and leveling the ground in our proposed potager and using a big one to scrape out the overgrown and weed infested pond which is still dry.  We could really do with some serious rain but not till the machine has been.   

I'm currently resisting sowing seeds till I have somewhere to grow them on and quietly getting to know local garden centres and online nurseries for when I do start in earnest.

Making a Cold Frame

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 18:09

There is a whole thread on using pallets here - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/garden-design/pallets/249488.html 

Have a read and you'll find info on cold frames but also other useful projects to make with pallets.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 16:20

Liri - nesh is also a word used in Cheshire where I spent my teens.  I use it a lot for people and plants that curl up in the cold.

Lilly - it feels like you only just left.   Glad the trip went well and hope you do get them all home soon.

AR - surgeon sounds good.  We shall need one to take out an ash and confirm thet two plum trees are past saving and then deal with them.

We have just used the car and a tow rope to hoik out 3 recently dead and one mostly alive dwarf conifer.  All planted in the wrong place and all outgrown the dwarf phase.  Maybe now the other stuff nearby will grow better.  When we bought our house in Harrow there was a row of conifers along the east boundary of our back garden, all higher than the house and making the garden look very dark.   They all went, to the delight of the neighbours on both sides, especially to the east as they then got more rain and sunshine.

No such trouble here but we have noticed that our gendarme horsey neighbour has a row planted along our boundary.  Will have to ask him about keeping them hedge height and not tree sized or we'll lose loads of sun from the south.

What I do need is some well behaved, preferably wildlife friendly  shrubs to grow along our western boundary to hide the cattle farm's sheds.  Gorgeous cows and calves but corrugated roofed sheds and barns not so pretty.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 13:42

Oops FG.  Typo. Hope the dank doesn't last.

Having lit our fire again last night OH, Bonzo and I ended up far too hot but kittens and Rasta just rolled over, belly up and luxuriated.   Cooled down in time for bed but both felt far too hot by 5am and we're still on the summer duvet withna patchwork quilt which may have to be folded up tonight.

Possum is due on Thursday or a long weekend and is what the French call "frileuse" so she has just had her bed made up with the winter tog duvet and a patchwork quilt and the help of two kittens.

A decent shower head is essential kit Dove.

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