Latest posts by Obelixx

Shed problems - thoughts please

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 23:24

Surveillance camera?   These can be bought quite cheaply these days for house security or watching wildlife and would provide proof of identity and trespass for the police both for your shed and the general vandalism..  

How best to clear an overgrown area

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 23:19

Buy or borrow a decent strimmer and work your way in and through it systematically.  Remove what you cut off and take it to the dump or burn it.   You are unlikely to get it all done in one go so any critters will have time to move on and shelter elsewhere.

Try and get it done over the next couple of months while everything is dormant and then you can start forking it over to remove roots.   In spring you can zap any unwanted new growth with a glyphosate based weedkiller if you don't mind chemicals or you can just keep strimming and forking and hoeing till all the bad stuff is gone and you have your garden extension ready for planting.


Posted: 15/11/2016 at 22:54

Take the loppers with you when you know you're going hacking.   It'll save you a lot of time and grief.


Posted: 15/11/2016 at 22:31

Felco no 2 are good general purpose secateurs but, as Fidget says, you need proper loppers for thicker stems and branches.  

I have a set of Wolf loppers which are very good for branches up to 1" but hard work on anything thicker so I also have a Wolf pruning saw head which I can attach to a short, medium or full length handle depending on the height and position of the branch or trunk.   I have happily used the saw on bigger stuff but 4" or so are my limit.  After that it's a job for OH.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 22:23

No stamina these OH's.   Mine has eaten, watched Masterchef and gone to bed too.   He has been a busy boy today tho with his golf, two dog walks and playing with his new wood chipping toy.

We had water voles and musk rats in the Belgian garden and neighbouring fields which had a stream running through and ponds.   No idea what we may have here yet but there's plenty of water around in the neighborhood as we're on the northern edge of the Marais Poitevin.   Lots of dried up ponds too after the long drought.

Monday's Supermoon

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 21:57

According to the Independent there were unusually high tides in Florida with flooding in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.   

Pruning roses

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 19:18

I am assuming they are shrub and not climbing or rambling roses.

Pruning roses

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 19:03

Too soon really but you can already cut them down by half now so they don't get rocked about in strong winter winds.  Remove any obvious dead stems while you're on.  You could also give them a good mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost round the base and the worms will work it in for you over winter to give the roses a good start next spring.

Next year - mid Feb to March depending on how cold your winter is - cut ot any thin, twiggy or broken stems and then reduce the rest to just above an outward facing bud on each stem.   Give them a generous dollop of blood, fish and bone or specialist rose food and more mulch and they should put on plenty of healthy new growth and flower well.

Chilli seeds

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 18:24

It depends what you're after.   I don't want a volcanic effect and I've been happy with the range from suppliers such as Chilterns, Plant World, Suttons and T&M but if you want more esoteric varieties and a range of heat then you need a specialist.

These people have a DEFRA certificate for quality - http://www.chileseeds.co.uk/chili-seeds.php and a wide variety of heat, size and flavour in the chili seeds offered.

If you google chili seeds+UK you'll find lots of specialist suppliers out there who rely on recommendations and repeat business for commercial success.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 16:27

Thanks, but no thanks, Papi Jo.

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