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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 16:51

Home from Doc's.  Blood test tomorrow morning to see about arthritic bits in hands but BP great at 11/7 and ticker and lungs sounding good.   Came home via PO and now have supplies of gochujang and bean paste for Korean recipes.

What on earth will you do with yourself when they've all gone Busy?  No Open Garden or UK trips to plan either, not for a while anyway.

I have watched Italy Unpacked at least twice and still find it fascinating stuff and entertaining too.   Would love to visit Italy and the south one day when we've finished the shower room and found some house, dog and cat sitters.

Joyce - hope the roof gets fixed before the rain returns.

Dying Roses

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 13:56

Growmore is a chemical product that may provide nitrogen, potassium and phosphate to your plants i the short term but will do nothing to improve your soil or help with micro-organisms that are beneficial to both soil and plants.   You need to apply a couple of inches depth of well-rotted manure to all the bare soil but make sure you do it after decent rainfall or you'll just lock in dryness.  

Do it every autumn too when herbaceous perennials have died back and then bung a bit more round your roses every spring.   Your soil will improve no end and so will your roses and other plants.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 13:49

Vitamin D is also important for a good immune system so take some or make sure you get some sunlight on your skin every day.   80% of Belgians are D deficient.

We've had enough rain to wet a few more leaves but it's gone dry again now.   Minstrel came in and gave me a damp cuddle.   Asleep now with Cosmos who has been helping me sew.  Note how he uses her as a pillow!

MOT next and a few errands before walkies and dinner.

That is an impressive wood pile LP.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 11:38

See if you can find books or DVDs called Italy Unpacked - an art hirtorian and a chef touring Italy and seeing the less obvious sites and treasures - 3 series. One on teh north, one hedaing down the west coast and round to Calabria and the third on Sicily.  Excellent stuff - http://www.infocobuild.com/books-and-films/travel/italy-unpacked-series2.html   If you do decide to go to the more obvious places, definitely book museum and site entries in advance to get a slot and avoid queuing.

We have had a smidgen of rain.   Not enough to wet anything except leaves but wet enough to stop OH spraying the drive which is turning green again.   He hoed the entire thing just 10 to 14 days ago so isn't happy. 

Joyce - pleased you have some sunshine.  Expect your garden will like it too.

More lovely lichen Pat.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 09:30

We finally had 5mm of rain in the night.  Forecast for Wednesday has "improved" again and we're now expecting rain only in the evening.   Humph!

Meanwhile, it's sunny but cool with a breeze.  I'm off to the doc for an MOT this afternoon so plan to stay clean after getting almost all the ingrained muck out from under my nails last night.

Love the lichen too Pat.   Ours tends to be white or yellow and small.  Harking back to doors, it occurs to me we may be OK lighting our wood burner in winter if we leave the living room door open.  Otherwise the heat is suffocating but I do love a fire.

Not looking at porn here.  Hundreds of old fashioned pale daffs lifted from the former donkey paddock and needing homes along with all the stuff I put in pots to have colour for last spring - tulips, crocuses, alliums, iris reticulata.......   Might have the odd impulse buy in shops tho.

Best get some jobs done now;  Have a good one, whatever you're doing.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 23:38

I am in daily contact via email with 4 friends I "met" on the GW boards when they were part of the Beeb.  I have met one of them for visits to Chelsea and Tatton RHS shows where we met up with others from those days.  I have met another at Malvern.   Another came to stay with us for a week for a break after a bad marriage break up.

Your dacha looks very romantic in winter.     Have only holidayed in Tuscany and the Dolomites but have friends who rave about Sicily - great history, great views and great food.

Lots of thunder and lightning here this evening but not a drop of rain.   Bonzo was so worried he dived under the desk and hid in the corner.   Silly boy but he's always been afraid of thunder.

Bedtime now.  G'night all.

Compacted clay in an established rose bed

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 20:11

I don't think I'd try and dig it now but Dave H is right about removing pernicious and persistent weeds so, if it hasn't rained, water as advised and then just fork out the main weeds and leave them in a pile to dry thoroughly before they go anywhere near a compost heap.

Rather than dig the whole bed, push a good strong garden fork in as deep as you can and wiggle it about to expand the holes.   The holes will provide much needed air to the roots and also allow rain to penetrate deeper.   Then mulch between roses and plants you want to keep with a couple of inches of well rotted manure or garden compost or bought compost mixed with some fine grit if you can get it.

Come autumn, mulch again when the perennials have died back and then leave it for the worms to work away.   However, if you do decide to dig, autumn is the best time just to loosen the soil clods with a fork and then leave them to the frosts and mulch, as above, in early spring.

It may take a few years to get it looking and feeling like really good soil if the soil is really compacted but you should see an improvement in plant growth and health by next spring and every passing year.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 19:59

Busy - they were in Leclerc in La Roche-s-Y.    I use that one and one in Luçon and one in Olonnes and they all have different fish and seafood offerings as well as different meats and even different veggies, herbs and spices.  Different client base for each one and loads more foreigners and holiday makers in the latter two.

No storm alerts here but we may, if we're very lucky, get almost a centimetre of rain on Wednesday before it all starts to heat up again.   That being so we shall go to La Rochelle this Friday and the Marais Poitevin around Damvix next week - lots of canals and dykes and shaded by many trees.

I don't think I've ever done anything on E-bay.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 18:00

Big IF Joyce.

Lifting my bowl of beauty peony

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 17:25

In that case, expect it to survive but not thrive and don't be surprised if it doesn't flower well or even at all.

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