Latest posts by Obelixx

Lsurely going yellow

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 10:14

I agree.  Too much water deprives the roots of oxygen which they need to function well and also leaches goodness out of the soil.

Try giving it a foliar feed by dissolving Epsom Salts in water - 1tbs to a gallon or 15mls to 5 litres - and a drop of washing up liquid to help it adhere then spray on the leaves or pour over gently using the spray head on your watering can.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 09:54

Good morning all.

Cool and grey here but already creeping into double figures and sun expected later.  Good if that works out as I'm on painting again this morning and then outside this pm.   Removed lots of very long thatch from the belt drive and blades yesterday and woke up the mower to go and cut more hay meadow with several more stops for unbunging.    Good job OH's golf kept hime out till late afternoon or he'd have had fits.

We won't be getting a donkey.  Too much of a tie but may adopt one.   I've a good mind to rent the field to someone else with horses but will probably try chatting to Luc some time cos he's being illogical and unfair.  !

So much going on with you all so just a few notes -

Wonky that bench is clever and looks good too.  Well done.

Mrs G we need before and after photos please.  

PDoc - heal yourself first, both ears and mind, or you'll wear yourself out and be no use to anyone including yourself.   Well done with the OU.

Dove - my toe has only just stopped talking to me all day every day so make sure your friend rests hers for 6 weeks or it'll take months like mine.   Not good with sprng under way.

Busy and OH - enjoy your lunch.

Have a good day everyone, whatever you're up to.

Getting paving slabs cut to measure

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:58

Used to have one and it was fine buy-t we bought it when I was just 40 and a lot stronger than I am now because I was so bored at work I'd go weight training for lunch 2 or 3 times a week.

Now I'm 27 and not bored so less strong and worried one would either run away with me or bounce up and re-arrange my noggin.

How to plant shrubs when near a fence

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:25

The shrubs will stop when they reach the fence and lose daylight.   Most of the growth will then be concentrated on the daylight side and top.

If it helps, there is a rule in Belgium - designed for neighbourly boundary peace - that hedges may not be planted closer than 60cms to one's boundary.  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:22

Gorgeous birds.  Very envious.

Parts of Scandinavia don't get daylight till even later FG and the winter daylight hours are so short that far north it's probably immaterial whether sunrise is 9am or 11am when it comes to getting to work or managing land and animals.

Great frog pic Clari.  It's ridiculous how little things can please us when we haven't been able to enjoy them in a while.  Enjoy your laundry.

Fish pie here with hake, leeks and mushrooms below and grated new potatoes above.


Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:16

Two dogs here and no problems with feeding birds.

Old Laptop

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 17:03

Get yourself protection form a company such as Malwarebytes - if they'll support you.  Doesn't cost much and keeps you safe from invaders.   Make sure also that you have all your data, photos, documents etc backed up onto an external disk drive or a series of large USB keys.

This PC is newish and came with Windows 10 but OH's is older and he's had 10 thrust on him and it has been dreadful.  Now he understands why I insisted on ditching my old PC for a new one a couple of years ago.   He gave up trying to do the fixes on his - lots of forums with advice and procedures  online - and bought himself a Chrome book which meets his needs now he no longer runs a golf club and its website.  May not be enough for you but a lot cheaper than a new PC.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 15:47

Has she calmed down Berghill?

The grumpy anti-social abandoned cat that we adopted finally turned into a cuddly but grumpy cat only to die of cancer in October.   We've now adopted 2 kittens form the local SOS place and, after one or two hiccups on the way, now play nicely with the two dogs.   Great fun.

Jacqueline - that camellia is sumptuous.  Mine from a local plant fair in October has no buds at all so I shall have to wait another year.


Posted: 14/03/2017 at 15:37

The problem with any insecticide or washing up liquid solution is that it is indiscriminate and kills beneficial insects too.   If you can, just squish the majority of them with your fingers and squirt the rest with a hosepipe.  

I found, in my last garden, that if I fed the birds all year round the sparrow and tits would hoover up aphids to feed to their young chicks - essential source of moisture till hey can fly the nest and drink - and then ladybirds and hoverfly would arrive and take care of the rest.  No sprays.

Just need to be patient while nature gets the balance of predator and prey sorted and, if you can, keep your plants well ventilated and separated to reduce infestations in confined spaces.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 13:33

Thanks Chicky.  

That is lovely.  Strangely, there are no magnolias in flower round here that I've noticed so maybe they're later in this area and yet a hibiscus in our front garden is already showing leaf buds and in our Belgian garden that didn't happen till May.

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