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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 17:51

Hello all.  Just checking in.   Had a good drive down on Saturday and have spent the last 2 days exploring the area.   On Sunday we ended up at the coast which is a typical mix of French over management and over development for miles and then "forest domains" where people can camp behind the dunes and take their dogs to the beach.  First time for our two - Rasta was very wary of the wet stuff foaming at her feet and Bonzo clearly has no idea what Labradors were bred for as stayed well away and didn't even get his toes wet.   Not keen on teh noise of the waves either but certainly plenty to sniff at.

Spring in the countryside isn't as far advanced as I'd expected but I have seen primroses, cowslips and even a few proper bluebells in hedgerows.   Magnolias and huge camellias in gardens and a nice surprise - so unlike the Charente which we know better and which is alkaline.

DD - Parisian traffic management requires a major shift in their psyche and some new ground rules but which is the chicken and which is the egg?

WW - sounds like you enjoyed your birthday then.   Good surprises.

SW - welcome aboard.  Greenhouses need to go where they will be sheltered from strong winds that can play havoc with their panes and where they will get sun in winter to help with keeping them warm.   Sheds need to be easy access at all times of the year but are best not right in view of your main windows onto the garden.   I'd put one near the veggie plot if you're planning one so you can pot up seedlings and plugs easily without hauling bags of compost and trays of babies.   Add water butts to both as rainwater is best for some plants. You can paint sheds to pretty them up if needs be.   Don't forget cold frames for hardening off.

 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 20:55

Good that she's not in pain at least Dove.   Hope WW was happy.

Well done Busy getting all those babies potted on.

Hope OH's plumbing is OK now Chicky.

Cream crackered here after a 9 hour drive with a couple of short pitstops for the dogs. They've had walkies this evening but will need a proper one tomorrow.    Here for a week exploring coast and countryside.  Will be taking a scenic route home after seeing the length of the queues at the French/Belgian border on the E42.  Hang Schengen - they're checking everyone and every vehicle for naughties! 

Dry journey but cool with a sudden leap from 11 to 15C as we crossed form the Loire region into the Vendée.   Sunny here too.  Let's hope it stays that way.

Beechgrove has started

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 19:29

It's a good job I set it up to record at home!  Was out at Hip Hop on Thursday so couldn't watch it and now we've arrive in our holiday gite in the Vendée to find they only have French TV channels!   

Glad those who saw it enjoyed it and learned stuff too.

Obelisks and climbers

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 19:21

Lovely idea but, in terms of hardiness, rubromarginata failed in my garden in a winter when we only went to -16C.   Expect that's OK for most of the UK though.

Woodland path ideas

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 18:33

Ours is lined with a thick layer of weed suppressant fabric topped with chipped bark.   The sides are cement/concrete log roll effect to hold it all in place.   We tried proper log roll but it does rot.    We needed to renew the bark layer last spring but that's cheap and easy to do.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 16:34

Thanks BF.  I hope you have now fully recovered form Euro bugs.

We're off to explore the Vendée for a week with the dogs so no gardening here but I'm pleased to see I can mess with roots when we get back.  I shall be off buying beetroot plugs and swing my own in modules as well as planting onion sets in modules or small pots to get them started off well.   Might try carrots in pots.  They don't grow in the ground here for some reason.

Haven't sown any other seeds yet as Possum is happy to feed the birds and cat sit but draws the line at plants of any size or type. 

Obelisks and climbers

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:35

But groups 1 and 2 don't get pruned to the ground and then you have to untangle them surely?

Academic for me as the only group 1 that has proved hardy enough to survive here is I Am Red Robin.  All the alpinas and montanas and evergreens turned up their toes and never came back.

I usually treat group 2s as group 3s and cut them to the ground because they get frozen to bits too but always produce lots of stems from below ground, although this winter has been milder than usual so some are behaving normally.   I might just layer them and see if I can get new plants.

 

 

 

 

In two minds

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:30

Cut back just enough stems to protect it with a bin liner or two or you'll lose this season's flowers.    Be prepared to spray again around its base if needs be.

Moles

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:19

Does anyone know of any useful service the moles perform?  

Here they make ankle and hoof traps with their collapsible holes and tunnels in the grass and put plants in the borders in peril by bulldozing through their roots and leaving them pended or with their roots hanging in thin air instead of feeding the plants.    They also entice Rasta doggy to dig for China when she hears them scrabbling about - unsightly for the garden and she gets her nose and paws filthy - and they eat my worms!

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