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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 20:21

Yes BF - I precooked the sliced fartichokes in a bit of milk and then bunged them in the oven with added garlic, cream and seasoning then baked them slowly.   They were very tender and delish but not something I do for just the 3 of us.   Much more likely to make soup or roast them.

pet companions

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 20:15

I think if a dog is exercised enough they don't need to be "worked".   Ours get a good long walk every day plus a huge garden to run around in and passers-by to bark at as they run along the fence plus toys to play with.    Both like to "help" in the garden in their own way.

Bonzo the Lab loves football and used to do fetch but he also learns from watching his terrier pal so no longer brings back toys and ball but shakes them to death.   He's also tried digging which is hilarious cos he hasn't a clue.   Both dogs behave very well in class  - teacher's pet - but can be stubborn at home when obedience doesn't suit their agenda.    

We used to mind a rescued collie/Alsatian cross for friends.  She was also nervous after being beaten as a pup and automatically rounded people up on walkies.   Didn't approve when I was pregnant and wouldn't speak to me but was all over guard dog for my baby.   Lovely dog.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 19:59

Fidget!  Stockport is Cheshire, not Manchester which is Lancashire and sod arbitrary boundary changes.   Hope he's come home bug free either way.

Missed Michael P who is very entertaining on rains but have recorded MD so I can FF all the dross bits.

More immune system boosting grub for dinner - spaghetti vongole with loads of garlic and chilli.  Yum!   I do not want the nasty bug.   Sounds horrendous.   Hope all sufferers are improving and that you flight hasn't messed with your sinuses Busy..

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 17:36

Glorious fiery sunset this evening.  Skies mostly clear so more frost I expect.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 13:17

Lovely knitting ideas Dove but do they really use knitted clothes for babies now?   I received some lovely hand knitted jackets when Possum was born but confess I always put her in baby grow bags - so much more practical and easy to wash and dry.

LG - Minstrel's condition is likely to re-appear in 14 to 21 days if she's not pregnant.  Can't be doing with it again so I've brought forward her op to next Thursday by which time she should have calmed down.   OH and I need our sleep.

Keep warm and keep on resting.  It'll be over sooner that way.

Fog gone.  Sun's out.  Frost gone except in the shade.   Dogs and kittens have had their monthly sardine treat for their coats so we're off shopping while they breathe over each other.

Obelisk prices

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 13:08

They are to buy but pergolas can be made if you have a few basic DIY skills.

pet companions

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 12:54

Never heard of them Lantana but i shall google about.  Thanks.

how to support 24 climbers in small garden?

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 12:52

OH and I have erected plenty of posts in our time for fences, trellises, bird feeders etc and it's possible on your own but definitely easier with 2 people because someone can hold the post vertical while the concrete is poured into the hole around it.   It's a simple enough matter to dig a hole.  Just needs energy and a spade.

Drill the holes through the post before you erect it and mark a line at the base for the burial depth so you get them at the same height - assuming your garden is level.   You can buy tensioners for wires at good DIY stores.

Make sure the posts are heigh enough to support the eventual height of your clematis.  In my experience their vigour increases over the years, as does the number of stems Group 3s especially will push up each year.

how to support 24 climbers in small garden?

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 11:15

Have a look at using concrete posts designed to hold washing lines.  They have ready drilled holes through which you can stretch wires at intervals to support your clems.   They'd need concreting in for strength and permanence.

Failing that, use tall 4" wooden posts concreted in and drill holes thru those for wires.

You can make a simple pergola by putting matching posts opposite each other and then scrwing more posts across them at the top.   Join them with more wires to get a tunnel effect.

I find group 2 clems can be treated as group 3s which makes pruning and combining them easier.   Just make sure they are all buried deeper than they were in their pots and feed them generously every spring after pruning them back and pulling off all the old wood.  This way you will also reduce the potential weight of your clematis and they will all flower over the summer months.

Arabella is not a self clinging clem and can be sprawled - with guidance - thru a shrub or allowed to flop about as ground cover or down a slope or wall.


Posted: 06/01/2017 at 10:55

It tastes lovely when young and fresh but easily gets a woody bit down the middle which I find unpleasant.   I believe it grows naturally in salt estuaries and dunes.

Suttons Seeds have this info - http://suttons.kayako.com/knowledgebase/article/View/371/29/how-do-you-grow-marsh-samphire  

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