Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 10/06/2016 at 12:40

I suspect typo/spellcheck failure more than spelunking ignorance - my fingers are certainly not keyboard professionals - but, Hosta, I don't think there's ever any call to be rude on a virtual forum.  Not productive.

Obviously I meant fat by volume - compare a kilo of butter to a kilo of lean steak.

I can sympathise with your feeling exhausted.  Hard to cope and I hope you get some decent rest soon.

Coughing a lot calmer and it's sunny but i'm stuck indoors with a gaggle of committee members preparing salads for tonight's BBQ which follows the AGM.

Hope those who want rain get some and ditto sun seekers.

Horsetail : I am winning the battle

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 00:08

Horsetail roots can go as deep as 6' and it has the ability to store nutrients in nodules so, whilst you may clear the surface and even the top layer of soil it will always be lurking.   It has such a tough structure that it used to be used for scrubbing pans and cleaning metal.  It's the silica in its cells which make it tough and means you really have to crush it to get glyphosate to work but I doubt even that is transmitted all the way to the ends of the roots so it will come back sooner or later.  

I have it in parts of my front garden.   The main bed was weeded completely 6 weeks ago and is full of roses under-planted with hardy geraniums, penstemons, aquilegias, heucheras, cyclamens and spring bulbs so plenty of competition but I noticed today that this b****y weed has grown like a forest in all the wet and warm we've had in he last 2 weeks, despite all the competition.

Can't spray and don't like to anyway so it'll be a hand weeding job again and constant vigilance.  The stuff I pull will be left to dry and die for several days and then be put in the dustbin.


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 23:00

Clari - Do you feel better for it?   Have you measured yourself?  Muscle weighs more than fat and takes up less space.

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Monty Don's Rhubarb

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:49

Any edible rhubarb will grow well if you give it plenty of muck on the crown every autumn and moisture in spring when it's starting to grow again.   Some varieties have better flavour than others but that's a personal thing.

Mine is huge this year too because of the mild winter and all the rain we've had lately.

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Rose graft - what part of the Rose is this?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 16:57

Good idea.  I have taken to putting all my new roses in pots for their first year so they can grow new root systems without worrying about competition in the borders and have also rescued a few that were struggling and which are now doing well in pots.

I'll plant them out again in the autumn or maybe protect them again over winter and plant them next spring.


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 16:51

Never mind YS.  Chocolate is good for you - as long as it's good chocolate.   When I did lots of juicing I found it was also god for the compost heap.

I am so discumnockerated with this flipping coughing lark I have been reduced to making a spreadsheet of the seeds I bought at Chelsea FS including web links for cultivation needs.   How sad is that?   Just need to do the couple of hundred packs I have in my treasure chest now.

Roast peppers are wonderful and I also like them raw on their own or sliced and baked with sausages and red onions and cherry toms and in my sweet and sour red salad with red cabbage and red beetroot and red radishes and red apple and red kidney beans.  Dress with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.  No oil.  Yum.

Wouldn't roast a cucumber but we like that too.  In fact the only veggies I really dislike are aubergines and okra and swedes and Brussels sprouts.  And asparagus peas.  Complete waste of time.

Need to do a bit of Chelsea chopping too when the thoracic earthquakes stop.

Acer planted in sunny spot

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 13:02

Most Japanese maples suffer from wind scorch rather than sun scorch but the pale leaved ones are definitely more susceptible to sun.

One way to help it is to give it a thorough soaking of several gallons of water over a couple of hours and then mulch the soil under the branches with something like chipped bark to reduce water loss. 


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 12:58

YvieStevie - shocking for your rmum.  Hope she recovers well.

Hazel - parsnips are very versatile.  i've done this cake and the Belgians loved it - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/honey-parsnip-coconut-cake and this way with sausages is very good too if you use parsnips instead of swede which we don't like - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/sausage-maple-swede-traybake and then good old roast parsnip with Sunday dinner cos they van be tweaked with honey/male syrup/parmesan/spices accordingly. 

I am coughing and spluttering so much I've had to rope in OH to clear a veg bed so I can plant the onion sets.  Fed up.

Rose graft - what part of the Rose is this?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:32

Not working but yes, the graft is the knobbly bit where the decorative rose is grafted to a rootstock, usually a  rambler for vigour.   There are two schools of thought for planting.  The old one says leave the union above the soil and the newer one, as advocated by David Austin and others, is to bury it a couple of inches below the soil to protect if from frost and wind damage and allow the grafted plant to produce some of its own roots.  It's supposed to reduce suckering from the rootstock too.

Be patient.   New roses can take a season or two to get going while they develop a decent root system so be patient.  Make sure they don't dry out in hot spells and give them some slow release rose or tomato fertiliser to encourage flower formation.

helping my christmas tree

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:26

Too true.  We buy rooted trees most years but have only once had one grow when planted out.  It's now as high as the house but has a raised canopy cos the horses in the paddock leant over and ate the lower branches on one side.  I cut the other branches to stop it looking unbalanced and now it's a fine tree.

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