Latest posts by Obelixx

Help! Slugs on my organic veg!

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:14

Wildlife friendly slug pellets based on ferrous phosphate and not metaldehyde.

However, have to say that it hasn't saved my kohl rabi and half the salads and pak choi have been chomped too and they're all over the strawberries.   Just too wet to keep up this year.

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Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:10

Got soaked again trying to weed the jungle and plant out more slug food - lettuces, beets and fennel.    Another Japanese maple has died so that just leaves me the two in pots.  Hope they don't get whatever lurgy it is.

There's a wee joke on Belgian Facebook.  Four Hungarians go into a bar and ask for 4 coca cola lite.  Barman says "Sorry, no lite but I can do you 4 Zero."   Boom boom.   Sorry, wall to wall football and now tennis too and no escape on the Beeb.  Maddening.

Making a  rhubarb and lemon cake to have with coffee tomorrow and then a pavlova base to have with strawberries for pud at lunchtime.  Garden group chez moi tomorrow. - Brits, German, Dutch, Belgian and Japanese.

Last edited: 27 June 2016 20:11:22

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 16:10

Love that colour purple and the second one with the fluting and stripes is just gorgeous.

Well done you.


Posted: 27/06/2016 at 14:08

Info should be on packet instructions.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 14:07

Take photos.  Load onto PC.  Resize if necessary as new format won't take big images.  Click on camera logo at top right of text box then on image in pictures folder.

Independence Day?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 14:02

The UK gets a lot back.

Scotland - population 5.3 million - €941million allocated for projects from 2014 to 2000

Wales – population 3million and a bit - €4billion since 2000

Northern Ireland – population 1.8 million - €675million (includes peace project funding)

Cornwall – 500,000 - €650million between 2007 and 2013

Yorkshire and Humber – €650million plus a further €750million allocated for science projects - http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/yorkshire-a-hotbed-of-science-as-eu-funding-set-to-double-1-7640338

Do the sums and ask yourself if the English in the south east who contribute most to the central coffers will be happy to carry on paying at this level.

Independence Day?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 10:56

As someone said - there's only two things sure in life.  Death and taxes.

I do so agree about the the unfairness of taxing pension income saved and invested from earnings already taxed.


Posted: 27/06/2016 at 10:49

Welcome home Punkdoc.   Hope the weather isn't a shock.  At least you won't have jet lag.

Drismal out there today and cool and draughty too.   Woken up early by man come to fix drains.   No mains drains here so rainwater on the rear half drains into our pond and the front fills a cistern and a well with an overflow pipe that runs under the field next door and into the stream that flows through it.  The farmers have recently dredged the bottom to deepen it and so drain the paddock but blocked our pipe while they were there so with all the recent downpours, water backed up and flooded the barn.   Not good.

All blasted clear now with an industrial pressure hose and I've been and banged in a taller post to mark our exit pipe for future excavations.   Now to weeding and potting.  So many slugs my baby beets and salads are going to have to go from plug to pots to grow on in safety.

I hope you are all warmer and drier.

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Independence Day?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 10:19

Philippa - I am not intending to patronise, just to look above the immediate horizon.   The UK is still a member of the EEA which requires members to adopt EU rules for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the EU so, on the face of it, not a lot will change as far as trade and EU immigration are concerned.

Brexit negotiations may change that.  Germany will, of course, want to continue trading with the UK but bear in mind that following the VW emissions scandal their UK sales figures are down 20% and US sales figures down 25% so they won't want to encourage competition from the UK car industry.   French car manufacturing is suffering from a combination of over capacity and falling sales so they will want to protect their industry.  

British car manufacturing has been increasing in recent years but 4 out of 5 cars made in the UK are exported and the biggest market is Europe following recent falls in sales to India and China.  If the EU gets sticky on trade terms UK car manufacturing may just end up with falling sales, falling production, job losses and maybe foreign companies like Nissan ceasing to invest in the UK and relocating to mainland Europe - ironic as it is a major employer in an otherwise depressed Sunderland economy. 

Investment banks are already moving jobs and operations to Dublin, Frankfurt and Paris.   I shall continue to watch economic and political developments with interest.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 09:25

Your choice will depend on whether you want it repeat flowering, perfume, which colour and its eventual height and spread as well as how good your soil is and how exposed is the site.   Something else to consider is the support system - trellis on battens or wires stretched on vine eyes screwed into the wall - as a vigorous rose can be heavy in strong winds.

David Austin have their own English roses which make short climbers asw ell as other climbing roses.  Peter Beale and Harkness are other rose breeders and growers whose websites you could consult.

I have Generous Gardener (DA) doing very well on the west facing side of a trellis fence that separates my veggie plot from the ornamental garden.   It has soft pink flowers with good perfume and healthy foliage.    Teasing Georgia is another good one - doesn't get quite as big but produces masses of blooms for me over a long period and with good perfume.

There are some repeat flowering ramblers now available too - Malvern Hills, Lady of the Lake, Phyllis Bide.

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