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pet companions

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 14:35

He does.  Minstrel is also a minx but more subtle.

Help me identify my garden plants!

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 14:31

I'm afraid we need close ups of flowers and/or foliage to identify shrubs and flowers with any degree of accuracy.

Lovely garden tho with plenty of colour and texture.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 12:46

Good reminder about bird food Fairy.  Will check ours before it gets silly out there.

Would love to have nuthatches and tree creepers and long-tailed tits.

As for the kitchen, ours is L shaped with most of the action in the dark end so I need a light reflecting kitchen with easy access drawers for everything and high work tops.  The current one is low and has cupboards with fixed shelves - very inefficient space usage and bad for my bad back.  I've always liked the flexibility of IKEA accessories but not the quality of the units themselves and this chap seems to meet both needs - for a price, but it will be worth it.  Just need to get the annex sorted now.

Garden too but that needs a man with a bulldozer and our neighbours recommend a chap who's just got a a new knee......

pet companions

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 12:31

The pheromone collars came today.  Fingers crossed they help Bonzo.  Although he no longer trembles when he sees the kittens he does snap if they get too close but is more likely to retreat into his cage.

Minstrel kitten had her op this morning so that should mean no more singing and bum waving.  Cosmos kitten is all over the place, looking for company and trouble.  Managed to walk along the edge of the worktop and lose a paw and nearly fall off and then I had to catch him as he rolled off the table whilst "killing" his fur ball toy.  He is the clumsiest kitten ever.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 11:05

Can't blame them.  Set to get very windy here this pm and cold and wet too.   Snow a bit further inland.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:52

PS - Fidget - any news of OH?  Is he safe?

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:52

LG - well done for the lean-to greenhouse.  Exciting new toy.

Lily - hope the journey goes well.

Liri - good advice re contracts etc.   Absurd in this day and age not to have sick pay for a permanent job whether part or full time.  Boss sounds positively antediluvian.  Needs a wake up.

Chicky - your snowdrop man sounds lovely.  What did you buy?   I have brought some of our ordinary ones with me as I potted them up last spring whilst in the green but the little clump of taller, broad-leaved ones wasn't showing in September when we left.

Busy - glad you enjoyed your panto and shopping.

This morning we've dropped Minstrel off at the vet's so no more sing-songs although the bum waving and snuggling was endearing.    Pheromone collars for the dogs have arrived so we hope Bonzo will calm down about kittens and strangers and we're trying one on Rasta to see if it reduces her barking.  She used to be quiet but since we've had Bonzo she needs to tell him everything whether it's visitors or passers-by.

Then we popped into a local kitchens place.  Very helpful chappy with lots of good advice.  Estimate by Saturday.  Will be an arm and a leg job but he has his own, salaried installers and craftsmen and can tweak it to measure.

Cosmos is missing his pal and very cuddly.  I'm off to keep him company while I fit a hook on our dressing room door.  It's where I feed the kittens and Rasta keeps raiding it when I'm not looking.  Do not want a Fat Rasta.


What to do with Shreded branches

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:36

Fresh wood chippings are great as brown stuff in compost heaps.   

I believe it's also safer than using it as a mulch, especially if it contains willow.  I spread some willow chippings on my garden - kindly donated by the council chappies who sheltered in my garage for their lunch ( better than their van and they wouldn't use the kitchen - and the flipping stuff grew willow trees all over the place!

The amount of nitrogen consumed in degrading is now thought to be negligible.  I would worry more about aphid and other pest eggs.  Better neutralised in a compost heap. 

The edible garden

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:32

I record all the gardening progs that are on early Sunday morning so I can watch at my leisure later and also show OH good ideas such as Adam's new veg plot on last year's GW and so on.

Soggy smelly compost

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 10:31

Just add more "brown" stuff as you are doing - paper, cardboard, dead stems and shredded twigs and branches as these allow in air which is essential to a healthy compost bin.  Too much green, wet waste allows for compaction and then becomes anaerobic and smelly.   You need about 1/3rd to 1/4 green with teh rest being brown.   Try covering it to keep the rain out for a while so it can heat up as being too wet will also make it smelly and stop it functioning..

I suspect you don't need to turn it weekly.  Try fortnightly to give the microbes a chance to work longer..

Lots of helpful info here form the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=444 

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