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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:33

Drove thru Rouen on our way home from the Vendée - lovely route which avoid Paris and its dreadful orbital road.    Still haven't been to Monet's garden but it is on the list now that OH is retired and available.

No gardening for me for a few days as I have to get the kitchen re-decorated.  OH is busy clearing old vegetation and doing lawn edges today and I hope to get out there for an hour or two while plaster repairs or paint dry.   Should be done and dusted by Monday so I can crack on with gardening fun so yes please with the calendar BF.


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:27

I only use our détaupeur in extremis.   Mostly, we live with the blighters but sometimes they just get too invasive and have to go.   Live rescue if possible to surrounding fields on the other side of the stream as they've tunnelled under the road before now!

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:23

The stuff I buy is sold as reinforcing rod and comes in various thicknesses starting at 5mm which is cold bendable but going to 1cm and more which aren't.  It rusts quietly so is unobtrusive at first and then invisible as the plants grow.

I have my own bolt cutters but the staff are also happy to cut the rods in two for me to get them in the car.  It comes in 5m lengths and is in the sales yard next to all the sheets of 5m x 2m metal grid which I use as trellis now - doesn't rot, doesn't collapse under the weight of happy clems or heavy pumpkins and can be cut to size with my bolt cutters..

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:17

Bit dull here this morning.  OH is out there already clearing the piles of vegetation he cut back yesterday and then he'll be doing lawn edges.  I am on plaster filling duty and then the cutting in - after yet another floor wash and a scrub of the skirting boards.  Lovely.

Has to be done tho so I can get out there and tend my treasures.    There are clematis needing new obelisks and an arch to rebuild for Etoile Violette and roses to finish pruning and plants to pot up for the charity sale.

Have a good one everyone.  I hope your weather is clement for whatever you're doing and that all is well.

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:30

I doubt it'll be too difficulut if you have reasonable strength and a handy tree or sleeper to bend it round and then a plank to stand on while you bend the "legs" up.   However, I find 5mm is fine for a plant support à la Monty and use it for purple phlomis, echinops, helianthemums and any other tall plant that needs a support.       

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 16:11

Glad you're OK Hosta and OH is looking after you.    Dove, I hate stud parking too and badly thought out and indicated diversions.   Shopping's OK if I'm in the mood which isn't often.   Not a shopaholic at all.

Verdun - EU rules apply to all EU businesses.  Some adapt, some cheat and some go under.   That's life with government of any sort be it local, regional, national or European.   Worth noting also that the little jobsworths in Britain apply all those rules far more assiduously than their EU counterparts.

We have roast dinner on Sundays.  Possum expects it (Capricorn so likes tradition) and OH likes it anyway.  I've only recently started doing Yourkshire puds and now Poss wants them every week!   Simple salmon and veggies tonight as the kitchen is in disarray and I'm shattered.    It's a big farmhouse kitchen with some fitted cupboards but mostly not.    Furniture all moved and cleaned and protected.  Walls all sanded down and then vacced and steam cleaned.  

Some filling been done already and floor washed for the 3rd time to collect plaster dust which will no doubt continue falling for days.  I've done the hall while I was on to get all the dusty stuff done in in one go so it's a huge area of wall and floor.

In between dries, have taken the last of the roses and clems in pots from their shelter corner and put them in full sun and wind and rain.   They've done well so far so I hope they'll be OK.   OH has kept out of the way and gardened, cutting down miscanthus and other dead perennial stems and weeding.

Immigrants - most are genuine, escaping horrors but some are economic and some naugty infiltrators up to no good.  On balance, we should be doing more to sort and help but on the understanding that our way of life gives personal freedoms and standards and opportunities for which we also have to share civil responsibilities and duties.  They should not expect to come and impose their religion, values or politics on us as it is not our way and that's what got them into a mess in the first place.  

It has turned cold and grey and damp now but the last few sunny days have worked wonders on the PSB and we should finally get enough of a picking for supper tomorrow if it stays sunny.


Talkback: 10 plants to help bees through winter into spring

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 16:07

Our bees like snowdrops and crocuses and assorted narcissi.   We have several different kinds of pulmonaria and they seem to like that too.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 13:29

Clarington - I know just what you mean.  We have almost finished emptying stuff from our kitchen and wrapping up bookcases in the hall so we can sand and repair plaster before painting and making ours all sparkling clean and tidy.   Woe betide anyone who messes in there afterwards, including OH who you'd think would know better after all the cleaning and sorting and decorating effort.

GWRS - thanks.  No dancing today but Soul tomorrow, salsa on Wednesday and ballroom on Friday plus an extra practice session of soul, salsa, disco rock and boogie on Thursday - just once a month that one.

Well done for the war memorial project.   They do look after them very well here - both village memorials which list their own dead - soldiers and civilian resistance plus those who died after being deported to slave camps - as well as the local and allied cemeteries for fallen soldiers and airmen.

Recommendations for Rose food

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 13:01

As Dave says, a healthy rose withstands disease and pests better than a weak one.

I put banana skins in their planting hole or pot then feed each year with pelleted chicken manure in early spring when buds start to break.  I scatter this on all my borders with extra dollops for roses and clems.  They may get a mulch of compost if we have some spare from the veggie plot and I give liquid feeds of home-made comfrey tea later in spring and early summer.

If the foliage looks a bit yellow - eg after a very wet winter - I do a foliar feed of Epsom salts poured on from a watering can, not sprayed. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 08:45

Bright and sunny here but very windy still.   Have to do a coat of paint around a bedroom wind embrasure so it can dry and I can get the curtains back up and then doa  raid on the builders' supplier with OH so we can get the doings for the replacement trellis fence between the veggies and the ornamentals and a replacement support for clematis Etoile Violette which is now too vigorous for the arch we had there.

I am not trying the legs crossed thing as I have 3 slipped lumbar discs and a cage to make 2 more behave in my neck.   OH and I have 3 hours of dance class a week plus a practice session on Sundays and occasional sorties to dance evenings on Saturdays but I do know I need to start some serious exercises to get my leg muscles back after spending a year off dancing while I had surgeries to rebuild my feet and I'll be upping the lentil factor in our diet.    Good excuse to make dahl and other curries so Possum will eat them too.

Hope that fire doesn't get out of hand Pat E.

Happy gardening everyone - if you can today.  If not, have a great day anyway.

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