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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 08:03

After Saturday's very long sleep and the doggy disaster I went to bed well after midnight last night and have been awake since 6 with purry cuddles.   Dogs on form when I came down to let them out and aftera  short burst of hyper activity they are all now dozing on a sofa.

Sunny all day today so I shall try and rescue some more daffs from the potager and weed round some hyacinths I need to rescue from the gravel mess.

Good luck with the mowing Hosta.  I've been doing ours on the highest setting too and it's hard work.  Not even going to attempt to mow the paddock or the back area between the potager and side fence.  They can stay wild in the expectation of being munched by horses when I get the neighbours sorted out.

Cosmos is funny with Bonzo.  He walks casually past, ignoring him, but then gives a tantalising flick of his bum and tail and then sits, just out of range, looking at him with big eyes.   The second Bonzo falls for it Cosmos is off, ducking and weaving till caught and given a serious licking and then he rolls over to get his tum nuzzled and then he's off again with Bonzo making funny throaty noises.   They usually end up snuggled nose to nose on a sofa or a rug.

With Rasta he just marches up and goes nose to nose and then gets his licks and nuzzles.  

Making a wildlife pond

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 23:26

Pebbles and assorted rocks can be used to disguise and protect edges to continue the beach effect.   Irises are attractive and allow emerging insects such as dragon and damsel flies to leave the pond and dry out their new wings before they take flight.   Avoid iris pseudacorus tho as it's a thug and will take over.

You need some plants to cover the water surface to reduce algae bloom and blanket weed but a bundle of barley straw weighted down will also help.

People Leaving in a Huff

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 22:00

Daisy, these boards are faceless and anonymous and very lightly moderated.   They are free to use by anyone and all that is asked is that people follow the basic rules of politeness without prejudice, bullying or name-calling or worse.

Having seen the tone of many of her posts over recent months I too suspect there was a lot of neurosis involved but I'm not qualified to judge with any certainty.  I do know, having seen it, that her behaviour last weekend was unacceptable and uncalled for and verging on the irrational.   There is no excuse for the kind of personal attacks she indulged in.

Preempting a wet season

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 21:53

How deep is the tub, what compost mix have you filled it with, are there crocks over the drainage holes to keep them clear?

If they're blocked they won't drain.  If they're sat directly on soil with no gap to allow excess water to drain, it will flood.  If you've used multi-purpose compost it will retain water.

I have grown peas and carrots in containers anything from 30 to 60cms deep using loam based compost  and with good drainage so you should be able to too.

Making a wildlife pond

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 21:48

When making a wildlife pond it is essential to have at least one part of it with a gentle, sloping side so wildlife can access and, more importantly, escape.  Even frogs and toads can drown if they can't get out.   Pre-formed ponds usually lack this feature but you can get round it by adding stones they can climb up.

You need to excavate a hole shaped like your pond and a bit deeper and then line it with ordinary builders' sand and back fill and generally fiddle with that until your pond form sits level.  Once happy, start filling with water and then leave it for a fortnight so any chemicals in the tap water dissipate. 

You can then add your chosen plants making sure you have a mix of broad leved and spiky leaved plants as these will suit and attract a wider variety of insects.  If you can, beg a jar of water form an established pond so you get some of the microbes that keep it balanced.  

Make sure you edge your pond liner with slabs or stones that hide the liner form direct sun a,d also make sure there is a pile of stones on one of the marginal shelves that can acta s a beach to give escape routes to any hedgehogs that fall in and amphibians that want a spell on dry land.

Do not add fish if you want to attract newts, frogs and toads as they eat the eggs.

Preempting a wet season

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 21:36

It depends on what you're trying to grow and what soil mix you have in your container and how much drainage there is at the bottom.

Please tell us more.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 21:33

Great present Joyce.  Possum has a lot of growing up to do before she buys me anything like that.   Doesn't approve of gardening presents but she is only 22.

TB - making new plants is very rewarding I find.  

I have had a wonderful day doing absolutely nothing in the end.  Cleared up the early mess and tidied up the dining room (doing service as a temporary kitchen) and then checked all my babies and that was that.  I have flolopped and read and played with and cuddled the kittens and dogs and laughed out loud at Cosmos who is wooing Bonzo to distraction and making Rasta jealous.

Exhausting really.

Have to be up early tomorrow for worktop man and his mate.

People Leaving in a Huff

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 21:23

Redwing - that person has gone because she flagrantly broke posting rules - see Terms and Conditions.  Others have followed in sympathy or solidarity.  Who knows?  

Anyone who endorses that behaviour is no loss to boards like these.

As Chloe and Nut say, let's move on.   Plenty of people here to share knowledge, advice, opinions, experiences and photos along with some good natured banter in the Potting Shed.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 12:16

I have had Orkney and other Scottish isles on my wish list for some years but, now I'm 27, I think they may just be a bit too cool and too far for us but have also discovered that there's a lot of prehistoric stuff here in the Vendée to explore.   They're also very keen on Richard Lionheart for some reason.  I always thought he was a plonker.

Joyce - how lovely of your daughter to trek up.   Hope you have a lovely day.

OH is in Namur doing Possum's ironing while she cleans her flat.  They're off to teh cinema later so I may get a Skype before their dinner!

Bonzo and Cosmos are flirting with each other and making strange squeaky sounds as they snuggle on the sofa.   Rasta is on the other sofa and keeping a watchful eye on "her" kitten and giving occasional warning growls.    Minstrel is sunbathing.   

I have been looking at clematis porn on the net.   Now  need some lunch but have no idea what.

Last edited: 26 March 2017 12:17:40

Plants to go over a low north-facing wall

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 11:19

Herbaceous clematis for me too.  The integrifolias don't cling and are often scented.   The original form is blue but there's also a white flowered form - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=221 which would brighten up a north facing bed.   There's also a pale lilac form - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=225 

They need to be planted deep in good soil and pruned back hard every March or April and then given a generous dollop of specialist clematis food.    You could grow some Japanese painted ferns for interesting foliage and anenome Honorine Jobert to add height along with snowdrops for early spring colour (and bees) and millieum effusum which is a golden leaved grass that likes shade and will brighten up your side of the wall.

Some creamy variegated ivy can be added to the mix and will slowly, over the years, grow to cover the wall and form a  lovely backdrop for the clematis as well as shelter for insects..

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