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Obelisk planting

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 17:32

2m high would be much better.   I wouldn't combine all 3 plants on one obelisk.  It will be overload.  Maybe practise your carpentry skills on an obelisk and then either make a pair or progress to an arch........

There are other designs out there if you google about.  Maybe a pergola so you can grow more plants?

Last edited: 08 February 2017 17:34:21

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 16:59

Well.  Not a singe suitable potting pot or tray in my stores.  Will just have to go shopping again tomorrow.   They need to be kitten proofed too.   I've just removed Minstrel from the top shelf of my open pantry racks where she was perched on the Xmas cake and playing with the tin foil wrap.

I even looked in the ruin to see if there was anything I could adapt.  No, but lots of holey bricks for a future insect house and 2 distressed bikes and a solid wood table that I can maybe clean up and do something shabby chic.   

Enjoy yourself Hosta but don't catch a chill.   Dove - yes, tiring but fun and rather liberating.

Raised beds - to treat or not to treat wood?

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 16:53

You'd have to look on the tin but the safest would be water based.   We just used rolls of black plastic sheeting from a builders' yard but you can also find it in good DIYs and garden centres.  Maybe a difference in price so look around.   Thing is, once painted or stained you have to maintain it so maybe just let the wood age and fade naturally if maintenance time is going to be at a premium.

Ours was thicker and stronger than the average bin liner and folded over at the top for neatness then staple gunned to the timbers at what would become soil level.   That way it isn't too unsightly.

Plant a potted clematis

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 15:57

What kind is it and how cold are you at the mo and where have you got your pot?   Sheltered or exposed?

I would make sure the pot it's in is thoroughly watered then give it some feed to encourage new growth and slug pellets to see off the munchers and then plant it out when the ground is neither frozen nor waterlogged and keep up the slug treatment.    You need to prepare a good hole much deeper and wider than the pot and work in plenty of rich compost and/or well rotted manure to improve the soil as clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants.

You should plant it 3 or 4 inches deeper than it was in its pot as this encourages extra shoots and thus more flowers.  Water it well then give it some slow release clematis food and mulch it to help retain moisture.  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 15:38

There have been announcements of French radio about the flu epidemic that has hit hard and early this year and asking people only to go to A&E for real emergencies, to see their pharmacist if they can and to stay at home and not cough and sneeze over everyone else plus regular, thorough washing of hands several times a day and after sneezing or coughing and before meals.   Seems like common sense to me.

I do hope it doesn't get too serious Joyce and everyone else newly suffering and still suffering.

Liri - that sounds like a nightmare.

I have several Bishops and an After Eight to pot up along with some freesias for my cut flower garden.  They arrived this pm from Promesse des Fleurs - ordered Monday evening so very quick service.   We've had to go and do a raid to buy potting and sowing compost so now I can go and play.

Obelisk planting

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 15:27

I think you'll find that 1.5m is really quite small when it comes to providing support for a rose or sweet peas but you could cover it with a clematis that gets to a maximum 3m high if you train it around the structure as horizontally as possible.

You might do better to spend your money on buying some tanalised wood and making a taller and wider obelisk eg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqyvgNAM1CI .

Raised beds - to treat or not to treat wood?

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 13:22

The plastic sheeting is just for lining the inside walls of the wooden frames, not the whole bed.  It stops water in the soil from rotting the wood from the inside so your raised beds will last longer.   We did this for raised beds made form old railway sleepers and 18 years later they're still going strong.   We did not treat the tops or outer façades.

If your wood is pressure treated you shouldn't need any extra protection unless you want to paint them for decorative purposes.  You do not want wood preservative products in contact with plants, especially if you intend them for eating.

Last edited: 08 February 2017 13:23:47

Mixing dahlia in containers

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 08:27

I agree - 40cms is enough for just one dahlia.   Make sure you use good quality compost, water regularly and give top up feeds of liquid rose or tomato food to encourage flowers.   Dead head as soon as flowers go over so you keep new ones coming.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 08:02

Some people are sensitive to paint fumes Hosta so open as many windows as you can till they're gone.

Hope you get your leccy back today Clari and that all lurgy sufferers are feeling better - or will do soon.   First night I've slept thru since the kittens arrived so up bright and early - no toe twinges, no snoring OH and no nocturnal kitten pounces round my scalp.  Excellent.

It's bright and sunny but cold and we're off to explore the market at La Roche along with a couple of "exotic" food shops.  Set to stay dry and sunny for the next few days so i'll be out spraying stuff on the hummocky grass and weeds in the potager ready for the mini digger.

Hope you don't get too hot Pat.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 18:45

Very naughty looking cake Chicky.  Yum!   Happy birthday Chicklet.

I need to find a new weather forecast.  This one has been promising me bucket loads of rain which doesn't arrive.  I need something a bit accurate.

Pdoc - I would say plants are the basis of everything from basic life to great pleasure.  

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