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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 13:02

Joyce sorry to hear you are not well, you are doing what I do sleep it off. Up here we would be saying "can us giv ee a hand Pet, love, dear" but it is now banned by the descrimination police? I am afraid they would get very short measure from people here, it is the normal form of address when we meet or in shops my cleaning lady and I are on such terms and the window cleaning lady yesterday "I have no change my love will be back in an hour" and she was, "Sorry about the delay darling here is your chage" no offence meant or taken.

So get well soon pet, it sounds much friendlier to us a normal wish.

Over the last three months every one I know all the family and me had that lurgi yet the papers are not screaming as they normally would, The UK brought to its knees by flu, they normaly blame Asia, must be too intent on what Prisident Trump will do next?


Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 14:18

Kt, believe or not I agree about weddings although I was brought up in a different era, a Church, local posh Cafe then In laws for a while, honey moon two years later in Scarbrough and that was top end. Bottom end would be Registry Office home and spam sandwiches no honey moon. Expectations are so different these days. With a wedding coming up for Granddaughter a two day affair at County Hotel the cost has to be shared among close family so I do know it aint cheap. Loving my Granddaughter I give willingly, the last few years they have worked hard to stand still, at least it will be a lasting memory unlike     a pile of bricks that will go with the next owner.

Gardens I had were hard work make do and mend plus DIY,  money? Are you kidding, beg steal borrow, we had morgages and other things more needed. Gardens fed the family until the time there was spare cash, the problem being once you had the rhythm in your gardening bones spending on decking fountains and Gnomes seemed a pure waste of money and time. I am thinking my writing on here not now needed, double digging? Mulching? Planning years ahead? What is he talking about, it has to be quick easy maintinence free these days, out of my league, £25.000 on a garden, I could do a world cruise for that but then I did, we called them Troopships.


Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 14:36

Kt, I meant the husband who seemed to have little interest in the proceedings apart from when asked how much. She made a guess his comment you have no idea.  My late wife would have known down to the last six pence. I am with Obelix, it could have been better spent, £25,000 would have got them a lovely country house wedding and still left enough for a nice garden makeover. I ask how long will they want a garden full of bricks and as some one else said how do you sell the house now.

Wonder what happened to those make over gardens years ago with huge boilerplate sections, corrogated iron and wire plus some massive concrete walls if I remember correctly, it would cost a fortune to break them up, Dynamite comes to mind.


Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 11:26

Did not like the brickyard at all, typical though all the changes of mind and little idea of the cost, I would have been sorting that lady out very quickly. The woodland allotment was can do over impossible those people had determination by the bucket full even Monty learned a new skill. They had a dream and made it work it impressed me, well done.


Evidence based gardening

Posted: 04/02/2017 at 10:38

Tom, it depends on where you are in the UK, what kind of winters you get also the position of plants. Dad pruned his plums after leaf fall as they were fanned on south facing walls that held enough heat in winter to produce early blossom and fruit. Uncle Arthur with an open orchard never did, this is the North East one foot in the sea area. I think you mean Silverleaf.

Myth and legend go with gardening after all we need keep our minds active whilst double digging and winding the neighbours up comes to mind, we are incompetion to be the best. I am an old fashioned gardener and give advice where I know the problem from experience, you are free to use it or not, your choice this is not the army. I would say at my age you are still learning, some of the tips on here are new to me so do not knock it. If some one wants to plant seed at full moon who is to say they are wrong.


How can we improve drainage & prevent a bog (photos)

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 10:14

Sorry Hogweed it has worked for me for thirty five years. We were new build and the usual compacted pan with brick clay under the area, they actually had brickworks in the area then. The eight inches of topsoil (we got more then now they get four inches) then the rolls of lawn we got better quality as it was the show house. Heavy rain and water lay so down I went, the neighbour asked if I was burrying my wife, in with hard core then gravel and put some good soil back. No other drains and no more standing water now no back lawn there were three now down to two. I only speak of what worked for me over many years in different gardens, it may not work for all and I do tell them that when asked for advice.


How can we improve drainage & prevent a bog (photos)

Posted: 29/01/2017 at 16:00

I know people who would kill for that soil, Bob is correct it has been compacted by the slate or whatever it was topped with. You cannot do very much before Spring and that hole looks dry to me  if it was high water table it would have water in it so leave the hole for now and keep checking it until the weather warms up enough to do some serious work. A perfect lawn is built up in layers of hardcore for drainage then six inches with plenty of grit, ten inches of topsoil then seeded. That of course after raking in some washed sand and doing the gardeners soft shoe shuffle to create a pan for the seed.

A quicker and cheaper method is keep an eye on that hole for a while see what happens in heavy rain then do what I did, dig a sump at one end lay in rubble, old broken brick and gravel about 18 inches to 24 inches deep then fill in with soil. I double dug my patch although a hired rotavator would do a reasonable job, rake and level then compact it with your feet (gardeners shuffle) buy and roll out a medium turf plenty of GC's or Nurseries sell good quality turf rolls then water it every day for a couple of weeks and that means water it well, use a sprinkler ten minutes with a hose is not enough. You should have a manageable  lawn you can sit out on in no time. This is of course my opinion after years of lawns plus helping maintain a bowling green, it is up to you although the more work you put into it the less you need do later.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/01/2017 at 10:53

Stockton, blue skies, sunshine, white lawns, icy roads, at least i do not need the lights on as yesterday. Still it was nice, fourteen people eating my sandwiches and cakes, drinking the teapot dry, two dogs and one great grandson sitting on my knee laughing at the dogs and taking an interest in what went on around him. That to a gardener is what really matters, renewal, children grandchildren and great grandchildren with father time sat in the middle planning this years garden. What is not to like I ask?



Posted: 28/01/2017 at 10:15

Twenty one today again?

Happy Birthday Dove.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 09:36

Stockton, dull dour wet cold, the word Winter comes to mind. I think gardening will get a miss tody.


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