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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: Today at 15:08

How did you guess Lesley? At the moment here we've got chocolate cake, carrot cake and pineapple upside down cake. As we're running a bit short I shall be making some lemon squares later this afternoon 

Last edited: 28 October 2016 15:08:36

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: Today at 13:14

Nice one Dove! It's great to support small holders. I have no problem with anyone else eating meat, it's just not for me, but I do get upset at all the cheap stuff in supermarkets - you just know they've had a miserable life. Mind you, if you saw the state of my veg patch right now you might be tempted to start a campaign against vegetable abuse, lol!

Ids please

Posted: Today at 12:54

The dahlia looks like 'Fascination'

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: Today at 12:49

Dove, your menu for the week sounds amazing. I wish I still ate meat - pheasant and streaky bacon mmm! I miss fish pie, too. I have found all sorts of ways to substitute for meat in things but you just can't imitate a nice mix of whiting, smoked haddock and prawns.

Dahlias in Devon - in the ground or not?

Posted: Today at 11:42

Once we get a frost, do you think I should just cut off top growth and leave the tubers in the pots in the greenhouse, or remove them and let them dry out?

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: Today at 10:34

It's starting to feel like a double espresso morning here. Hubby had a gig last night - I always wait up for him and he didn't get home until midnight. Then we had to wind down together with a couple of beers - we didn't crawl into bed until 1.30 this morning   Luckily darling daughter is helping me with my 'Friday Home Blessing' aka the BIG housework so that I can get into the garden sooner. Hope your day is going well, Dove, and thanks for the coffee!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: Today at 09:44

Nasty murky start to the day here in North Devon, but some work I was expecting hasn't come in so I can start to tackle my 'to do' list: Soil test on next year's brassica bed and lime if necessary, move Abies koreana and refresh the pot, clean and insulate the greenhouse, pot up pelargoniums and get them inside, divide rhubarb and lots of perennials and replant, then weeding and mulching all my borders and tidy up the veg patch 

But first, coffee...

Dahlias in Devon - in the ground or not?

Posted: Today at 09:37

Wow Hosta! I just googled them - they are gorgeous! Tubers 1m across - no wonder you don't want to lift them. It never ceases to amaze me how much growth plants can put on in a season.

Dahlias in Devon - in the ground or not?

Posted: Today at 09:33

Thanks Hosta and Chrissy. I'm ashamed to say I can't really identify my soil type. It is SO bloody stony that there's precious little in the way of soil particles to pick up and squish. Perhaps I'll venture outside in a bit and have another study of it. Although I've been at this house for seven years I'm sort of starting from scratch again this year. I planned and planted in my first year, lost tons of babies due to the two back-to-back severe winters in my first two years here, then went through a messy divorce and the garden was completely and utterly neglected for almost three years. The soil in one big border was like concrete when I started over again this spring. I think I'll keep my new babies in the greenhouse this year and worry about them again next autumn, when I've had more time to reacquaint myself with my plot.

I think I've spent more on compost and manure this year than I did in the previous 26 years of gardening 

Last edited: 28 October 2016 09:34:42

Dahlias in Devon - in the ground or not?

Posted: Today at 09:08

After 27 years of gardening I have finally succumbed and bought a couple of dahlias, because they were half price, neglected in a corner of the plants sales area at Mole Valley Farmers.They weren't labelled, other than 'Orange Patio Dahlia'.

I only bought them three weeks ago so have left them in their pots for now, but I want them in a border long-term. Should I put them in the ground now and leave them under a thick mulch over winter, or is that not safe even down here in Devon? I have to say it's the first time I've had such lovely colour in the garden at this time of year - they are still producing new flowers - so I've kind of fallen under their spell a little. I predict more dahlias in the garden next year!

As a Dahlia virgin, any other advice would be very welcome.

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