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HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 15:16

My neighbour's dogs live in a kennel - they do not live indoors. They are loved and well cared for but they nearly drive me demented if they start barking at night because a rabbit or hedgehog is passing by. 1am is a favourite time. Doesn't last more than a few seconds but just enough to wake me when I'm just dropping off to sleep.


Nice day here - feeling a bit better than yesterday but not 100%. Trying to plant up some annuals to fill the spaces left after cutting back spring stuff but not really in the mood. Hate it when gardening feels like a chore - but if I don't get some of this stuff in now it will be time to put it on the compost heap

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Brand new garden, heavy clay soil

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 15:03

I have great clumps of grey and yellow clay in my soil and it was a nightmare to work for the first couple of years - but it's gradually getting there.


The best thing you can do for clay soil is to keep working it and to incorporate lots and lots of organic matter - rough textured or 'long' compost is good for clay. Digging breaks down clumps and the organic matter enriches and improves the texture. If you put in the work now you will have beautiful rich, moisture retentive soil within a couple of years.


If you have empty borders at the moment it's a perfect opportunity to do lots of soil improvement before you plant. Buy spent mushroom compost / composted farmyard manure / soil improver etc in bulk and spread it really thickly (6") over the borders and start digging it in. I have bought in literally truckloads of the stuff. If your garden is smaller you can buy this sort of thing by the cubic metre delivered in dumpy bags.


Personally - although it won't do any harm at all - I wouldn't bother adding grit except perhaps when you're planting bulbs or plants that need better drainage.  I definitely wouldn't add sand (I have seen it suggested before) - that can make matters worse.


Finally I would second the suggestions to try to work with what you have. Enjoy being able to grow the clay lovers. 

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 22:09

Lovely hydrangeas Dewdrops - hope you start feeling a little better soon.


Nice harebell Fairy - they seeded everywhere in my last garden so I'm not sure I will introduce them here. Pretty though - so maybe 


DD - good to hear you sounding positive about your new home - things are falling into place slowly but surely 


Thanks for the reminder about GW Lesley - really enjoyed it tonight - all the articles were of interest  - green with envy for that beautiful garden in Somerset. Hosta might also enjoy the item about miniature hostas 


GWRS - tripe . My dad used to like it too - I can't bear the texture  

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HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:20

Evening all


Just had a quick read back - wish I'd never mentioned ox heart - most offal is pretty offal  IMO - exceptions being very thin slices of pan fried calves liver and chicken liver pate but we don't often have those either. The thought of stuffing a heart 


Glad you're not going to be going round with a hole in your mouth Hosta 


Lesly - My foxgloves have nearly all been white this year as well - how strange.... I blame Boris 


Have done a cycle ride today - not very far - 26 miles. Managed to dodge a couple of heavy showers - thought the rain was not due till 6pm - they got that wrong again.


As I said it wasn't too far and although it was quite rolling landscape it wasn't too arduous but... I am now absolutely cream crackered. I can't get warm & I feel very achey & headachey. Feel a bit  too. Really hope I'm not coming down with something. We've a big family do in Yorkshire on Sunday & I'm supposed to be supplying dinner. 


Might have to give them 10 bob and send them down the chippy 

Positive visualisation for the doc

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 09:34

We miss you - come back soon 

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 20:53

Dock of The Bay - possibly my favourite song of all time. 


OH has been tasked with arranging a little trip to the states for me to sit eating fried clams and drinking ice cold beer at the end of a jetty with that song playing... One day he'll get around to it - not too much to ask for is it?


Picturing Runny in purple satin flares.. They would have been a match for my burgundy velvet loons. We would have looked dead cool together at the disco Runny - did you wear a cheesecloth smock top with them?


Edit: Hope all goes well at the dentist tomorrow Hosta

Last edited: 11 July 2016 20:54:28

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 17:41

Runny - . Many years ago I finally tracked down an elusive 'funny' smell in the kitchen. One of those that starts as an elusive little whiff that quickly goes. Gets gradually stronger over the following 2 weeks.... Eventually tracked down a lump of ox heart I'd stuck in the oven to defrost for the cat's dinner about 6 weeks before 


Didn't use the oven much in those days  


Not sure if I ever used that particular one again after that 


Nice pic Dewdrops 

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 17:17

Evening.


Nothing much to report from here other than a rather blustery, showery sort of day. Hate gardening in the wind so I didn't bother beyond harvesting a load of blackcurrants, mangetout and the first 2() raspberries (autumn fruiting - but they always start nice and early and go through till the first frosts).


Runny - you do make me laugh . I'm another who always gets quite embarrassed when workmen come in and pull out big appliances (cue another ooh-err missus!  ) and I have to scurry round with a brush and dustpan. Actually I couldn't bear to think of them just shoving them back knowing I had the national collection of dust balls behind there - but I'm sure they do in a lot of houses.


Sounds like Dove had a good day with the pond - you'll get OH using his own initiative and doing jobs on his own soon - not sure if that would be good or bad in this household. I appreciate a helping hand but I do like to be in control... 


Exciting times in politics - have a lot of time for Mrs May so I hope she can pull this country into a better place. 

Evergreen screening

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 15:20

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HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 19:46

Well it seems like a good day for British sport today - Gordon Reid, Lewis Hamilton, Andy Murray and Heather Watson. Boom, boom, boom one after another. What a pity Wales was knocked out of the footie - perhaps we could have made it 5 in a row.


Maybe there is life after Brexit after all 

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