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moving fruit bushes

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:20

Stay in touch on the forum Nin.

Several of us do regular seed / cuttings / plant swaps if we live close enough to meet up or if the cuttings / seeds etc are easy to send through the post. Most of us have half full packets of seeds lying around and lots of us get a bit carried away with cuttings or seed sowing. It's nice to see them go to a good home rather than the compost bin.

Take a look at the 2017 thread here - there are others for earlier years

Doesn't matter if you don't have stuff to swap to start with. I am very grateful for the donations I've had to my new garden and it's rather nice than I am now able to start to repay the favours.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 10:58

Morning - cold but bright

Off to SM now to see if there are any bargains to be had with the shop being closed yesterday. Wonder if the Easter eggs will be reduced yet? Or will they wait till tomorrow?

Sorry to hear about you neighbour Hazel. It sounds as though it was perhaps a sudden or unexpected event? We've become very good friends with a couple of neighbours in different homes over the years so it is the loss of a friend rather than 'just a neighbour' if you were close.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 10:49

Morning all Chilly isn't it? Nice and warm in the potting shed though.

Thank you for complaining about the Aldi advert GWRS - somebody else has posted that it's dominating the screen on the device they're using - so much so they can't really use the site. I still think this proliferation of adverts is adding to the problems many of us are having using the forum.

I use an adblocker on my desktop computer and the forum is fine on that. But I can't put one on my iPad (too old basically) and the forum plays up like crazy on that some days with adverts jumping about all over the place. Other days it's fine - so I think it must be to do with the content / settings on the forum on any given day - rather than my iPad.

I think it's quite ironic that the forum was changed last year to make it more mobile device friendly - but now it's virtually unusable on a lot of devices. Usually slightly older ones - but not that old - my iPad is 4 or 5 years old. I can't afford to upgrade my iPad every couple of years.

moving fruit bushes

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 10:25

Sorry to hear of your problems Nin. E Anglia is a great place to live.

To be honest I think Pansy's advice is the best and most practical.

Bare root raspberry canes are very cheap to buy next year in the spring - I think I paid £5 for 10 canes of Polka and Glen Ample last year, and taking cuttings of the currants and gooseberries will give you small, manageable, easily transported pots which will be ready for planting out next spring.

We all get a bit upset when we have to leave a garden we've tended and loved but a few cuttings / divisions taken this year will give you an emotional link to your old garden and a flying start in your new project. 

Don't get hung up on the thought of binning your treasures - they're plants - not animals or people and their babies will flourish in your new garden.

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Dobies email

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 09:29

Oh dear! - maybe Dobies should of gone to your school then Gingly 

While we're on the subject - if the GC / chain belongs to Mr Dobie or multiple people called Dobie  - shouldn't it be Dobie's or Dobies' GC?

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:11

Great greenhouse Wonky. Even better if you can find a spot for the gin optic 

I'm like you LG - very disappointed with weather forecast. 90% probability of heavy rain all afternoon turned into a 15min light sprinkle. The cat didn't even bother to move out of the flower bed. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 13:00

What are you greezing Hazel? - squeaky door hinges?? 

Love some of the typos on here

Seedlings pricked out and measured up for a storage space for compost bags. Not feeling particularly energetic today - might be time for a lazy day - everybody needs one now and then


Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:50

I cut off the spent stalks and shake the seed heads as Bob suggests. If there are any large plants this is also a really good time to lift and divide plants to increase your stock / rejuvenate older plants. Water well after replanting then mulch.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 12:43

Few seedlings pricked out and all seeds watered - coriander and chard are just about ready for planting out.

Measurements done for a little bit of paving. Need somewhere out of sight and about halfway down the garden to put bulk buys of compost bags. Don't need to be lugging bags the full length of the garden to store them and then take them back again to fill pots in the front.

M-U  - I'd forgotten about those lovely Thorntons displays. Thorntons was always a special chocolate shop - a real treats place. Our local one is now 3/4 coffee shop (the town needed yet another one like a hole in the head) and the chocolate is not great. Didn't realise they had been taken over but it explains a lot.

RB - hope you feel loads better soon - look after yourself today.

Is it Pansy with a rodent in the basement? - eek - need to get that sorted soon as....

Looking forward to LB's puzzles tonight - forgot about them last week

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 09:41

Morning . Happy Easter everyone - don't be making yourselves too  on all that chocolate. I have a bag of mini Lindt eggs and a few mini creme eggs - but only because I bought them for myself. OH won't support the commercialism of over priced chocolate Easter Eggs  - so I've never had an Easter egg from him. Boxes of very nice chocs - yes - Easter eggs - no.

What are you all up to? OH is off to work later this morning and I might try and do a couple of hours outside this morning. I shall find something nice to do this afternoon - the bathroom towel rail / radiator could do with a good clean and polish up

Hope you're doing ok Pat - look after yourself and also hope Fairy manages a walk and Wonky finishes the greenhouse. Puddy tats will lurve it in there

Enjoy your day folks

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