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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 20:29
That's one hell of a party / concert going on upstairs.
Feeling very mortal at the moment
Life is not a rehearsal..

Place your bets....

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 10:45

Lovely sunny, warm day here (inland Suffolk) yesterday and today but last night it was down to 0.4C in the potting shed. If it's too cold for some plants inside the shed it's definitely too cold outside.

Late May / early June depending on holidays & general conditions for me too.

creating prettiness where the rubbish bins were...

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:57

I'd love a little area like that - have a real 'thing' for stone walls. Ferns etc sounds like a lovely idea. You could introduce a few alpines as well maybe 

East Anglian Bluebell Expedition

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:49

Always like to meet people who share my love of growing and eating - not necessarily in that order 

If it looks as though I'll be coming from home I'll see if Maggie (who was going to come on our snowdrop walk) wants to come along.

East Anglian Bluebell Expedition

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 16:05

We're hoping to go away for a couple of nights 'some time' over the next 2 or 3 weeks but when will revolve around J's work roster and the weather - so is likely to be a fairly last minute decision.

If it's ok I'll let you all decide which day you want to go and then try to join you (our little break might be to N Norfolk  anyway )

Happy to offer Panda a lift if I'm going from home but obviously I can't promise at this stage. 

Petition to stop cancelling GW

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 11:34

Of course you get a say Darren - we're talking principles here. 

It's interesting that so many of the comments actually acknowledge that the BBC might feel they have to show certain events whenever they occur. But nearly everybody has also said they don't mind too much if GW is rescheduled - just don't cancel it altogether. We're a very reasonable bunch of people aren't we?

Slightly off topic here and I've said it before but - if the BBC needs to fill some slots with cheap programmes - why oh why can they not repeat some of the old GW's? I would love to see some of the Geoff Hamilton / AT programmes again - there must be a slot available on Sunday morning / the early hours of Tuesday or whatever other dead time there is on TV.

Ideas and varieties may change and plants move in and out of fashion but the basics of gardening (especially as Geoff was organic from early on) remain unchanged. I loved his cheap and cheerful ideas for garden supports / containers etc. 

Summer Fete

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 10:51

Hardy geraniums, hostas, brunnera, pulmonaria, primulas, lily of the valley, campanulas and some other perennials should divide nicely now. If you (friends / family) have a clump or two of any of those you can spare you might well be able to 'make' several smaller plants to put into 3" pots.

You could also consider buying a couple of large pelargoniums and striking multiple cuttings from them. Penstemon cuttings might also have taken by then (depends when the fete is). A large pot of supermarket parsley will also subdivide into about a dozen smaller plants which will be a good size if you do it now.

In terms of seeds -  I would go for perennials like dahlias, lupins, coreopsis & nepeta. Also herbs (chives, coriander, parsley, basil, dill)

With the possible exception of sweet peas I wouldn't spend time sowing bedding plants. Most people have their pots etc sorted out by June / July which is when I assume you will be holding the fete. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:17
That sounds like the A-level dream Busy. The one where you get to school and realise it's chemistry (whatever) A- level day and you've done absolutely no revision whatsoever.
Still have that dream regularly when I'm a little stressed - 40 years after leaving school

Morning all. Chilly but bright & sunny. Down to 0.8C in the shed - glad I remembered to bring the most tender seedlings in last night

Desperate for weed help

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:07
I believe the Romans introduced ground elder as an edible plant. Some people use it in the same way you use flat leaf parsley.

Maybe you could grow to love it. That will make it disappear

Thought for Lyn

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 12:46

Sad news Lyn - best wishes and thoughts are with you and your family.

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