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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 10:28

I suspect chard might get too hot and run to seed in a greenhouse - but it's certainly worth a try if there's no alternative - just keep the greenhouse open as much as possible & keep the chard really well watered.

Don't forget chard can be planted into the ornamental border as single leafy plants if you have a few small spaces - it doesn't have to be grown in a row or block.

I would also have thought a large pot outside might be more successful than the greenhouse - if you can find space for one or two pots.

Never used the wooden troughs. If you buy one make sure it's pressure treated to resist rot and I would line the inside with black plastic so the damp soil isn't in constant contact with the wood. Make sure you punch lots of holes in the bottom for drainage though!

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 09:01


Sunny today - still no rain. Grass is turning to straw in places and the water butts are empty. I don't think it's been this dry since 2011 / 12 when we ended up with a hosepipe ban. Yet people not that far away (relatively speaking) are complaining that they can't garden because it's too wet / raining again.

What a strange little island this is - no wonder we're obsessed with the weather.

Cartmel is a lovely little town Doc - lots of interesting buildings / history stuff. Haven't been to the restaurant yet. Think it's a bit like the Three Chimneys on Skye used to be (may still be - don't know). First rate food but really friendly and informal ambience. Perfect.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 17:48

Exhibition looks great Dove. Haven't been to the SC for yonks. Might give it a try

Non-gardening - plastic bags!

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 10:58

Cupboard under stairs - hook on the wall - one large carrier bag with all the others crammed into it - at least 6 fall out when I go to pull one out.

Still have a bit of a stash but it's getting smaller and smaller now we don't get bags when we're shopping. Not saying that's a bad thing - but sometimes you just need a spare plastic bag - and not one that's extra large or heavy duty...

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 09:45

M-U  - no idea how I trapped my finger but I'm in the middle of a phase of self abuse at the moment - cracked knees, elbows - the works. Think it happens when there are a million things going round in my head and I'm not concentrating on the job in hand.

Curious about getting an electric shock from frozen peas....

Enjoy your new car BL - a lovely present from your mum

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 09:09


A nice sunny one here so I shall probably be outside for most of the day. Not sure what I'll be doing. Grass could do with a trim although it is starting to go yellow and straw like in places because the ground is so dry. Maybe that's not a great idea unless I use a really high cut. Think the sprinkler will have to come out

Could do to lay half a dozen paving slabs and put up some training wire on the fence but I managed to get a finger stuck in the SM trolley bars yesterday and then give it a really hard twist and a yank. Thought I'd broken it at first but now I'm sure it's just sprained & bruised. Anyways - it's bl$$dy sore if I catch it at the wrong angle. Working hand of course.

Maybe a bit of cooking and then pricking out seedlings would be a better idea.

We haven't started watching Line of Duty yet. Have them all recorded and will start watching next week - nothing like a good series binge. Trying to avoid any spoilers

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 16:13

Afternoon all

Was in the office all morning and now trying to steel myself to put the SM shop away - feeling very tired for some reason. Maybe an early night tonight.

HUGE Congratulations DD Well done! Still think you're totally bonkers to want to run for a bus let alone a marathon - but massive respect for your achievement. Hopefully 'other stuff' will start to fall in to place for you very soon.

LC - We have an Egremont Russet - a very nice apple indeed - good choice.

Hope you get the mower sorted out Hosta. That sort of thing is a right royal PITA.

Last edited: 10 April 2017 16:17:12

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 18:16

 - whispers - no she's not

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 18:14
Ladybird4 says:

Stop showing me all these cute kitties - I'm coming over all caternal  .....

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Me too LB. Kitty meemows are just lovely to have around - so long as you don't mind them trying to scale your bare legs, climbing the best curtains and are prepared to get absolutely no proper work done whenever they're awake.

I love the way tiny kittens play and play and play and then - zonk - they just keel over and sleep for an hour - one of ours would literally fall over where ever he was stood when he needed to sleep.

Glorious day today - short bike ride in very warm sunshine to the pub at lunchtime and no gardening beyond watering the ever growing supply of plants for the new border. OH made lunch and dinner is already cooked and just needs reheating. All round lovely lazy sort of a day.

Going to take my G&T outside now and enjoy the evening sun with wee Harry

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 17:58

Evening all.

Welcome to the mad house learnincurve - I think you will find that Suffolk is the best county

Had to do a double take reading Dove's last but one post - I didn't know water boatmen did that. I shall look with new admiration when I'm next near to the fishermen at Southwold or Aldeburgh... oh - I see - not that sort of water boatman

Been a glorious day. Went for the first bike ride of the season - just a little 10 mile leg stretcher with a nice pub stop after 8 miles - like summer sat in the pub garden sipping Old Cannon beer

No gardening today beyond watering the ever growing nursery of plants for the new border.

Indonesian pork for dinner - all cooked - just need to do some rice and veg to go with it.

Nearly 6pm - time for first al fresco G&T

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