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Leaf mould

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 17:18

I leave the fallen leaves on my woodland border PageZ but on more ornamental flower borders, I find deep piles of leaves can make nice hidey homes for slugs and snails.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 15:37


Made a start on clearing the leaves which has made a big difference but still lots of stuff in the wrong place. OH has promised to help tomorrow - I don't mind raking leaves and moving plant supports but I think a stack of paving slabs and a small pile of bricks needs a bit more muscle power. 

Interesting article on using gas ovens Dove. We have a small gas cooker in the caravan and I've nearly given up doing roast veg because they just steam and don't crisp up. 

Clari - I'd love to run a cookery club like that as well. Mine would be aimed more at adults who need a helping hand and never had the benefit of cookery lessons.

Doc - I'll keep fingers crossed that events with NDN's son might result in them coming round to say thank you for taking such good care of him and preventing possibly serious illness or worse. I'll keep them crossed but I would have expected them round first thing.... Still it might yet prove to be the first small step towards better relations.

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Posted: 10/11/2016 at 19:24

Lovely rose Fidget. 

You're a nice hubby Doc - unfortunately (fortunately?) my fat little feet don't really fit into red (or any other 'special' colour) soled shoes..

Hosta - I know very little about these things but have you had to take meds for most of your winter sun holidays? Do you think they could have had anything to do with disturbed sleep? One friend had a terrible psychotic reaction to anti-malarials and (although she stopped taking them straightaway) it took some time to sort her out. Just thinking about cumulative effects etc.

Silver linings Clari - with those temps you nearly don't need a fridge...

Last edited: 10 November 2016 19:26:56

Leaf mould

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 16:26

I 'shred' leaves through the lawnmower (see Fairy's response) and pile them up in those nice tough cubic metre builders' dumpy bags. I add some grass clippings per Bright Star's suggestion and keep the whole lot nice and damp. When I think on I give things a bit of a stir round over the winter. 

All gets left until next spring by which time the leaves have started to break down. Then I start adding it in 4" layers to the compost bins. It is an ideal 'brown' layer to mix into the vast quantities of 'green' material (mostly grass cuttings) produced in spring and summer. 

By autumn I usually have good quality compost ready for soil conditioning / mulching.

It's not leaf mould as such - but I don't have the space to wait for 6 cubic metres of leaves to rot down over 2 years. I also found that black bags didn't work in my garden -  'small creatures' had a habit of burrowing into them so they just fell to bits when time came to move them.

Last edited: 10 November 2016 16:27:31

Cuprinol Ducksback paint

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 13:40

Stan - Before you rush to do anything I would try to find either a good builders' merchant with a large trade paint section or a smaller trade decorators' supplier.  I mean the sort that professional builders, decorators and other tradesmen use - not the large DIY warehouse chains.

A couple of the guys at our local merchant specialise in paints and associated products. They receive regular training from several different companies in the technological improvements and changes to different paint / stain products and are kept up to date with changes in legislation for using different products. They are very knowledgeable and qualified to give sound advice to builders, decorators and amateurs alike. Many of the products they deal with are often just not available at places such B&Q, Homebase etc.

They will probably be able to advise whether the product you've applied will be ok for now, whether you need to remove it, the best method of removal or whether there is another product you can just apply over the top.

Good luck.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 11:10

Morning all - cold, and wet here But on a positive note - no turf watering required - every cloud etc

Sorry you are feeling a bit low DD. It sounds as though you realise that weathering the lows after such a momentous year is all a part of navigating through to the highs. Hopefully, by this time next year the upset will be behind you & you will have a much clearer idea of how things will pan out long term. Meantime you just need to keep muttering "This too will pass..." 

Good luck at the hearing centre Yvie. Little Mabel sounds delightful - my niece was much the same at that age. At the age of 3 she told me she would stop pestering me (her words) for sweeties if I bought her a comic instead... Maybe we should put 3 year olds in charge of international negotiations 

Dove - Chapelfields is much nicer than Meadowhell - much smaller for one thing. 

Right - I need to put on some warm clothes and think about raking up leaves. Secretly quite enjoy that job 

Love from Topbird       - another member who has been attacked in the past (by a certain contributor) for perceived 'elitist comments'. Didn't rise to the bait then - but just wanted to let others know they are not alone and it's far from being the first time...

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Posted: 09/11/2016 at 14:53

Wonder if the Internal Revenue will start looking more thoroughly into his financial affairs after all his bragging that he didn't pay taxes because he was "too smart"....? 

The more I think about it the more I cannot believe somebody with his moral standards (or lack of them) is about to become one of the most influential people in the world. But I guess there have been more than a few of them before. 

His missus is no Michelle Obama either.

Feeling really quite 

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Posted: 09/11/2016 at 13:21

Afternoon all.

Visitors gone and landscapers packing up so will be nice to have the house and garden back to ourselves again. The guys have done a brilliant job - nothing exciting as far as gardens / planting are concerned but a large patio, useable paths, a level garden and working drains mean the whole place looks much more finished & tidy. Small extra border to plant up in my own time.

Next job is to get out there and start clearing leaves, moving left over bricks etc etc and having a really good tidy up - but that might have to wait till the weekend - cold and wet outside today.

Nice to see you fairy - hope the wrist improves soon. Glad the tennis was ok Dove - I'm sure you're being careful not to undo all the hard work.

Nothing to say about the results from over the water other than that it surely hasn't been decided yet because Trump did say he wouldn't accept the results.. Or is that another instance of him saying something and then conveniently forgetting all about it??  

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Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:20

Morning - trying to be sunny out there but the mist is lingering.

No landscapers today - coming back tomorrow to spread a bit of shingle and clear up. We have been so lucky with the weather - dry when they were moving tons of soil around and there were no paths - and now (since the turf has gone down) heavy showers on alternate days.

Friend coming to stay for the night. Soup and cheese scones made for lunch (though they look a bit more like biscuits if I'm honest) and thai curry paste made and waiting to be transformed into prawn curry tonight. Hope she hurries up - I'm gasping for a coffee. 

Hosta - I think Brexit and our constitution may be the least of our worries if it all goes pear shaped in the States today / tomorrow. Dove is right though - I'm getting really fed up with some of the ignorant remarks being bandied around by people who should know better.

Where's our Fairy? - has she been waylaid by strange men in the Scottish hills? 

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Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:47

Morning all - lovely day at the moment but weather forecast suggests that may change soon.

Itching to get out and 'do stuff' in the garden but I'm not allowed to walk over the grass other than to move sprinklers / turn tap on etc so I need to be patient - I'm not very good at that

I quite like turning compost TTC but also don't like the thought of finding wildlife nesting in there.

Lamb sounds lovely BL - if OH was here I could have done roast pork with apples and quinces.

Lovely roses Yvie - do you know the name of the top one? That colour could work well in a new spot next to deep purple salvias...

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