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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 13:13

Flippin' 'eck - this spandex jumpsuit is a bit tighter than it was in 1974..... 

Cat scent!

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 12:44

How about getting some large pebbles to put in the top of the pots? Could look quite ornamental, help reduce water loss and make it all less attractive to puss.

Gravel or shingle looks nice as a top dressing but cats can still dig in that. 

Last edited: 14 May 2016 12:44:25

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 12:18

Runny - of course you can come - wouldn't be the same without YOU. The more the merrier 

I am very free with my invitations to Dove's house!!!

I'll try to find the karaoke machine so we can sing-along to all the old faves - Congratulations, Puppet on a String, Making Your Mind Up - those were the days 

Who's coming in Abba costume?

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 11:44

Time for a cuppa... Nice being able to pop in and out again and feel a little more orientated on the forum.


Shall we invite ourselves round to Dove's for a sing song then ? I can do post-modern ironic with the best of them  Can bring gin, wine and beer as required and individual apple and almond crumbles with clotted cream (as a homage to the forthcoming Cornish holiday).

We could pop Pat in the tardis and she could come and join us - perhaps WW could bring some of her famous goat curry? Anyone else want to come?

A little Forkers Eurovision party...

OK with you Dove?? 

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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 10:30

Morning - dry but chilly. OH got called in to work at 5.30 this morning - I went back to sleep 

Lots of planting done the last few days  - so I think I should spend the next 2 chilly days catching up with hwk .

Eurovision - I have not watched it since Abba won - except for the odd ironical look in. All the politics and the sheer number of countries entering (several of whom I'm not sure are actually in Europe) make it a definite 'Null pwunts" for me. We'll be catching up on last night's The Secret and Blue Eyes instead.

Forum changes now live

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 14:10
Dovefromabove says:

Hi Nora - Clicking on the Menu button gives me Home, How to, Plants, Forum etc.but most of those 'buttons' are unresponsive when I touch them   

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 Hi Nora

I'm in the same boat as Dove with my iPhone - the buttons are unresponsive.

I'm still using an iPhone 4S (an old model now) and I am starting to see limited functionality on quite a few Apps because the 4S software does not support some of the new functions in updates.

If the site is working properly on later models I would think it's my old software (updates no longer available) which is the problem.

Sooner or later I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and buy a new phone - but not just yet 

How do I make raised beds

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 13:40

Just to add to your confusion: 

Personally, I wouldn't use old railway sleepers unless you've already bought them. Can't remember exactly what they're treated with (bitumen?) but they can ooze a tar like substance when they get hot. It can make a right mess of clothes and (presumably) can leech into the soil.

Mine were built using new pressure treated softwood sleepers. 2.4m long - 20cm square cross section.

Highly durable and no leeching other than the odd bit of resin. Mine are 2' high so nice to sit on 

We stripped the grass and turned the turf upside down in the bottom of the bed. Then a mix of soil / spent mushroom compost and a bit of well rotted farmyard manure. No hardcore at all. 

Remember not to make your mix too rich - seedlings and a lot of root veg (carrots etc) don't like lots of manure. We didn't have a great harvest the first season but by the second year everything had rotted down / mixed together well and we had an excellent crop.

Then the voles moved in.....

Forum changes now live

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 11:02

Morning Daniel & Nora

Still enjoying the latest rounds of improvements 

Ditto to Dove's comment about no 'Latest Thread' button on iPhone 4S (don't know about other models). There is one on both my iPad and desktop computer - just not on the phone.

Not a huge issue and only noticed it this morning. 

Last edited: 13 May 2016 11:04:15

Is a Daphne suitable?

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 10:13

Sorry Mrs D - dyslexic fingers in my previous post. 

As per Rosemummy's post I meant Viburnum Bodnantense  (not bonariensis - doh ) . It's a lovely winter interest shrub and can provide good screening in the summer. Gorgeous scent.

Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 10:02

Never (touch wood!) had a problem with brunneras being nibbled from either above or below - have 2 large patches - one is Jack Frost and the other is Looking Glass (?). Lovely plants - look like forget me nots right now but a lovely patch of variegated foliage for the rest of the year. Only about 10 - 12 weeks when they are not providing interest in the garden.

Really easy to divide and make into a large patch

Most of mine are part of the under planting in a woodland area so probably drier shade with bark chippings underneath. But even the others where it is damper (in with hostas) are ok.

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