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Posted: 17/03/2017 at 09:01

Can I have some of your rain LB.? Pretty please. We've not had proper rain (other than the odd day) since October. The large natural pond round the corner is completely dried up and I'm thinking I will have to get the soaker hose out the front soon 

Shouldn't need to be thinking about that in March.

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Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:13


You were up early LB - is it the lighter mornings. I'm jusy having the first cuppa of the day - in bed

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:53


Can you send some of that rain down here FG? The ground is really dry in places and the large natural pond round the corner is just a 6' deep hole with a slightly muddy bottom. We've not had much rain at all since October - just the odd day.

Resurrected Eight

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:44

Afternoon all - you've been very chatty today

This morning it was warm and sunny so bought salad and quiche for dinner. It's now grey and cold and I'm fancying beef stew & dumplings - mmm. Have promised ourselves fish & chippies tomorrow so probably better to be good today.

Slight twinge of tendonitis in my gardening arm - all that hand weeding on heavy clay soil. Decided to give it a rest for a couple of days so concentrated on cutting back some big shrubs with loppers and moving a pyracantha. They have very long and very sharp prickles don't they? - get everywhere don't they?

Loved the story of Tigg's gardening exploits. Perhaps she was a horse in Ben Hur in a previous life

Hugs for all those feeling low or a bit stressed at the moment

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:20

Love Oxo  Hall BL. Had a lovely snowdrop walk there last year with some excellent company - but I've also been on my own to look round the house. Did you see the tapestries? Lovely

I've done a bit in the garden today - moved a pyracantha - ouch - and cut back the buddleias and elder so I now have a pile for shredding. Decided not to do more cutting back / hand weeding as I can feel a twinge of tendonitis in my right forearm and I don't need to to be stirring that up at this time of year. One of the perils of hand weeding on heavy clay soil unfortunately

Was lovely and warm earlier so went to SM and bought quiche & salad stuff for dinner. Has gone cold now & I'd rather be having Dove's crumpets (as it were)

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Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 08:26

Thanks RB & Tetley.

They leave a huge space don't they Tetley? Your Henry looks like a cheeky wee chappy and the spitting image of my SIL's dog. My Harry is the last in a long line of rescue cats - all in desperate need of a kind and loving home. Your Henry knew nothing but love and kindness for the last 5 years and he went to sleep with a sense of love and security. We can do no more than that for them.

Rat in the compost bin

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 19:29

I use shredded paper, cardboard (torn up), newspaper (torn up), shredded woody plant material, contents of the vacuum cleaner, sawdust, OH's hair after its been cut - lots and lots of stuff. 

Overwintering Alstromeria

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:57

Mine stay in the ground all winter - heavy clay soil which gets cold and wet and a bit compacted in the winter (Suffolk). They don't exactly romp away but they put on a nice enough display. Can't be done with tender plants that need to be lifted. Those stay in pots and get moved to a sheltered spot. Everything else takes it's chance

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Resurrected Eight

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:50

Well I've done a bit in the garden. I've actually done a lot - if standing with hands on hips staring and frowning and wondering what on earth to do with this mess and where on earth those hostas are that are nowhere to be seen at the moment count. 

Back is aching a bit - doesn't like being bent double while squeezing sidewards under trees.

I might have to take a look at this tiller jobby as well - although I'm not really sure I actually need anymore tools. But OH has got 3 bicycles, 3 rucksacks, 2 tents and 4 camping stoves  - so logic obviously doesn't count for much in this household.

I'm with you on the eating weeds thing Dove. As soon as I thought I might try using ground elder instead of parsley it stopped growing so freely in the front border - result

Last edited: 15 March 2017 17:52:59

Automatic Irrigation System recommendations?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 12:21

You might find tthis article useful for getting started Bala.

GD2 - If you're watering mainly pots I would strongly recommend getting adjustable drippers or micro-jets. These deliver different volumes of water per minute depending on how far they are opened. They can be turned on full for pots which need a lot of water and turned right down for pots which benefit from being kept on the drier side - and anything in between of course. 

You won't regret the decision to go down this route

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