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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 10:53

Joyce - The webcam link for Norwich peregrines is here

The local Hawk and Owl / wildlife group were all set up in the Cathedral Close yesterday with lots of proper (ie large, tripod mounted) binoculars trained on the peregrines. Encouraging anyone passing to stop and have a look.

As you can see, it's a beautiful day in Norwich today

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Posted: 06/04/2017 at 08:25

Morning  - tea for me please Dove

After a lovely day in Norwich yesterday - friend visiting, plant swapping, cathedral mooching and successful walking-shoe shopping - today will be about shifting compost around. Will probably just do a bit of it. Don't need to aggravate my achey arm and back too much.

Planning first bike ride of the year for Sunday if the weather forecast comes good. Just a little leg stretcher for the first one - 10 miles circular trip with pub about 3 miles from the end. Will build up slowly to some longer trips.

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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 08:10

Morning all

Had a great day in Norwich yesterday. Started with tea and biscuits with a friend. Sat on sunny terrace - lots of gardening chat plus general catch up & much putting the world to rights. Looked round her lovely gaden and left with a box of plants

Then a spot of lunch and a mooch round the cathedral and finally a little light shopping - bought some proper walking shoes as my old ones are falling to pieces. Have been looking for a pair I like and which will fit my weird shaped feet for agesAnd I persuaded them to give me 30% off 

Today I shall either be emptying the compost bin and then turning the other one. Or I'll be making a start on shifting the pile of compost in the drive. Both options involve spades, wheelbarrows and a protesting back and arm. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 17:57

Compost has arrived It's a bit ripe when you're stood next to it - but good stuff 

Will start shifting it on Thursday - having a day in Norwich tomorrow.

Really must get on with ordering some more shrubs for this border. Terrible at making decisions & finalising plans though - anyone would think I was a Libra - oh! - I am

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Posted: 04/04/2017 at 16:45


Lawn cut and edged - now waiting for a large delivery of loose compost to be dumped on the drive. It's to dig in to the new border. Not looking forward to barrowing it round to the back of the house but needs must. Heavy clay soil is really poor in places and some is very compacted - so it needs all the help it can get.

Wasted another hour watering this afternoon. Water butts are nearly empty and the hard rocks of solid clay are starting to form already. Think I'm going to have to put the sprinkler on the lawn if it doesn't rain soon. I don't usually water grass but this is new turf laid in October and I suspect it's still a little too fragile to risk just leaving it.

Expect water bill will be high this year

Loved growing veg last few years but the demands of watering raised beds every night and the attentions of the field voles made me decide that I wasn't cut out for full scale veg growing so we got rid of the raised beds last year. Now concentrate efforts on the things that give me the most value.

Love growing lots of herbs and salad leaves because they are expensive to buy and I use them by the armful. Always grow chard because it's such a good 'doer' and very versatile. Usually have 3 pots of toms which produce enough for us and I have a nice little soft fruit patch with raspberries and currants. 

I think I will have to find a spot in the flower borders to grow some mange tout or peas (love both shoots and pods) and maybe also a courgette plant.

scarify and mow or mow and scarify

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 11:25

Just another thought - I wouldn't put the next 2 lawn cuttings or the thatch that comes out after scarifying in the compost bin if it's had weedkiller type chemicals on it. 

Don't want any residues near precious plants!

scarify and mow or mow and scarify

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 11:05

I'm not a lawnsperson either so definitely not the best qualified to give you advice (others will know better).

My instinct, however, is telling me that you should at least allow the moss killer etc time to work before you scarify. I think I have read that you can actually make the moss problem worse by scarifying if the moss is still alive. (You just end up spreading it around to unaffected parts of the lawn).

Like Wonky - I'd cut the grass quite high, give the chemicals time to do their stuff and scarify when you think the moss is dead.

But I'm definitely no expert in this field ... Others might have another view.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 10:36


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Wonky  You'll enjoy your greenhouse!

Well done on the weight loss Yvie - very impressed. You'll get yours off again too Hosta now you'r e back out in the garden most days.

Glad things are ok Pat. Bit scary when it happens like that in the middle of the night

Today I'll give the lawn a quick trim and then move the car to make way for another big delivery of loose compost this afternoon. Won't be as impressive a pile as Chicky's - but it's the second load and it will be more than enough for little old me to have to barrow round to the back garden on my own. 

Back is nattering just thinking about it

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 15:07

Afternoon Morning in the office - just hanging around at home now as I have an appointment at 5pm. Can never 'get on' when I know I have to go out later.

Nice to see Doc and Clari are back with us

Sad news coming out of St Petersburg at the moment

Help I think they have sent the wrong clematis

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 18:10

Waitrose Garden is part of Crocus.

Both offer excellent customer service and I'm sure you will have a good outcome. As Bob says you will probably be sent a new plant and be allowed to keep the wrong one. I'm also fairly certain you could ask them for a specific delivery date (free of charge) as it is their error and not yours

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