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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 17:08


For somebody who wasn't going to garden today (back said NO in a very loud voice this morning) I seem to have done quite a bit.

8 trays of seeds sown, shed tidied (just a bit), new weather station transmitter put up and - trumpets sound - I've cut the grass.

Sorry Hosta - just couldn't stand looking at it any longer. Used highest setting - took about 5" off. Remainder is till about 4" long. Definitely needed doing!. Weren't as many mole hills as I thought and seem to have squashed quite a few mole tunnels back into place. They had a right party under there over the winter.

Need to prep Hot X Bun bread & butter pud now  - chicken & mushroom pasta for mains. Have a good evening folks

Resurrected Eight

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:58

Never mind 'coming up' - aren't garters supposed to stay up???

Cat sat staring out the cat flap this morning then turned round and went to fetch his pith helmet and machete..

Hint taken - grass has been trimmed. Mower on highest setting - took off about 5" and it's still 4" tall. Could say it was ready for doing At least some of the mole tunnels and runs have been pushed back down now.

8 trays of seeds sown - spring must be here!

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 14:29

Beautiful garden Lead Farmer. 

Your excellent planting sets off your handywork very well. I really should have a go and making those obelisks myself...

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 12:25

Hi Paul

I know we old f*rts keep banging on about Geoff Hamilton but that is because (for many of us) he really was the person who taught us how to garden. His garden at Barnsdale was much larger than most of us can dream of (5 acres) - but he built it from scratch and divided it into several much smaller gardens (each with it's own theme) which were of a much more relevant size to most of us.

He grew a lot of stuff from seed and cuttings (the cheapest way for any gardener to build a stock) and loved making ornamental bits and pieces for the garden out of recycled or cheap bits and pieces. More famous inventions were the 'large boulders' and the 'stone trough' made from polystyrene / cement and (I think) car sealant. Looked really good once they'd weathered in...

He also did lots of DIY (fences / paths etc) in the garden which was useful to learn.

You can get a box set of 3 series of his programmes from Amazon for £7.50. I recommend them highly.

They're probably also available on You Tube but I've not looked.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 10:29

I think the GW producers have done a pretty good job over the years balancing the needs of the beginner with those of the more experienced gardener and bringing us interesting 'magazine' articles. The only really dire time was after Monty's illness when we had  some really poor presenting and misguided articles (the above item featuring Joe Swift comes into that category).

I know some people enjoyed the programmes to visit the far flung places many of our 'common' garden plants come from. I didn't - but I'm sure I've enjoyed other articles which were not popular with others. It's all swings and roundabouts and at least giving us an hour long programme will allow for a bit more in depth coverage of some items.

My real gripe is that there is a 50 year archive of earlier programmes and hours and hours of TV schedules to fill. Most of us now have access to recording devices or Catch Up TV. Wouldn't it be good to have reruns of all the Geoff Hamilton programmes? - perhaps even the AT ones (although I'm not a huge fan). Maybe even some of the really early ones for interest.

Times, views, chemical controls all change but the fundamentals of gardening remain the same. I can't believe there is not an hour a week (2am on Mondays????) when they could not broadcast these for us to record and watch at leisure.

Last edited: 12 March 2017 10:31:44

Resurrected Eight

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 23:14

Glad those that did enjoyed the rugby. I'm not sure whether some of you were watching for the sport or the  SPORT 

Some of us were being busy little bees making the most of a warm dry day to get on top of the myriad of gardening jobs which breed like rabbits at this time of year. 

Kn**kered now though - time for bed - night  all.

Special hug for Joyce

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 23:05

I had to threaten British Gas that I would take them to court for breach of Data Protection. They were still sending ALL written communications about the power supply to our new property to our old address 2 years after we moved - and despite numerous communications from me.

They were sending details of all our direct debit arrangements etc to our previous house. The threat of litigation regarding not keeping our private financial arrangements confidential was the only thing that finally sorted it out.

Totally, totally useless.

And BT were nearly as bad.

These companies must deal with hundreds of house moves each month. You'd think they would have a foolproof system in place by now...

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 18:09

Afternoon all - You've all been very busy and chatty. 

Garden is looking good Hosta and pleased to hear BL has made it to Norfolk safely.

Obx - sorry to hear about the problems with the paint. Somebody told me it could be a problem if you use good quality, high pigment density paint like Farrow & Ball - I think the pigment can settle if you don't stir it all the time. Love the colours in their range but usually take the colour card to the Dulux mixing station and get them to scan the colour and make it up in Dulux paint. Quite a bit cheaper and easier to use. You probably can't do that in France though.

I've been in the garden most of the day. Been rejigging the back border - moving stuff about, weeding, cutting back, fertilizing and finally mulching. Two thirds done - will finish off tomorrow weather and back permitting.

Desperate to cut the grass - it's up to the cat's shoulders in places - but the moles had a whale of a time under there just after the turf was laid and there are areas where it is very uneven and soft. Could do with rolling first and I don't have a roller...

There's a roller on the lawn mower so maybe I'll try running it over with the blades set to the very highest cut. Hopefully I won't scalp any large areas that way.

Enjoy whatever you're up to this evening

Last edited: 11 March 2017 18:12:09

Little worms in water butt!

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 18:31

A neighbour found a cat drowned in her water butt. No gory detail but suffice to say it had probably been in there sometime...

She posted a message on our village "Jungle Drums" in case anybody had been missing their pet but nobody came forward. We assume it was a stray or one of the farm cats which got up to have a drink and fell in

Moral of that story (& probably the ones above) is to keep a lid on the butt so animals can't get to the water.

KEW Gardens Visit

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 10:29

Thanks BM

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