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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 07:50

Morning folks 

dry and warm so far....rain expected though.  Well, at least it will settle in yesterday's planting. 

Got in an early breqkfast cos I'm being treated to a brekkie soon...will go for the "hungryman's".......well, it's free 

best wishes to all those not well or distressed 

Leggy Thyme

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 22:41

Looks like it might be Silver Posie a taller,,shrubbier variety of thyme

I cut back hard every year.  It should be ok even though it is long overdue 

Talkback: How to grow agapanthus in pots

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 22:26

For me they remain outside here in Cornwall but best taken into a gh in winter or protected with a layer or two of fleece if outside.  


battery powered lawnmowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 22:24

Hogweed, my experience is different   Clearly. 

cordless are not good on long grass or on wet grass.  Or on uneven surfaces.  In these cases petrol is necessary.  For anyone who mows every few weeks a cordless is not suitable 

my lawns are regularly cut and level.  They (sounds grand but I have a medium size plus a smaller size) are never allowed to get too long.  Cordless works well for me.

Choisya White Dazzler

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 21:18

Hiya Berkely, Burncoose Nurseries have it.  It is quite slow.  Lovely smaller version of well known choisya ternata. 

battery powered lawnmowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 20:40

True Chris but

......I never cut the cable now.  In my haste I regularly did that.  My life is no longer at risk

......I dont have to mamoeuvre a heavy and noisy petrol machine around or have to store cans of petrol.  

......With lithium ion batteries I have a mower always ready to use.

......noise wise, environmentally, my cordless has less impact

there is no ideal solution..... hand push mowing is time consuming although I usually enjoy the exercise.  On balance cordless is as environ friendly as anything else 

Do you have a lawn Chris?  If so what do you use? 

a plant for all seasons

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:45

Nandina can be fickle. acid soil is best if in a pot

taxus standishii is lovely in a pot or in the ground. unrivalled colour and indestructible.

phyllostachys aureus is a will run and run. it strives to "escape" and, contrary to common belief, it does go deep too 

Grass problem's

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:40

Glenn, I assume no waterlogging there now. grass seed sown 3 weeks ago is asking a lot. even here where its mild.  next month is better and you should see something then. That 7 to 14 days depends on temperature and nights have been cool or even cold.

i would apply a feed now. dont mow too close either 

battery powered lawnmowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:54

My Bosch cordless is excellent, lightweight and quiet.  The GTech cordless looks good too 

Converting flowerbeds to no dig beds

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:51

Agree with regular topdressing/mulching.  

Cardboard is not as great as it sounds.  Currently this has been done ...put down last autumn in a neighbour's garden.....and now breaking up and looking awful. Difficult to plant through 

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