Your fortnightly gardening tips for indoors and outdoors
|Planting. With the soil warming up and plenty of moisture
about, most plants will quickly make new root growth, with the many tiny roots getting to
work immediately to take up liquid nourishment.
Shrubs. Newly purchased shrubs, the backbone of an easy garden, can be planted now and
will soon establish themselves. Choose healthy-looking specimens that are not pot-bound.
Shrubs that have been in pots for a long time and been cut back once or twice are not good
buys. Plant firmly so that the base of the shrub ends up at the same level as it was in
the pot, or just 2.5cm (1in) or so lower to allow for soil settling. If the soil is well
worked and given some extra humus there is normally no need to provide the shrub with
extra feed. Make sure that the soil does not dry out and that weeds do not take hold.
Sowing seeds outside. For summer colour, seeds of flowering annuals can be sown where you
have gaps to fill. Such positions could include places in the border where clumps of
tulips and daffodils are flowering now. A scattering of seeds worked into the top of the
soil can result in plants that will perform well later with no effort from the gardener.
The easiest annuals to treat in this way include Candytuft, Eschscholzia, Love-in-the-mist
and Calendulas. These will bloom then drop their seed to stake a claim to the territory.
Self-sown seedlings should then appear in the autumn or spring; all you have to do is thin
Garden Access. There is little point in having a lovely garden if you cannot get around it
easily and safely to enjoy all its parts. Pathways are needed that are safe for walking on
and for conveying tools and materials, perhaps in a wheelbarrow. The garden tends to be
viewed more from certain angles such as the lounge window, and it can look very different
from each vantage point in the garden. The whole thing will be more exciting and varied if
you can move more easily through the garden to points that give you a new aspect to enjoy.
|The scams are back, not that they ever went away! One
company is posing as a Government Agency and demanding money for Health & Safety
information, requesting £125 within seven days. Anyone receiving this letter should
contact the HSE information line on 08701 545500. The other is a company posing as
the Data Protection Agency, this implies that if you don't send them £135 it constitutes
a criminal offence and that you are liable to a large fine.
Do Not Hand Over Your MONEY!
|Im in the queue to get into a local car park and the
line is moving really slow. I decide to leave as the queue is taking so long. I try to do
a quick U-turn thinking the mound in between the queues is only low, but find to my horror
I am suspended with my wheels spinning and I cant go anywhere. Luckily a friendly
motorist and about 3 people pushing my car eventually freed me. Next time I'll wait
Norfolk Patient & Public Involvement Forum is Waiting to Hear From You.
|Patient and Public Involvement Forums (PPI Forums) are new
organisations, which are now giving members of the public an effective voice about the way
their local healthcare is delivered. There is an independent Forum associated with every
NHS Trust and Primary Care Trust in England. The Forums are made up of local people and
patients, who volunteer to become members. The Forums for this area are:
North Norfolk PCT PPI Forum
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Trust PPI Forum
Norfolk Mental Health Care Trust PPI Forum
East Anglian Ambulance Trust PPI Forum
The North Norfolk Forum is now beginning to formulate a list of concerns it wishes to take
up on behalf of the local community. The Forum is very keen for members of the public to
contact them and give their point of view. At present this can be done via the Forum
Facilitator, Julie Colebrook, on 01603 774324 or the Forums Chairperson, Philip
Kemp, on 01328 862724.
But the Forum would really like you to come along to a meeting. The Organisation is in the
process of looking at acquiring the services of a British Sign Language Interpreter and of
Meetings will be held across the North Norfolk area to make it easier for people to come
and let us know what they think. Make your mind up to have your say.