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in The potting shed
Well, I am a happy paws this morning, as the postman arrived with my Amazon parcel, I ordered some tough touch gloves to help me eradicate the brambles without them getting their own back by scratching my arms to bits. Was a bit worried, as I'd ordered some cheap gauntlets before and couldn't even get my fingers in. The tough touch ones.....fit like a glove (sorry, couldn't resist!) Got the ladies' size, really glad I did, although they'd be too small for most of the ladies I know!
Now, all I need to do is get OH to volunteer to look after the kids at the weekend whilst I go to work on a slash and burn (well, lop and burn) spree over the road. Any ideas?
I've just taken the advice of some on this forum and planted sweet pea seeds, although it seems a bit late. Amazing how satisfying this little action was! I soaked them in warm water first and am hoping for the best.
I've started a gardening diary, too, recording what I planted when, how long seeds took to germinate, the proper names of plants, etc. I had a great time last evening and wrote three pages!
The only blot on the horizin is that the conservatory windowsills are full of plants and there's lots more to pot up!
Forgive my dopiness, but what's a slash and burn across the road, MMP?
GG, my Father-in-Law's house is across the road and down a little bit from our current house. Unfortunately we lost him in 2003, around about the same time my ME/CFS started (We think the two are linked, as I was working in London at the time, it was very stressful), and because I've been poorly, the garden over there is COVERED in brambles, stinging nettles and bindweed. Upto November I'd done about a third of chopping down the top growth, stuffing the green shoots into the green bin, and feeding the dead shoots into my dustbin burner (another Aldi bargain from last year). So it's an ongoing project, to firstly clear the garden of the growth coming out of the ground, and dig it over (it has to be bit by bit, it would probably kill me to do it all in one go).
OH would be quite happy to concrete it over and cover it in old cars. I've told him if he doesn't shift the sierra and mk2 escort, and the bits of car he was cutting up, I'll be ringing the gypsies to take it all away. And they wouldn't stop with those, they'd take the blooming lot, including his pride & joy, an RS2000 Escort.
So, GG, and anyone else who has experience in 'persuading' blokes, how do I convince him that he really, really wants to look after a very bright 4 year old (Dread sentences that begin with 'Mummy, why....', and a little one that is fast becoming the poster girl for Terrible Twos. Bearing in mind 4 year old will have been away from school for 2 weeks and is starting to get a bit hyper......
Really want to go and test those gloves, to see if they really are as good as everyone says they are.
Verdun, it was situate right outside my kitchen window, but the canopy got so big, I decided, in my stupid infinite wisdom, to get son to move it further down the garden. Not until it was too late did I realise I had put it right where there is a wind tunnel. It spoilt it so, like you, I have cut it right back but would like to get it in the ground. I think it's a beautiful little tree and would hate to lose it. I think it is already root bound. What will happen?
Crickey, MMP, around here, they would have already gone. If I lived near you, I'd look after them. You won't mind if I tie them to their chairs will you?
Got NO ose but might have some 'pee's'
Brumbull, that should go on your compost heap. Tina, have thought of tying them to chairs, but I'd have to catch them first! I am enjoying them whilst they are young, though, when they don't even think where they are before they give you a big hug and kiss - school, middle of tescos, garden.
Super. Little one has decided she doesn't like creme egg. Halfway through one. Now, where's Daddy hiding so I can have words. He can clean the creme egg off his side of the sofa.
By the way, the cars were hiding in the brambles. Am expecting to come a cross a sabre-toothed tiger or velocoraptor any day now.
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Got NO ose but might have some 'pee's'
GG-you won't regret it! first lot I sowed came up in a week and 2nd lot were sown on Tuesday and are starting to sprout. They will soon romp away when they get outside with a bit of heat and rain. I know what you mean about the window sills though!
MMP - take care with the 'burning' (I love a good burning!) It's soul destroying work. Have you tried one of those flame burning wand thingies? I considered getting one at last house to tackle a similar piece of ground, which was semi wild anyway, but it was infested by willow herb nettles and thistles. We used weedkiller and strimmer etc in the end.
MMP, your stamina and positive attitude never cease to amaze me. For OH, you have two paths open to you - the guilt trip or the positive incentive. Only you can say which would work better!
Fairy, got one of the weed wand efforts, daren't use it, I would set fire to my garden, any old cars that are hiding in it (OH is after some of the bits and will ebay other bits and then weigh what's left in), Two old sheds crammed full of bits of fiesta/escort, next doors shed, next door other sides shed and garage, and both fences. It's THAT full of the dratted things, you'd probably see the flames from where you are! I have a dustbin burner thingy, complete with lid, so start the fire using old sugar bags, and start feeding the dry bits in through the lid. My father was a fireman, so would be very embarrassed to get the fire brigade out
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Bob, sorry to admit I know little about those fruits Wine berry, jostaberry, lingonberry or Worcesterberry How do you rate them? How do they compare with "usual" fruit like gooseberries, raspberries, etc? Like Fairygirl, can you educate us a little please?
Hi all, those are all new to me, too. I've already got quite a few fruit plants (including gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, chokeberries, bilberries, strawberries, apples, plums, pears and a peach) so decided to go for something unusual and hope that when the birds stuff themselves silly (as per usual), they still leave some for me!Japanese wineberry is a bit like a raspberry but has decorative hairy red stems. Apparently, the fruit is at its best sprinkled with red wine - looking forward to confirming that -probably several times, just to be sure! Jostaberry is purported to be a cross between a gooseberry and a blackcurrant, as is the worcesterberry.. but different (jostaberry is thornless.) Lingonberries (aka cowberries) are evergreen and are supposed to taste a bit like cranberries. They need acid soil but are not as fussy as cranberries. They are widely grown in the nordic countries and northern eurasia. Very hardy. The lingonberry will be grown in a large pot so I can keep the soil acid, but the rest will go into the fruit patch when they've grown a bit.
Thanks Verdun. Need to find a more sheltered spot. Not had it staked so far so probably do without it. Weather permitting, will try to get son to try and get it out of pot in the next couple of days. If not, then I'm stuck for a while. Never mind.
Not been on these boards for nearly a week as I had to have my lovely Phoebe put to sleep on Friday, she was nearly 16 and had a heart murmur and a chest infection hadn't eaten anything for 36 hours so made the decision to ease her suffering so as you can imagine I've been out of sorts big time......................so seeing this post I thought it would give me a break and some light reading and I'm liking it very much, well thought of MMP keep it going
Verdun, I think I'd go for the worcesterberry given a choice of that and the jostaberry, unless you have masses of space. The jostaberry is apparently extremely vigourous and can grow to be huge - twice the size or more of a blackcurrent and looking at my young plants I can see that is very likely the case. Having said that, I'm looking forward to picking the thornless jostaberry without being torn to shreds!
Oh, rain, I feel for you. Had to have my beloved Bracken PTS around this time last year.
It's hard, but you did the last service you can do for a beloved pet, ended her suffering. I'm sure she's bounding about chasing heavenly rabbits. I've kept my pets' ashes, and when I die, I want to be scattered alongside them.
MOB rants is another thread that makes me smile, it's funny what gets some people going. Don't get me started on the misuse of the apostrophe. You'll never shut me up!
Sending you a big internet hug(nearest smiley I could find)
My sympathies, too, Rain. So sad when a beloved pet comes to the end of its days. Will you get another one? If it is possible, I always think it is the best way to acknowledge the value of having a pet. Not always possible, I know.