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According to Pidge the Toad we're in for a white Christmas

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:42

I put all my faith in the BBC weather forecasters after they gave us that vital news of the impending weather bomb but I am willing to now put my faith in a toad facing north, probably just as accurate as the beeb anyhow.

Growing Garlic

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 13:58

I've just planted some shop bought lidl garlic into pots no sign of growth yet after three whole days.


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 17:14

Can't see any other way out of it so that's what I would do.


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 16:07

You can't change the dimensions of the greenhouse so you will have to enlarge the base to fit the greenhouse.


Posted: 11/12/2014 at 16:37

They are from Portugal apparently.

What are good quality tools for beginners

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 12:18

Some years ago I was given a stainless steel spade and fork by a friend who had no use for them anymore, both had plastic shafts and bore no makers name. I used and abused them putting a bend in the spades shaft where it joins the stainless steel blade. When I got my allotment plot I decided to treat myself to a good quality spade and fork so I did some research and plumped for a pair made by Burgon and Ball, these were shown surviving having large weights applied to the handles and had a 5 year guarantee. My plot was overgrown and had been neglected so I set about clearing it with my new tools withing a few days I had tweaked out of shape one of the tines of my fork so decided to do the heavy digging with my old un-named tools as I didn't want to damage my shiny new Burgon and Ball tools. I dug half the plot with these old tools without any trouble at all. The next season I thought that It would be safe to get my shiny Burgon and Ball tools back out now that the worst of the digging had been done, however as usual for me I ended up putting too much strain on the handle of my spade and I heard the sickening crack of wood which led to the shaft parting company with the blade, to say that I was annoyed with myself was an understatement. Anyhow I cleaned the spade up and it could be clearly seen that neither the shaft or the blade had much use so I took it back to the shop where I had purchased it from, they replaced it immediately without any fuss at all. I have used my Burgon and Ball tools since then but still do all my heavy work with the trusty un-named fork and spade which survive my heavy handed approach to gardening, I feel safe leaving them in my unlocked allotment shed without fear of anyone pinching them, after all who would want to use un-named tools with bent plastic shafts?


Posted: 10/12/2014 at 11:40

It's a shame really a lad that I know was training to be a bricklayer when the financial crisis hit and house building came to a shuddering halt he lost his job and took one labouring on the railway. Now I see that foreign bricklayers are being paid £1000's because of a lack of home grown bricklayers.


Posted: 10/12/2014 at 11:11

I see that bricklayers are getting paid £1000 for five days work in some places great work if you can get it. If the areas that are deteriorating aren't too big and the rest of the wall looks sound you could scrape the loose broken bricks out and if the hole isn't too deep fill the hole with mortar or simply push alpine plants into the cracks. A photograph might help with the diagnosis.

Marketmore cucumbers

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:40

I have grown marketmore for two seasons now both in the greenhouse and outside I found that if anything they did better outside last year, they are best picked before they are six inches long to keep that beautiful fresh taste. I grew telegraph in the greenhouse last year and thought that I would be able to remove the male flowers before they pollinated the female flowers but I couldn't and nearly every one had that nasty bitter taste. Next season I shall stick to marketmore outside just hope that the weather is as good as last year.

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:38

Put it in a sunny position and take the lid off.

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