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Posted: 04/10/2013 at 18:11

Any masonry paint should be fine.  You might be able to get a 'tester pot' with enough to do the job without having to buy a large tin.  The surface must be completely dry though and free from loose particles or fat from birdfood residue so i would suggest giving the suface a good wire brushing before applying the paint.  Best to paint it and allow to dry indoors if you can for obvious reasons.

Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 19:15

Thanks FG - will definitely try them for my next batch.

Wine making

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 19:01

Boater, if you use high alcohol tolerance yeast like I used to, you'll very quickly find you no longer care what it tastes like!

Qqqqqqqquite exciting........

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 18:50

Nice one Ggirl.  I love my hand held one - gets used for lots of things other than bulbs too, but could really do with a long handled one too - less knee bending the better!

My bulbs still not here!

Emailed them, got redirected to another email address and eventually got a reply that there'd been a problem..  Well, *that* much I already knew, thank you!   Now supposed to be here by tomorrow.  We shall see..

Definitely buying from a supplier who does tracking next time.

flowers or weeds?

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 19:15

Just make sure to ID the plant first and do some research as to how hard it is to control as you don't want to end up with a garden infested with it.  I quite like purple toadflax and in my more naive days I happily shook the seed heads all around my garden.  Boy, was that a mistake and I've been pulling it up ever since. 


Posted: 02/10/2013 at 00:07

Like Busy-Lizzie I much prefer pickled shallots but as fidgetbones says silverskin are the ones most commonly used for small/medium pickled onions.


Posted: 01/10/2013 at 18:44

Typical kitchen vegetable waste will break down really quickly - even in days with the right kit, but normally a few weeks at most.  Some kitchen composters need an activator but can compost things other than just veg waste and some trap any smells which may arise so can be kept indoors.  Try a google for "kitchen composter" - there are a lot of options around these days.

Zinc planter

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 01:02

Hi Stephanie, it's a bit technical but black zinc coating is not corrosion resistant and needs to be protected with a sealant layer, so your planters should have been first zinc plated then treated with a black passivate, then coated with a protective sealant.  It sounds like the sealant layer either wasn't used or has failed and I think you should pursue the company as either they weren't sealed (so not fit for purpose as unsealed black passivate is only suitable for indoors) or something has gone wrong with the sealant layer.  Read more here:


When to Prune?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 19:05

Hi Mary, the RHS young apple tree pruning advice is here:

If yours has fruited, it's likely a 3 year old tree so maybe this is more apt:

Basically you prune in the Winter to promote branch growth.  Summer pruning (and it's too late for that now) is for increasing fruit yield and to restrict growth.



Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 19:16

Had two tonne bags of chipped blue slate delivered this morning so have been busy spreading it on the drive and raised-bed surrounds of my re-vamped front garden - before and after pics tomorrow, when it's done.

In between the bouts of heavy labour I potted on two dozen wallflower cuttings which were taken a few weeks ago, did some cosmos and dahlia dead-heading and cut back a few dead annuals (only those without seeds - anything bird-friendly I usually leave until Spring.)  Managed to grab a few cupfuls of hazlenuts before the squirrels got them, too - they must be eating other stuff or have forgotten about my tree - I usually get left about 3!  It's already covered in tiny catkins and should look amazing in late Winter.  All in all a very enjoyable day.  Plus the forum back working!  

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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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