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Posted: 12/01/2015 at 10:46

Frank, Dove was asking about panels, not DD.

But I knew someone who didn't have electricity at all (in Dordogne), so they had solar panels and a generator. Often went wrong and when she wanted to use the washing machine she couldn't put the electric kettle on. Probably didn't have enough panels. But I kept having to do her washing in my machine when it went wrong!

How to prune this grapevine

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 10:25

Choose your 4 main stems and tie them to the wires so make your famework. If they are too long you can cut a third off each. Cut each shoot growing off them to one or two buds. Then, in summer, cut back all the leafy branches to where there is a bunch of flowers that will be grapes, so that each bunch isn't covered by leaves.

Help! Weeds, weeds and more weeds!

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 10:16

I think my brambles must be a lot more vigorous than yours, Charlie. Chopping them back seems to make them grow stronger! Like pruning a rose.

It's my birthday

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 10:00


Happy Birthday Lyn. Hope you have a lovely day.



Posted: 12/01/2015 at 09:51

No, it didn't.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 09:50

I thought he did have help in his garden. Why has it gone into italics? I've clicked on the italics icon, wonder if that will change it.


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 09:44

Morning all. -5° at 9am (French time) and everything was white with frost. I live south of DD, but it was colder here. HW and ironing today, unless it warms up and I can garden.

hanging baskets

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:53

Is your Greenhouse heated? I sow in heated propagators in March, when big enough to handle I prick them out into little plastic pots. I have a small electric greenhouse heater which keeps frost at bay. If March is very cold then I sow on windowsills over radiators in the house, but they can go leggy if it isn't light enough. I also buy plug plants which can be ordered on line. They arrive ready to pot on in April.

It's my birthday

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:45

(Sshh, musn't say yet, but it's Lyn's birthday tomorrow, but I'm a late riser and she's often early. I know 'cos it's the same day as my little granddaughter)

hanging baskets

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 19:47

Petunias, surfinias, pelargoniums, diascia, nemesias, lobelia, begonias, verbena, there are lots of long lasting colourful annuals you can use. Don't do it too soon as they aren't hardy. Are you sowing seeds, buying plug plants or waiting until annuals are for sale in the garden centres?

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