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Garden Pond Renovation

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 09:13

Had to laugh when I read your post. We have just started to renovate our pond - just exploring the old liner edges and removing the surrounding stones so far and immediately we started the frog spawn appeared.

We've bought a cheap paddling pool and plan to fill it with water from the pond and carefully re-locate the frogspawn and other wildlife whilst we finish the job. That's the plan anyway - the weather has delayed us this weekend.

Greenhouses - how big is too big?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 09:07

Hi Donnag67

we are just about to start our first season of growing in our new greenhouse. Am guessing from the colour that you are looking at Rhino? They will send you samples of the colour, free from memory. The samples are on aluminium so you get an accurate sense of the colour as it will be on your greenhouse. We went with silver sage, but Hubble also liked the antique ivory so we had samples of both to help us decide.

i wasn't sure how much staging I would want as this is my first greenhouse, So chose to have 8ft of free standing which I can then move around and add too if needed. We went for an 8x12 and in the pale colour it almost seems to disappear. Our garden is larger than yours but am sure that you will get the same effect. 

Am not sure if they have updated their website but we visited them to order and you can get most of the accessories in your chosen colour whereas when we were buying the only colour clickable online was the green. If too far to visit so I would recommend ringing through to order if you do want the staging etc in ivory. 

good luck x

Medlar novice

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 09:10

Sorry Berghill had forgotten you had given me the info already, thank you

Medlar novice

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 18:02

Ooh Berghill, would you be willing to share your recipe?

Medlar novice

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 16:09

We will have literally hundreds when I've finished picking them so may do so in batches and commandeer the dining room table for laying them out 🤔 hopefully we will then get enough blotted before they go mouldy.

Have various recipes for jam/jellies and also one for a sauce to go with lamb - looking forward to experimenting

Too late?

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 09:28

LOL Kitty reminds me I once found a bag of anemone coronaria which must have been at least 12 months languishing in the allotment shed if not longer. Planted them, without much care assuming they wouldn't grow as they looked like old shrivelled raisins, and low and behiold at least half of them did come up.

Christmas cooking

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 09:25

lol Raisingirl - at least my two veggies eat most vegetables.

Feeling relaxed as thinking I might go Finnish style as two of their key dishes are a roast ham and veggie casserole and winter salads, Don't know why I didnt think if it before as it's a nod to our family heritage and will be fun to do. MIL used to sometimes do some of the dishes years ago but OH always likes a traditional English but I think that says more about MILs cooking rather than Finnish recipes 🤔

Too late?

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 09:01

Don't panic Ree2, I've often been (very) late planting bulbs and have even left it as late as January. When work and kids and life generally got in the way. Most things will sort themselves out and may just be later flowering than if planted earlier. The only exception would be garlic as if it's too late you might miss enough cold to trigger good growth but a traditional last day for planting garlic is the winter solstice, so still leeway yet.

I've done my tulips but have hundreds (literally) of daffodil bulbs we dug out of beds when clearing our new overgrown garden that have yet to find a new home. 

Christmas cooking

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 21:44

I may well do so Runnybeak1, just been told that one of the veggies doesn't like nuts!

On a recipe they do all eat, I always do Delia's mincemeat recipe but add extra apple instead of the suet. You cook it on a very low temp for a couple of hours which makes the house smell divine.

Christmas cooking

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 18:06

Please don't stress on my account aym280 - once I've got some ideas and tried some out in advance I'll be fine and there all family or soon to be family so worth the effort. At least my daughter has gone vegetarian in advance, don't think I would have coped with a last minute conversion : )

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