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Posted: 16/07/2015 at 07:52

Last night I pulled my garlic - it hasn't had the best of years to be honest and was trampled so lifted before time.

What I did find on my elephant garlic especially was several mini bulbs growing from the roots / base of the main bulb. Could these mini bulbs be dry stored and planted come autumn as part of next years crop? Or are they rejects and should be dry roasted on the bbq?


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 07:44

Dove - I confess to answering any number I don't know with my work address I.e. "national EMERGENCY SERVICES museum what services do you require? " if its someone I know I can pretend to being tired and oh I thought it was my work phone, if its a stranger they hesitate! 

Hurt my back a  few days ago but have managed to pull my garlic (suffered being trampled - not by the dog but by his lordship dragging an electrical cable across the bed) and I've decided to let the bed (it runs along the path and lawn) merge into the lawn rather than trying to train then both to walk AROUND the obstacles. 


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 11:10

More like last of the summer wine truth be told.


Of course wear your kilt: the weather down there is humid and muggy. You'll need all the fresh air you can get to keep things healthy!


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 11:08

I brought my garlic from a local small garden centre. Unfortunately after planting life got busy and the poor devils were left on their own without feed, tlc, or weeding. They are somewhat smaller than last year (hardly surprising) but I am amazed at how many of them had bulbs coming off the roots or around the edge of the main bulb. 

Do you think these off shoots will grow if they are popped back in the ground this autumn?


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:36

Hosta if your cat is too close to your swirl flap you're in big trouble!  There should be an engine in the middle 


Even the dog is tired this morning!  He's showing no interest in peeing or chewing on my new (agh) plantx.


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 07:54

Morning all. 

Could do with a few more hours sleep. Got diagnosing a friends car late last night (jammed swirl flap) and my brain was not shutting down.

Suggestions please!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:43

I've a generic purple Orchid of the "brought as a gift from a supermarket variety".

It was left at the house as the old lady had less than kind words to say about it only that being a gift she couldn't throw it out.

When we visited the house in August it was in flower. When we moved in in December it was in flower despite, she assured me, her best efforts to "kill the damn thing".

That was two Decembers ago. Aside from a few months when the flower stem was snapped off in giant oaf related incident and it was then put in the garden being drowned in a bucket of rainwater while everything was covered in dust and muck and the poor thing was knocked over on a regular basis. Even now it is left to dry out completely for a few months and then drowned when I remember (in a pot far too small for it).

Its near bomb proof!


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:42

Afternoon all. Sorry I didn't reply to anyone yesterday: Gardeners World kept freezing on me. As if I didn't have enough to deal with!

Well his Lordship is still alive, is acting like everything is hunky dory, didn't even notice that I wasn't wearing my ring (put it on when family arrived: his parents and grandparents and someone was bound to notice and my good lord do they do melodrama). Unfortunately there wasn't an option to not be here when they came round; my life really would not be worth living if I was seen to be avoiding them. You think Verdun can do drama queen? You've seen nothing til you see the shrieking of "I may as well kill myself").

Never mind a nice quite day today doing paperwork and other delights for work. I get more done here in my nice comfortable house than I ever do trying to fight for desk space and peace and quiet in the museum.

At least it didn't rain for the christening of the new garden furniture!


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 18:21

Afternoon all. Congratulations on your prize Wonky! (I wont start on the small children rant owing to the many many rants bubbling away under the surface when parents watch small people doing their best to vandalise museum exhibits...)


Home alone today (well, with the dog) as his lordship is at a friends wedding. I thought it odd I wasn't invited, spent evenings wondering why other friends were taking their partners who the happy couple barely know and I'd been blacklisted.

Proper deep thinks cutting deep kind of thing.

Turns out I was invited all along: his lordship just decided not to share that bit with me. Of course he told me that as his lift arrived (friends who were telling me what a great day I was going to miss) he walked out the door. I'm so glad that his lordship made a big fuss about me having today off work when it seems his only reasoning behind it was so that I could do all the housework and keep the dog company. I missed out on some really important events today as well that could have opened several doors of opportunity.

Not feeling loved today! To be truthful his reaction tonight may result in a trip to a&e to remove an engagement ring from his groin (which at least means I can stop saving for a wedding and go on holiday).

Still I've dismantled the chicken coop that after a year of waiting I'm taking the hint that he doesn't actually want to build me the run: no point it sat there getting damaged for nothing and tried to hack the garden as best you can when there's a dog insistent on helping. I wouldn't mind but he wont even just dig in one area so I can plant it back up.

Mrs G.have fun at the plant fair! His family are over tomorrow else I'd be there but I'm afraid they can't physically climb into my truck and I'm not driving his Lordships boring old thing.


Posted: 10/07/2015 at 08:05

Morning all. Doing a 09:00 - 23:00 shift today so no chance of getting the garden sorted for the weekend.  Looks like we'll be busy tomorrow! 

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