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Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 15:21

I don't think I'll be googling that one! But whatever makes you happy is good with us!


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 15:04

Don't worry Bill. Most of us are like that about our partners...

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 14:32

I shouldn't worry too much Thrifty Mamma. All the Witches I know are staying in home keeping dry moaning bitterly about it being too wet and cold out for any shenanigans!


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 13:38

Whilst booking myself a hearing test I completely failed to notice someone talking to me. Erm... 



(Thought some of you would appreciate the giggle)

Wet cold weather

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 12:25

I've had to put my tomatoes (Roma and "Dave") out in the garden (sheltered by the house) as the green house is being dismantled (chillis are bursting out in a plastic frame) and this weather is not what I wanted to see! I'm hoping they'll be okay (I let them get used to the idea gradually) they're too big to sit in windowsils now and I can't really afford to buy a cold frame to put them in this year. I'm not sure whether I'm more worried about the cold or the rain. I keep expecting to see the pond fish disappearing down the path and the calls of the Peacock be drowned out by ducks.

That said on the 23rd May last year we had snow (South Yorkshire) so perhaps we have tricked ourselves into believe it should be glorious so soon.

Next year I wont grow garlic and we'll see what happens to the weather then! The poor devils have spent most of their life so far under water and didn't get any real proper frosts that they so love. It must be a sign!


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:11

I do so love the summer.

The rain is much warmer.

Moving rhubarb

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:07
Steve 309 wrote (see)

I did exactly that last autumn and it worked well.  Until someone decided to pull every stalk from the best two plants.

Oh Steve that's awful! Was it a well intending family member (I can imagine my partner doing this not realising plants need a few stalks to remain) or a member of the public intent on getting as much free food as their dirty hands could get.

Things like this make me a little glad I have the space in the garden not to need an allotment. The greater world is often quite unpleasant!

Moving rhubarb

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 11:05

Thanks Alan. I'd read November seemed to be the best time but had hoped we might be able to get in early. Fortunately I've read that rhubarb leaves are non toxic to chickens (in fact they're a natural wormer) so I am now a little less worried about having them in the coop if I some how can screen them off so give them a bit of protection.

My alternative is to leave them in and see what happens and be prepared to buy some more.


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:41

On 40 years til I get to try it myself Dove! (The retirement, not the social work - alas as much as I'd find it interesting I fear the paperwork chains and inability to bang heads together would prove the final straw with my sanity).


Just found out that rhubarb leaves are a natural wormer for chickens. Amazing what you learn on the internet when you should be working!!


Moving rhubarb

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:28

While working out the layout for "project chickens" I've realised our rhubarb is in the wrong place - aka right inside the coop where I expect the chickens will have their fun with it which I have no idea if that's good for them or not. I was going to move it this winter (and so haven't been harvesting from it) but of course the sooner the better.

When is the earliest you can move rhubarb? Does it die down in such a way that tells me its ready to move or do I need to wait for a frost or... what? I'm hoping we can put up a temporary fence around them to give them a little protection as we'll be doing with the snow drops come spring before I can transplant them to somewhere more suitable!

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