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Posted: 09/03/2015 at 09:23

Verdun - I haven't watched / recorded Poldark either. Mind you I am normally late to the party*

(*Aside from a friends 18th birthday party on Saturday: but that was only because I was driving the FIRE ENGINE and had to be early as they're not exactly easy to parallel park so wanted to bag the best space! Sorry anyone in Sheffield if it was your house we parked outside or indeed delayed on your journey when we had to perform a U turn in the road when we got lost!)

Waiting for the school rush to finish before I go and get some essential shopping. I need to blitz the house today so probably shouldn't be in my pjs still! Reggie is having his adoption assessment today: to check that we're looking after him and he's settling in nicely. The woman coming is the lady who went to his rescue when he was sat at the vets waiting to be put down so its going to be interesting to see her reaction at how he's changed over the past few months and see if she can fill in any details of his history. Not that he has much of a history as:

Two months: earliest he could leave his mother

Six months: rescued by German Shepherd Rescue

Eight months: we adopted him

Nine months: currently snoring away on the sofa!

What is my mystery bulb thats growing....

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 09:12

Lucy I'm in South Yorkshire so somewhat lower down the country than you but my tulips are coming up already.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 09:10

Marion I hope you're feeling better today.

If you have trouble eating enough to keep your strength up could you ask someone to nip out and get you a box of "Complan" ? Its a nutritional drink (you add it to water or milk) that is designed to fill you full of the good stuff you need to keep you going when you can't eat as much. You can buy it (or others like it) from almost any supermarket or chemist (I get mine from Tesco). There are a range of flavours (I find strawberry suits me best but I believe there's even a chicken soup variety). I wont go into too much detail as so not to distract from your friends BEAUTIFUL photographs but just wanted to share Complan with you as it really helps me xx

troublesome felines!

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 08:48

I found the best method was just staking the area with sticks at various that would prevent them getting on the soil. We used (clean) BBQ kebab sticks.


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 07:16

Morning all!  Frost here (not expected by BBC else I'll have kept my wormery inside) but it's looking sunny now so I'm hoping for a productive day. 

Has anyone else had issues uploading photos? I can't put any up! Not of my worm soil, my plans, Reggie, or the spring flowers appearing.

Who wants a mug of tea?

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:59

Evening Edd.

I brought my wormery out from the shed today (as its now colder in there than outside). The forum isn't letting me load any photographs but as soon as I can I will show you the soil in layers one and two. I shall be decanting the first compost into my sowing tray soon to use your light method to hold back a few of the worms (there are so many!) and using the soil to refresh a few pots now things are popping up!

Just wanted to say thank you for your help in getting (and keeping it) going!




Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:19

Chicky: I dropped a hint to His Lordship and he seemed quite happy with the idea (he's had his friend around all day and always gets a guilt sensation about "leaving" me all day on the one day we're both off work: not that I timed this moment of inspiration to catch him at his weakest!) But as he put it

"As long as I have space to exercise my lawn mower and somewhere to build a garage..."

He's really not fussed at what happens to the rest of it!

I'll draw up the plans tomorrow and get out there with a tape measure one evening when he is around to offer assistance. Hopefully it is all going to fit in! It will mean that there will be no chickens until late summer as my onions are currently in the way and I'll need to move the strawberries too. I'm considering trying to grow them in guttering along the side of the green house (off the ground for greedy slugs) but am not sure how such a shallow soil base works with hard frosts and nutrients.

Turning really very chilly now!

Mail Order Plants - Where from?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 18:21

I found all the bulbs I ordered from Crocus were covered in mould.


Posted: 08/03/2015 at 18:19

Took Reggie for a walk this afternoon (while partner had scuttled off to Costco): aside from it being a two hour walk and involved him pulling me over (how does the tiniest cut on your hand just insist on bleeding EVERYWHERE! Poor bystander thought I'd damn near ripped my hand off!) We went for a paddle in a "pond" on top of what was once a slag heap and found... well over 100 frogs all warming themselves in the sunshine. You couldn't NOT see one! It will be interesting to see the pond in the coming weeks as frogs do what a frog has got to do. I wonder where they came from originally as its quite the walk from the river! 

Wormery is now out of the shed and back in the garden (unless we get any more frosts predicted): Had a poke around the bottom section looks fantastic soil but is still full of worms including lots of babies) so I will have to hunt Edd down and see how you're meant to coax them upwards otherwise I'll never be able to use it!

Reggie now snoring away happily on the sofa. I'm considering a redesign of my previous redesign of the vegetable garden to incorporate the chicken coop. Brings it closer to the house for bad winters, means we can use the wall of the coop as the wall of the garden (i.e. dog proofing the area) so should save His Lordship a job, and hopefully would allow the chickens access into the vegetable plot after harvest time. His Lordship really ought help me get started as otherwise it'll just keep changing!!


Posted: 06/03/2015 at 07:31

Morning all.  62 children visiting today: I'm hoping they have a great time I've been tweaking the tour a little. Then we're hosting a Jack The Ripper presentation at the museum, it'll be a quiet one though of the 60 tickets last night we had only sold... 8


Have a lovely day! 

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