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Posted: 08/02/2014 at 16:34



Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:06
Punk I damn near lept out of bed when the hail started it gave me such a fright! I've been pottering around the garden since 07:30, come in for a lay down to rest my back but hoping to install the pond this afternoon - the water is FREEZING cold so I really hope it wont take too much adjusting.

Keep safe in those winds. I'm listening out for my neighbours huge green truck as I noticed a roof window in his garage has been smashed. I just its not leaked too much


Posted: 07/02/2014 at 22:25

Stacey told me to soak the chilli peppers she sent in tea overnight.

I fear my brain is overworked for it took me two attempts to make tea without milk 

What is going on with my lemon tree?

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 16:37

Phillippa I've had little oranges off both of them (one has produced lots of buds after I delicately tried to fertilise them with a paint brush which I'm hoping will turn into oranges) but I'm afraid I lost the labels as to what varieties they are (they're both ever so slightly different) so I have never eaten any just kept them as decoration.

One was flowering over Christmas and I was so upset that I missed the best of its display! (Because of the rough year they had I kept them over a radiator to try and boost their growth rather than let them hibernate. Fortunately our radiators don't pump out too much heat as to over stimulate them as we're tight fisted!)

Fidget you've just reminded me - I was told always to water them with rain water that had been allowed to sit in the room for half an hour so it was the same temperature as the soil. I've no idea if this makes a difference but I've always done it!


Posted: 07/02/2014 at 16:05
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Clari - looking forward to the pix 

I miss my 4x4. Sis and BIL have just bought a new one. Will start saving again once my building work's done. Which one are you getting Clari?

Its a Defender Crew Cab. Bit of a rugged machine which is going to stand out in the works car park full of little family diesels and executive sports models and hardly what you'd call designed for comfort but its ideal for our needs (its ready been booked to attend a friends wedding to "ensure the groom gets there"!!) Its not brand new (I'd have a much bigger garden if I could afford one new!) And wants a little tidying up but nothing we can't do ourselves.

I'm hoping to get quite a few jobs done in the garden this weekend - even if I'm out there in my wellies and wetsuit. I miss that feeling of productivity you don't get from ironing!

Its wonderful and sunny outside. But I fear we've a storm hitting the UK tonight. Keep safe everyone and no putting yourselves in danger.


Really sorry to hear about your mother Matt. Keep safe xx

What is going on with my lemon tree?

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 15:53

I have two dwarf orange trees that sit on the windowsill in the bedroom. They have as much sun as you can get in Yorkshire and I've noticed seem to appreciate the heat from the radiator as they're both green and bushy and one is producing the most beautiful of flowers.

In June one of them suffered a massive citrus feed overdose when one of the little drop feeders I'd been happily buying from Homebase decided to empty itself in the space of not many hours. The reason I'm telling you this is because all of the leafs dropped off over the following week except for two and it looked just like yours. It stayed like this for a month as I tried to work out what best to do. Each time it perked up I would water it only to flood it with feed and any new leafs would drop off again. Could this be happening to yours and why it hasn't perked up with the seasons?

I went to a garden centre and brought special citrus compost and repotted the plant in a pot several sizes up having first knocked off as much of the old soil as possible to remove the contaminated soil (I also ended up buying another dwarf orange tree for £1 as they'd over watered it and its leafs had also dropped off).

I've no idea how often you water yours or whether you use citrus feeds or not (mine only get watered when the leafs start to curl slightly (about once a week) as they both suffered a period of over watering which they did not appreciate and I'm currently only even them a half dose of feed every three months) but giving it some new soil, finding the warmest sunniest place in the house or conservatory and perhaps trimming down any dead wood would certainly be a good start.

One thing I noticed with my orange trees which might be true of citrus in general is that they don't seem to do much for a long time so it might be wise not to expect to see changes in a month. BUT - once they do get going they go crazy!!


I'll try and find out some photographs of my little tree and how it changed if you like.


Posted: 07/02/2014 at 12:06

I've been following several farms down South on the powers that be Twitter who have been badly affected by the floods - evacuating the animals with no chances of saving anything "homely" as of course the animals come first. Its absolutely awful to watch and feel so powerless especially as I don't even have any funds to send down their way. I just wish I was an eccentric millionaire who could at least ensure that catering trucks were made available to ensure everyone was getting proper meals as it must be near impossible to do anything but grab and run.

Hoping the weather dries up soon for everyone. It should at least be dry and warm up here from the 15th as I'll be collecting my 4x4 and you can near guarantee whenever I buy / do something to prepare myself for the worst the exact opposite happens.

Hoping to install the pond pump this weekend (temporary fix until we can sink the cables in permanently) and build some fish hides ready to acquire some pond weed from my parents next weekend and then bring the fish back from their holidays the weekend after. We'll put the final finishes to the pond in a few months but you'll be pleased its already start to look less like a shipping lane and more like a properly sized pond.


Posted: 06/02/2014 at 07:08

Morning All! I'm a little excited that its starting to get light in the morning - no more banging my knee in the kitchen when I make the first mug of tea!


Keep safe, I've been hearing of farms abandoned by the fire service (too dangerous) having failed to get any sandbags from the authorities.  I hope they manage to survive somehow, they're trying to evacuate the animals but of course all the food has been destroyed


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 21:31

If they're not your chilly bits under my duvet KEF than whose are they??!?


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:50

Oh KEf your feet are so cold!! 

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