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Posted: 24/04/2014 at 15:27

I know for sure not to put meat in a compost bin (cooked or raw) or cooked foods as that it like a homing beacon for rats.

Is that any use?


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 15:16

Since I'm so terribly busy at work this week I have been spending most of today watching this

Its a live feed to the Peregrines nesting atop Saint Georges (Sheffield) - they should be hatching any day soon!


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 15:13
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Clari......good question  That is only some of the veg too!!  I've got courgettes, aubergines and more toms on the go!  The courgettes and aubergines were meant to be for on the veg patch, but I have since read that aubergines do better in the GH, arghhhh........I need a bigger GH!!! The latest toms are outdoor ones so hopefully will be ok. I've never had much luck growing veg so I've sown extra thinking that it wouldn't all germinate.....7 cucumber plants, 10 courgette plants.......goodness knows how many chilli plants later I am thinking I was a bit silly 

Ha ha! Oops! I have to say I am looking forward to that second greenhouse even if it doesn't make it for this season - I've already worked out planting plans!!

Could you not make a frame or tunnel over the aubergines to mimic the benefits of a greenhouse but not leave you void of space to move?


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 13:27

Rosemummy - I think its never ending when it comes to houses!

My strawberries are looking a little sorry for themselves right now. They kept flowering far earlier than they should have done and I am wondering if they've exhausted themselves. Gave them some B&B which I hope will perk them up as even though last year I left the berries for the birds it was nice to potter around the garden and eat one straight from the plant!


OL I think I got my seeds a little sooner than you did which might explain why my purple is a bit bigger. Where are you going to find to put all of these once you pot out?! I really struggled with germination this year but in hindsight perhaps that was a good thing as I'm not sure where I'd put them all if we had a chilly summer. As it is I keep eyeing up shelving to put in the greenhouse (I'm being good until we move the greenhouse and add the second before I do too much).


As you can tell work is terribly busy today.


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 11:22

(As for the house... well we've the plaster from the bedroom, hallways, lounge, dining area, kitchen to rip off, the kitchen to rip out completely, a trench to dig through the house from front to back, a gas fire to rip out and replace with a log burner, the attic to clad out so we can use it properly, some minor rewiring to do, carpets to pull up...


... and then decorate!

I'm reckoning that we'll be living in a state of undress for about five years!)


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 11:19

 repotted all my chillies up on Monday as they didn't seem to be doing much in terms of growth so I wasn't sure if they needed a bit more space or whether they weren't getting enough sunlight (so I've moved them to the greenhouse rather than in the spare bedroom - they get put in a plastic greenhouse within the glass greenhouse at night to keep them warm. If we get a cold patch I'll bring them back in the house).

I can't embed instagram images (I'm at work so its the easiest platform for me to pull pictures off my phone) alas so here's some links:




All of them! 


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 11:08

What fertilisers do people normally feed their garlic with? Mine have had some blood/bone pellets sprinkled around them but that's it. Should I be feeding them regularly?

Search function is rubbish

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 11:01

Nice first post Mickey. I'm sure if the developers see your comment they'll bare it in mind. Perhaps you ought offer yourself to them for a small fee to improve it?



Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:56

Sat here feeling terribly sorry for myself because I had really hoped the garden would be a little further along by now. The herb garden doesn't exist, the pond isn't finished, the vegetable plot.... well that's a huge mound of earth right now that will have to wait until the green houses are done and they'll not be done until my partner is bored of playing in his shed.

So instead I thought I would list all the vegetables I have gotten growing so far. Think on the positive side type of thing.

"Basil bush" pot in the kitchen (no idea how it differs to normal basil but it is almost big enough to start harvesting)

Garlic (under the washing line)

Onion (along the path - the only bit of land free at the time! Next year I'll plant something there that can withstand size 13 feet a little better)

4 x cherry bomb chillis

3 x purple riots (tiny little plants that seem to show no interest in growing now they've four leafs each)

1 x bullhorn

2 x unknown chilli that had their labels plucked and dropped by unknown forces

1 x scotch bonnet

3 x pepperoncini

6 x chilly willy (surprisingly the only chillies that I've not struggled to germinate - wonder what that says about me!)

2 x jalapeno (growing the best of all the chillis so far and are already on their third pot up)

2 x Dave Tomatoes (planting some more this weekend now the world is warming up)

5 x Roma Tomatoes

My salad trays are full of delicato, rocket and lollo rossa, Well not exactly full but life is happening!

In a corner of the greenhouse I've pots full of oregano, thyme, lemon corriandar, and sage seeds that I'm hoping will germinate to grow ready for when we make a start on the herb garden. Outside I've rosemary (never seen it flower before!) and mint (safely in a tub though its current size does make you wonder how it spreads so wildly), and the rhubarb I found which is having a rest year ready to move this autumn.

I've the apple tree, crab apple tree, and pear tree now shedding blossom across the grass...


And an almighty to do list!

Human irrigation system

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 07:14

Morning Mike. Did you manage any sleep last night?

I really don't know much about bladder cancer I'm afraid but I know we've a few ex doctor types on here who might be able to explain things to you if they're about today. When you see your GP can you ask them to explain whst is going on? Or for facts and "what normally happens" what about calling the Macmillian Nurses? They're open 09:00 - 20:00 and their number is 0800 808 0000. I know they were a cracking bunch when my grandmother was dying and might be able to give you advice in what to ask / demand from the doctors so that when you next go you can put your foot down and get some proper time for them to explain it all to you.

I'm really sorry to hear your trip was so traumatic. When I was having blood tests earlier this month the nurse (who turned me into a proper pin cushion) told me that before I next have blood tests to drink as much as I possibly can (alas water not whiskey) as it helps making taking blood easier.

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