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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.


Posted: 23/04/2014 at 15:33
Edd wrote (see)

Hi Clarington.

Just got back yesterday and thought i would Wait till this morning to catch up on the posts on here. Its taken 9hrs and that does not include the 'HELLO FORKERS!' thread. I saw your comment on the vermicomposting and will respond soon i hope. I do so wish you did not have to buy worms!!!

Kind regards


Afternoon Edd! I hope you've had a lovely time away but 9 hours? Good lord we do chatter away don't we!

I don't mind the initial buying of worms - because I didn't have to buy the wormery and I wasn't sure if the horse poo worms were of the right variety so thought it best to play it safe this time (plus I brought some meal worms for my resident robin at the same time). I shall await your full reply with quiet excitement. I think I've found a suitable location for the wormery - sheltered by a wall and fence on two sides and a trellis over the top that the whisteria grows over in the summer so it wont get too hot.


What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 14:09

Glad it works Dove - it made a huge difference to our pond. You can see right to the fish poo covered bottom. I just hope our plants start growing soon to cover it up a little!

I stacked a lot of pebbles up on side of the pond this weekend so that wildlife can exit / enter the pond and there's a shallow enough area for birds to bathe. Hopefully we'll be able to get the timber ordered come pay day and that's the pond finished.


Posted: 23/04/2014 at 14:06

Days like today make me wish I could leave full time work.

Can't see that happening for another 40 years though!!


Oh well. I ought be terribly grateful that I at least have a job.

Kew Garden job cuts

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 14:02

What a shame these much beloved footballers of ours wont accept a lower living wage or donate some of that excessive cash to keeping worth while "projects" like KEW going.

 A bit like adopting a panda at the zoo. Only the footballer gets to adopt a gardener and pay their wages. I'm sure the staff wouldn't mind sending out cuddly toys and regular photograph / updates out if it meant they could keep their jobs.

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:17

20 OL? I've got forty minimum!!

Certainly can't see myself doing forty years here. For starts the fact that I'm reading this forum tells you a lots about my work load!


Posted: 23/04/2014 at 07:23

Mine look similar too!

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