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Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:47

OOh I like the kneeling mat idea. I could go crazy with the sharpie pens to customise it as I did my partners mothers yoga mats we brought her for Christmas to make it a little extra special (read: play silly buggers with daft quotes).

I don't think they have any interest in composting (at least they've a green bin the council take away), they were interested in water butts to harvest water but that was more to wash HIS kayaking etc kit off and thus not suitable her for as a birthday gift.

Its their wedding in a few months so I don't want to go too crazy as I don't think the budget will stretch too far although at least I know what they're getting as part of the wedding gift - I just need to make them!

No fruit on Cox's Orange Pippin

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:40

Funny you post this - my apple tree (very established) hasn't shown any sign of producing a single fruit this year however the old owners told me its normally very prolific. I'm hoping it's having a year off and after a good prune come winter will be ready to reward us heavily next year. I'm going to be digging all the soil around it with rotted horse muck as extra incentive for it.


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:24

Going to nip to Homebase this evening (I wish the local garden centres did a late night opening one day a week so I could go then! Weekends are just too busy I tend to avoid them) to have another hunt for a friends birthday gift. She's decided she wants something for the garden as hers is still so over grown. I haven't the heart to tell her that all the plants I have given her so far died because she forgot to water them / protect them from slugs, the lawn mower I gave them needs much more exercise, and that the weeds she complains about only keep coming back because she doesn't pull them up.

I'm thinking some gardening gloves might be a good hint?

Oh well. At least I get to see what is worth raiding the bargain bin for again!

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:15

I miss my aloe vera plants. I used to have many of them but found them so useful that I kept giving them (and babies) away so that when I was down to just one I gave it to my mother to "look after" while I was moving house... she gave it away! It was ever such an old thing that had given up growing upwards and instead one weekend while I was away flopped over and ever since grew down the pot and along the windowsill.

I found they really helped with burns (including sunburn) / bad bruises / spots / sensitive areas from where a plaster had been ripped off... Goodness I think aloe goes everywhere!

I must find a garden centre around here that sells them so that I can start filling the windowsill up once again!

Red onions

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:10

Oh Steve I'd be in tears! (I get very emotional about the strangest of things). Do you have any control about stopping residents from accessing the garden when you or suitable other "garden guides" are not around? Or perhaps any way of putting a big board up saying when plants are to be harvested (i.e. onions are not to be harvested until July 21st which gives you chance to ensure they're ready and then some so they can be lifted "early" when you're around to make sure they tidy up too?) I'm not sure how the residents are affected so to how much they would understand with pictures or photos of strawberries saying "only to harvest when they're THIS red".

That said I doubt any of those would stop a bored / well meaning resident from ripping a plant up


I wish you luck in the rest of the harvest!!

Get through this carrot fly!

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:05

Looks good!!


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:37

I think I'll have the boat on the left.

FB - glad to see you've got him working, keep up the training eventually you'll have him all educated in how to make a woman REALLY happy! Hanging up the washing is the way to do it!


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:34

I don't trust my work colleagues not to draw on me with pen!

Ooooh that water looks lovely. I'd really rather enjoy a quick swim right now. This office is far too stuffy!


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 13:22

Get up??? Some of us are debating climbing under our desks for a nap!!

Red onions

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 13:20

This is my first year growing red onions (or indeed onions full stop) and I've loved seeing their bold colours and how they hold themselves upright. Its been amazing the past few weeks the way they seem to have pushed themselves out of the ground. But I really must remember to water them more!!

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