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Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:00
Falling asleep on the sofa.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Talkback: 100 hungry snails

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 15:53
It would have been interesting to mark them with nail polish or some such and seen how many (and how quickly they) returned.


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 14:37

OL. I'll check in a minute and ping you something back if I did.


Have everyone heard? Its Word Garden Naked Day tomorrow.

So that explains why the weather forecasters are talking about frosts.

Where are YOU?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:07
Mike Allen wrote (see)

Thanks for the respnse friends.  I wonder if I might chance my arm.  In your profile.  The majority of members simply quote.  More to follow.  Come on folks.  How abot C&P and adding your post to your profile?  It will make it much easier to give advice etc, once a location is know.  Have no fear.  Mike wont come a calling on Sunday, plate in hand, ready to sample your cooking

Bless you Mike if you can find the kitchen right now for car parts and tender seedlings you're welcome to join us!!

Shed - man or womans world?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:51

We have our own sheds.


He has a 18ft x 10 ft MONSTER shed that is the envy of all other sheds! Its going to be a proper workshop / space for him to retreat into and do whatever it is men do in their shed (I think it is often best not to ask).

I have the former wash room outbuilding. The paint is peeling, the mice rampant despite my attempts to convince them they can't get into the bird food (last I found they were eating the weed killer packaging instead), the floor in need of painting.

BUT it has two windows, a sink with running water, and its solid. (Also useful for someone of my delicate nature its next to the outdoor loo!)

Plans are to knock into the coal shed next door to create more space which we will then fill with the washing machine and a tumble drier (well - it is a ladies room after all), install the required electricity and water, paint, put up some shelves for all those things a lady needs in her shed then lock myself in and hide.



Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:36

I think the stepladder would be an individual thing Mandicore depending on how tall you are to reach easily into the bin / where your strength is (for instance I have no strength the moment I lift my arms so would be better on a step instead of leaning into the bin to twist my wiggle stick).

I started off with one compost bin. I've now got four and a wormery! Hoping for some useful compost this year to spread on the vegetable patch.


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:21

Cool! I shall definitely have to try doing this. Thanks ever so for sharing that!


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:14
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

Hi Fluffy, they really need to be left to die back naturally as the leaves are building up the bulb for next year's flowers.  Once the leaves die back you can lift them.  Many folk (me included) leave them in the ground, but it's best to plant them 6 to 8 inches deep if you do that.  Some folk treat them as annuals and discard them after flowering, especially if planted in pots.  I think that's what you have effectively done, albeit by accident!

There is no one answer to how long they live - I have some that have been in the ground for 30 years and come back every year (plain red and plain yellow ones), but most of the fancy ones I buy rarely do well the following year.

Bob I just wanted to thank you for such a perfectly clear explanation. I've some tulips that are not growing in the ideal place as we're about to redesign that bit of the garden. However they are beautiful and I'd like to save them (I think they'll be going in the middle of the herb garden to add some colour in the spring and liven it up a little).

Once the plants have been left to die back and lifted would I be best to store the bulbs in a (dark / dry) bag until we're ready to replant them or would they do better in a large pot of sand / oil ?


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:06

Panda - trouble being quiet in the office is that I come up with big ideas and that usually involves landing myself with more work to do at home!

KEF - just pop it over I'll do all the ironing with mine on Sunday night if you like. By the time I've zoned out doing the shirts and bed sheets I'm sure I wont notice moving on to yours!

OL - replied!

Wintersong wrote (see)
Clarington wrote (see)

 My trouble is that even making small batches the cakes never last that long! At least these are individually wrapped so I can't use the excuse "they'll do dry!"


I bake large amounts and freeze in individual pieces. Everything from quiche to chocolate cake! The freezer is my best friend

Thanks for the toms advice Dove and others. Will do the same

Wintersong - I've frozen quiche before but I've never realised you can freeze cake!? Is it only certain types or will most cakes freeze? My freezer is far too small I keep getting tempted to buy a little chest freezer to put in my shed so I can make huge batches of soups and pasta sauces should I get a good harvest / deal at Tesco! My partners parents have a second freezer for when there's a big event (i.e. Christmas) or they've raided Aldi and it always seems such a great idea.


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:34

Alas suit on, bottle of water, and a day sat at my desk wondering when some work is going to appear OL! I think there's half an hours rest scheduled on Monday evening but that's subject to change.

I have got some gluten free chocolate brownies at my desk though - went a little crazy buying a selection of goodies after pay day to try out. I'm sure I can make better though so will have to get in the kitchen. My trouble is that even making small batches the cakes never last that long! At least these are individually wrapped so I can't use the excuse "they'll do dry!"

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