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Wierd spider ID

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 17:59

re: my previous post: The 'blob' is what was left of the slug once I had my camera ready!!

Wierd spider ID

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 20:35

Today I noticed something unusual happening in my greenhouse...a small slug was venturing onto an orb spiders web. By the time I'd returned with my camera, most of the slug had 'disappeared' inside the spider! [sadly photo upload not working...!]



Camera Corner

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 19:15

Hi Charlie, I'd love to have a go with some seeds if you can spare them, please? Appreciate your kind comments about bees - we really do need them more & more these days! I'll pm contact details, if you're agreeable?

What is this?

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:10

I second Dove's warning about the sap - somehow a stray plant got going in my greenhouse & I became quite 'irritated' when I handled it with bare hands. Wear gloves and dispose of it carefully. *If it gets to the seeding stage they fly everywhere!!

New Member

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 20:29

 The photo shows an 'established' ivy growing over a laburnum tree - the ivy berries are much appreciated (especially over the winter months) by blackbirds, thrushes and a host of wood and feral pigeons.

Camera Corner

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 18:39

 More 'buzzy' insects going about their work in the garden.


Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 18:02

Without a decently(safely) attached footplate you're on a hiding to nothing!! [You risk serious ankle damage without one!].Alternatively, try getting a heavier/ unsuspecting male to use it on your behalf after it's rained to soften the turf somewhat?

Wow, what a sunset!

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 21:11

 The real workers in my garden & greenhouse are still at it full swing!! Long may the warm autumnal weather continue!!

Quince Quandry

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 20:39

My pleasure, Daintiess. Let's hope that all this year's (surviving) fruita are put to good use & the results repay your (joint) efforts! Cheers!!

Talkback: Cooking green tomatoes

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:59

? Anyone for "Green Tomato Wine" (after C Shave, from Amateur Winemaker - 130 New Winemaking Recipies 13th edition 1972, edited by CJJ Berry)

4lb green tomatoes, 1 quart balm leaves, including stalks, 1lb raisins, sultanas or currants (can be mixed), 1lb maize, barley or wheat, 2 lemons or oranges (or 1/2 oz citric acid in lieu), 3lb sugar, 1 gallon water, 1/2 pint cold tea (no milk!) Activated yeast & nutrient.

Soak the grains overnight. Scald the dried fruit and pass the grains, leaves & stalks, together with the tomatoes, dried fruit, fruit rinds (no white pith) through a mincer or liquidiser). Place the minced ingredients in the fermenting vessel & add the sugar. When cool, add the cold tea, fruit juices and citric acid, activated yeast and nutrient. Ferment for seven days - cover with muslin cloth or similar to exclude fruit flies etc, then strain into glass demijohn(s). Fit airlock, ferment and rack in the usual way. Put in steriised bottles & cork when completely fermented [2-4 months likely].

Simples, eh??

Discussions started by David Matthews2

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
Replies: 11    Views: 839
Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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