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Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 16:56

Obelixx - this is the sort of stuff I love 

Just wish I was a bit nearer Cambridge.  I can get most of this in Norwich, but from shops at a premium price.  The market stall is much cheaper.  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 16:47

I've had a productive afternoon  


Sweet cucumber pickle 

Second batch in the past fortnight - OH keeps eating it 

Have I killed my lawn with evergreen?

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 15:09

Meadow/pasture grass is kept much longer than on lawns and horses don't expect it to be free of every little herb and bit of clover - it's a whole different thing. 

Plant/tree ID please

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:03

And me 

Fresh Horse Mannure

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:01

Agree - compost the manure so that it rots down well.

And I'm afraid you're going to have to dig out those weeds - do not rotovate them however much of a time-saver it may seem.  All it will do is chop up the roots of the perennial weeds, and each little bit of root will grow into a new weed.

Dig over with a fork, picking out every single weed and piece of root, and get rid of them.  The old way on allotments was to pile them up, let them dry out and then have a slow burning bonfire - but some sites don't allow this any more.  

Don't try to dig  when the soil is wet and claggy and sticks to your boots - you'll only 'break your back' and ruin the structure of your soil.  

I know it's hard work, but think of what you're saving on gym membership 

Euphorbia lathyris

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 13:35

A weed is a plant in the wrong place.  A lot of people like it for its architectural qualities and the way that it can add height and structure.  

If you don't like it, then it's a weed.

It's an interesting plant 

I've not known it to spread invasively via its roots, but it does catapult it's seeds quite widely.  However the seedlings are easy to recognise and weed out. 


Posted: 02/09/2016 at 13:10

The pink flowers are Japanese anemones - could be September Charm or one of the other pink varieties.  It also comes in white.

The sedum is Sedum spectabile - possibly Autumn Joy, but there are many others.  Loved by bees and butterflies. 

Have I killed my lawn with evergreen?

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 12:47

Interesting isn't it, that in farming 'top dressing' means applying fertilizer or manure to a growing crop or ley. 

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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 12:40

LilyP - is yours the sort of key fob that contains a battery?  If so, it might need replacing. 

Four pounds of cucumber and associated green peppers and onions have all been sliced on the mandolin and sprinkled with salt and are now sitting in a big bowl until mid afternoon, when they will be rinsed and turned into delicious relish with the aid of herbs, spices, cider vinegar and a bit of heat. 

Now I'll have a couple of crispy rolls with home made smoked mackerel paté and some of the cucumber relish I made the other day 

Garden rescue

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 12:32

A tree fern doesn't take up much 'acreage' Verdun - it's all top and very little bottom 

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