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Posted: 06/01/2015 at 07:46

Lyn ((hugs)) Clari's suggestion sounds good to me.


Also you may well have thought of this, but could Marie Curie be of any help?

It sounds to me as if your mum is determined to remain at home, and that's what Marie Curie are all about.


Sometimes we can be so close to a situation that we can't see the wood for the trees, so please forgive me if I'm teaching my grandmother to suck eggs

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 06:54
Susan Porter wrote (see)

Robin, Dunnocks,Great Tits,Blue Tits, Black Cap.Blackbird,Collared Doves,Wood pigeons, Wren, Zebra finches................Dont have a partridge or a pear tree tho.

You really have Zebra finches?! 

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 06:53

Yesterday we had:

blue tits

great tits





tree sparrows

wood pigeons

collared doves

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 06:19

Just want to say that while I know how irritated and annoyed people are, I think it'd be good if we left the subject of MA now.  

I just think that as this is a public forum it really doesn't reflect the usually kind and helpful nature of people on here if we continue to complain about him, particularly as all is quiet at the moment - new posters may be put off and we don't want that to happen

Shall get off soapbox and put kettle on - coffee or tea?  Oh, and there's fruit cake for later


Posted: 06/01/2015 at 06:02

Good morning folks

No frost overnight and temp already up to 6.8C  but quite damp outside at the moment.

Hyacinths in the New Year

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 05:58

Lovely and I hope you're enjoying the perfume too. 

If you give them some fertiliser after the flowers have finished, it will help feed the bulbs and they may flower again next year too, although the flowers get smaller year after year they're still pretty.

Organic soil

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:23

If you've got loamy soil just get some decent well-rotted manure and dig it in - it'll be fine

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:55

Hello Lynn8 and welcome

As long as the potting shed is frost free I would leave them as they are at the moment keeping the soil almost but not quite dry. Don't worry about them being scraggy at the moment - they're more or less dormant. Then when you see them begin to start into growth in the spring I'd cut them back, pot them up in fresh compost and use what you've cut off as cuttings.

Swiss Chard

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:33
Edd wrote (see)

Have you tried growing baby Swiss chard indoors in containers or pots dove? Lots of baby greens in about a fortnight.

We don't have a greenhouse Edd, but when we sow our chard we sow quite thickly and use the thinnings as baby greens.  We also sow it thickly in patches in a raised bed with other salad leaves in the spring to cut and come again.

Manuka honey

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:30

This may be of interest

We use locally produced honey and support our local bees

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