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Posted: 30/12/2014 at 08:54

Make a list Lilly P - the neighbour's household insurance may cover it. I know it won't replace the work and effort, but every little helps.

eating and..........

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 08:42

As above - it really is 'starting as you mean to go on' and also the adults really need to set the right example.

Also maybe have a couple of days a week of vegetarian meals so that there really is no option.

A really popular one with most children is stir-fried veg using things that don't look like the veg they normally see - mini corn and bean shoots etc.


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 08:32

No snow here - but the hardest frost of the year so far -1.6C Brrrrrrrr!!! 

Controlling re-shooting shrubs

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 08:10

Once they get to the height you want give them a firm trim every year and you can keep them under control.  They can look very good if kept neat and provide good nesting sites for blackbirds and ideal shelter for hedgehogs

Removing Ivy

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 07:57

Yes Nut - my thoughts also


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 07:54

Good morning all

Good news Pdoc!  Think of all that firewood!!!  Hope you've got a woodburning stove 'cos willow spits  but it burns well.   And all that sawing - raises those seratonin levels!

What plants have you lost?  Anything any of us can replace?  Not that I've got much tender stuff, I've only got a mini wooden greenhouse - but I'm very good at volunteering help from other people

eating and..........

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 07:49

Soup, with everything blended together.  We used to call it Surprise Soup and the children would choose and prepare some vegetables to go in it and Daddy would have to guess what was in the soup.  Surprise Soup was different every time we made it.

Also I found with my children (and since then with  many others) that they eat far more veg if they are on the table in serving dishes and they can see others helping themselves and are allowed to do the same - with absolutely no comment being made!

Also try Vegetable tempura (you might like to buy a dipping sauce rather than use the one with sherry in it)

and as Pauline says, if the child helps to grow the fruit and veg it usually helps.  Pulling carrots straight from the garden, giving them a rinse under the tap or a rub on your sleeve and eating them straight away is much more fun than eating something parents have cooked.  Also picking pods of peas and popping them open and gobbling the lot!  Works for me every time!

Raw veg with something to dip them into - cream cheese etc are usually a big hit too.  Anything crispy and crunchy rather than soft and mushy.

And most important of all - don't worry about it, don't talk about it, don't let them see that you want them to eat vegetables.  Just behave as if it's the most normal thing in the world.  If they know it's important to you and gets attention there's no way in the world that children will eat vegetables!  

Just make sure they're getting vitamin drops in their milk or whatever while they're going through the fussy phase .... as long as the rest of the family eat vegetables without a fuss they will too eventually and it will be just a phase.

Need to replace what I think is box

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 07:30

What a pretty garden .

Are you thinking of something like a small crab apple or cherry.  I think that something like that would be fine as long as it wasnt right up against the wall. 

What do others think? 


Posted: 29/12/2014 at 21:15

Take care Fidget ((hugs))

Victoria plum tree

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 21:01

Hi Steven - snowdrops will usually start flowering within the next couple of weeks - the smaller species crocuses will usually start flowering after snowdrops, probably mid February onwards, and the larger ones will follow them.  However, it all depends on the situation and temperatures prevalent at the time.  Plants in sheltered spots may flower earlier than plants in more exposed positions.

Can I suggest that if you want to ask more questions you start a new thread with the name of the plant in the title then any members with specialist knowledge will spot it.

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