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Giant sunflower seed offer

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 16:10

I think that demand outsripped supply (and probably crashed the websites initially too - I could only get on one on Friday night).


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 16:08


 I'm going to make do with cod and chorizo with canellini beans thank you very much


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 16:06

That was a busy afternoon - sorting out piles of dead vegetations, sticks, logs etc and making it all into more hidey-holes for hedgehogs etc in out of the way corners behind tree trunks etc.   I've also tried to sort out stacks of various plastic pots etc and in doing so discovered at least a dozen leopard slugs - they've been rehomed in the compost bins

Every so often the robin came and shouted at me that the mealworm dish was empty - I had a sit down on the terrace with mealworms on my lap and yes, he came and took them

The starlings that are nesting in next door's roof have also discovered the dish of live mealworms - robins take one at a time back to their nest - the starlings behave like a starving man at an All you can eat Buffet   You know those photos of puffins with their beaks full of fish !!!?

Planting out my Broad Beans

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 14:42

What variety were they?  I always grow Aquadulce Claudia - they seem to be as tough as old boots  for me (the plants that is, not the beans) - they were under 18" of snow for nine weeks the other winter and survived and cropped really well. 

Planting out my Broad Beans

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 14:09

Muddyfork - had they been hardening off for a while or had you only just started?

Planting out my Broad Beans

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 14:08

I would leave them out in a sheltered spot (somewhere near the house perhaps, where it won't be too frosty) for a couple of nights, just to really toughen them up, and then plant them out. 

Mine were sown in the ground in late October and are full of flowers (and bees) now - we're not in Scotland but Norfolk can be quite chilly in the winter, with the cold weather coming in off the North Sea


runner beans

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 13:57

Yes, it won't be a problem.  I try to move mine about a bit but as I'm also limited to space I sometimes end up growing them in the same place two or even three years running.  It can even be adventageous as you would enrich the humus content of the soil before growing them, and two or three year's worth of added compost and manure etc results in really moisture retentive soil which is just what they need.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 13:30

Welcome Clarice

I've just been standing on the terrace with a dish of live mealworms - robin came and perched on it three times but just wasn't quite brave enough to take his eye off me and bend down to pick up his lunch - in the end he went and perched on the chair where the dish usually is and gave me a hard stare, so I gave in and put the dish down on the chair.

I'll continue with training the robin later when I've had my Cromer crab salad lunch

Stock cubes

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 12:13

I use the Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon powder ( it's ok for vegans and there's a reduced salt version which is great).  It's in a tub which means you can use as much or as little as you like - I'm also on a Food Forum and it's the stock powder of choice for most of us.  No preservatives, colouring, artificial flavourings or GMs.

When I was on a low carb diet a  teaspoonful in a mug of hot water was a sustaining snack (or even a lunch). 

Highly recommended and available in most supermarkets.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 11:38


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