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Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:57

Just started raining here - but not really 'wet' rain, just those big drops well spaced out - but it sounds great on the terrace

I've fed the pots (toms, chillies, tubs) and the courgettes in the raised beds.  Think we'll have a meal of runner beans any day now. 

The bathroom and kitchen have been given a good going over and are gleaming and I've given myself a bit of a pedicure, and of course I've been up to the farm shop and back laden with the weekend's provisions.  Not a bad morning's work

rotavator/ riddler?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:02

Try googling 'tiller' and 'cultivator' and see if you get what you're looking for

Good luck


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:00

Half a dozen duck eggs for you Lilly Pilly

Clouding over here now - hopefully our water butts are going to get filled too, although the farmer delivering veg to the farm shop said it'll all be 'rained out' before it gets to us. 


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 10:06

Just off to the farm shop - can I get anything for anyone?

Trying to identify some seedlings/saplings

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 09:41

If they're cultivated plum trees they'll be grafted.

When we bought our smallholding (many years ago) the meadows had been neglected for a long time - some were surrounded by hedging with a large proportion of blackthorn (sloe) and wild bullace - from the original hedge prunus suckers had spread out into the meadow for up to 20+ feet and consequently the hedges were that wide and were still spreading and turning into a rampant thicket of spiny bushes - take it from me - wild prunus make a fantastic wildlife hedge which is also good at deterring intruders, but unless you're prepared to do regular maintenance work every year at  a minimum, your garden will get smaller and smaller and smaller ........ or you could keep Manx Laoghtan sheep like we did - they kept the suckers under control so we only had to deal with the hedge itself (and make it stock-proof). 


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 07:55

I can see how they got their name


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 07:41

Verdun - you need another coffee   Matthew's post was in  2013 - hopefully his lawn is sorted now!

Keefyj68 appears to have laid his/her lawn themselves only four days ago!  A lot of bought turf seems to be grown on very sandy soil and is spongy until it is growing well.

I think the answer is to water and keep off it to give it a chance to grow.

Not a good time of year to lay turf however   Spring or autumn would have been better.


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 07:36

Pat, the bushfire fighters are very brave!  My cousin and his wife are the couple that took their grandchildren into the water under a jetty to keep them safe - their grandpa took a photo on his phone to send to their mum who was away at a funeral to show her they were all safe.  It was even on the news here in the UK.  Terrifying.

The robin is back for his mealworms today - he didn't turn up at all yesterday and I thought I'd bought a new load of mealworms for nothing - but he's busily taking beak-full after beak-full off to the hedgerow where they nested before, so it looks like they'll get eaten up


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 06:49

Don't walk on it!  You'll ruin it - it'll be fine if you leave it alone for the roots to grow into the soil below.  It'll take several weeks before you can walk on it without damaging it, especially at this time of year.

Just keep it watered (not soggy but nicely moist).


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 06:42

Good morning all  

Calm, mild and dry here at the moment, but rain is forecast - we certainly need some!

Hope everyone with aches and pains gets a better day today. 

Pat, it's good to hear about your garden in Oz - I have family in Tasmania - they're virtually self-sufficient in fruit and veg - or they were before the fires a couple of years ago - now they're re-building etc. 

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