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Posted: 11/06/2015 at 06:16

Good morning Lesley, Hosta and  whoever arrives later ...

I had to get up and change the middleweight duvet for the lightest one last night, but we still have that chilly wind coming from the east too so outside could be warmer.  Hopefully the wind will drop soon  ...

What on earth is this ??

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 17:31

Yes, looks like a Red-headed Cardinal Beetle

Invasive plant ID needed please

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 17:04

That looks to me like Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) - an annual weed that is relatively easy to control compared with some invasive weeds.  You must cut it down now before it flowers and seeds as it is prolific and catapults its seeds over a wide area.

More info here



Posted: 10/06/2015 at 16:26

Hello folks!  We're back - we had a slight change of plan and went to Morston Quay instead of Brancaster - having checked the tide times it was right in and not a lot of walking or parking and there was a film crew and lots of black horses, actors and a lifeboat on the beach at Wells.  Morston was perfect - bacon and sausage baps and a stomp along the coastal path then back for an icecream.

In the end we didn't stop at Cookies for a crab lunch 'cos we just weren't hungry so we stopped at Sheringham on the way home and picked up a pizza and salad stuff for supper later. 

Now I shall have a look around and see what you've all been up to ... Clari, couldn't you persuade the vet to fit a bung?


Posted: 10/06/2015 at 09:06

Right, we're off to the wilds of the north Norfolk coast - out of range of mobiles

Have a good day folks - see you later

Pumpkin plants

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 07:41

I'd be letting that sprawl on the ground if it's a pumpkin, rather than staking it with a cane.   It'll not support the weight of a pumpkin like that .

However, if it's a squash producing smaller fruits, I train mine up a tomato cage like this  (that's a pricey one, you can make your own much cheaper) and then I support the developing fruit with hammocks made of the nets you get satsumas or onions in, or  old nylon tights etc.  

This is a useful video

Hope that's helpful


Posted: 10/06/2015 at 07:34

Just a bit of a WARNING folks!  There's a new thread called Weed or Plant by Persais - I've opened it twice and each time there's been a problem with the photo and Firefox has frozen and I've had to close Windows down and start again.  I've sent a message to Daniel but of course he won't get it until he's in the office - I don't really want to open the thread again in order to tick the Alert Mods box as it'll freeze Firefox again.  I'd stay away from it if I were you


Posted: 10/06/2015 at 07:30

Morning Clari and good luck

Dippy eggs and toastie soldiers are a big favourite here

Morning Lesley


Posted: 10/06/2015 at 06:56

Good morning Chicky and any/everyone else   Sorry about the salt Chicky - it can't be us - must be those others - we don't use much here - the doc says it's bad for me.  Have to have some on dippy eggs tho'. 

Very noisy magpies in the back garden!  They'll be waking OH up at this rate, we'll get an even earlier start to our day out than envisaged!!!

Potatoes that turn to mush when cooked

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 06:47
Blue Onion wrote (see)

Mine usually get done in the microwave.    Who in the world plans their dinner more than half an hour prior to food on the table?!

Me   I enjoy cooking. Supper is prepped after lunch so it can be cooking while I'm in the garden if need be and the potatoes put on to cook when I come in to wash and change.  Don't have a microwave. Had one, don't need it, didn't use it, waste of valuable kitchen space.

Mushy potatoes are mainly down to using the wrong type of potato for the dish planned.  Some dishes need waxy potatoes, some need smooth and some need fluffy ones.   Often the person making the decisions on the allotment isn't the one making the decisions in the kitchen - the allotmenteer chooses the varieties that give a good yield, are blight resistent etc, rather than choosing for potato type - whereas the person in the kitchen often decides on the menu without knowing which type of potato the allotmenteer has grown.  It all comes down to a lot of people needing to know more about potatoes!

This is a really helpful website

You can check on the best type of potato for the dish you're planning and check the varieties that will give you that result.

Or if you already have your potatoes, check the variety against the recommended recipes etc.


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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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