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Posted: 17/12/2014 at 07:41

Morning Gemma   Great! 

Mine's still working too - but I can't stay awake after 9pm


Posted: 17/12/2014 at 07:29

Good morning all

Gg ((hugs))  Christmas is a stressful time for some people - maybe he's getting nagged and he can't shout at him/her so he's shouting at you and your pallets instead. I would pop a Christmas card through his letterbox with a note saying something along the lines of "Sorry, I didn't know the pallets were annoying you - you should've said - they're only there temporarily and I'll move them asap.  Merry Christmas"   It's really hard to be horrid to people who are nice to you


Preposterous question....

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 07:06

Edd how can I explain the fact that I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face at 7am to my OH  - when he eventually gets up - maybe I'll have recovered by then !!! 

Or maybe not!!!

Advent Calendar

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 06:52

I've alerted Daniel to the fact that today's Window isn't there!  Obviously there's no one in the office at the moment, but I'm sure he'll look into it (little joke there! ) as soon as he opens () his emails.

Merry Christmas folks!

Advent Calendar

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 06:48

Yes, today's 'window' hasn't appeared   Obviously a blip!

I'll send a message to the web team.

planting fruit trees

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 06:40
Mike Allen wrote (see)
Please Sir/Madams.

All this JI 3 etc. Might I pose as a farmer. I have three thousand fruit trees to plant. Please friends. Could you for one minute think that as such, I would first buy tons of JI No. 3 compost?

Look I am aware that I am not MR Popular on this site but. Hey you folks must be made of money.

Speaking as a member of a farming family - commercial fruit growers in the UK do not grow fruit trees in pots - they select and prepare the land where they are going to plant, putting in correct drainage and incorporate organic matter and fertiliser.  Only then do they plant their orchard. 

They do not plant valuable trees in multi-purpose compost or in unprepared/unsuitable land.  They buy prime agricultural land, the price of which  carries a premium.

The correct preparation of the soil is expensive - so is buying the best quality plants.  A farmer's livelihood depends on their crop and as all farmers know, 'you get out what you put in'.

The equivalent to this for the gardener is to purchase the best quality trees and plant them in the best and most suitable compost that will provide the trees with the soil conditions and nourishment they need. 

MPC will not do that job. 

Also, MPC is so lightweight that in a wind a tree (which by nature is top-heavy) planted in a pot of MPC will be likely to blow over and be damaged. 



Posted: 16/12/2014 at 15:52

Pampas grass has the right to be pompous - it's a favourite hibernation spot for hedgehogs!!!

Be carefull when cutting back and make sure first that someone's not living in there


Hello folks!  I'm back from visiting daughter and son in law and their pusscat Harriet (known as Harrie).

clay soil

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 15:36

Incorporate as much organic matter as you can into your clay and you'll be able to grow virtually anything.  It will be the most fertile there is and roses will love it.

Preposterous question....

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 15:33

According to Pidge the Toad we're in for a white Christmas

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:46

Have a look at the odds the bookies are giving - if they're not taking bets there's a strong likelihood of a White Christmas

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