Dovefromabove


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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 07:55

Good morning all   

Oh dear Ed!  I love sailing, but I do get seasick - you have my sympathy.  Hope the next adventure is calmer!

All those steps!!!  I remember years ago hearing someone on the radio saying that people living around the Mediterranean don't get dodgy hips and knees in their old age because they keep active with lots of steps and no bungalows!  I'm not convinced but hopefully Liri will prove me wrong.    I think I'd rig up a pulley system for the shopping - or invest in a small donkey 

It looks like Hefty and friends have been partying on the terrace - a bit of sweeping needs doing!  Also lawns to mow, edges to edge and dead-heading to be done.  Oh, and the garage to sweep and tidy now that the furniture has been delivered to daughter and son in law.   But I'm not going to start without OH and he's had a heavy week so is still sound asleep .... I'd best have another coffee and see what's been going on around here.

At least the PMs are working - Daniel's been able to convince the tech team that it's the big advert that caused the problem.  

Oh, and isn't it someone's birthday?  Twenty-one gun salute required!!!

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:45

Learning is the easy part Peanuts ............. it's remembering that's the problem 

Shrub ID - Best time for harsh cut back??

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:42

No probs Dave   - I said November/December 'cos I thought she was itching to get on with it .................... and I'd want to get it done before the beginning of the nesting season so must be finished by mid Feb at the latest. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:33

I think you might be right Fluffy Cloud

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:07

I'm growing the white flowered Emergo runner beans for the first time - recommended by Verdun - brilliant beans - setting and cropping really well - long straight string-free well flavoured beans.  Very happy 

Fertiliser and plant food storage

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:45

My instinct says keep them frost free - but I've no idea whether it really matters. 

Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:40

Been celebrating early? 

advice re veg patch please

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:39

How disheartening Amanda ((hugs)) but I think your soil is tired - it did it's best last year but used up all the nutrients.

Which green manure did you use?  Some (leguminous ones) will fix nitrogen from the air, but the ones usually used over the winter are primarily grown to stop the leeching of nutrients from the soil by the winter rains - if there's not a lot of nutrients there in the first place there's nothing to save.  However, digging it in will help improve the soil structure.

I would put as much organic matter onto the soil this winter as possible - well rotted farm yard manure and home made compost if you can get it.  Just keep doing this each winter and sprinkle some Fish Blood & Bone in the spring, before sowing/planting - according to the instructions on the pack.  

Some Chicken Manure Pellets in the spring would be good too.  

It will improve - our veg patch was very poor and stony when we moved here 3 years ago - it's unrecognisable now and very fertile (and full of worms ).

Good luck 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 17:25

Polka?  Very prolific ........... and then some!!!  We're getting buried under huge tasty raspberries - the freezer is filling up and I'm going to have to make jam as well as having lots to make lovely puds for Christmas and we're having freshly picked raspberries from the garden with our muesli for breakfast every morning.  I planted 3 canes in Feb 2013!!!  They have global ambitions - wonderful 

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