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Posted: 14/07/2015 at 10:35

I know a few good pubs


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 10:18
Bushman2 wrote (see)

Dove, i don't venture doon sooth too much but seem to remember norfolk as being very very flat, an alien landscape to even a lowland scotsman like me and there's no distillerys hence i tend to stay up here even for ma holibags

Wrong on both counts I'm afraid Bushman

Now you've no excuse not to come to Norfolk for your holidays


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 10:13

There's lots of interesting varieties you can try, that do well in the UK climate


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 10:10
Nee wrote (see)

I have recently harvested my garlic and it is looking good but on several of the plants there is an extra bulb about 5 cms above the main one, in the stem! Why is this?

Ours did this last year. 

"... In late spring some garlic varieties produce flower stalks that have small bulbils. Cut these stalks off. This will insure that all of the food the plant produces will go into the garlic bulb itself and not the clusters of bulbils..." extract from


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:23
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

Dove, it is one of those cage jobs, for the last couple of weeks he's been looking up at it, but it's only in the last few days he's been up there.

As I said, it takes them a little while to work it out - bless - but they get there

tomatoes on the vine

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:17

Tomatoes should pollinate themselves - try giving each plant a little shake every time you go into the greenhouse.


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:14

Morning Panda ((hugs))


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:13

Cheers Bushman

 It's ok, no sign of blight on my toms - I'm just being careful.  We had some blight on a couple of plants two summers ago, and by dint of moving the plants apart and inspecting them at least twice a day, picking off infected leaflets, we still harvested a reasonable crop.   This garden is at the bottom of a shallow valley (Norfolk doesn't have many deep ones) and we have high boundaries, so at this time of year if the air is still I'm aware of the need to encourage what airflow I can.

Hosta   some of our blackbirds will perch on the fat blocks in those wire cages and eat from them - think they're slow learners but they're getting the hang of it now.  They also come to the table on the terrace and take mealworms that we put out for the robins.

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:06

Last year the first hedgehog of the evening would appear about an hour after sunset.  This year they're a bit later and at the moment they huff and puff and push their dish around noisily on the terrace after we've gone to bed.  OH is a light sleeper and hears them most nights.

Fairy Ring

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 08:02

We had two in this garden when we moved here three years ago - intensive spiking  and watering of the affected areas has repaired them. We also treated the grass with seaweed tonic. The rings grew bigger in diameter but less 'intense' with the spiking and watering. 

One of them expanded so much that it reached the area where I was creating a bed for herbs and a grapevine, and when I removed the turf and turned the soil there was a lot of white mycelium and a strong smell of mushrooms.  However it disappeared and hasn't returned.  

No fairy rings have appeared this year, the lawn is fine and you can't see where they were. 


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