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Posted: 20/02/2015 at 12:52

DD - try propping the cat flap open for a few days, with tasty treats on the outside, putting them further and further away each time - it'll be draughty but it worked when I had a scaredy cat

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 12:46

Helleborus x nigercors 'Snow Love'


Helleborus x hybridus 'Mrs Betty Ranicar'


Helleborus x hybridus 'Tutu'


 Snowlove and Cyclamen coum in front

Mrs Betty Ranicar and crocus behind them

 Brightening up the view from the studio - spring is coming


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 12:12

Last year was very dry in some areas, especially on the light land which is best for growing carrots.  It takes a lot of experience and expertise to get the irrigation regime right in those conditions.  Are the supermarket carrots you buy bagged with the ID of the grower on them?

Just spoke to my brother again (re elderly parents) and he went on to say, re carrots - sometimes they are overwintered in the ground covered with straw and black plastic and if the ground is very dry when they are covered they can get a bit dried out which would make them a little soft - however he said that none of the major supermarkets would accept them if they are soft.

He said that the rules and requirements the producers have to follow are incredibly strict and they are checked and audited so stringently - he believes that the food he produces is just as safe as any organic food - as he said, he feeds it to his family

He pointed out that organic potato growers are allowed to use copper sulphate to help prevent blight whereas non-organic growers are not allowed to use it because of it's toxological effects .


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:35

Sometimes if the carrots have been over-irrigated they have a poorer keeping quality. It's a fine judgement to irrigate enough to keep them growing and yet not too much to impact on the quality, especially when on light soil in a dry season.  The same goes for potatoes.

Brother says if his carrots didn't keep the supermarkets wouldn't take them and he'd be left with  carrots that would have to go for animal feed 


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:24

I've not seen the campaign re contamination of urban grown crops, but I am aware that there is a not insignificant number of inner city gardens, particularly those on former brownfield sites that show contamination (particularly lead) and I would really think twice about eating veg grown in them.  There are also gardens which have had such a large amount of dog and cat faeces on them that I wouldn't garden in them.

I've not had a problem with supermarket carrots keeping - I buy carrots from various supermarkets and our local farm shop and occasionally get given a bag by farming brother.  We keep them in the garage in the winter and in the bottom of the fridge in the summer for weeks at a time and the only time I've ever had any go slimy was when they were left in a plastic bag. 


Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:09

There's a shorter form of Verbena bonariensis called 'Lollipop' - the bees love it


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:01

Don't think so WO   But people only know what they know - they don't know what it is they don't know - and there's loads of bandwagons out there charging around banging drums - people are quite understandably concerned when they read some stuff that I've seen - I'm not a fan of Monsanto - but I think one has to look for empirical evidence rather than take notice of scaremongering - and throwaway remarks about supermarkets contaminating soil have to be challenged or we could have the gardening equivalent of what happened when The War of the Worlds was first broadcast - the internet has huge potential for such things!


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 08:17

Good morning KEF and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!    Have you got his bank card to take to the GC today?

Check your PMs

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 08:04

For a mini pond it's perfectly possible to collect enough rainwater - if you don't have a water butt (and why not?) then just leave a couple of buckets or bowls out - it shouldn't take long to collect enough rainwater during February Fill-dyke. 

Then get a jamjar and string and gather a jar of water from a nearby pond - it'll act as a 'starter' and although there may only be a very few mini-beasts in there they'll soon multiply.

Anyone a winner?

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 07:55

I won a prize in the Advent comp a couple of years ago.

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