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Posted: 08/12/2014 at 16:50
Verdun wrote (see)

Cornwall Dove!  You lucky thing.  They all go around with straw in their mouths and hope to have electricity soon 

We're relying on you to save us a fabulous weather week for mid September like you did last time 


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 16:43

That'd be really lovely Lyn   We're going to be in the Truro - St Ives area.

Has anyone seen Jack's Classic stuff in the UK?

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 16:21

If it's still not 'composting' by the time summer comes, you can buy 'compost activator' from the garden centre, but much cheaper and far more enjoyable is to give it the occasional half a bucketful of diluted 'recycled beer or cider' as Bob Flowerdew calls it.

Has anyone seen Jack's Classic stuff in the UK?

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 15:50

That's exactly what I would do

Has anyone seen Jack's Classic stuff in the UK?

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 15:40

Good well-rotted farmyard manure (get it in bags from the garden centre if you're not near a farm), your own home-made garden compost and some Fish Blood & Bone.  You don't need more than that for most plants.

Maybe some chicken manure pellets if you want something a bit higher in nitrogen for leafy vegetables.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 15:36

We booked up quickly to get the cottage and 2014 prices!  They're hoiking them up a bit after New Year.  If they go up much more we'll have to camp out in Verdun's log cabin!

Mulled wine - if you're concerned about it being socially acceptable it should've been started just after breakfast Saturday morning for the Drag Hunt, then you'd need to get another batch on for after church yesterday morning, so it should be nicely brewed by now - goes nicely with a bacon sarnie for breakfast  


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 14:16

We're very excited here - we've just booked a holiday cottage in Cornwall for a week in September

We love our holidays in Cornwall

The lady on the phone said that she'd reserve a week's fine weather for us - but we shouldn't need to worry, Verdun always saves us a lovely sunny week each year for our Cornish holiday

Starting up a Garden

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 12:55

Hi Jane

A hammock sounds a good idea in the summer, but not here in the UK just now! Brrr!!!

clematis and black eyed susan

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 12:51
Edd wrote (see)

They tend to be perennial. Dove. 

I would cut back and place in a pot and then bring it indoors. (all depends on the variety though)

Edit: Perennial mostly grown as a annual.

Well botanically speaking yes, but so are lots of things that we in the UK usually treat as HHAs - like runner beans

They grow so happily from seed that I wouldn't give valuable frost-free space to them.

clematis and black eyed susan

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 11:33

I presume you're referring to Thunbergia, the Black Eyed Susan vine - lovely plant - we had a big pot full growing up a wigwam on our front porch - looked fantastic.  Yes, it's a half hardy annual, so remove it now.

As for the clematis, not really anything that needs doing at this time of year - a mulch of organic matter around the base would be good.  Then in the spring check which pruning group your variety is in and prune accordingly.

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