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Posted: 18/11/2017 at 09:57

What a lovely present   My guess is that it's a Cyclamen persicaria ... that's the one usually sold as a houseplant.

There are comprehensive care instructions on this website 


Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 22:38

Pdoc ((hugs)) if I can whInge about my knees you can certainly have a bit of a moan about being right poorly. Probably easier to moan here than anywhere else. You have a moan and a bit of a rant and we'll do our best to try to cheer you up - or will that be reeeeeeeeeally annoying? (( hugs)). 

Hope those with colds manage to keep them to themselves and hope everyone has a peaceful and restful night. 

Last edited: 17 November 2017 22:39:31

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 19:43

Hot toddy for Clari 

Brandy coffee for Wonky

The rest of you will have to form an orderly queue ..................... 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 17:17
punkdoc says:

The issue of treatment for high cholesterol, is incredibly complicated.

Absolute level of cholesterol, is far less important than a risk score which takes into account multiple factors.

Not all doctors believe that people with moderately raised cholesterol need treatment.

See original post

 That's been the case with my GP ... so far ........... but my BP is up as well although I'm on medication ... I'm pretty sure it's down to lack of exercise but flippin' knees and earlier foot injury haven't really allowed much activity. 


Posted: 17/11/2017 at 17:03
punkdoc says:

I would not put Delphiniums out in the garden until they fill a 2l. pot at least, otherwise they are just slug fodder.

I don't believe there is any evidence that " Root Grow " is of any benefit to perennials.

See original post

 Totally agree 

Strange Tree

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 15:52

Not a  quince 

 Quinces look like this

Dung v. Manure

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 15:45

Although by nature pigs are omnivores and in the wild they will eat flesh it is totally illegal for pigs to be fed meat of any kind - below is an extract from a Food Standards Agency online publication

Pigs are omnivores, and in the past their diets included meat and meat products. However, this - and the feeding of catering waste as swill - is now prohibited because of the potential for spreading disease (particularly foot-and-mouth). Pig diets typically include cereal grains, oilseed meals, and other by-products of the human food industry. Pigs reared outdoors may also be fed root crops such as swedes, turnips and mangolds. There is more liquid feeding of pigs than other species of farmed livestock." 

It is perfectly fine for pig manure to be used on the veg patch/allotment ... my family and many other people that I know have been doing it all our lives.  

Anyone aware of anyone feeding pigs any meat of any type, cooked or raw or other animal matter should report it to DEFRA immediately.

DEFRA Helpline (03459 33 55 77) Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.

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Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 15:07

Thanks for the info folks  

Ian, that's interesting ... last time my GP and I spoke about this she filled in a questionnaire and I came out at low risk despite the high cholesterol ... both parents lasted into their 90s, despite Ma's high triglycerides.  However, I have the added problem of being hypothyroid which can cause high cholesterol as well as difficulty losing weight and joint and muscle problems. The other 'interesting' factor is that statins can cause problems for those of us who are hypothyroid as they can exacerbate the muscle problems and pains ... trying to stay healthy is complex ... however I've added a generous amount of pistachio nuts to my container of oat muesli 


Posted: 17/11/2017 at 14:34

Sounds like whitefly ... what I do is I put a squirt of washing up liquid in a bowl or bucket full of tepid water.

Pick up the plant in its pot and spread the fingers of one hand wide so that you can put you fingers either side of the plant stem and cover the top of the pot with the rest of your hand, then turn the plant upside down and swish it around gently in the water, keeping the pot and compost dry.  

You can do this every few weeks if the whitefly reappear, and you can treat other houseplants the same way as long as they're not so big they're unmanageable. 

Good luck 

Dung v. Manure

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 11:55

Well, farmers are diversifying more and more Lyn ........... 

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