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deleting od posts

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 18:57

Ah yes - think you've got it Lyn - Cangran means the PMs. 

Clicking in the box and then clicking delete should do it - but you probably need to leave that page and return, or maybe click on the refresh button to reload the page for it to take effect.

apple id

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 18:50

Hearing pips rattle when you shake an apple just means that the apple is ripe. 

Doesn't necessarily mean it's a Cox's Orange Pippin.


Posted: 29/11/2014 at 17:50

Hello Clari - good to see you

Has Panda hit the shops?

Supper's nearly ready - chicken thighs rubbed with Ras el Hanout and baked with peppers, aubergines and garlic and some sundried tomato, to be served with Ainsley's Moroccan couscous

deleting od posts

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 17:24

I've never tried - which box at the side

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:56

Driving home in the dusk yesterday evening I saw that a house down the road already has it's chains of twinkling lights strung along the shrubs and trees in the front garden - and it's still only November! 

They do look lovely - little white twinkles among the branches

Apple detritus

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:52

I'd leave them on the ground for the birds - blackbirds, redwings and fieldfares love them - they won't be able to eat them if they're strung up.


Posted: 29/11/2014 at 15:49
Verdun wrote (see)

............ hydrangea paniculata  Kyushu?  Got just the spot for a good white and this is a variety I've not grown 

It looks gorgeous Verdun - shame our big trees make the garden so dry. 

dwarf raspberries

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 14:24

Another vote here for Polka - huge crops of large juicy berries - my freezer has lots of home grown raspberries waiting to make lovely desserts for Christmas, we have shelves of raspberry jam in the garage, and we were eating raspberries with our breakfast or for supper almost every day from early August through to early October.  All from 3 canes planted two years ago. 

Easy to care for, but give them plenty of room and water in dry spells.


Posted: 29/11/2014 at 14:19
Verdun wrote (see)
....... the great outdoors is calling me.  Sunlight glistening on dogwood stems and miscanthus flowers from here ...and it's so warm 

Verdun - that's not kind

Winter composting

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 14:10

Hi Daryl

I would continue to add your peelings, cabbage leaves etc and from time to time I'd open the lid and give it all good stirring to aerate and mix it. 

I use a long metal spike I happen to have in the garden, but you can buy a compost aerator online.  It will continue to breakdown over the winter.  It's not the heat that does it (few garden compost bins are big enough to generate enough heat to do that), but a combination of bacterial/fungal action and the work of the worms and slugs that hopefully have  found their way into your compost bin.


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