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Posted: 03/05/2015 at 14:04
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

£12 for a garden only ticket at Chatsworth, didn't notice there's parking on top. 

Might give it a miss.

Sun has come out. I've so much to do, I feel guilty about going away. 

Back Tuesday afternoon, so not too long away.

Hostafan - it says that parking's free if you book your entry tickets online at least 24 hours in advance

Leave a To Do List in the polytunnel and smile nicely at Verdun - I'm sure he'll send some Cornish Piskies over the Tamar to do a bit of gardening for you

Best year for Rhubarb?

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 12:42

Re Rhubarb & Custard cake ... I've got one in the oven now

Try it with the custard in it - it's lovely

ideal potato soil

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 12:36

Hi Maggie

No, it's not legal to take sand from the beach!!!  It's very illegal!!!  And if you live in Suffolk and know about coastal erosion you'll know that we can't afford for anyone to be removing sand or shingle or we'll soon be under water (think Dunwich)!

My brother farms in Suffolk and is a potato grower for the big supermarkets - he grows his best potatoes on the light sandy loam between the A12 and the coast.

You can buy natural sandy loam by the bag .

Hope that's helpful

It's my birthday

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 12:27

Lily ((hugs))

Wildlife driven out of my garden.

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:49
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Mike, get yourself down to Battersea dogs home, and get a Jack Russell.

Great idea Fidget!  Even an older more sedate Jack Russell will see the cats off the property and exercise him/herself in the process

It's my birthday

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:46

Happy Birthday Pa Panda


Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:41

Birdychurp - don't panic - let it grow some more stems (it will) and next time reduce your picking. 



Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:39

In the first instance I would use this

It worked in this garden when we first came here and we've not had another infestation.

The poison used will work on rats that have developed a resistence to Warfarin. 

Also check around any drains, manholes etc for cracks, holes, ill-fitting covers etc to make sure that they're not getting onto your property in that way.  If they are it may be useful to contact your water company - if your drains are on a shared system they may well be responsible for repairs and dealing with the rats.

Good luck.

Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:06

Hi Birdychurp   The pinky and pale creamy stems are just as they should be - they'll be lovely.  Eat and enjoy. 

Twist the leaves off and put them on the compost heap.  Don't pick more than two thirds of the total number of stalks at a time so that you don't exhaust the plant.

Stop harvesting at the end of June and feed the plant with Fish Blood and Bone and a good mulch.  Make sure it doesn't dry out in dry weather.

I've just been out and pulled a load myself - Rhubarb & Custard cake is on the menu


Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:50
flumpy1 wrote (see)
Started something sorry

No need to apologise - adults ought to be able to discuss stuff and disagree without falling out about it - if we couldn't then we probably would need a paternalistic and autocratic head of state!

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