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Wildlife gardening -Month by Month.

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 12:27

I agree Edd  - to make life easier, if you click here there's a link to various threads - this is quite a recent one

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 12:19

Just about to make a big pot of Irish Stew, with neck of lamb, carrots, onions, pearl barley etc, and some potatoes sliced on the top to go crispy.  We'll eat that tonight with some buttered Savoy cabbage and Clapshott

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 12:02

We had one of those little brass candle powered things  when we were children, Edd. 

My MIL has one of the wonderful German wooden ones - if you google German Christmas Pyramids you'll see some amazing examples.

Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 11:58

Hi Bluebaron

We've been here 3 years now.  When we moved in the back lawn had been mowed very infrequently over the previous 3 years - it is overhung with trees and leaves hadn't been raked up for those three years.  The lawn was sparse and tufty and covered in fairy rings over one half, the other half was mainly moss, buttercups, dandelions, prunella and wild marjoram. 

The front lawn was a bit better when we moved in, but 9 months of being covered with builder's skips didn't do a lot for it!  By the time the builders had left we had totally bare areas, milk thistles, huge ants nests and more dandelions and hawkbit than you could shake a stick at. 

Regular mowing (not too short), raking and a bit of reseeding on the bare patches, plus some spiking and weed and feed type treatment over the past 12 months has given us very acceptable lawns for very little money - just as well after the ivy pulled the fences down and they all had to be replaced  


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 11:11

Not sure whether that's a good or a bad thing Panda


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:25

Morning Panda   shall we whisper???

Sorry you've been poorly Pdoc - hope you're on the mend now   A tot or two of your patent cure-all is probably called for

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:04

I had planned to visit Russia this year and bring back some tomato seeds - however son and his wife have split so my plans to 'bond' with her tomato and pepper growing Babushka have come to nothing


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 10:00

Good to see you Fg   thought you must be busy supervising all those Christmas Elves etc, plus that tv job you've got working for M&S - who's your friend?

 Lily, Santa Smilies are on the Tech Team's list - problem is they're responsible for a whole load of websites .........

Lovely half moon floating in a clear blue sky here

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:51

Or possibly grown from cross-pollinated seeds? 

aerating shoes

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:48

Fidget - that was a daily occurence in my childhood on the farm, but Pa soon learnt that not only did he have to return the children to a warm kitchen, but Ma would send him back out for the wellies LOL

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