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Posted: 06/11/2014 at 07:47

Good morning all   Hazy blue skies and white fluffies here - looks like it's going to be a lovely day.  I won't be gardening 'cos I'm travelling down to Suffolk to attend an old friend's memorial service

Then I'll be back as the farm shop are holding their Turkey Tasting at Notcutts Sage evening - thought I'd go along to  lend a hand and see what else I might be tempted by

Talkback: How to store, freeze and dry your harvests

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:11

You can freeze lemons, oranges and other citrus whole and then use them later to make marmalade.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:05



Posted: 05/11/2014 at 16:14

Isn't nature fascinating

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 16:01

Hi goldfinches

We moved into a similar house and garden 3 years ago - more ivy than garden!  Now is the best time to remove the ivy - nests aren't used at this time of year -  they may be used as roosts by wrens in very cold weather so you could get some roosting pockets to replace them.

Birds start nesting from early February onwards and it is illegal to disturb nesting birds, so that would be the worst time to do any work on the ivy. 

And when removing the ivy please remember that it is a very valuable wildlife resource, providing shelter for many birds, animals and insects.  The flowers provide invaluable nectar for bees and other pollinating insects at a time of year when nectar is scarce, and the berries are needed by blackbirds, fieldfares, redwings, waxwings and other birds in the winter when there's nothing else about. So if you can leave some ivy somewhere to grow where it can't do any damage that'll be really great

Why have we got two

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 14:57

Does that make sense?


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 13:38

Oh right - that isn't what I thought you were talking about.  That looks like a form of fasciation - aberrant growth caused by damage to the growing point of the plant. It's not grown from seed, it's part of the original plant and won't grow if you cut it off.

Why have we got two

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 13:29

The Potting Shed isn't a thread, it's one of the topics within which there can be many threads.

One of the threads within The Potting Shed topic is entitled Welcome to The Potting Shed and was started by Daniel, the website editor - from time to time people, often new forum members, introduce themselves by posting on that thread. 


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 13:09

So it's you who has my sunshine Pdoc  

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 12:24

Welcome Lol

Looking forward to following the progress of your garden

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