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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 08:39

Have you cooked globe artichokes before Jean?  There's quite a knack to preparing them to avoid the hairy 'choke' and get the best out of them. 

For anyone who's not sure what to do with them, here's a very good video explaining it all 



Posted: 09/08/2015 at 08:29

I don't get kicked in the night, but I do sometimes wake up to find the bed shaking 'cos OH is laughing in his sleep

Coffee anyone?


At least it's well watered

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 08:15

I grew up on a farm so were used to all our water being metered.  When I was very young  times were exceptionally hard for our family and only adults were allowed to flush the loo, our baths were shallow, only happened once a week and we got in one after the other, finishing with Pa 'cos he was dirtiest.  Otherwise it was strip-washing, unless Pa had been doing something that made him very dirty indeed.  The garden wasn't watered - but there we were on the water-retentive clay-based soil of High Suffolk.  

Here I garden on shallow free-draining sandy loam over chalk, and have two large ash trees which take a huge amount of moisture from the soil.  We keep improving the soil with home-made compost and bought in manure, but if we didn't water the veg plot we'd have no veg.

We have two rainwater butts and use this water while it's available, but we do live in one of the driest parts of the country and sometimes they are empty. I'd love to have installed bigger and better rain water and grey-water saving schemes, but I don't have the funds.

As for the flowers, this year for the first time I've installed a trickle-hoze on the Shady Bank and the improvement in the plants has been noticeable - but I only use it once or twice a week  for an hour or two at the most, and then only in the very dry spells - probably only half a dozen times in all this summer so far, and as I've said, I use a kitchen timer to make sure I don't forget to turn it off.  Other than that we only water newly planted plants or plants that are visibly struggling due to lack of water. We never water the lawn. 

I'm on a small pension, and I know it adds to our water bill, but gardening is my hobby - other people have foreign holidays, new cars, go on outings, shopping, to the theatre and eat out etc much more than we do. 

I can't imagine the horror of having to give my children water that could make them ill - when it's time for me to be put on the compost heap, any that care to remember me can do so by giving to Water Aid. 


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 07:54

Good morning KEF and anyone else who comes along

Wall to wall blue skies and sunshine here, and chattering robins, goldfinches and wrens out there - I shall shove a bit of sunshine up your way KEF   It was 27C here yesterday, and 15C and rising here at the moment - my outdoor tomatoes are very happy

Winter ((hugs))

Hazel Comparison

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 07:47
Jim Macd wrote (see)

From Dove: There you are 


  how did you do that? ,,,

I just copy and paste and then hit the space bar immediately afterwards - that turns it into a link if the right content and format are there

Paul's Hymalayan Musk rambler

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 07:42

Oh dear, are we going to have to send out a rescue squad??????????


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 07:41

I don't treat it - I pick off the worst affected leaves and keep the soil moist. 

Paul's Hymalayan Musk rambler

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 19:36

Let us know when you're back,. or we'll be sending out a search party armed with machetes

Insect activity around a chimney pot

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 19:12

Possibly hornets?


Posted: 08/08/2015 at 18:17

Have a great trip Pdoc - give my love to Gt Dixter

Do go in the house as well as the gardens - it's really worth it

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