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Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:54

Hi Kathleen - send an email to the team at this address

They'll be able to help you


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:51

There used to be a wonderful stall on Norwich Market that sold tripe of all types, chitterlings, cow heel and udder - I'd stop there most mornings on my way to the art school studios to pick up a selection for my lunch - it's such a shame that it's not there any more

unidentified bug

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:42

I agree with Edd.

Also, encourage blue tits and long tailed tits into your garden - they'll feast on the ones in your hedgerow - and most roses don't need to be over-wintered in a greenhouse - if they were outside they'd be less likely to suffer f rom whitefly problems.


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:50

BL - I just love andouillette - haven't had any for years - can't get them here

Garden makeover - Japanese cherry

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:42

Hi John

It looks as if the meadow behind your garden is used for grazing cattle/horses - wisteria is toxic so would be a potential problem if grown within reach of grazing animals. 

Border or digging spade

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:35

I'm a retired female of 5'7" - I've always been quite strong (farmer's daughter and ex-smallholder) I've always used border spades and forks - perfectly up to most jobs if you use them sensibly.  I value my back

spuds under polythene

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:29

The earthing up isn't just to keep the light out and the potatoes from turning green - it actually increases the yield as the more of the stem that is underground the more potatoes it grows.

Farmers used to use polythene over potatoes to keep frost off and warm the soil, but I'm assured by my brother (large potato farmer in every sense of the word ) that fleece produces better crops that also store better due to more even uptake of water.  They only use fleece now for potatoes.


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:25

Hi Alex   Welcome aboard!


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:16

Looks lovely Fritillary

Well done Pdoc - I chucked out loadsa old text books and work stuff etc yesterday - must be that time of year

Washing dry, folded and put by rad in study to air.  House gleaming.  Halo polished

Poor OH had to go in to work as a colleague is off with food poisoning - he usually has Mondays off - so the trip to the tip will have to wait. 


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 12:18

It sounds to me as if the shrubs are in need of re-potting.  The soil has become acidic, compacted and stale.  Remove the shrubs from the pots and repot either in John Innes No 3 or ericaceous compost if they are ericaceous plants.  Make sure there is plenty of drainage in the pots and add extra grit if needed.  

When repotting first give them a good soaking then tease out some of the roots to make sure they're not rootbound and gently remove the moss and soil from the top - put them into slightly larger containers so they will have new compost at the bottom, around the sides and on top. 

Finish off the top with gravel or grit.

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