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Posted: 22/01/2014 at 14:36

Haggis purchased along with swede and leeks for Burns Night (it's this Saturday folks)

Seville oranges and Demerara sugar in pantry ready for marmalade making. 

Cod, salmon and smoked haddock poaching for a pie for the weekend and a pie for the freezer.  Light lunch eaten.  Bins put out for tomorrow - weather still jolly wet - that walk isn't going to happen 

Mulching a concrete apple tree!

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 14:29

Oh bless it!!!!!!!  It's not often I'm speechless but .......

 My guess is that the tree's been there a lot longer than those buildings that have crept around it  ..... that's a venerable tree and I bet it looks fantastic when in blossom ..... but what to do to keep it happy and healthy ???????????????????

Any ideas anyone? 


fruit tree planting

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 13:16

Hi Alan - this is a helpful guide to planting distances 


No, don't let the grass grow up to the trunk - I'd leave a circle a yard in diameter around them to mulch and feed (don't let mulch touch the bark).

Tell Kate she's doing a grand job and make her a

 when she's finished 

Best Roses

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 11:04

Louise Odier is a favourite - Bourbon, gorgeous scent, flowers all summer


La Reine Victoria - another Bourbon, beautiful shaped blooms, great scent, continuous flowering 

both will look fabulous with lavender 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:55
Pottie Pam wrote (see)

.............  I heard on the radio that they are developing a drone that can identify weeds then zap them with lasers. We'll all be able to garden from our armchairs.  How long will it be before we are asking on this forum how to reprogramme our drones because they've zapped the dahlias instead of the dandelions or given the neighbour a nasty shock when she went outside in a flowery dress?

More to the point, please can they develop a drone that will zap (in the kindest possible way of course)  the strange black and white moggie that's suddenly decided my raised bed is it's favourite loo 

Flies in compost

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:22

I don't usually mind the occasional fly - got to feed the spiders with something - but those big fat Blow Flies that appear on warm winter days  they buzz around lazily and appear so malevolent 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 09:13

Punkdoc, I read somewhere that it's good to have a bit of padding as you get older as it helps guard against fractures when we fall - maybe you need a bit more?

And I have to admit that as I set off just now it started tipping down again, so I'm back indoors again - there are some days that are just not made for walking 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:48

Rain has stopped so I'll go for my stomp now - see you later folks 

Slug nematodes... yay or nay?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:39

As Verdun says, it's when those first shoots appear that the slugs and snails do their worst - I keep my eye on the border and as soon as they begin to peek through the soil I put a layer of sharp sand over and around them (about 8" diameter).  

I also make sure there's no twigs, stems, branches or leaves of other plants in the vicinity that the marauding slugs could use as a bridge to get to the delphinium shoots - they're crafty little beggars!  

We had some lovely delphinium blooms last summer 


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 08:33

I much prefer Lamb's Lettuce - easy to grow and very tasty 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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Planning planting combinations

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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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