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Posted: 19/01/2015 at 13:35

Frank - WUM was a first-time poster who's obviously lurked here for a while and thought he'd try to stir up some trouble.  Mods removed his post as soon as they got to work


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 13:33
David K wrote (see)

Not sure it's WUMs we should worry about....according to The Andrew Marr show yesterday, terrorists are using gardening websites (among others) to spread the word.  

That might explain a lot Just as well most gardeners aren't that gullible

Should I plant conifers now (Mid Jan) or wait for it to warm up

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 13:00

Pot-grown trees can be planted at any time of the year providing the ground isn't frozen at the time of planting.

However, conifers can catch the wind and are difficult to stake effectively - for this reason I'd suggest waiting until late spring, after the worst of the March winds are over.  That way the roots can get growing and start to anchor the tree before the autumn gales! 


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 12:56

Well, BBC weatherman Peter Gibbs hosts GQT from time to time, so the precedent has been set .... you never know your luck Salino


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 12:11

A bit worrying, as my son's an Antique Dealer


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 12:02
hollie hock wrote (see)

Think 30s & 40s are termed "pre war"

Hardly, given that WW1 was 1914-1918 and WW2 was 1939-1945


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 11:16
hollie hock wrote (see)

"BTW, how old do you have to be, to be classed as antique?"

Only found this out recently but anything from 1950s -1970s can be loosely called "mid century" ....

That is more or less the middle of the century so hardly surprising

hollie hock wrote (see)
...  I like Monty but again he was the presenter when I started gardening

It was Percy Thrower when I started - Monty is quite a newcomer for some of us

Winterwatch BBC2

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 10:55

Hurrah!  Thanks are due to the wonderful Mods - they've corrected my mistake

Now it's saying the right time


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 10:10

Speaking of which, has anyone noticed the Birds Eye tv ads for bagged up chopped onion etc - just tip it into a pan, add water, rice and peas and voila - you have a risotto NOT!!!  It looks absolutely revolting.


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 10:06

David - it's called 'added value'  - you can charge much more for something if you've done something to it, even if it didn't need doing and also even if it makes the food de-grade faster than it would have done if it was left whole - that way the customer will have to buy some more sooner than they would have done otherwise.  

Selling it in slightly larger amounts than anyone needs is also good 'cos that way you sell more than you would do otherwise but it gets thrown away 'cos it's past it's sell by date!!!

Convince the customer that it's more convenient like that and you're on your way to your first million!

I made scones yesterday with buttermilk - the sell by date on the buttermilk was 18 Dec but it was perfectly fine to use and the scones are fab. 


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