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Posted: 09/11/2014 at 17:59

Clari - we've just had some spicy squash soup from the freezer with wholemeal toast - there's some left if that's any good?


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 17:12

Hello folks, we're back

The weather was awful on the way down to Suffolk, and we had to drive very carefully through three areas of significant flooding in the Waveney Valley - any deeper and I'd have turned around and called the trip off.

Anyway we got there but it was too wet to take Pa to the Parade and Silence, so OH and I watched the service from Whitehall with them.

After we'd been there a couple of hours it was their lunchtime, so we left and went to the war memorial to place a cross for Pa's younger brother who was killed over Germany in 1944 - he's buried in Kiel cemetery.

By then the rain had stopped and the sun was shining, and OH and I went for a stroll and lunch on the on the the pier.

Now I'll have a read back and see what you lot have been up to ....


Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:46

Is the compost bin on bare earth or on concrete or similar?  I would do best on bare earth.  I think I'd get a bag of horse manure - you can buy them for £1 bagged up on the side of the road if you take a drive out into the countryside - put that in the bottom of the bin - then build your heap on top of it.   You'll get some worms doing it like that.


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:20

The more worms you have the better  your soil and garden will be. They don't do any harm at all. 

It'll be mice, birds or squirrels eating your bulbs.

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:17

Agree with Colin above .... and aerate it - poke a garden fork into it once a week and jiggle it around to stir it up.


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 09:17

Washing on the line?  Trim the hedge?  Not here Clari - lovely weather for ducks here!!!  The Lovely Home have just said it's tipping down there too so there's no way we can take Pa to the Parade and War Memorial.  I'll do the honours with the cross for his brother, and then we'll go and watch the wreath laying at the Cenotaph with them on the telly. 

  Is it really a good idea to stand on the bonnet to trim the hedge???  Nothing to grab on to in case of sudden earthquake ....

Alliums in pots - roots coming through the bottom already?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 08:52

Hi Jack

I think they'll be fine where they are - growth will slow down when the colder weather arrives

I take it you'll plant them deeper in the spring when you put them in the border?

Astible leaf browning

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 08:35

Hi Paul

Astilbes like semi-shade and damp roots, although they can cope with more sun if they're somewhere wet like a bog garden.

In my experience they're not really suitable for pots and baskets.  Also astilbes die down over the winter and re-emerge in the late spring. 

Chilli and garlic questions

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 07:59

I've just googled 'Scotch bonnet no heat' and found several sites where people are complaining about this.  There's a seller on Amazon with some very poor feedback re Scotch bonnet chillies. 

It sounds to me as if there's a duff batch of seed out there somewhere.  I would talk to the garden centre you bought your plants from and give them some constructive feedback. 

I've grown several different varieties this summer, only moderate heat-types as we're not real chilli-heads, and grown outside in our garden we've harvested chillies with really good flavour and plenty of heat, so it doesn't seem as if it's anything to do with the weather conditions this year.


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 07:37

Morning Lesley   I hope it's drier where you are or the dog will have to be towelled dry and spend the morning in front of the fire!!!  Fresh pot of coffee just made

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