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Mint is looking pale and yellow :(

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 09:23

I meant to say, you could split it now and take one of the pots into the conservatory For the winter and it should carry on producing shoots you can use for cooking throughout the winter. 

Mint is looking pale and yellow :(

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 09:20

Mint is perfectly Hardy, but it will die down over the winter. In early spring, before it throws up new shoots, take it out of the pot and tease out the roots.. You'll probably be able to divide the roots up into at least four portions and pot up each portion separately in individual pots. I would use a John Innes loam type compost. 

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 09:08

The diaries of Parson Woodforde hold an enduring magic that I turn to time after time, but the best book I've ever read is The Enigma of Arrival by VS Naipaul. I bought it when it was first published years and years ago and have re-read it several times getting something fresh from it every time.  I always take it with me when staying in the southwest, just to dip into, for his observations on Wiltshire.

hornbeam hedge questions

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 08:24

As has been said hornbeam makes a great formal hedge and it can be restricted to quite a narrow profile. 

With all due respect to Mike, in my experience a mixed hawthorn and R. Rugosa hedge, although great for wildlife, will use much more width and require just as much if not more trimming as hornbeam. 

As an example of hornbeam as a narrow and upright formal hedge, you can check out the way Monty Don used it to partition different areas of his garden 


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 08:04

I saw the stars earlier this morning Woody - beautiful 

good luck with the hedgehog herding Bekkie. They are quick. You'll need a helper and a largish cardboard box to herd it into. Think one man and his dog 


Posted: 20/10/2014 at 06:59
Good morning Chicky and anyone else who's about
I'm reading my book and waiting for my coffee to arrive. The seagulld are just waking up.

A little treat.

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:44

I can't see anything but I'll take your word for it. Yes please, can son have some too please? He's eaten all his supper up 

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:26

OH tidied the garage a couple of months ago 


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:21

Hi panda, good news about plumbing.  Enjoy rest of day. 

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:08

As mentioned elsewhere, the joint thingamajigs for the big cloche. Can't find them anywhere

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