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The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 08:04

Didn't think there was anything wrong with your post Verdun - just thought you were being 'careful' - nothing wrong with that. 

Think Mollis has been posting here for a while with no signs of malign intent  - however, there have been some difficulties lately and some of us are feeling just a little bruised, even if we're tough old birds


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 07:59


We've got a lovely view from our window at the moment - the slightly waning moon hanging in a misty grey western sky - so still and calm. 

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 07:18

And you need to choose the correct variety for your purpose. 

There are 'early' varieties which you harvest early as smaller carrots and 'maincrop' varieties which you leave in the ground to grow large and harvest in the autumn/winter.

Log burner

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 06:29

It sounds to me as if it's been wrongly installed and needs a liner.  Think that friendly conversation needs to happen sooner rather than later ... there should be no problem with using logs in a properly installed stove designed for them.  Much nicer smell than coal or solid fuel.

But burning unseasoned logs with an unlined chimney can cause a fire hazard as the tar collects and soaks into the chimney bricks making them flammable. 

You and your neighbour should be able to get advice from a chimney sweep registered with HETAS

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 06:18

I was on the old Beeb board (under a different name) for a while but left because of trolling and bullying - not affecting me but it ruined the forum for everyone.

I know this forum's not perfect, but it's as near as dammit (and the new improved version will be even better) and is, IMHO  the best there is for gardeners

I understand the reason for the tone of Verdun's reply - other forums have been targeted by the same trolls who targeted the BBC forum,  especially at weekends, bank holidays and Christmas breaks when there are few Mods around to deal with them.

However, I don't think that Mollis is one of them

Turf not looking good

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 06:07

Hi Jonboy   to post a picture on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions ... hope that helps.  If it doesn't let us know


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 06:04

Good morning all   G'day Pat

I hope any affected by flooding are ok ... awful awful times. 

Nice to see those who've been away reporting back - glad everyone had a good Christmas

I'd not slept well the night before, so was really tired last night and went to bed before Aidan came on tv .... it's been taped and I'll watch it this evening.  I slept solidly through the night so I hope that my sleep pattern is back to normal. 

I'd better have a look around and see what's been going on ..........

How much bird food do burds eat a day?

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 05:49

They're not taking much food here at the moment - there's plenty of wild food about and the weather's mild - as soon as the temperatures drop and the birds need high energy food to help them keep warm and survive they'll be eating me out of house and home.

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 12:05

That's the one Hosta - awful isn't it?  I can think of much more respectable ways of viewing men in pants


Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:38

My last garden was an inner city north-facing back yard - I was able to grow runner and French beans, lettuces, beetroot and chard very successfully.  Chives, parsley, mint and lovage were happy in the back garden and thymes, sage and rosemary I grew as has been suggested, in containers by the front door. 

Rhubarb, gooseberries and raspberries don't need full sun, and morello cherries do best on a north-facing wall or fence. 

You'll be surprised at the amount of things you can grow.

The thing I found was that you have to cram as much into the mid-summer season when the sunlight hours are the longest - it's useless trying to grow early or late season veg in a shady plot.  The other important thing is to improve the soil with lots of home made compost and well-rotted manure so that it is dark in colour - that helps it to hold the heat.  Also important it to ensure good drainage.  Most plants can cope with lower temperatures as long as their roots aren't in sodden ground.

Good luck

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