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Posted: 22/01/2016 at 15:07

It's too early for them - the most important ingredient in gardening is patience ... and lots of it.  When the weather was warmer some budded up, but the cooler weather has slowed things down.

Also some varieties bloom later than others.

If they're in bud you'll get flowers ... and hopefully when the weather isn't rough so the flowers won't get bashed about and damaged.

Planting bare root apple trees

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 14:13

Today is definitely too wet ... my herb garden is ankle deep in water


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 13:42

DD ((hugs)) hope they can sort you out   very soon ((hugs)).


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 13:41

That menu plan is unusually 'meaty' for us  - we usually have fish at least once a week - I often get some from the harbour when I visit Ma, and a fish van visits the farm shop on Sundays and Wednesdays - I might go down to Southwold Harbour on Tuesday when I visit Ma, in which case I'll either freeze what I get or we'll alter the planned menu.

And now I've heard that Wonky's visiting on Thursday and we'll have lunch in the city together, so I may get some fish from one of the very good fish stalls on the market, causing yet another change of plan - but things can always be popped in the freezer

LilyP - love a good organic chicken   Tonight's supper is the fourth meal from a lovely organic chicken we had from the farm shop - we had pot-roast chicken with veg and potatoes that were cooked in the pot with it, then I made some of the resulting stock into a cream sauce to serve with some of the chicken and veg re-heated and the same mix has also been made into a chicken ham and asparagus pie (with the addition of half a pack of sandwich ham and some asparagus that's been languishing in the freezer as there wasn't enough to do much with). 

Now the carcass has been stripped and is simmering with the rest of the stock and some more veg and some pearl barley - about 40 mins before serving I'll add some chunks of potatoes and 20 mins later I'll add a load of sliced leeks.  I might add some suet dumplings as well   There'll be plenty for the two of us for supper and for OH to take to work for his lunch.   

BL - you can get burgers like that in the UK - they're not all horrid flat cardboard with loads of additives.  Waitrose fresh ones are great - that being said I usually make my own from some good minced beef and seasoning.


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:11

Back from trip to farm shop - laden with food for the next week.  We have braised oriental-style brisket with noodles tomorrow, a pheasant to pot-roast for Sunday, Monday will be haggis and neeps for me and a pasty made from leftover pheasant and black pudding for OH, Tuesday we'll have sausages, bacon and cabbage cooked together in the slow cooker sort of French 'chou-croute' style, then we have pork chops with fennel, and cauliflower cheese for Thursday and Friday.  That's the week taken care of. 

Tonight's supper is Cock-a-leekie soup made with the remains of the chicken we had earlier in the week. 

Tree suggestions

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:29


Good morning and welcome ElenaP

I would go for a row of pleached hornbeam - they will mask the solidity of the metal building and compliment the traditional materials of your lovely stone barn.

What an exciting project! 

Good luck

 Pleached hornbeam


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:52

Wonky ((hugs)) to your lovely hub - tell him his MIL says Get Well Soon

Have a good day

Simplify Gardening - Close to perfect tools?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:17
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@ KT53: From what I've seen and heard so far, cats are really the demons of the gardening community - it would be quite an interesting concept to design but I'd have to double check if I'd be allowed to proceed down that route, ahaha.

I do have an idea for it though but I'm not sure if it currently exists - you can get PIR sensors that effectively take an 'image' of the surround environment (well whatever it fits into its viewing angle) and then if something changes, they send out a signal.

So theoretically speaking, you could connect several of these sensors so that the entire garden is mapped and then if a cat (which would be a suitably large change in the environment) comes along, you play a sound at a frequency that only the cat can hear (like a cat whistle or something, ahaha) which would probably send it packing. And of course, this would only work when a change occurs so the system itself would be quite 'intelligent'.



I worry that something like that would also deter the hedgehogs that visit this garden ... perhaps if you go down that route you could investigate whether that would happen?








Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:09

Hosta - try to get more sleep   Mrs Thatcher used to boast about managing on only 4.5 hours a night, and look what happened to her!!!

Fg, keep the hatches battened and the dinghy at the ready!  Keep safe! ((hugs))

New lawn maintenance

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:05

I'll just mention too that winter fertiliser is for application in the autumn to prepare the grass for the winter.  No point in applying it in the winter as the grass isn't growing. 

Also, I wouldn't put fertiliser on what is still a very young lawn

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