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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Too late to force bulbs

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 09:42

I agree re the bulb fibre Roger - give them some proper compost to feed the bulbs and then they'll last for more than the one year.  Bulb fibre is just for growing and throwing away 

I also agree about not trying to rush the bulbs - pot them up and leave them outside until they've got flower buds - then if you want them inside bring them in and enjoy them then outside for the summer, feed and nurture those bulbs and plant them out in the garden in the autumn and they'll reward you for several springs to come 

Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 04/12/2013 at 09:35

I also use FB&B for most things, and organic pelleted chicken manure.  I also use Westland organic Farmyard manure - particularly on the veg patch where it is rapidly improving the structure as well as the fertility of our very free draining sandy loam.


Posted: 04/12/2013 at 06:41

Morning Chicky  

Knee is mending, thanks for asking.  Feels a bit stiff and tender but it has been worse.  

I love Christmas leftovers - one of the best things ever is making a Pastilla with left-over turkey - absolutely fab!!!


Posted: 04/12/2013 at 06:27

If they're not very productive now they're not going to do well in pots.  I agree with Bob - find it an out of the way corner and then spend a bit of time preparing the plot really well - it will repay you in crumbles and pies and have you tried R Blanc's recipe for rhubarb sorbet?  Delicious!!!

And when it grows well because of the good preparation of the soil, it'll be a pleasure to look at too, statuesque and gorgeous - at least the equal of it's ornamental cousins. 


Posted: 04/12/2013 at 06:19

Good morning all - body clock's forgotten I've retired!!!


Sounds like it's Verdun making the mess!!!

Definitely hedgehog poo.  Hedgehog will be hibernating in the pampas  It takes a while for them to settle - they don't just 'switch off' immediately, and we've seen them come out in the daytime to gather more leaves to improve their 'duvet'.  How exciting 

I'm not a huge turkey fan either, although if we have one we usually get a free range black one from the farm shop and they're much more tasty than the more usual ones.  This year, as there's only going to be a few of us for Christmas lunch, we're having a goose - I do love goose.  OH has ordered it from work.  Next mission is to identify a couple of bottles of French Pinot Noir to go with it 


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 19:26


Hi Lily and Mrs G   I got some paperwork done 

Punkdoc - thanks for reminding me - the level in the bottle's getting a bit low 



Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:54

And the bees just love them 

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:22

Another one perfect for dribbling over ice cream then 

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:10

Artjak that looks fantastic - and will be ready by Christmas!!! 

Pollarding lime trees

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 17:46

That's a good point - my son inherited a holly which had obviously grown from a dropping from a bird sitting on top of a telegraph post.  The holly was getting much too big for where it was, not to mention that it was about to get tangled in the wires - British Telecom paid for it to be taken down. 

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