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Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:27

Hello again folks   I popped into the city and got some thick plastic to line the sides of the new raised beds, then  went to the market for meat and veg and then to Wagamama's and treated myself to a nice lunch and I've had my hair cut 

You lot can't half natter!

Panda, I suggested sowing a few Trailing Nasturtiums in pots on your stand thingummy, so that they trail down it like a glorious orange and gold waterfall 


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:45

Morning Punkdoc - thank your lucky stars you're not still doctoring - you could've been explaining to Ma why she was in A&E and  that she hadn't been kidnapped, but she couldn't go home RIGHT NOW!!!  

Have a lovely birthday treat - I've heard of the Black Swan from Yorkshire foodie friends, so I'll expect a full write up 

Cucumber babies - male or female?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:41

No, don't remove male flowers on melons - you need these to pollinate the females.


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:39

Oooh, Happy Birthday Clari



Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:12

No, you're right, they don't work -  contact them on this email address


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:07

Just reading the local press website and saw this - how amazing is that? 

mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:59

Mosquitoes won't breed in fast flowing rivers - they need still water, ponds, butts, buckets, cat litter trays 

I go around my gardening emptying such things frequently - and the butts are kept tightly covered, and I'm relying on the Diving Beetle larvae to eat the mosquito larvae in the wildlife pond. 

If you have mosquito larvae in your water butts you can float a thin film of cooking oil on the top - that stops them   Empty any other containers of standing water frequently. 


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 08:11

Verdun, you can have one for me, one for Ma, one for Pa and one for my son 

Buddleja Lochinch Problem

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 08:08

Hi Vicky

Stop watering!!!    Buddleia is very tough and can survive with it's roots in cracks in concrete - whilst watering it in when planting would've been just what it needed it probably only needed watering once since then at the most.  Roots need oxygen as well as water and if the ground is saturated they can't 'breathe'.  

Only water when the soil is bone dry at least an inch below the surface.  Give it two or three weeks and if you're still worried about it show us a new photo.  But remember it won't show much visible growth to start with, the roots need to grow first in order to support the plant. 



Posted: 23/05/2014 at 07:59

Good morning all  

I'd just got to bed last night when I had a phone call and then I spent most of last night 30 miles away in A&E  with Ma as she'd had a fall - no bones broken thank goodness and the plan is for her to be taken back to the care home after breakfast this morning.  She wasn't best pleased when she discovered she'd got to spend the night there, but she's not been able to get in and out of a car for some years, and the hospital transport wasn't going to take her back at 3.30am!  She had no idea why she'd gone to hospital, didn't remember falling, all a bit confused and she couldn't stay in because she was needed back on the farm in the  morning   I got to bed at 4am, so please forgive me if I'm a bit dozy today 

Such a shame 'cos my son and I were going to visit them this morning and take them out for a push and go to the pier and help them eat ice cream - but I'm not driving down there this morning after last night's escapade.

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