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Posted: 22/11/2013 at 17:04

I've made a pretty tasty Hawthorn wine from the berries in the past.  You can also use them in a Hedgerow jelly Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a recipe on the net. 

Clare is gorgeous


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 16:35
Ginglygangly wrote (see)

We lived in a little village near Mildenhall. .... Happy days

I know the area , it's lovely around there.   I lived further east, in the area between Debenham, Saxmundham and Halesworth.  

Bread and cheese is the new hawthorn leaves in the spring - really tasty 

Decomposition of Racehorse Poo

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 16:27

If it's just the 'lumps' from the stable and field pickings, I'd spread it on bare areas of the veg patch now and let winter and the worms do their work.  In the spring most of it will have been incorporated into the soils and all you 'll need to do is fork it over and get growing. 

If you've too much to do that with, then use  some of  it in layers  when building your usual compost heap - it'll serve as an 'activator' and get the compost working really quickly. 

2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 16:18

Can I suggest that you cost this out carefully - hard landscaping materials can be really expensive as can the stuff you need for a water feature, and it would be a shame to get short of funds and have to economise on the planting 

2014 - The year of the garden

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 13:43

Verdun - we couldn't keep our labrador out of ponds and rivers - very embarrassing at the Canal Pond at Chatsworth  

Can I repot in Winter

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 13:37

How much root has grown into the soil below?  I think I'd try to ease the root out of the soil.

I'm not an acer expert, but my instinct says raise the pot off the ground onto little pot feet or even a triangle of bricks to improve drainage, and wrap the pot itself in a few layers of bubble wrap.  

You say the tree is doing quite well and it's obviously survived a few winters where it is.  Apart from raising and lagging the pot I would leave it as is for the moment and repot (using ericaceous compost) in March.

But as I say, I'm not an acer expert - let's see what the others say 

silly quotes

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 12:47

At one time Maltesers were advertised as 'the chocolates with the less fattening centres' - Oh the lies and deception practised in advertising 

Problem Ordering Free Plants on line

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 12:23

Maybe it's just a bit too early?

Anyway, this'll bump the question up in case someone else has any suggestions.

Can you get a Bay Plant?

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 12:17

I'm growing one in a pot for my daughter - I took it as a sucker from a biggish bay that was in the middle of the lawn here when we moved in.  I think it must've been in the autumn when I potted it up - but don't see why it wouldn't work just as well, if not better, in the spring 


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 12:06
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

I would like to thank all my friends for all the well wishes.

I have changed my antibiotics and steroids to try and shake this chest infection god willing I should soon start to feel better.

It's a good job the OH is a Doctor as I was rushed through A&E Yesterday I plan to go down with some choc's to thank them next week "It's the right thing to do" again thank you for the well wishes


Not 'clueless' about everything then James - that was a very wise choice of OH!!! 

Hope you're feeling much better very soon. 

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