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cancer has meant I can't manage my garden

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 08:02

Hi Trudi - what a lovely garden ... and a lovely rabbit   

I'm sorry to hear you're not well at the moment - I hope your make a good recovery very soon and that the treatment isn't too bad.

I'm wondering whether the Macmillan Forum members may have some ideas of where you might get support for your garden http://community.macmillan.org.uk/ .  I've known them to help out in all sorts of very practical ways.

Good luck 

cross pollination of apple trees

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 07:54

Hello  Marion  - yes please - do keep us posted - and if we use obscure gardening speak let us know  - rough and lumpy we understand 

I'd like to get those branches from below the graft union removed as soon as possible - use a pair of sharp secateurs and cut them flush with the trunk - but if you're not sure it can wait until your great niece has shown us a pic 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 07:40

Good morning everyone I've not said good morning to 

Pdoc - I've got to go to the supermarket - chuck your list over here and I'll do yours too 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 07:39
KEF wrote (see)

How strong was that Campari that Dove had ? She's usually here by now.

I had another after that one KEF 

Glad Starchild is growing on you Verdun - at East Ruston it's grown in the Cutting Garden so I presume they use it for flower arranging - I think it's the sort of flower which might look fairly ordinary on it's own, but in the right company it can absolutely sing out 

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 07:31

For the past two years I've been using Notcutts own reduced peat compost and it's been absolutely fine - absolutely no problems.  I've also had a 50ltre bag of Clover which I've been very pleased with - I bought it while visiting a small nursery - I was looking for something to use for seeds and pricking out - the nursery owner said it was what they use and their plants were really lovely.   I've used a lot of compost this year - 30+ tomato plants in large bucket-sized pots, plus other tubs and pots.

I am concerned about damage caused by peat extraction but both brands state that the peat they use is not from areas of scientific interest.  I may  be being naive about it and if so I'm sure someone will tell me.  However when I've used composts with a high coir content it's set into solid blocks in the pots, no matter what the watering regime has been.  And as I think someone else has said, transporting coir from halfway across the world must have an environmental impact too ..............

Poor Fruit

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 07:17

How much water has it had?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 07:16

Good morning all   

I slept like a log and had some very strange dreams! and then woke late (for me!)  - only had once mug of coffee so far!

But I have been out in the garden and checked on things - hedgehogs have eaten their supper  - the strange unidentified squash that is growing from the homemade compost I spread on the veg patch is now halfway up the raspberries in the northerly direction, halfway across the french beans in the westerly direction, and encroaching on the lawn in the southerly direction, and has two flowers on it.  I wonder what it will produce - if anything? 

And Verdun, I keep meaning to tell you - Starchild has flower buds 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:13

Lily - I left work on 5 November - you may have noticed that there were fireworks!!! 

Have a lovely celebration with nice colleagues - if grotbags notices maybe the penny will drop!!! 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:07

Hello folks - I'm back   

Used to listen to Chris Evans on the way to work - I do listen to him in the morning at home, but it's not the quite same as frightening fellow commuters by singing along to How do you like your egg in the morning? with my top down while stuck in the traffic on the Riverside 

Spent a nice time with son - we did some shopping - he made lunch then he cut the hedge (neighbour's brambles invading ) and I sprayed some green alkanet .

Then I visited the Aged Ps - Pa was frail but fine - Ma was confused and cantankerous and no one could do anything right - it's at times like this I'm sort of relieved that she can't walk more than a few steps 'cos she'd be a nightmare 

I stayed for quite a while to try to help her relax but it didn't really do a lot of good - when I walked out I felt like screaming  - stopped off at a little shop and bought a Diet Coke to keep me going on the journey home ( it's just over an hour).  

I'd bought some meat from son's butcher for supper, but when I got home OH sat me in the sofa, gave me a very large Campari and soda and made a quick supper of bacon, eggs, fried tomatoes and fried new potatoes - served with Stokes Bloody Mary tomato sauce - fabulous comfort food and a fabulous OH - I am very lucky 

Bekkie - hope you're recovered very soon ((hugs))

Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:51

We like to eat young beetroot roasted with a sour cream dressing, sometimes with the addition of some horseradish (brilliant accompanying roast beef).

And a few years ago I made a Beetroot chilli relish - it was fabulous - I made loads of it and included it in some Christmas hampers for friends and rellies.  Everyone loved it.

I bookmarked the link to the website, but it seems that the site is down   but if anyone is into pickles and chutney making it would be pretty easy to reproduce - it involved raw grated beetroot, a sprinkling of chilli flakes, a mix of cider and balsamic vinegar and dark muscavado sugar if I remember correctly 

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