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Getting back into fruit & veg growing

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:08

If it's any reassurance, it does come back to you - the knowledge that you used to have.   I used to grow most of our fruit and veg on our smallholding and allotment but then I was getting on for 20 years without a veg patch - having retired just a couple of years ago, I'm surprised at what I remember, and what seems to be instinctive. 

One of the books I find most useful (and enjoyable to read) is the River Cottage Handbook No 4 - The Veg Patch, by Mark Diacono. 

Good luck


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 16:42
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Thoroughly miserable afternoon here

Afternoon has brightened up considerably - am currently outside of half a glass of Baileys - apparently MIL found herself with too many bottles of Baileys after Christmas   It would be rude not to try and help her out, wouldn't it?


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 16:16

Thoroughly miserable afternoon here - at least the morning was brighter for the bird count. 

We've taken MIL to look at wood flooring in Homebase, eaten a vast amount of roast leg of lamb and Semi-freddo (on separate plates) and we're collapsed on the sofa while OH tackles the mountain of washing up in the kitchen - bless him

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 15:35

That doesn't sound like hawthorn or prunus

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:00

There a sort of wild/cottage garden plum - very tart but great for home made wine.  I think they're more common in East Anglia than elsewhere - certainly in the area where I grew up most cottager's gardens had a tree and bullace wine was regularly entered in local Hort. Soc. shows. 

The one that grew most commonly in my area was like this

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:55

It can't hope to be a scientific study - but it can show trends, and as I said, it can encourage a wider interest.

East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:50

Looking good ... not Mondays or Fridays then ... if Wonky can make it a lift from Stowmarket would be good Topbird - it would probably suit Panda too.

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:47

We've got blackthorn hedges and bullace-type tree blossom flowering around here Nut, on sheltered hedgerows that catch a bit of sunshine. 

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:38

Apart from anything else, I think the Garden Birdwatch is a useful consciousness-raising exercise - getting people interested in the birds in their garden - many just didn't realise what they could see from their own windows - lots more people feed the birds (and join the RSPB) than used to - which has to be A Good Thing 

box hedge to wide and leaning over

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:18

I'd cut it hard back making it a foot in width and 2 feet in height in a few weeks' time.  Clear out any grass and weeds growing in the bottom and a feed of Fish, blood and bone and as Verdun says, a good mulch. 

It'll rejuvenate it and grow back thick and strong very quickly. 

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