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raspberry progress ...

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 19:17

They look fine - that's what they do, send up new growth from underground.  They could probably do with a bit of water, compost in bottom pic looks a bit dry - and have your worked out how you're going to support them - they'll get quite top heavy and blow over unless you have some system sorted out. 

Lawnmower grumbles...

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 19:13

It wouldn't take long to cut it by hand with a pair of garden shears, if your legs and back are still of the bendy variety - I used to cut a little lawn like this - bit past it now

Or as I've said elsewhere, Auctioneers' Deadstock Sales can be sources of good second hand gardening equipment - and it's free entertainment and usually a cheap cuppa and a bun can be had 


What is this weed?

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 19:03

Celandine - if you can keep it there it's very pretty in a hedge bottom - depends on whether you like the natural look or not. 

Lawn Mower for Rough Grass

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 15:03

It might be an idea to check out some local Auctioneers' deadstock sales - you'd be surprised what you can pick up in the way of gardening equipment for very little expense - and a petrol motor mower can usually be got into reasonable shape for that sort of work by someone with a knack for that sort of thing. 

We had a rough area that needed to be mown a few times a year and that's how we got our mower.

Good luck 

Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 14:34

Frank, I can assure you that your absence has been commented on and several people expressed the hope that it was not because of illness or anything untoward.  

As for double-digging, I remember advocating this to someone last autumn - and although some felt that this was unnecessary, I was not shouted down

Some regulars are no longer here, but some of us remain, and we have lots of new regulars too, some even older than I (and I've retired since we last 'spoke') - several of whom also believe that there will always be a place for more traditional methods.

It is good to 'see' you. 

Difficulty removing invasive plant

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 14:26

Stephen, to post a photo on here click on the green tree icon on the toolbar at the top of where you type your post and follow the instructions.

Tomatoes - in or out

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 13:14

Palaisglide!!!  Welcome - how very good to see you - you've been missed!!! 

Slugs in kitchen

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 13:12

A friend used to have this problem - some were getting in through a hole in the wall around the sink waste pipe (she blocked the hole) but most were getting in under the door (it doesn't have to be a big gap for a slug to slide through).  

We sprinkled (well spread really) a thick layer of cheap salt along the outside of the back door step and along the wall.  No slugs in the kitchen any more!!!  

Don't forget to replenish the salt after rain.  


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 13:07

Hello folks - I'm back   

I've done something I've never ever done before!  I've bought 3 pairs of shoes at once!!!   Well, Hotter were doing a deal where you got £40 off if you bought 3 pairs, and that meant the third pair I chose was free 'cos they'd already been reduced, and they're all so comfy and I've not bought a new pair of shoes for ages and ages..... I usually have such awful problems getting shoes that are comfy as my feet are so wide and I have very high insteps, but all three pairs are attractive and comfortable so ..... it had to be done!!!  That'll probably be enough shoes for a couple of years! One pair of trainers (they'll post them 'cos they didn't have the colour I wanted), one pair of sandals for the summer, and one pair of heeled peep-toes, in case I need to dress up a bit 

And I got a new nightie and some undies (some for Ma, some for me) and some line-caught cod fillet from the market for supper - we'll have that with  a chorizo, butter beans and  smokey paprika and tomatoey stewy sort of a thing

I changed my library books too and had a brunch of a ham & cheese toastie and a big mug of good coffee.  Just as well I came home or I'd have spent out - the garage will phone me later this afternoon and I'll get a cab down to pick the car up.  

chilli plants

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 12:58

Chilli thread here 

but to save time - no, don't put them outside yet - I'd wait until June 

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