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Posted: 14/07/2016 at 08:53

Good morning all  

Get well soon Pat ((hugs))

Sunshine here ... so far it looks like a gardening day ... I'd better get dressed ............ 

GWRS - I love tripe - with salt & vinegar, or tripe and onions, Trippa alla Romana ... every which way 

Perfect hedge

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 14:53

I'm not happy with the idea of trying to grow hornbeam in a space 12" wide with a soil depth of 9" 

Nuisance Birds...

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 14:31
Redwing says:

As Dove said, 'Crow Country' is very good but it is by Mark Cocker, not Andrew.  I recommend it to anyone interested in Rooks and their close cousins, Jackdaws.

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Gardener's Garters

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 14:17

A wonderfully packaged parcel of Gardener's Garters (or as OH calls it, Monty's Braces ) has arrived and has been potted up to grow on for a few weeks before I plant it out.  

Thank you so much B3 - I'm very grateful ((hugs)) 

Starting a new bed

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 13:59

I agree with Fidgetbones - use glyphosate and allow all the weeds to die off until they're brown before digging over.  The ground elder may need more than one application.  

I would also put in a vertical barrier of some type (something like this )  to prevent ground elder that is amongst the hedge bottom from spreading back into your garden.

Be careful not to spray the hedge when treating the bed with glyphosate.  

New job

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 10:45

Congratulations Bulkerb - fantastic news 

Nuisance Birds...

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 09:16

There have been a lot of studies of rooks and crows - a marvellous book is Crow Country by Andrew Cocker .

Rookeries have been recorded in Britain since the Domesday Book - rooks are important to agriculture - the rooks feast on all sorts of soil-dwelling bugs that would damage the farmers' crops.  Just try Googling Rookery Farm and see how many there are !!!  A really important part of the history of the British countryside ... and yes, for 20+ years I lived just a few yards from a large rookery ... I loved hearing them calling as I woke on a sunny summer morning. 


Posted: 13/07/2016 at 07:29

Good morning all 

Overcast here at the moment but the sun is making a brave effort - the rain is expected later this afternoon ... apparently. 

Pat, I've got the brighter of the two green yarns. 

The plan for today involves a bit of gardening, then tennis. After lunch it will depend on the weather as to whether I finish sewing up the last sweater and start the knew one, or do more gardening.

Supper will be pan fried lambs liver with red onion marmalade, new potatoes and spring cabbage.

Pat, we enjoy eating offal and love stuffed ox heart - my butcher explained the reason for the heart to be cut open and examined and it did seem sensible - I still stuff the heart with sage and onion and sew it up. Ma used to call it Mock Goose. 

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What's eating my beetroot, Swiss chard & pea seedlings??

Posted: 12/07/2016 at 21:22

For the first year ever on this garden we're losing lots of seedlings to slugs. We've ordered nematodes and the arrived this afternoon. They'll be applied this week 


Posted: 12/07/2016 at 18:52

Supper's over, OH is washing up - I was looking forward to starting the new knitting project but whast with starting my day at 4am this morning, and having just had a large glass of something white and chilled, I'm feeling very 

See you in the morning folks - sweet dreams 

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