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Posted: 01/02/2016 at 06:31

Good morning all   G'day Pat   Interesting article !

A Pinch and a Punch for the First of the Month!!!  and no returns!!!

Temp dropped to 5C overnight, but up to 12.6C already this morning!  

Today's big plan is to encourage OH to fix up a couple of bird boxes that have been waiting ... think they need to go up Now!!!

Runner Beans

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 06:24

Tell us more about your beans and how you grow them please.  Whereabouts I the world are you?

Some photos of the whole bean plants and close ups of the flowers and beans would be helpful.

To upload a photo you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post.

What is the name of the variety of bean you are growing?


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 19:32

Clari - just an approach from ACAS (to give them advice) can seriously concentrate their minds and make the focus and prioritise - with them mediating it can be done without ill-will and nastiness.  ((hugs))

box hedge to wide and leaning over

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:17
Pauline 7 wrote (see)

Show them this page  

And ask them if they want things to be done properly, or if they really want their garden to remain an untidy mess


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:12

Clari - that's bullying in the workplace and totally unacceptable (apart from the other unacceptable stuff) .  Contact ACAS for advice and support.

A friend has recently found them incredibly helpful in a similar situation. 


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

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