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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Hello from a newbie

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:58

Hi Jennie and welcome   What a lovely garden you have - and great raised beds

Space in veg bed

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:17

When your early potatoes are over it'll be the perfect time to sow Pak choi and Mizuna and those oriental-type mustard leaves. If you sow them earlier in the year they tend to bolt and run to seed, but sown later in the season they keep going much longer

Also Swiss chard can be sown then to provide a crop into autumn - then allow it to stay in place over winter and you may well get some more pickings from it before spring gets going. 


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 11:17
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

Lesley, we buy the " perfectly ripe" brie, leave it about a fortnight past its date, then leave it out overnight before eating it. Yum. I hate cold cheese.

We do the same - and also with our local Norfolk Binham Blue and Stilton.  They live on top of the garage fridge while maturing, rather than inside it   And as for yoghurt, creme fraiche, cream etc - we always have the 'past sell by' stuff from the farm shop and then I'll happily use it quite a while afterwards - sniff it first - if it doesn't smell foul then I'll taste it - if it tastes ok then we use it. 

It's jolly chilly here too - indoor jobs are being seen to - trying to sort out the upstairs study that has lots of the Aged P's paperwork as well as our own, then became a general dumping ground when the builders arrived. 


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 11:08

Sounds like the equivalent of the village hall dances I used to go to - all the males in the bar - all the females through in the dance hall  

They grew up eventually ....

New Gardener - Big Garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 10:15

Join a local gardening club - they're not just for experts - I'm sure some of the members would be thrilled to come round and give a few pointers in exchange for a cuppa and piece of cake (or glass of beer or whatever)

Or even have a look at gardens around you and if you see any with plants that look similar to yours, try to engage the owner in conversation - ask questions and explain that you've just taken on a lovely garden and you don't want to spoil it - most gardeners are just as kind and helpful as us and love to help

Good luck and don't forget to keep coming back here with photos, queries and progress reports


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 07:57

Welcome Wonky Legs - looking forward to watching the progress

Pant ID

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 07:49

My initial thought would be a euphorbia of some type, but there are so many different ones, and I can't get the pictures to enlarge.

Scout project.

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 07:27

What about just planting a load of early potatoes?  Just the right time of year and you should get a crop in 12 weeks.  Not too much maintenance to do - just some gentle weeding and earthing up. 

You'd be surprised how many children just don't know where potatoes come from, and the magic of planting potatoes and getting lots back never ceases to amaze them.  Then they can take the crop home with them or maybe you can even cook and eat them all together. 

I did it with a group of young children years ago - each of them brought a couple of potatoes from home, most of them had started to develop shoots as that's what I'd asked for - but they don't need to have shoots - commercial growers don't chit potatoes.  They were amazed at how they grew and how many potatoes they got and they were so proud to take them home and eat them - most children will eat potatoes

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 07:12


This is nothing compared to a lot of others ,but my mum of 83 has an appointment at the hospital , they have cancelled it a few times .we now have one at short notice for next week.  My Husband  cannot take her as he is needed elsewhere, so they say they can provide transport but only for her .I have to get a taxi and meet her's usually a taxi that comes for my mum , it's just that because it's been paid for I am not allowed to go in the same one .!  

Last time they said I. Wasn't allowed to go with her in the same taxi I thought it was picking others up .but no just my mum ............ 


Granma - when you contact the hospital transport people tell them that the letter from the hospital says that your Mum must be accompanied.  If that doesn't work then contact the Consultant's secretary who sent the appointment letter and explain the problem.  I used to get this problem when working with people with severe disabilities - the transport department are given targets and have to stick by them - often the consultants don't know that they have to stipulate to the transport lot that the patient needs an escort. 

Good luck


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 06:50

Good morning all  

Couldn't get on yesterday morning then got involved in baking and knitting and cooking supper and ...... well, the time just flew by. 

Flippin cold here - no gardening done other than inspection of primroses ............... oh, and I've got flowers on my broad beans   Not many insects about yet tho' 

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