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Favourite garden task?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 07:02

I like it all, weeding, digging, sowing, pruning, planting, potting .... the list goes on and on  

But the two things I enjoy the most are:

  1.  watching the wildlife using the garden, the hedgehogs,  woodmice, birds, frogs, toads, newts, grass snake, insects and bats.
  2. sitting on the garden bench having a cup of coffee or glass of wine with OH, looking at the garden and making plans.

And I nearly forgot - I get a lot of satisfaction from going out into the garden, picking some veg or fruit and preparing a meal with it.



Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 06:54

A friend who is seriously ill has had several calls from these crooks - because she has refused to do as they ask they have also left abusive messages on her answerphone.  They have reduced her to tears.  She has contacted the police.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 06:43

Good morning Fidget - second mug of coffee needed here - kettle's on. 

Those seem to be my normal hours here in the UK

There's a very grey sky out there and occasional squally showers of rain on the window.  Two cats have just had a very noisy tussle around our bins.  The lid of the food waste bin is broken (I've notified the council and am waiting for a replacement) so I hope the cats haven't littered the garden with the crab shells that I put in there yesterday

Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 06:33

Mike - these phone calls are not from Windows!!!!  This is a well-known scam and they are trying to hack into your computer, get your personal details and rob you.  Microsoft Windows will never phone you. 

Have a look here

If they phone again just hang up straight away - do not do anything that they say.  Do not worry about offending them.  They have plenty of other people on their list to phone and try to rob.


Should I plant Victoria plum?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:49

Oh, it isn't in italics now

Should I plant Victoria plum?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:48
When we had a Victoria we put wooden props (like clothes props) under the branches when they began to sag because of a heavy crop. It worked.  Don't know why it's in italics


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:33

Hi Wills, I'm afraid not.  Sweet peas and most climbers need something to climb up by various means.  Sweet peas have tendrils that twirl around netting, canes twigs or similar. 

Clematis wind their leaf stems around trellis or wires. 

Ivy will cling onto walls and fences without any other form of support, so will the climbing hydrangea, but they can get heavy and pull a fence down.

Sweet peas have to be sown fresh every year - you can sow them in the autumn and overwinter them, or in the spring.  Here is a thread devoted to growing them

Holly Bush monoecious or dioecious ?????

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:12

JC Van Tol is a really useful holly. 

But according to this website and several others I've checked, Blue Princess is a female and needs a pollinator - my guess is there's a male within bee-flying distance.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:57

We eat lots of game.  I usually pot-roast pheasant in good cider, with apples/quince stuffed inside the cavity.  Any leftovers get turned into a pasty filling with some black pudding added. 

As for partridge, I flash roast them on a high heat for about 30 mins then leave it to rest - this is the best recipe I know  delicious

Tonight's we're having Confit pheasant legs and panfried pheasant breast with apple and black pudding, sweet potato mash and curly kale.

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