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Posted: Yesterday at 12:48

I think it's a little unfair to be critical of anyone spending ten or fifteen grand on a garden. I know people who'll easily spend that on a holiday or two, a second hand car or even on clothes - in a year. If you have the money - why not? The two young lads in Wales spent hee haw so it doesn't always mean you have to lay out big bucks. It really comes down to what you have to spend, and how much effort you want to put in.

Good luck to them all I say, and I hope they all get a lot of enjoyment out of their plots 

Fat balls in plastic NO

Posted: Yesterday at 12:39

Isn't it dogs that like using the 'porcelain drinking bowl' Topbird....

I always use good seed or mixes. The big cheap packs are usually full of barley so they attract large flocks of pigeons.

They always used to tell you to feed the fat off the bacon to birds, robins in particular love it. Has that advice now  changed?  


Posted: Yesterday at 07:52

Morning all. Chilly here as Lesley says although I think the temp has gone up now.  Went out for bread last night about 8pm and it was down to 4 degrees so I'm  glad I covered the car when I came back. At least the birds will have dried out a bit!

KEF - the ones that annoy me are the little foil 'lids' in the milk cartons with the microscopic tongue to pull them off with - which just come off in your hand...

You've worked hard DD - I think LP will have cake for her birthday today so grab a slice before Verd gets up and scoffs it all  

Fat balls in plastic NO

Posted: Yesterday at 07:45

That's a great idea Lesley. I often make little ones using the fat from bacon when the girls have had a sarnie, but I use a ramekin lined with foil. Yours would be a real labour saving idea! I was in the local B&M ( or BAM shop as we call it -  a Scottish term which describes many of the customers ) which has big tubs of fat ball - similar price to Lyn's petshop  I think. 


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:52

My dinner almost made itself too KEF. Nice piece of ham chucked in oven and some roast carrots, broccoli and mash. Simple...just like me  

Don't like Autumn/spring/winter/summerwatch so won't be watching. Don't like any of the presenters  

I'll get my coat....night all 

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:48

Better to try growing it yourself from seed Bookertoo. Sow some in a pot on the windowsilI in spring and then sow again a few weeks later to have a succession - like lettuce. I think the plants you buy are kept in such 'managed' conditions that it's hard to keep them going. 

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 18:04

Well behaved here too philippa. Clay soil like Forester. 


It's my birthday

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 18:02

Verd - those flowers are so important when the natural order of things is changed.

Hope your niece has a lovely day 

My niece's birthday the other day too, just after mine and my Mum's. She lives on Ko Tao in Thailand - in the news recently for all the wrong reasons unfortunately.

Best wishes for tomorrow Lily Pilly. 

At least the weather's to be better than today or all your candles would have been blown out instantly! 

Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:35

I repot into fresh compost and into a bigger pot if necessary once they start into growth again in spring. They grow quickly and need plenty of sustenance to perform well. Don't be in a hurry to put them back outside - wait till they're a good size and the weather's warm enough. 

Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:57

Hi Liz, I leave the stems till they look done, and then just cut them right down to the base  

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