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Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:04

Morning all. Sunny here-not quite sure what to wear- it's been such a long time since it was warm enough to go without fleeces and jackets 

Chicky-summer- we'll keep it under our hats...along with our shades...

We need to have spring first though...

Help me identify shoots please

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:39

You're way ahead of me Alan! So many of the veg seeds are tiny which does make it difficult. If you mix them in a little sand it can make it easier for little hands.

Help me identify shoots please

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:34

Alan- it's a great thing to do with your daughter and you'll have good fun! As you'll see from Busy Lizzie's pic her veg are in nice straight rows in well prepared soil and that's the best advice I can give you. It makes it easier to tell which are weeds and which are the plants you've sown! Label the end of each row too as soon as you've sown and don't sow too generously.

A few little quick growing seeds and/or some strawberries will keep your daughter interested too (especially if you can give her a little patch of her own) - they always want them to grow yesterday!! A couple of tomato plants on a window sill is a good idea as well as she'll see quite quick progress.


Posted: 16/05/2013 at 18:15

Rhodies and  azaleas will tolerate it if you have the right soil, and also Pieris. vinca (periwinkle) is tough and evergreen and flowers early on- (purples and there's a white variety too)and heucheras are also good in shade. Many of the gold and green Carexes  are also great in those conditions. Lily of the valley will like those damp shady spots as will Pulmonaria (lungwort) London Pride will grow anywhere- I forget it's 'proper' name sorry, and as Booker mentioned - a lot of the early bulbs will be fine - primulas come in all sorts of colours and start early. Shrubs like Mahonia will take a lot of shade too.

MOB rants

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 18:01

Yeh- did the TPS thing too but they get round it by saying it's market research.

Day after I moved in here I got a call....only people who had the number were Sky because I'd changed to them from BT.


MOB rants

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 17:39

Will go and check it out Tina. The posts aren't available to order online- typical -so it may well be that you're  right. It'll certainly be more than £50.

Tina- pills...I'm sure I don't know what you mean..

These calls are relentless aren't they. I used that 'who phoned me' site and got the names of some of them.  I actually phoned one of them and told them if they phoned again the next call I made would be to the lawyer, then Watchdog  and MP and Sunday Papers. Most of them are Manchester based so I don't answer the calls if it's 0161.

Young Beach Hedge

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 17:29

They shouldn't really Corinne- beech is pretty tough and it's better than exposing them as rabbits can just annihilate them almost instantly. Once they have a good strong 'trunk' and root system they will be able to withstand the munching! Bare root hedging establishes well, so  if they're well watered and fed, by this time next year they should be reasonably sturdy. 

Compost Bin

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 17:06

Daisy - Leadfarmer's bins look pretty darn good to me! 

MOB rants

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 17:01

Unfortunately GillyL I'm not yet 60 so I don't qualify for the 10% off!

 Isn't it  really frustrating when they just mislead you about delivery. 


Posted: 16/05/2013 at 16:28

Tina I think you mean another word beginning with 'W'.

GillyL-not had too many probs with BGas or indeed Sc. Power who have been very good since I moved here- still- it's early days 

The young lad who came out to check my washing machine from Indesit was excellent as was their service so at least that's one lot that haven't yanked my chain recently. Mind you, First Utility and Barclaycard have done enough for the next 50 years with their c***.

Happy days!!!

Sun's come back out...will maybe get something done if I don't nod off. Was awake on and off from 2am till I got up at 7....

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