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Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:09

How north Leics are you? I have a good source of well rotted FYM jct 25 M1.  Do you have a trailer?


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 10:58

Drizzling here. Apart from putting the broad beans out to harden off, theres not going to be a lot of gardening. Only 11 c in greenhouse.Too cold to prick out.

Mrs Garden or are you rosemummy now?, I did a veggy pasta bake for some vegetarians at a bonfire do. It went down so well, sometimes I do that now., instead of with sausage.  fusilli pasta, slightly cooked and rolled in a jar of dolmio. med veg pasta sauce. Layer it with roasted veg to hand, I use courgettes, red peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and red onion.. Then pour cheesy sauce on top, sprinkle with parmesan and bake.

Talkback: Growing kale

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 09:22
This year I have sown seaweed kale,cavolo nero, and brukale. I sow one seed to a module in the polytunnel, then plant out 30cm or a foot apart. And then net against the pigeons.
We have been picking kale since last June,it is over now and finally running to flower. The brukale( a Brussels kale cross ) has now taken over,giving little kale rosettes where Brussels should be.

Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 08:48

Tracy, I grow salad leaves in a deep polystyrene fish box. I keep them off the floor, so less accessible to slugs and snails. I cut leaves off as and when we want them with a pair of scissors. No hearted lettuce, but plenty of tender green and red leaves.


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 20:58

Hi, Mikey., and welcome to the forum.We could do with a few more men around here. (useful for heavy digging and scoffing cake)


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:56

Still here. I spent yesterday moving plants in to new polytunnel.

Today I have been to work. Tomorrow, more pricking out I think.

Whats this plant please?

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:43

It looks like a composite plan of items stuck together to give an idea of what something will look like overall. I do not believe this is a real photo.  the circled bit is not high definition enough  to show what is is other than a variegated shrub.


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:05

Three lots of hail here today. I forgot to put the heater on in the greenhouse last night and it went down to 0.9C  I've switched it on for tonight.

I'm glad the brugmansias are growing. Mine still look like dead sticks. I have faith, its still only March.   I've sown some more seeds  today. It will soon be time for pricking out. Cosmos, Dahlia bishops children, Lupins and Rudbeckias are up.

Overwintered Salvia patens are shooting from the base. They should give flowers earlier than the  seeds I have sown.

Hello, Blackest, glad you survived hibernation.

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 18:09

David, I cant help as I  we both always use a mac for photos and videos. I find iphoto brilliant. We dont do a lot of manipulation, other than cropping, red eye removal. etc, . I think it spoils things when something has been obviously photoshopped . It becomes art instead of photography.

On our last liveaboard trip to papua new guinea, there was a photo comp on the boat on each trip. We had done three back to back. My OH won the first one on the Great Barrier Reef, won the one around new Britain (Kavieng) and then when presented for the final one , there was a great clapping of hands for his, and the winner was.... an american. There was a stony silence. I was waiting to someone to pipe up that a mistake had been made, but no the free bottle of wine went to an american dentist.  Some privately told OH he had been robbed, but I suspect it had more to do with the size of the tips expected from the  group of californian dentists.

Cherry tree

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 17:58

Stella is self fertile and available either  as maidens to train yourself, or ready fan trained to put against a wall.  I have one but the blackbirds get them before I do. If you had it against a wall you would be able to net it.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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bluebells at Felley priory.

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