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Posted: 12/11/2013 at 10:16

Fingers crossed for you Stacey. Whenever I have had to have a checkup at the Hospital, I find a bit of retail therapy (and chocolate) helps afterwards.  In fact chocolate helps most things except for the size of my hips. Still no sign of any holiday where I will need to squeeze into a wetsuit, so....

I hate hospitals. I try and avoid as much as possible.

Online Ordering

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 10:13

I think that what seeds I will need this next year will be coming this way. I'm looking at the seed tub, and thinking I need a packet of labels and get the labelling machine out. Then I will be ready to go in the Spring.

 I doubled up clubcard vouchers to get a new hosepipe earlier on in the year, but tripling to get seeds sounds good to me. I won't be buying any plants from T&M as  I have learnt a very expensive lesson there.

 Seeds, cuttings from friends and neighbours, and plants I can see before I buy  next year.

Online Ordering

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 10:03

If you have any Tesco clubcard vouchers £5 becomes  £15 to spend at T&M

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 21:53

I've got the name of a good divorce solicitor, Sara.

I'm good at housekeeping---- I got to keep the house (and garden).

Like Dove, I have a new undergardener in training.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 21:20

I do a lot of fantasising.

Start with the garden porn and a glass of wine or two. make a list of all the things I would like to grow, given ideal soil, a hunky bloke to do the donkey work, and limitless money. I just waft around in a floaty dress on an ideal summers day, not too hot that I burn.The big hat keeps off the sun, so as not to freckle my porcelain skin. I pick a few perfect blossoms and place them in a trug, so i can arrange them in that perfect vase. I return to the terrace and the under butler brings a cooling glass of Pimms, while we wait for dinner.........and of course I have perfectly manicured hands.

Then the wine wears off, I cross out most of the things on the list because they don't suit my soil, and I go and wash the kitchen floor for the umpteenth time, because of the mud that gets trailed in from the garden.

GH tom bed...

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

I used rockdust this year Next door has not been gardened for 10 years, the   veg patch  was in a poor state , and  i read about research being done all over the world about remineralistion. It improves yield everywhere except the West Australian wheat belt. They are on practically pure sand with no worms. Where it is mixed with fibrous matter such as FYM  and worms work it, it seems to work very well. Certainly this year we had the best yields ever, taking account of it being a good year, but I have been here over 20 years, and it was still the best. I put a shovel full on per square yard. I bought it in a tonne bag , delivered on a pallet. It is about a fifth of the price per kg, than buying small bags from B&Q. Also I use calcified seaweed (maerl) instead of lime, for any patch that needs liming. I am trying to get the whole soil system into good productive  soil. Sweet peas seem to benefit too.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 18:41
Outdoor girl wrote (see)

All of the above and I indulge in garden porn by poring over catalogues and dreaming about what I could grow if i were rich, fitter, had staff to help etc!


Outdoor girl wrote (see)

All of the above and I indulge in garden porn by poring over catalogues and dreaming about what I could grow if i were rich, fitter, had staff to help etc!

Me too. 

Talkback: How to take fruit bush cuttings

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 17:00

If you put foot long lengths of this years wood  in a slit trench outside, just leave it until next winter when the leaves fall off , and then move to final position.

Too late to plant bulbs?

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 16:26

 HarryBOY, They will be looking for worms.  If you feed them peanuts on a hard surface like a patio, they might be less inclined to dig up your lawn.

Talkback: How to take fruit bush cuttings

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 16:11

Are you talking about unrooted cuttings or   rooted? What  type of fruit bush?

I put blackcurrant cuttings in a slit trench in sandy soil in the veg patch. I then pot them up into a mix of compost and soil or plant them into final position., The only problem with the soil is weed seeds in it.

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