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Posted: 23/08/2013 at 10:42

If it's slugs eating the leaves, I would lift them. Otherwise when they have finished the leaves, they will go for the potatoes (if they havn't already)


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 09:27

Verdun, if you still wanted Paris Daisy, I could send you some cuttings now, or a cut down plant, later on say october.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 09:21

Busy lizzie, I feed the birds all the year round. As only !! 9 can feed at once on the feeder, there is a queue. While they are queuing they pick off the insects etc while they are at it.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 09:07

I like to grow something new every year, along with the tried and tested.  Some are great successes, others dismal failures, but we live and learn.

I have orange, yellow and red tomatoes, and red, white and yellow beetroot.   Nasturtium and calendula flowers in the salad bowl. It makes for a more interesting salad on the table.

There are many people unwilling to experiment.  The purple carrots were a disaster though.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 09:03

Generally, the bigger the bulb, the better the flower. The lidl ones sound a bargain though. I must go and investigate our local one.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:46

Blue skies here today, and no work until Tuesday.

The garden centre group have half price seeds now. I might have a poddle over. They had an implement for removing hard roots, rather than breaking forks. Having extracted one teasel to make space for some more echinaceas (slug food), I am going to need it for the others. I will leave the rest  until spring so the goldfinches can have the seeds.

I filled up all the bird feeders this morning. The little birds seem to have had two broods this year. Lots of babies all learning where to come for a good feed.

Blue tits, great tits, long tailed tits,coal tits, green finches, bull finches, chaffinches, goldfinches. Nuthatch, blackbirds, robins,  Great spotted woodpecker. But very few sparrows, which is all my mum gets. She says she doesn't get the exotics like I do. We thought it was the food mix, but even with the same food as me, she is still majoring on sparrows and starlings, with the odd bluetit.

I don't have any pets, but I spend a fortune on animal and bird food.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:32

Fairygirl, I have one cupani amongst my sweet peas. It only has very short stems. Very pretty but not much good for picking. Are yours the same? my others are getting shorter as the season goes on, but started off strong and long. I've left them to go to seed now, But what  variety do I pep them up with next year?

My friends twins did well in their AS levels. The one who plays football for notts forest ladies reserves,got 4 A's on course for 2 A star and 2 A

The hurdler whos 8 th best in the country on 2 hours training a week , has 3 A's and a B.also got 760 UK CAT points (whatever that is ) so is eligible to apply for all the dental schools. as they need 690 as cut off.  She is dropping history, but is on course for A star in chemistry and biology and A in maths.

They've been grinning all week. 

 Their mother is worrying about the cost of them both at UNI for long courses, with their brother already there.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:16

I think its just a white cucumber. Google cucumber long white Thompson and morgan.

Glad your plum tomatoes are ok


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:12

Time to prune is after you pick the fruit, but before spring. I always do it about now, because I then forget about the plant until the fruit is ready next year. What could be easier, pick fruit , prune, maybe a  mulch in winter and a feed in spring. Total maintenance about 2 hours per year. Picking time 3 hours. Jamming time 6 hours. Little beads of sunshine to go with porridge all winter.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 23:23

Except they only ship to United states of america, so not a lot of use if you are in the UK

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