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moving to scotland

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 00:39

Hi, Norman.  Where is the herb nursery, please?

The Bully and the Policeman

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 00:23

Brilliant, birdy!  How tempting to print and post anonymously to all who havn't helped Tea, but could have! Would go right over thier heads, tho.  I thought it was hilarious and wonderfully written. And with a moral to the story, too.  We should put it on the curriculum in schools!

moving to scotland

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 23:57

OOOOOOh Yes. ayrshire tatties beat jersey royals any day of wk!


moving to scotland

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 01:36

Hi, Twinkletoes.  I live just 6 miles from Ayr, and 7 from the coast.  Moved here 7 yrs ago from Lancashire.  I have found that I can grow everything that I could down there.

This yr we have often had days that were sunny when everyone else had rain and cold! Yes, our summers can be a wee bit shorter, but we have sun in the evenings for around an hour or more longer, so I get to stay out playing in the garden till around 11pm at the height of summer, which makes up for it somewhat!  I have had some of the best tans of my life as early as March some yrs, but have learned never to let that fool me into putting plants out too early, as we do get some late frosts.  Funnily, it was visiting my  grandfather in Hereford as a child that gave me my interest in gardening!

As always, a lot will depend on your soil and the aspect of your garden.  I can grow some quite tender plants, as long as I plant away from the deep winter shade at the back of the house, as my soil is very stony, so well-drained. In summer, my prob is growing shade loving plants, as we have very little then.

As to your herbs, most will grow well here away from frost pockets, as long as they are well established before winter.  I did lose rosemary and sage this yr, but they were planted too close to the house, and we had a much colder and wetter winter than previously. They had survived a very snowy winter 2 yrs ago. I had fed surrounding plants quite a lot, and I think thier growth was too soft for the winter.

One other problem can be the wind, again depending on the garden itself.

However, those are all the bad points!  There are many good points to living in Ayrshire, and I would never move back to England unless forced.  The people are very friendly, we have lots of gorgeous countryside, our choice of sandy or rocky beaches not far away, beautiful gardens to visit, woods and forests, and still some small pockets of red squirrels (for now, anyway, unless the greys take over completely) The northern lights can also be seenquite well from some parts of Ayrshire, so I am told, although I have not seen them yet.

I seem to remember Hereford being a beautiful part of the country, very similar to a lot of Ayrshire, so what is bringing you here, if you don't mind me asking?

bumblebee nest

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 00:41

Thanks for posting that tip, Dovefromabove.  I'll get the kids to help me make a few.

A sad day :(

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 00:36

Thanks, Emma, here's hoping!

They do take up an awful lot of space, don't they?


Posted: 01/09/2013 at 00:23

Thanks, Gardengirl.  Wow, that garden looks amazing, will watch out for his posts!

Get it off your chest

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 00:11

Hi, Fairygirl, where are you?  I'm in Hollybush, about 5 miles from Ayr.

Get it off your chest

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 00:09

Hi, Diddydoit4u, good jod you didn't shoot that hodgeheg, I would've shot you!  Been trying to encourage them into my garden for ages, but no luck.  Have only ever seen one live one since I moved up here 7 yrs ago.  How does your mint do?  I used to have lots of types, but kept in containers due to it's invasive rep.  I make mint sauce and mint jelly with mine.  The mint sauce is the easiest and quickest, and tastesmuch better than the bought stuff.

Mint leaves, young and picked early in day are best (loads, washed and dried)

Vinegar (I like to use white wine vinegar, as it doesn't drown the mint flavour like malt)

sugar to taste

Put mint and viginer in whizzer (liquidiser), then add a little sugar to taste. Then put into sterilized jars, label and done!

You could boil the vinegar and mint together if you want to keep it for long, but I have never tried this as I usually use it fresh.  Thinking of trying it though, to have it for winter.

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 23:53

Sounds good to me, 'Dahlia'.

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