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Bad batch of runner bean seeds?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 15:14

They'd only have to shove them in a microwave for a couple of minutes!

Bad batch of runner bean seeds?

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 13:03

I  had the same problem as Fidget - with climbing French beans,  Didn't ask for a replacement though!  Have planted runner beans - Scarlet Emperor - in the same place and they're starting to grow now.  Odd.

Is it too late to plant anything this year? & A soil question

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 12:22

Why not try something  like sugar- snap peas?  Don't need much space and something easy to deal with - not too late to try salad crops too, especially the mixed seed packets of the "cut-n-come-again" varieties.

Are these both oak trees?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:00

If there's an oak tree with a few hundred yards of your garden, the most likely thing is that the acorns are from that tree and have been "planted" either by squirrels or by jays.  I've seen them do it!  As  result I now have several tiny oaks growing at the base of a hawthorn hedge alongside my driveway. 

There are probably more than 24 varieties of oak to be found in UK woodlands/country estates - some of the more unusual ones were deliberately planted by the land owners themselves to add variety.


Independence Day?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 06:21

I do wish you could read the article I referred to.  The writer accuses Wrinklies of being selfish and by voting to leave the UK will have ruined his future.  They are "wrong about everything" and should not have been allowed to vote because they won't be around to face the consequences of their voting decision. 

The writer is The Times' Food Critic.  I'm not really sure whether or not the article I'm referring to is meant to be ironic.  It doesn't come across as that to me though, so perhaps he'd better stick to writing about  fancy food!

Independence Day?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 22:27
Shirley71 says:

Don't get me started on 'baby boomers'. What a lot of the younger generation do not realise is that, many of us working class (not all thick) as some people llike to think went out to work at 15 years old and have done 40 years work in my case, so have earned what ever they get today. Also regarding Brexit nobody mentioned the countries that are waiting to join will they meet the criteria or will it be fiddled like it was for the Greeks to join and look at the mess it has got them into. They have to pay back  an instalment on the bailout shortly that will be interesting. The EU was already proposing to raise the budget. They will miss our contribition.

See original post

 I can't use a link, as I don't subscribe to The Times on-line version but if you can get a copy of yesterday's edition, do read the article on page 28 by Giles Coren, the title of which is "Wrinklies have well and truly stitched us up"; 

If I were to write to him, this is what I'd say:-

Dear Mr Coren - I read with interest your article and have decided to alter my will as a result.  I will now sell my house and other assets, and use the proceeds and my savings to spend the remainder of my life travelling round the world on cruise ships.  First Class, of course.  I won't leave a thing to any member of my family (or anybody/any charity) as not only will they not appreciate my past efforts and I won't, as you quite correctly say, be around to see them reap the benefits of an inheritance.

Yours sincerely,


Bunny Rabbit in Garden

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 13:23

It may not in fact be a baby rabbit - the adults are far smaller these days than they used to be.  Chances are that you'll soon see lots more and your garden will be damaged in several ways:-  they'll eat most plants, i.e. non poisonous ones, and wlll even stand on their hind legs to reach things.  I've often watched them do that! They dig holes for latrines and of course can burrow underground which causes problems too.

My garden is in the corner of what was once a large field and over the past 20 or so years the rabbit population has grown enormously.  Since the demise of my last semi-feral cat (they used to keep the rabbits under control) the garden has suffered greatly and now I am unable to grow lots of things which I used to.  I now even have to put my containers for summer planting on top of piles of bricks or upturned large pots, just to keep things out of reach.  As an example, last year I planted a lot of pots with violas in early spring, and the pots were arranged in a curve with the smallest at one end and the largest at the other.  I went away for a week and came back to find the pansies totally devoured!  The rabbits must have jumped from the smaller to the larger pots to achieve that!

They don't, however, eat foxgloves, euphorbias, pelargoniums, hellebores, mahonias etc - to name a few,  so those have remained untouched.  I've found that the young rabbits will even nibble young plants which are said to be "rabbit proof"- perhaps they give it a try and decide they don't like the taste!

Stoat spotted - a bit worried

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:15

stoat or weasel?  One is fairly weasely identified but the other's not stoatally different.................

townie question

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:50

could it be juncus effusis  ?  Generally speaking you'd not find good grazing on wet land, but perhaps you were referring to grassland in general terms.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 19:32

Saw the first swallow here on Friday April 8th - that's about two weeks earlier than usual.  I reckon the first sightings I have are those of birds which are in fact en route to somewhere further north than here, as they usually only stay for a few hours and then fly away. They seem to rest a bit on the telegraph wires and presumably try to find some food of sorts before continuing their journey.  What I call the "local" ones seem to arrive at least three weeks after I see the very first one.

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ID please!

looks like a cross between grass and foxglove 
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