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fallen leaves

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 16:17

Collecting leaves in either black plastic bin liners or empty compost bags & stashed behind a shed or garage will take about 1-2yrs IME to fully rot down. Well worth the wait though, as the resulting leaf mould is an excellent soil improver, especially for shadier borders, but can be used as an all round mulch.

Had you considered a wormery to compost some of your resulting garden waste? Have a look at beehive type compost bins too. Smallish & not unattractive in appearance. J.

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Posted: 18/11/2012 at 15:22

Made me smile.

OH & me have walked, well wobbled in my case, up to & around the park. OH forgot to take the geo-caching bumph, so I sat in the sun & he took photos. Very few leaves left on trees though. Fresh air done us both good.

Have just had another piece of his banana & walnut cake- yummy.

I still need to finish cutting back/tidying one border in the back & the front- which is still looking good. Need OH's car to be out of the way to do that one, so even if had felt up to it today it wouldnt have been possible.

Whilst walking I finally got OH to discuss presents for daughter & his sister, which have to be postable! Doesnt he realise that shopping is getting to be murder even now? No comprehension, nor of the cost of postage for 'oh she'll need a parcel to open' ! J.

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Posted: 18/11/2012 at 13:20

I too always garden in gloves. Had to follow strict hygene when having chemo, but wasnt a chore as normal for me- apart from sowing small seeds.

OH has finally reappeared, apart from snack lunch, from his 'workshop'. This new phone has kept him occupied all this w/end!

We're off to wrap up well now & go up to the park. J.

What's for tea?

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 13:16

We tend to eat our main meal in the evenings, so have just had a 'garlic mushroom' sandwich. Used my Remoska- a tabletop-type cooker- to bake large mushrooms filled with butter & chopped garlic. Served on baps with mustard to taste! Very juicy.

Tonight is baked potaoes & stirfried kale to accompany a mixed pepper, tomato & olive 'bake'. Wholemeal treacle sponge for afters. J.

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Posted: 18/11/2012 at 11:51

Maud- sympathies! Stay warm & tucked up in bed! At least my back doesnt huirt at the mo- famous last words? Agree with Gary, it might be sunny out there but unless you're moving & in the sun being inside much better if not 100%.

Flo- these 'photographers' ..... When on holiday in Austria mine gets up to walk around the nearby lake before breakfast! I have to accompany him of course. Made worse this yr by him having a new camera, so all the shots taken in previous yrs had to be repeated..... Did point out that trees do grow over the many yrs been going there so the shot cant be the same! Luckily quite a lot of seats around for me to flop. The 2cnd week daughter was with us so I managed to stay in bed for longer. J.

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Posted: 18/11/2012 at 11:39

It's glorious sun here too, after being below freezing in the back garden first thing. But rather wobbly today  so all plans for Dunham visit abandoned. All being well will get up to park later on.

Now shall catch up.... J.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 11:35

Was below freezing in my back garden this morning & daughter had to scrape ice from her car after a night shift.

Now it's gloriously sunny out there, but no wind at all. Will walk up to park later to allow OH to get some photographs of the trees in all their colours. J.

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Posted: 17/11/2012 at 22:08

Back again!

OH has decided that we are going 'geo-caching'? tomorrow. Apparently 'something' in our nearby park. Hmm, let's see how shattered I am after trolling around after him as he takes umpteen photos down at Dunham. I hope that the leaves are still on the trees.

Our Ginko looks wonderful but OH's car needs moving for the best shot.

Lotties that sounds good. You have been busy.

I actually managed to 'watch' the whole of SCD! A first this series.

Am still looking at all the 'stuff' that I need to sort before I ring for the charity collection. It's like having w/end homework you always left it to the latest possible...

Right, am definitely signing off now. Night all J.

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Posted: 17/11/2012 at 19:17

Well done Dean!

Night, J.

Hippeastrum (amaryllis)

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 19:15

Cut off the dead flower stalk/s & allow the foliage to gradually die down. Then store the bulbs in their pots on their sides say under the greenhouse staging until next Autumn when repot into fresh compost & water to resume growth. This works in UK & better if greenhouse is frost-free, otherwise a cool, spare bedroom would be just as good.

It seems a bit early for them to have finished flowering, but I suppose it depends on when they were started off.

I know I kept one going for several yrs this way until some type of wasp decided to lay eggs in it over the summer- ugh- when the next generation started to emerge, J.

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