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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:48

Because of the imminent frost warnings, & we did go down below freezing this week, I put the pots onto a window sill. My greenhouse is NOT frost free!

Germination just now starting, so will move them as nec into the big coldframe. J.


Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:41

I now possess a copy, very tatty now, of 'Adam the gardener'. Circa 1954 via Daily Express I thnk. Some of the basics are still useful.

Am ashamed to say that as a small child I was a scribbler in books but must have been interested even then! J.

Growing under holly

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:34

I'm another who has removed lower branches.

Varigated ivy, nearest the stem. G.Macrorrhizum & G.Nodosum both cope. Tellima Grandiflora too. These can all be planted into 'pockets' of better compost nearer the edge of overhanging canopy & that gives them a good start. All more or less evergreen, with the geraniums having good Autumn colour & the bonus of flowers.

Small bulbs eg Muscari will also cope at the canopy edge.

Like the cyclamen idea.... J.

What's for tea?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:25

OH just made his very yummy small yorkies, filled with peppers & mushrooms & covered in gravy.

Tonight is a veggie version of Shepherd's pie, with some fried cabbage- when I can get into kitchen..... They, OH & daughter are going to have a baking session again. Love the results, hate the mess! J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:21

Think should just change my name to 'confused of manchester'!

Wet & windy here. Am tackling overdue paperwork, nearly done. Shredded what needs to be done, recycled the rest & trotted, well wobbled on way back, to postbox.

OH just done his wonderful filled small yorkies- bit too much chilli for me, but very yummy. No prizes for who has just washed up, loaded dishwasher...... They are baking later I believe & looks as if going to use the large pyrex dish that I need for tonights' meal! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 13:11

I was only wondering t'other day Rain if you still made all the cakes.

WManchester- wet & windy, only 8-9C at the mo. Luckily a small break in continuous showers/rain allowed me to trot around to postbox earlier.

This morning 7C cf below freezing yesterday! J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 19:27

Blimey you lot- I just about can keep up! Just will stay as ME, it's easier.......

Flu jab doesnt hurt, but slightly sore arm day afterwards shows it's 'working' according to daughter.

Have cleared up in bathroom, & in kitchen & dishwasher on, again. All food plans for tomorrow, & relevant shopping, now a total waste of time as OH & daughter hi-jacked my plans.

Kate- I hope you had pancakes. That would have been my choice. Drat, have plaster on top of thumb & my typing totally up the shoot. J.


Fork Handles

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 17:49

Whoever asked about cavity wall insulation? Yes noisy, but I'd be around somewhwere just in case.

If any holes in your walls, believe me the filler will fill them! At our previous house we opened the pan cupboard to find foam everywhere! OH has the frying pan cover at his little house now & he only said about the foam recently- the cover was 'buried' you see. But we did get it sorted obviously or wouldnt still be using.....

Think I know who's who..... my poor brain, am confused enough.

Anyway, who said that Herceptin doesnt cause nose bleeds?! Just blew my nose....

Oh am going.....beeper from kitchen.J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 16:22

OK I get it- all the name changes that is. (soz cant be bothered)

Am having a cuppa after potting on all my cuttings of fuscias, penstemons, gauras, verbena  etc. They were all beginning to look in desparate need. I ususally leave until Feb, but the compost must have been exhausted this time. Well I did do some weeks earlier because of going on holiday, plus I dont think that the new compost formulas are half as good as previous.

I took myself into greenhouse well away from the tile removal &, no surprise, the plaster, by accident? Not impressed by weight of wheely bin, did suggest tip visit, but that rejected!

Anyway, shall go & do a final clean up- TBH OH has done a pretty good job, but I may as well do a proper clean quickly to save time on Monday. Then meal to sort... will catch up/be back later I expect. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 16:13

First frost here last night. -1C out the back at 8am today, +3C at the front!

Turned out a real sunny, breezy autumn day.

Have been potting on things using the greenhouse staging as a bench. Nice & warm in there this afternoon. Must clean it out sometime, but not using it at all to store any plants this year so no rush. J.

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Care & maintenance of elderly Bramley apple trees.

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