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Posted: 04/10/2012 at 13:03

Hi Frank, I usually dispose of the toms by end of Sept, but thought would see how they went for a week or so. They were late getting going, not much sun at all up here this year, but surprisingly ok after all.

My greenhouse gets 'b' freezing at times. Faces East/South, but shaded by tall trees on adjacent land. Ok no leaves on those in winter, but the wind whistles down from Dwarfbeans area of the Pennines. At the mo too, one of the roof panels (single polycarbonate on that side) has slipped. Dont think am tall enough to sort out so will need OH to do at some point.

What I have got this year though, is a rather nice wooden sided big coldframe, with a tempered glass roof, into which shall put my wrapped pots of Agapanthus to overwinter. That plus some extra fleece will keep them very snug. I always wonder how they will do when in the greenhouse, despite several layers of fleece!

Right, back out. J.

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Posted: 04/10/2012 at 12:53

Becks, hi, Lemon Queen is a tall sunflower- like herbaceous plant, but the flowers are quite small. Mine just in flower, on the veg plot (!) need to move it elswhere when have improved the soil.

BTW soz late, have been busy doing the demolision of toms etc in greenhouse. We keep having the odd shower, tho sun at the mo, so can now do bulb pots in the greenhouse under cover! There will be 2 trays of tomatoes on sills tonight. Washing to be tumbled, just got fed up with removing muddy gloves to get it in all the time.

OH's parcel here & 1 for daughter. Postie pleased about note on door. Daughter wont be pleased as have sent her a txt re lack of food/milk for over w/end when I'm away!

Right, back out, byee. J.

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Posted: 04/10/2012 at 12:39

Afternoon Frank. Not been totally dry here in Manchester . Several short sharp showers, yes with good sunny spells in between.

Shall have to tumble the washing- again- but it did mean that I went into the greenhouse to pick the final tomatoes & remove the plants. That means I have a clear space under cover to do my bulb pots!

Not going to overwinter anything in there this year, so the clean out can be as & when & no need to do the insulation either! 1 less job! J.

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Posted: 03/10/2012 at 17:53

Hi Inka, we've had nothing but daily rain here in NWest UK. Tomorrow is supposed to be predominately dry! So lots planned outside. My tender plants all get wrapped & moved by the end of Oct, but your season is shorter isnt it? J,

when is the best to mulch/improve the soil

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 17:48

Autumn for me too, providing the soil is moist. Main reason is I have loads of bulbs everywhere, so Spring mulching not always possible wthout demolishing things! I also do try & do 'mini' mulches as I revamp/replant areas. Not a problem in such a wet season as this has been. J.

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Posted: 03/10/2012 at 16:15

Becks- remembered how to make type bold! Took myself to local 6th form college in 02 to learn how to use these things. Plodded through a couple of courses, coped ok, (wasnt the only graduate there either) & have carried on plodding since! At least I can now do most things without assistance from OH/daughter. Both had said they'd teach me- ha- noway, WW3 would have happened around here!

Still havent got a clue when they start discussing techie things, but doesnt worry me any more.

Just thought, must get 'C' cake made before the upheaval of new boiler. Always try & get it done before daughter's birthday which is 8 weeks to go. Have to admit am a bit wary of the new oven, only had a year, as last year I really burnt the first attempt. 2cnd was fine.

Now we know that the oven is hotter than it says, but only at certain temps, just to confuse me even more, I have notes from the successful baking last yr to refer to. Done the same recipe for donkeys yrs, so it was rather disconcerting to mess up initially. Motto- read instruction book to new appliances FULLY before doing something as important as C cake!

Right' last bit of hoovering to do. J.

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Posted: 03/10/2012 at 15:16

Yay! Remembered how to do it....... pathetic yes, but harmless, honestly. J.

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Posted: 03/10/2012 at 15:15

Soz to be sooo boring, but have to plan as so many things going on in next few days/weeks. Dont do complicated these days. J.

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Posted: 03/10/2012 at 14:17

Am another solataire on pc addict. Drives daughter mad. But you can watch tv, sort of, & certainly listen to radio whilst playing it.

Getting things done, but very slowly for some reason. Almost wish had done some washing today as that wind pretty strong & things would be flapping well. You just watch us be the area that gets 'possibly a small shower' tomorrow as have a garden day planned.

Bye again. I will not return until have finished - I will not return until I have finished...... J.

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Posted: 03/10/2012 at 13:06

All the talk of chocolate- have just had a choc chewy bar as my treat of the day! J.

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