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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 13:19

Just take care that if the 'stepping' stones are wood eg from felled tree trunks, they become very slippy when wet so need chicken wire fixixng to them. They also do eventually rot down so will need to be replaced.You can get very similar looking concrete 'fake wooden' ones from B&Q/builders places.

Omlette here. J.

Chilli plants - keep or chuck and start again next year?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 13:15

IME it's not worth the hassle of trying to overwinter them on windowsills or suchlike. They still dropped the majority of their leaves in my case, so messy etc, plus ensuring dont get frosted begind the curtains. I now always sow again the next spring. Honestly dont know if any advantages, but am sure someone will- possibly earlier to fruit the following year? J.

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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 13:10

Someone here commented re council grants too! Trouble is neither of us are yet of pensionable age nor on benefits- dont think mine counts, but there again, my medical circumstances......hmm

Just had very yummy fresh sweetcorn cobs, mushroom omlette to follow- OH brought a 2cnd box of mushrooms back this time. Then, when I can get back into the kitchen , pears baked in the Remoska with wonderful vanilla icecream. Nice!

Ooh Pam, dont think have ever tried doing D's STP. That's an idea for sometime soon. J.

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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:52

Yes Geoff, noway BG! We have a good local firm that only serviced it this time last year, to within the week! So shall get in touch with them first to get things restarted, then enquire about how we get a replacement organised. Not something I relish coping with, but needs must & at least it's not the depths of winter! J.

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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:48

Frank- it's an old, but previously very reliable, back boiler system, so 'banging' something isnt possible. T'was serviced literally 12mths ago. The company we use are a good local firm, but I know that getting spare parts etc is probably going to get difficult. OH & me have both just said, probably better to get a new, probably more efficient boiler now, before the cold weather really sets in. Joy!

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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:40

Well at least the water heater works really well. My comments previously re costs of electricity can all now be ignored!!

Yes, I was thinking a new boiler will be needed. No idea whereabouts it'll go. Airing cupboard perhaps? as in a house daughter once lived in of a similar age. Tend to be very much of the 'if it aint broke dont fix it' brigade up here, but somehow not this time. I cant actually remember how old it is, t'was a replacement for the same sort that was here originally. If I say that the first one of these was fitted in '68 at parents' house & Dad had had a replacement that was still going strong when the house was sold last year! Oh well, end of an era. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:31

Wettish & windy here in Manchester today.

Slight crisis here as the back boiler pilot light went out last night, so no heating. Noway can we relight the darn thing. We do still have gas, phew, so cooking will be ok & fire in lounge on! Thank goodness we also have an electric water heater, it's just a case of remembering to turn it on/off.

Somehow I suspect my plans for this next week are just about to be altered...... J.

Pruning a Hebe

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:24

Agree totally with advice given. Leave any pruning until at least late April/May depending on whereabouts in UK you are. Definitely take cuttings. They usually 'take' really easily.

If it's only a 2yrs old plant & you're already finding it too big, is it a case of 'right plant, wrong place'? Possibly consider moving it, or re-siting once the cuttings have taken? J.

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Posted: 29/09/2012 at 21:43

Thought the room had gone cold- we've just discovered that the pilot light to the back boiler has gone out   & we cant relight it! So no central heating! Yes the pump was wurring away when twiddled thermostat, but no radiators heating up. OH checked have a gas supply- yes- unlike last year when the stupid smart meter kept turning off the supply. (We now have an un-smart gasmeter, fitted literally day before Christmas w/end last year) Luckily the gas fire is independant to the back boiler- well I never knew that! so at least we can warm this room again & have an emersion heater for the water, but layered clothing will be worn.

Somehow my plans for next week look likely to change........... It's actually just under the 12 months since they did the service last year, but somehow I know they wont be impressed as it's an old system, previously totally reliable with no problems- ever!

Oh well at least it's not the depths of winter, but I suspect a new boiler & all the associated faffing around, just what I dont need, will be on the cards. J.

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Posted: 29/09/2012 at 19:51

Poor Geoff, personally beans on toast not ideal in that situation, but whatever you fancy I suppose. The plainer the better & lots of fluids- not alcohol!!!

How can someone use soooo many pans? Well I assume he did, so just washed the lot!

Re the sweetpeas on GW, yes I was heard muttering 'David wont like that', but up here an early spring sowing is a lot less faff for me. No having to keep over the winter, although I could be tempted this time & do 1 pot......

Kate- re the dahlias. I suppose if they do 'try' I could keep them going, but am just inclined to store them in the porch later on along with daughters' which is growing strongly again. Am removing all flower buds from it to allow some 'strength' back into the tuber. Have just enough room under plant tables in the porch to store the 3 pots, plus the chocolate cosmos which also is in a large pot.

The new coldframe though is going to overwinter the pots of Agapanthus this year. I think the wooden sides, plus extra polystyrene sheets, will be better than the very cold greenhouse. They do normally survive in there ok, plus fleece & wrapping, but this year I may not be able to push back up a slipped roof panel because as have slightly moved an adjacent compost bin, thus making it rather difficult to get a step ladder put up next to the frame- twit, didnt think that one out.

Once the tomatoes are over shall thoroughly clean the greenhouse out this year. I usually remove them by end of September, but lots of fruit still ripening so thought another week+ shouldnt do much harm. I have to admit that the ones on GW last night growing in those relatively small pots looked wonderful. Rather labour intensive though, which I wouldnt want to do.

Off to go & look at my 50ps... J.

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