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Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:34

Hi all.

Why didnt daughter & me go to Bodnant today? Weather forecast for tomorrow now awful! Wednesday better, but I have hospital appointment! So waterproofs & wellies/hiking boots to the ready. It may be better around the middle of the day, hope so.

Anyway went to GC & I got a replacement voucher- it is now at the side of my bed, along with all my appointments in chronological order & clipped together! I do not intend to misplace this one- still think original will turn up with OH's papers........

As usual we trot to the reduced section & the 50p lupin, showing a good bit of new growth, is now planted out! Copper ring around it too, as now have all the dahlias in the pots. I have already had to move one pot to other side of patio, which seems to allow it to start regrowing without further attack before I move it back to it's original position, where it gets attacked get the jist.

Was horrified at the full price of perenials at the GC. Noway will I pay that! Have started a Tatton list, which although plants there have gone up in price over the years will still cost less per plant than at that GC. This is where I miss a little nursery/GC at Dad's village. Oh well, never mind. J.

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Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:18

Turned out nice today in Manchester, so did lots of 'little' garden jobs this afternoon.

Had coffee at local GC this morning & found a lupin, with plenty of new growth, for 50p in the reduced section! It's now planted up, plus a surrounding copper ring, Nothing much to lose at that price.

Typically daughter & me have planned a day out tomorrrow- going to Bodnant in NWales- & the weather forecast not brilliant. Should have gone today..... J.

I have my first courgette!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 18:19

I've got 2 already too! But the other 2 plants already compost- thank you slimey brigade, no chance of recovery. Have sown a couple more, nothing to lose, may get something...... J.

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Posted: 24/06/2012 at 16:18

Coffee break. Have removed our 'fruit cage' so can get at 'what fruit?' when need to. Total of 1! desert gooseberry, but both Invictas got a reasonable crop. Not as good as last year, but didnt expect it. More redcurrants than daughter thought.

Had to hack back an evergreen berberis before I could do anything- ouch otherwise.

Now to go & sit on wall in sun ! plus coffee & small screwdriver to undo the plastic ties that held the net to the canes.

Ooh, OH actually coming out to help! J.

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Posted: 24/06/2012 at 13:51

I just wish OH knew the way to wash up/deal with dishwasher! Yet again find dirty utensiles resting on/next to what had been clean, so 2 things to deal with!

Snails regularly make it to the top of my bean poles- ooh slug alert! Byee. J.

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Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:31

Yes snails can absail around here!

Already done a 'dance' this morning! We now have 3 little piles of crumbled crust in various places. Kate- no worries about vermin, what the slugs dont get the squirrels & pigeons finish off!

The washing was out, now back in as it did start to rain again & now the sun is trying....

OH has raided the fridge for all sorts of leftovers & some version of spanish omlette will be arriving shortly. J.

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Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:25

Having just put out the washing the black clouds arrived in Manchester so washing now back inside. Now the sun is trying again!

Have put down more bits of bread for the slug bait- it really does work! No snails though. J.

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Posted: 23/06/2012 at 20:00

Am cream crackered! Havent actually done that much today, so expect it's yesterday's drug kicking in- joy!

Have sown more beans & courgettes, to replace the 2 that were composted earlier- sob! The other 2 already have small courgettes on them! Both now have copper strip around them, as have the dahlias in the new bed. Havent put any around the front, also being chewed, dahlias as felt that the copper would 'walk' with the price of scrap these days. Sympathies KG, I know how you feel.

Then I cleaned all the dirty pots! Have put the majority away in the large boxes I use, but somehow have more pots than room. I even threw out several damaged & unwanted ones. The wind was wild, so actually being in the greenhouse was quite scarey with the top panels flexing - they're only single polycarbonate sheets.

We've put down soya bread crusts for the slugs & the latest tally is about 20. Lots of stamping on the majority & I disposed of 2 or 3 very large ones.

OH made foccatia again- what diet?! Then daughter walked in with 'pudding'- a beetroot cake! I give up! J.


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Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:44

Actually been dry all day here in Manchester, but a very strong wind. Why didnt I do any washing?

We've put down soya bread crusts to act as slug bait- tally 20+ so far! All either stamped on or dealt with. Saves me having to go out at night with a torch. J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 19:36

Have told family need to start eating out of freezer- otherwise it'll never get defrosted at this rate. Have a Herman chocolate cake in there & several boxes of Herman mixture, but OH pulled a face & said not bothered with the mixtures- may just keep 1, just in case...... dont know whether to swear or cheer!

My Kenwood Chefette was my 21st birthday present from my parents. It has had a new motor, but that was at least 20yrs ago. I still use it for hand mixing some cakes & doing batter for pancakes. Every year I take a deep breath when doing the Christmas cake, but so far so good. keep meaning to get another hand mixer, but still havent as would feel guilty! I suppose if it 'died' during the big cake mixing I could always transfer the mixture into magi...

Ooh, garden wheely bin needs to go out & neighbours'. Off to find waterproofs etc- J.

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