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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 19:01

Rain hasnt stopped all day here in Manchester.

Just watching the Olympic flame being lit inside at Blackpool- everything had to be moved to inside.

Not holding my breath for any dry days in the near future to get things done outside, Oh well just hope my visiting hedgehog is hungry/has a family, otherwise more things will get eaten! J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 16:59

Hmm, if they have to dig up my garden....... I have yet to find ANY workmen that in doing one job dont create another for somebody else in the process!!

Spare, new Magimix bowl for our aged machine now being ordered- whoopee, spares still available. We think daughter was small, ie 20+yrs ago when we got it. OH remembers lifting her up to press the button. No grumbles there then, oldie but goodie. (Quite glad really as new machine bigger, so would be less room on worktop, plus all those attachments probably wont fit the new ones- that's good company still going)

Off to sort for meal now- such excitement. J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 16:17

OMG now OH doing something with internet provider........something about 'not costing us any more' oh yes, heard that one before........ J.


Posted: 22/06/2012 at 16:14

Seeing them growing 'wild' in Austria in the past, yes sun & moisture is what they seem to thrive on. J.


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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 16:11

I was wondering re the hardening off too. Never had to re sow stuff before- well not this late in yr/season. That's why decided using my version of 'half cover' which is a single pane of glass, in a frame, leaning against the greenhouse on the sunny side. It used to be a double glazed unit, but the seal went & threw the other piece away last tip trip. Also should save cluttering up the greenhouse staging any more- oops really should store those cleaned pots sometime!- & will be easier to look out for germination & slug attack!

Am recovering from a shock- OH has announced that he wishes to come to Tatton show with daughter & me this year! Yikes! Daughter will not be impressed, but t'will be another pair of carrying hands...... Trouble is my spending will be curtailed.........or not!

Will be good & not have any sponge pud- just lick the serving spoon. J.


Posted: 22/06/2012 at 15:06

Yes absolutely fine in large pots.

I'd use a decent compost & mix in food granules, unless you're prepared/remember to feed every couple of weeks, plus water retaining granules.

Bush varieties or trailing look fine. Vine weevils can be a pest- you would see the tell-tale leaf notches if the pot got infested.

Hardy ones can survive a reasonable winter in large, well insulated pots, but I always take cuttings of mine every year to be on the safe side. J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 14:59

Car tax has come.

OH has remote! 'Nuf said!

Winds increasing, but greenhouse roof panels still in place- good tape used! The oriental poppy taking a real bashing & petals falling all over, shame. The tall Thalictrum, must be over 5ft, by now is still fine- a hidden support low down allows it to sway but still be upright. T'other one, when a bit bigger,- was slow to start this year- will need some string to attach it to wires on the trellis post when I can next get outside.

Have made a syrup sponge pudding for tonight- who says you cant put the Magi bowl into dishwasher? Ok the plastic gets knackered eventually, but dont see OH & co washing it up by hand........... I have actually got a phone number for a past supplier of spares for it, but it's a rather old model so may not be so lucky this time, not even sure company still exists!

Nurse asked had I put on weight? Yes, but no idea how much. Dont weigh myself, just go by clothes. My treat is licking out the mixing bowl & scaper- now I can do that again- raw egg etc. Need to actually weigh myself in a couple of weeks before a phone consultation. Doing it in kilos means wont have a clue!

Been thinking about the 'beans', will start them under half cover not the greenhouse so quicker to be 'hardened off' when they've germinated. Might also do some French, I like those. J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:20

Ahh, brilliant! That's what the little green arrow is for!  Told you t'was thick on pcs! J.

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Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:09

Nurse has been & gone. OH snoring in the chair- nothing new there then.

What Kate, not buying plants?

Am cold, this wet weather not fun. Wonder if any hope for my direct sown beans then? Shant bank on them appearing & surviving the slugs thogh. Have already made a note to start off some more, in pots in greenhouse, which has door open 24hrs now, & fish out my copper strips from the box in shed.

BTW any way to get to the 'end' of this thread without all the palaver of jumpimg through all the messages? J.


Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:01

Ah, found it! Wondered what you were all going on about- thick you see! J.

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