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Posted: 28/12/2012 at 16:39

I've been here ll time, lazing on settee 

no more food talk please :o(

Posted: 28/12/2012 at 16:34

Mixed roses - ramblers, climbers, Hybrid Tea, David Austin - whatever suits my 'plan'.

There were no plants in garden so it's largish well large to me, this will be its 3rd year and I set targets - so far next year is:

an extra raised bed the only way i can grow veg in this garden

Widen jewell border

Finish fairy garden - if it ever dries out!!

Plant up family border (ie plants with names that reflect my family) thing is not all the family will grow in that position, Shady, Daughters partner has had to go in fairy garden becuse he's a rose!

Plant bulbs

Sort out front it's 

Bit like New year resolution i guess but Targets, ticked off as achieved

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Posted: 28/12/2012 at 16:24

Just ordered myself the Geoff Hamilton DVD set from Amazon

BTW thanks Gary for pointing me in the direction of Gary Larson. the books went down very well as pressies to the  family.

no more food talk please :o(

Posted: 28/12/2012 at 16:03

I only have a few bulbs - they are planned for next autumn, some tete a tete planned last year are not visible but a tray of allium is sproutig well.

Am going to try oniion seeds - I was given a free packet - so will need to do that soon and have a couple of flower seeds to plant in January. i will wait till january,

Somewhere I have read that parsley seed quite like frosting, any one else seen this?

Planted 14 roses during course of  year, some early spring, some in last few weeks, wish i could get around to see how they are doing.


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Posted: 28/12/2012 at 15:46

Perhaps they were warning of the winds that were coming, or did you watch The Birds and had  too much.....

Just watched Call the Midwife, fire is lit, (much earlier than usual) and giving off lovely warm glow, dog and cat are snoring, wind is howling but that's outside. But SOOOO dark having difficulty seeing key board

The Year of the Slug

Posted: 28/12/2012 at 15:39

it suggests drowning the snails in garlic butter a la France!

With all these delights we won't go hungry in my garden 

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Posted: 28/12/2012 at 12:46

Just checked GH. Sweet peas are coming nicely and look quite good 

Some of overwintering seedlings also look good. Wonder what will happen when cold spell hits again.

Have priced some bags of manure, thinking about that. I do need seed compost, last year I had one that had glass in so am wary. Did think I might use John Innes but read somewhere it is a bit heavy for small seeds.

Any one any ideas/opinions? I know there isa ong compost thread, just need a short input.

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Posted: 28/12/2012 at 10:32

Web site back to normal.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/12/2012 at 10:27

YUK - very dark, windy, damp, hills are disappearing. Day for staying in and warm. Will ligt fire later for a warm 

The Year of the Slug

Posted: 28/12/2012 at 10:24

Heere's the recipe from my book:

Crush 2 bulbs of garlic - the whole head not a clove.

Boil briefly to soften in 1litre (2 pints) of water

Strain and top up mixture to 1l(2pts) again. Leave to cool

To use stir 1 tablespoon into 4.5l (1gall) of water sprinkle onto foligae and allow to dry. 

Here's the fun bit:

Apply in dry weather so the rain does not dilute the wash. Reapply every 2 weeks

Rather than beer for traps it says use a mixture of yeast and water and drink the beer!

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