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Slow cookers

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:35
When I lost my wife. All of a sudden I became aware of rising energy prices. Whereas Val used to do a lot of pastry cooking. I now leave that to my daughter Amanda. I went out and bought a hallogen oven.. Fantastic. Serves me well. Then I have the Microwave, also good. Then having attended a getoether at Amand's with some friends. She had slow cooke a kind of Mexican chilli come curry with chichen etc. She, like her mum is a fab cook and pastry cook. The meal had simmered away for some time in type of slow cooker. It's about 16" Dia 4" deep and is glass domed. Uptil now I haven't used it. I am saving it for a friendly evening at Mike's. Interested?

Gardening Books

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:21
Lyn. 84 Charing Cross Rd. 'Foyles'? If correct. I often wonder how they have escaped the fire regulations. Re; books of the same subject. Val often questioned me on this. OK. AT and I might both write a book on the same topic Both works will have valid differences. Similar to my police days. Takeing down statements of RTA. Everyone saw the accident, but each statement sees it from another angle. The net is fast and convenient but. To pick up a book and browse, sometimes a book written by a friend etc. To me it is like drawing close to them, and whenperhaps pondering over apoint. It is just as if they were there explaining it to me.

Folk-lore. Any truth in it?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 21:49
Victoria. I well know the feeling. I now click on save after each page. Even with a crashed PC, material can be restored, provide it was in a saved situation. Then only a little gets lsot.

Talkback: How to apply mulch

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:35
I totally agree with Bob. Strange really that so many different ideas of mulching exist. Part of the idea, as Bob cited. Always apply the much to moist ground. This has the effect of the heat generation, drawing up the moisture. Then to add my bit. Try and avoid simply getting a load of compost/mulch and dumping it on or around a plant/shrub etc. Just loosen the soil a bit, then apply the new mulch, and as I do. Give it a watering. Then as Bob says, later apply any fertilizers .

This forum

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:26
Well I can't imagine anyone not getting on with Dove.
I subscribe to a couple of forums. This one, the RHS, a camera forum and a police forum. Despite having taken a few knocks on here. I speak most highly of the members and friends. I was shocked and pleased one day, when my phone rang. This young lady introduced herself as a member of this forum She assured me she was a genuine blonde. How she could talk! Still it was so nice and reinforced my heartfelt thoughts about the forum mebership Of course I have also made a new friend with Fishy65. Along with our host Daniel. There is so much knowledge and experienc....practical experience here. Thank you.

Folk-lore. Any truth in it?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:05
Thanks for your replies. Strange really though.
Victoria, how about you writing a book then?

Glass V Polycarbonate Greenhouse

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:36
My greenhouse is cedarwood. Boarded to bench height, then glass to the top of the side/end sections. I replaced the roof glass a few years back, choosing twinwall polycarbonate. I cut the sheets to fit the glazing bars, bedded them in with a sealant and glazing pins. Never any problems. Twinwall and triple walled sheets help to prevent heat loss and at the same time afford other temperature changes. Most sheets have a clear sid and the other side proving protection from UV rays. As others have said. Safety is also a major factor to consider.

Is it too late to prune shrubs?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 23:16
Jack and everyone else.

Mike at one time was a Dep/Supt of GLC Parks. I knew my stuff etc. Please believe me. Had we followed the books so close. Then the members of the public would have hounded us. Let's try and come to grips with this pruning bit. Basically it is. Cutting out unwanted shoots branches etc. Time and tide waits for no man. Basically when you see that a branch or spuris in th wrong place. Cut it out. The perfect example here has to be the tree surgeon. Does he have to work all the hours during a set period. NO. So pruning in some respects might have a prominance. Be wise. Take a chance.

Advice on Fuschia, please.

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 23:04
Lyn. So at last I have found a member who shares asimilar interest. You mention Mrs Popple. Honestly. tghis has got to be the easiest to proporgate. Also Margaret. Have you grown that one. This has been a favourite of mine for many years. When staring out to colect and build a collection of fuchsias. I was at the time a member of the BFS. One day I ventured forth and arrived at the growers home of Margaret. Margaret was the daughter of a vicar, These men of the cloth feature so much in horticulture. Arriving at the address in East London. I was afforded the most welcoming experience. Then we went out back to the greenhouse. To be honest even though some time in the world of horticulture, Mike had never seen this before. The back garden, to be honest was a mess. The greenhouse was something different. In fact I ask myself. Is this a greenhouse or a gigantic cloche. There I was confronted with yes, a giant cloche. The ground had neen excavated to form a deepen walkway. Either side allowed a bench or stageing.. The glass area simply was, the roof. This sat astride the area. No heating etc. But loads of newspaper. Then the plants. Hundres of tiny thumb pots, each containing a rooted cutting.. Talking to Margaret. Yes mike. Fuchias reall ask for very little. Much like geraniums. They will suffer, endure hard waterless times and then, suddenly bounce back. I remained a member of the BFS. I spent a small fortune on the annual update indeices. Even to me. Never could I conclude. all thes new varieties. Nevertheless. The fuchsia still remains a great favourite.

lawn

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 22:41
If I may!

So, back to the books and the drawing board. Take your pick. When to scarify in Mike's book might well suggest. Take a look at your lawn. Listen to it, symbolically of course. What is it saying to you? Oh, I am feeling so tired and worn out. Look at me. Not long ago, I was the belle of the ball. Neatly mowed, trim well presented and yes.. So So Lush. Now look nat me. Patchy as if I have some dreaded infection. Look th balding spots etc. Please, Please someone. Pledase comb my hair, pleas give me some, well, loads of TLC. Make me look good again.
Fishy mate. You're not th only poet on here. Joke.

Having spent much time with sports fields and areas such a bowling greens. Believe me. As soon as your lawn, grass area starts to look sad. Forget the books. Scarify, top dress plus seeding. Even with todays most modern mowers. There still remains so much cut grass. In time this thatches and can become home to various fungi and pest etc. So for those who are old enough to remember the nit-nurse at school. Keep the hair mwell combed.

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Talk about daylight robbery!

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