Mike Allen

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Supermarket fruit and veg

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 22:48
They call it. Supply and Demand. As so often is the case. Our intervention so often goes wrong. Consider the mountains of wasted food, when large areas of the world are starving. Superfast transportation helps but, especially in the case of grown crops. Most are picked, packed and transported well before they are ripe. Then once in this country. They are stored. Refrigerated etc. Most fruit is wax sprayed, in an attempt to slow down decay and bugs. A classic example of today. Potatoes. What a con. Complaine about the sudden rise in price. Rubbish. The spuds you have just bought probably are last years crop or even older. Within a few days of purchase. Your tatties are sprouting. For you folks who grow your own. Keep at it.

Future Time Team

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 22:30
Pancyface, 9th. line down original post.

Lyn. My mistake. It was, BICC.

In those days. Sites were worked. Nowadays. You can drive miles along coned roads and not see a single person working.

Future Time Team

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 00:16
Sometime back. I mentioned I'd worked in the ancient woodlands of Oxleas Woods. Dovefromabove was interesested in my suggestion of posting more. I refrained due to comments about my manuscripts. However I have just thought. [Dangerous for me to think] When I worked there. Some huge cable was being laid from the Kent coast through and into London. Deep trencehes were dug, cable laid and trenches filled in. The work was carried out by a big company called. British Caledars and Cables. Naturally the first thing to be set up, was the tea area. This was on Welling Way. The trench appeared at rapid speed even though in the sixties, most digging was by hand. Come tea break. The whistle would sound and the navvies would chuck their tools in the trench and off they'd go. On their return. Each man had a brand new, fork, spade, shovel and pickaxe. Day in and day out the same took place. Even though the woodlands were under the care of the LCC/GLC at the time. Our tool sheds were soon well stocked. Needless to say. Any member of staff or passing public, if you failed to exercise..finders keepers..you had missed the plot. In chatting to any member of the gang. I could do with a roller or wheelbarrow for the garden. Following next tea break. You had half a dozen. I watched the TV Time Team when they did a bit of war time reccy on the woods. I wonder. Come a hundred years time. Digs take place and wow. All these buried tools from a previous existance. Dove' I am still prepared to share my original memories.

Advice on best type mower sought

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:57
NewBoy2. Cheeky. Actually a local horsey person, bought the horse home, went in doors for spell and horsy did the rest.

Seriously. For the gardener. I think that buying a new mower is much like buying a new car. From where I stand. Most mowers today are electric rotory types. Depending much on your lawn or grass area. There are also cylinder type mowers.

Am I a saddo?

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:46
I have only ever moved once [lazy beggar] Soon after getting married. I am still in the same council property fifty plus years on. However I have made it clear to my youngest daughter. When I leave the property. Make sure all the roses are removed. There exists this something that bonds us to our plants, and those things that make life, ours.
When selling a property. I do believe that you are obligated by law, that you must provide full details of what you are selling. That include the garden stock, outbuildings etc.
I wish you all the best.


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:34
Wills. Welcome.

Just a tip. If planting in the ground. Let nature take it's course. If planting in tubs, containers etc. The usual practice with bulb plantings is. Plant twice thier depth. For a much fuller display, and one that lasts longer. Plant two or even three levels. Eg; A layer of bulbs plus soil covering, then repeat.

Identifying the tree these shoots come from pls

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:29
I had a lovely Rhus in my garden some years back. Three gardens away, now have possibly what was once mine. Let's hope they continue travelling NE.


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:21
Similar to Dave. I have noticed over the years, that they can be suseptible to rotting away. So come the start of winter. Apply a good mulch and keep an eye open in case of water logging.

Unwanted plants

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:17
I am inclined to go along with Philippa. The years go by very fast. Perhaps a bit of fencing off might do the trick. If we could get some idea of the plants in question?

Seed Suppliers who Sell Small Amounts of Seeds

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:10
It's a bit of a toss-up isn't it? Pay less for a few seeds, and chance on germination, or. If only requiring half a dozen or so plants. Perhaps, penny wise and pound foolish. Buy a few ready grown plants. Surplus seed is always welcome to members.

Discussions started by Mike Allen

Fantastic site.

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Modern Technology

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Future Time Team

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More about using Coir

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Talk about daylight robbery!

Plant prices. 
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Have I overdone it?

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Growing with Coir

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List of members.

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Concern over conifers.

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Good News for Mike

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Makes you Wonder!

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A Wee Bit Cooler

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Our Silent Fliers.

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Would members be interested?

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Dare I say.

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