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Wood Pigeons

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 23:12
Believe me. Woodies and I are long associates. Motto in English. You eat my crops. I eat you. Woodies are classified as pests vermin. They will gorge themselves on absolutely anything. Perhaps as plants are often renamed and re-classified. Perhaps the woodies should come within the classification of super vacs. Their lifestyle has put them on the wanted list. There is, legally no in or out of season for them. Just a thought. The price rise in meat and fish. Believe me. A woody makes a fine meal.

rookie mistake arrgh

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 22:17
I agree with Nut. Agreed the animal urine is very potent. Take a look at your lwn wher the pet dog or cat has peed. The urine really is corrosive. However. Not intending to go too dep into science etc. I consider the best time to spread the muck, is when it's fresh.

Computer replacement

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 22:04
Yes. I am still here. NO. The computer isn???t fixed yet. I do hope to get this done this week. Today I managed to get out, if only to the hospital for pre-op assessment checks. I am back in for a knock-him-out check-up in July. What a palaver? Still it gave me a chance to chat and joke with the staff, even the phlebotomist. I think I must know them all by name now.
Enough said. Might I now be allowed to refer to my original post and the follow-up replies. Firstly. Lyn. Why? I always understood British Law, that you hung a chap, after the crime. Not before. Your mention that I was still posting on another forum, after leaving that forum. Let???s put things straight. That incident involved a comment I made toward a new member. As a result. I posted a full apology. Then being as I class myself. An officer and a gentleman. I left the forum. In time, I began to get requests to rejoin the forum, members posts and general interest was rapidly declining. I am sure that you can see today. Members involvement is laging far behind that of membership on GW. I was welcomed back. Sad to say there is much fear that the forum will at some point be forced to close. At least I did my bit. Over time it has come to lite, that the member I supposedly offended has re-appeared and proved to be a troll. I don???t know Lyn. Would it be asking too much for a. ???Sorry Mike???
Concerning the other comments. I agree with Phillipa. Yes friendships formed in cyber space can often be far different from face to face, real life friendships. I was trained to pick out the good from the bad. I say this with the strangest conviction. My short time on GW forum. I feel that I have made some truly honest hearted friends, and I won???t listen to a word said against any one of them. I appreciate your comments and concern. I consider you to be a very wise person. Some of the other posts did seem to imply that Mike was, seeking sympathy and all of that. No Way. Dove and one or two others hit the nail on the head. Even my daughter Amanda has often said. Dad. You???ve been through a lot. Strange really, considering I am a wee bit scientifically minded. To me. A cancerous tumour in the bladder, was much like a wee babe in a womb, totally in it???s own tiny world. Then I became host to a viral infection. I think I must have hade every single side effect from this. To be honest. At times I even thought I was losing my marbles. To be truthful several times I even prayed. Please don???t let me wake up. In no way boasting. As I have said before. I really have worked hard to get to where I am. I try to enjoy life to the full. In all honesty. NO. I don???t feel any older than I did fifty years ago. My mind is still very active. I want to know more about life and the world around me. I said to Amanda today. I must get out and gather some field samples of pollen etc for my microscope slides etc. No friends. I am no different from any of you. I love gardening and the natural world. My mention of getting the puter fixed and then whether or not to return to the forum. Of course I will. However as perhaps some might have realized. When one is amongst friends. It would only be a right prat to desert those friends. Truthfully I don???t know. I obviously want to be with my friends. I also want to pursue my other interests. At times I wonder if the old gray matter is starting to fail. Then I think. Mike. Are you hogging the limelight? Please bare with me. Please have pity on this poor old s**.

Lots of love to all.
Mike. Xx

Computer replacement

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 00:32
For some time now, my computer has been playing up. Running ahead of itself then lagging behind. Silly realy, as I have had a brand new Acer in the cupboard for the past two years. I know my way around plants etc and mechanics and engineering, but computers. No way. So yours truly will be trotting off to the repair man. To transfer everything across. Please believe me. My short time on this forum has been great. I have made so many new friends and shared so much. However. I must be honest, despite any sensitivity on my part. Perhaps during the fixing time, I might be able to decide whetherornot to return to the forum. Believe me. There is so much love and concern here. Whatever. I wish you all well. Please continue to enjoy your gardens and may your GOD GO WITH YOU. Much Love. Mike. xx

A Simple test

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 00:20
Actually folks. I must apologise. Believe me. I have been trying to post all day. Thanks to Dove, I took her advice and managed to get around it.

My ref to plastic tube. I should have made it clearer. Use a length of plastic tube, the kind that is used for water tank overflows etc. Usually coloured grey or black. This is rigid and wil do the trick.

The Dirty End of the Stick

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 00:16
Of course most will be able to substitute the, 'Dirty end' To a more explicit phrase. Back in 1964, Val and I moved into a council flat. To date. I still live here. We were at the time, the youngest married couple in the row. It was still the era, when neighbours were just that. To keep things to a minimum. Someone falls flat on their face in the street. Send for Mick or Val. An elderly couple a few doors away. The wife came banging on the front door. Mick, Mick, come quick. My chimney is on fire. Most strange. Because living next dor to her was a friend of ours, and he was a fireman. Anyway I trotted along. Got some salt luv. A drum of salt applied to the fire in the grate soon solved the problem. Advice. Get the chimney swept. Anothe neighbour, who bore the same surname as us. Bang, bang at the door. Quick Mick. I think the woman next door has done herself in. To this day. I don't know how attention was drawn to the event. In short. I broke in. The scrorny woman was laid onher bed, surrounded by a litter of young puppies. These tiny beasts had covered the room and bed with their excrement. I acted fast and managed to revive the woman. The the ambulance arrived and off she went. Time passed and no thank you. Then suddenly it was, action replay. So the same took place. In time the only responce fromthat lady was. Foul mouthing and total abuse. Still Val and I beleieved we had show true chritstian love and done our best. It must have been a couple of years later. Hammering and thumping at the front door. Our next door neighbour stood shaking. Mick you must come quick. Mrs Allen from along the road. Her old man has escaped from the mental hospital. He's after her with an axe. She was totally starkers. Never did I think that Val, my beloved wife might soon be a widow. I managed to get between the two. This guy really was off this planet. I managed to stall the situation until the police arrived. Thanks Val for dialing three nines. Ages went by and then verbal insults etc from the one, whose life I had saved on at least three occassions. Such is life.

The book. By Mike Allen.

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 23:48
Philiper. Thanks for your honest comments. Truly. I had no idea that I tended to rant on about my qualifications etc. My apologies. However in some form of defense, some remarks that sparked this off, certainly not very kind. At the end of the day. We have all had our say. Water under the bridge. It would be nice to hear from Chris and take note of his/her feelings.

Edd. Thanks for your input. I am so pleased that you and many others enjoy my expertise and humour.

On the side. Mike is quite a sensitive kind of person. In brief. Val and I were always the first port of call, by persons in trouble, even total strangers. We'd do our best, only to find, some time later we ended up with the dirty end of the stick. I will try and explain this in a seperate post.
Thanks again for the fine counsel.

A Simple test

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 23:45

Time and again members post questions relating to poolry plants.  As I have so often said. Many wiered and wonderful thinggs are taking place outhere.  Please before getting yourself into a panic attack. Get a peice of plastic tube.  Poke it into the soil around your ailing plant.  Go on. push it in at least a foo or even more.  Now withdraw it..  Now place the end on a clean sheet of paper. Then from the other end. Poke a threader.  This wil eject the contents of the tube.  You will now be able to examine the moisture content of the sub soil. Moer often than not. This wil provide you with much information..  If at a depth of say one foot and the soil is dry. Water. Nine out f ten times.  A plants decline is due to lack of or over watering.

The book. By Mike Allen.

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 23:14

OK Orchid Lady. Mike is a man of his word.  Should the book ever get written and published.  You sweet lady will receive a first edition. Signed copy.

Now then.  My outline is for the book to be different of course to any other gardening book. I recently asked on the forum, if any members might decline to be mentioned.  I want this book to be a living thing, not some stuffy old relic from the past.  I have addmitted that I can be something of a renegade. Often diversing from the, 'Experts'.  I don't wish to give away too much here and now.  However in the lite of what I consider  a recent criticism. My profession training ony consisted of my groundsmans course. That was supplied via UCL at their grounds at Motspur Park.  Surrey.  There I learned the lot and gained my certs.  My gaining a first in horticulture. I was self taught.  My various Fellowships etc. Came at a price.  Hard constant study and learning, and to have letters after my name.  A gross annual subscription.  Now at the age of 75, I have been addmitted to the plant Pathologist organisation.  Once again pay out time. For the benefit of members who might have an assortment of ideas about me.  During my working days. The salary was crap.  For shopping, Val and I had around eighteen bob a week to keep house and body on.  Might I say.  Any commenters who believe we old uns had a better deal.  COBBLERS.  Had these present day opportunities been around, I would have by now been a Prof; Believe me. Throughout my life. I have worked 'B' hard.  I wish to continue learning and to impart knowledge to others.

Winter / Next Spring Bedding

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 22:49

Interesting point.  I so often liken gardeners to artist.  Although the design, creation of our eyes, must be the top of creation.  It has been and so often remains the idea that wehn we loook at something.  Our brain registers a definite focal point.  OK  a chap looks at a beautiful woman. {leave the thoughts out of it]  However what we really see is, a beautiful woman, standing in a fantastic garden.  I think that this illustrates how we might plan ahead. I can recall whilst planting out summer bedding, formal and display bedding.  What lay before my eyes was, the present and a kind of overlay of the future.  In perhaps more simpler terms.  You gaze around your garden and automatically your brain is saying.  Yes, I'll move that and I stick so and so in it's place.  Yes  that fence needs covering over.  So in practice we are planning ahead all the time.  When I was employed. Usually come christmas, I would sit down with a note pad and begin.  Suddenly all the year's thoughts and suggestions would come to mind.  Planning, purchasing, costing, staff arrangements.  A busy time, but an interesting period.  Might I ask friend.  Do you keep an upto date database of your garden?

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