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Latest posts by Moonlit Hare

moving blackcurrant bush

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 16:05

Hiya nadiamaz,


If it's any consolation the much beloved's dad and a few of his chums all had a really low yield on there blackcurrent bushes this year, we've put it down to the weather..... no blackcurrent jam on my toast this year for me I'm afraid! boo hiss!

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 19:36

We're about to go hazel in the hope we will have some nuts one day and hazel isn't to bad to lay for thickening up the growth, The much beloved doesn't know it yet but I'm going to weave some honeysuckle and some roses through it too!

Damson Crop for 2012

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 22:52

We've loads but they are quite sheltered, got my mum to give a couple a squeeze today when she came around for a cuppa and she reckons give ours another week, we're in Mid Lancs


Posted: 18/08/2012 at 22:43

go with the damson gin! stick them in a kilner jar stick a load of sugar in and top up with gin. keep it somewhere dark, in a cupboard will do and give it a shake when you remember! better than anything you'll ever buy in ther shop. We do vodka the same way.

Then when we strain out the damsons we take out the stones and cover them in melted chocolate. just cut it into square when it's set. Yummmm!

The longer you can leave it the better it will be, we've just polished off out last bottle of 2007's harvest!

Ash Tree Stump

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 22:33

We're plauged by ash trees/ sapllings, everytime I clear a space (we moved in here in April this year!) there's another sodding 10 lurking in the undergrowth!

if they're really little above ground but have been cut back so the roots are quite big, if you try and pull the blighters up the bark and leaves just slide off the centre shoot!

we have one which is taller than the house and is coming down in the next month or so our neighbour says it's less than 8 years old and it's roots are so big it's raised all the flags on her patio...... god alone knows what it's done to her drainage pipes! the only way those roots are going is to be ground out, go with the creoste and pray to anything you can think of it works because those seedling pop up in places you never know you had..... Good luck!!!

laurel hedging

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 22:02

We moved to a new house in April and we have a shed load of established laurel.

All "SUMMER!" they've been shedding leaves which are yellow and brown.... now it's not as noticable on our plants as it is on yours, because they are established but I think you should stick with them, there's been so much rain this year I was considering building an ark! It might just take until spring for some new growth to come through and bulk them up.

The other thing we have is the laurel berries dropping and sprouting so we've a second layer coming through busshing up the lower half.


Herbs dying

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 18:59

Hi Jalcinto,

Mine are all over the shop! I've got a slightly older lavender which is flowering but none are bushing up or getting taller, I can't comment about the Bazil..... flippin slugs!

The tarragon, grown from seed this yr are REALLY leggy

The rosemary pretty much the same as the lavs.

The lovage is doing ok! As is my standard bay, but the bay is in a pot!

Mint all stalk no leaves. feverfew is struggling but just about holding it's own , the lemon balm seems ok, my borage seems to be making a comeback since we've had a couple of hrs of sun..... but my sage is really poorly, I think I'm going to have to move it!

I'm no expert but if they are in pots maybe try and raise them a bit for better drainage and maybe a good feed?

I'm sure someone with a lot more knowledge than me will help you out soon! If it makes you feel better I'm in the north so it's not just you southerners suffering to i think we've all had it a bit rough with the weather!


Posted: 03/08/2012 at 11:23

Pam!!! I have corn envy! 

I'm just going to suck it and see. I confess we did a rush job on the veg patch this year when we moved in early spring.... working on the theory that even if we only get a couple of meals back we've got our money back on the seeds and spuds! The good news is the spuds have done really well!


We'll have more time to prep up and plan for next years crop so this is a test run, but I do get quite protective ove my plants, especially when I've grown them from seed!

Thanks for all the photos too, mine aren't too far off so I'm a happy bunny!


Posted: 30/07/2012 at 21:40

Thanks all! always nice to have a bit of reasurance


Posted: 30/07/2012 at 09:55

Morning All!

I'm hoping some of you can relive my paranoia?

I started some sweetcorn off in cells when we moved into our new home at the beginning of April.

I planted them out once they where big enough prob June, they really are trying and every time we get a bit of sun they turf out another couple of leave, but they are only about 12" (30cm) tall...... is there any point in keeping them? do you think they will grow fast enough to produce any cobs?

Has anyone else had the same problem? I'm in a very soggy Lancashire, so I'm guessing it's because of all the rain they haven/t gown. They get sun most of the day where they are, there's only a couple of hours in the mid afternoon where the house gets in the way and they are shaded.


Thanks for your help.

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