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Right Plant Wrong Soil !

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:21

Or you can just use cold tea.  Mum uses it for her azaleas, and the amount she drinks there's always a plentiful supply that she didn't manage to drink before it gets cold.  She swears by it, and the azaleas are always covered in blooms.

Starting seeds

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:18

The only silly question is asking my OH if he wants a cup of tea.  I tend to start my peas, beans, onions, carrots and beets out in the garden in pots ( to save the slugs getting to them) as I don't have a greenhouse, I then don't have to worry about hardening them off then.  Obviously I wait until after the last frosts, or when I think the last frosts will be, then sow in pots and wait.  With an unheated greenhouse, you can do this without watching the weather forecast religiously with a sheet of fleece handy.

As for the planting season, that varies from year to year, you can still get lots of things in now if you get a wiggle on.  Don't forget if you sow veggies to do things like carrots, onions, brassicas, beets in succession so you don't get a glut of things all at once.  There's only so much cauliflower anyone can eat!

Right Plant Wrong Soil !

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:09

What about a large bed (raised or not) lined in some way that you can fill with ericaceous compost?  One person on here (I forget who) has the brilliant idea of having one of their raised beds for acid lovers, so can grow things like blueberries, even though their native soil would kill them.

Leaving them in their pot would surely not be the answer, as if you bury the pot or not, they would still become pot-bound and need to be re-potted eventually.

Think you'll have to get the spade out over the bank holiday!

MOB rants

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:05

Frank, with inflation it's no longer spending a penny, but spending a pound for one of those super-loos.  I must have the bladder of a camel, as I can normally wait either until I get home, or get to the nearest bhs/m&s in order to go.

The idea of taking the coal from under the sea is a good one, but to we have the skills in order to do it, or are we going to be importing miners from overseas to get at the black gold.  I would sooner have a coal fired powerstaion next door than nuclear, any day.  The politicians are too short sighted in order to have a coherent energy plan, most of them are too selfish to look beyond the next election and how they can make the most money before they get kicked out.  I reckon that all of the politicians that have to live away from 'home' ought to be housed in one of the blocks of flats in the less salubrious parts of london, they might do something about the state of them and the community then.  Also, when I say 'home', I've used the quote marks as some of them have a property in the constituency they represent, then have their home down south somewhere.  There ought to be a law to make them reside permanently where they represent, they might fight for their area a little harder then, instead of living comfortably well away from the problems they are meant to be sorting out.  Who makes the laws, though?  Judges and politicians, so there's no way that bit of common sense would go through.

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:12

The only trouble with shooting rats, is the MESS that it makes.  Don't mind killing pests as long as it's a clean kill.

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:07

artjak, didyou eat it or climb it?!!

MOB rants

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 14:53

Gardening Grandma, you really need to try a Kipling handbag.  You'll never go back to an ordinary bag again.  I've got the defea in several colours (bought when I was working and could afford them), they last forever, you can bung them in the washing machine and they come out new.

I have the hideous contraptions on my roof.  I'm currently watching TV (or rather the kids are, eldest is off with horrendous cough/cold) for nothing, and the washing machine is only running at half cost.  Or full cost when it clouds over and rains.  Each time I look out of the window today, it's different, either cloudless blue sky, or overcast, or tipping it down, then back to cracking t'flags!   I also get cash back from the energy company (they assume you only use 50% of what you generate, the fools!), and I get something like 23.5p per two units of energy that goes through the feed-in-tarriff meter.  Index-linked for the next 25 years, so they will pay for themselves eventually and I get free electricity to boot.

Wish the weather would make it's zarking mind up what it's about to do.  Weather is my rant for today.  And small boys with snotty noses that are too grotty to go to school, but not too grotty to fight over toys with baby sister (she usually wins, she plays dirty).

MOB rants

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 00:31

When I could afford it, I donated to Dogs' Trust.  I like that they never put a healthy dog down, whereas the RSPCA have a time limit on the length of time they keep a dog for.

I know someone who is a cat person.  All of her cats are collared and microchipped.  One went missing one day, she searched and put up posters, and someone rang and said that the RSPCA had been round, rounding up 'strays'.  She checked, and found out her cat (who was being treated for an eye infection) had been humanely destroyed the same day as it was picked up (due to the eye infection).  They hadn't even bothered checking for the microchip before destroying it, they only did it as an afterthought.  So I won't support them.  When I get another job, I will definitely start to sponsor a dog again.

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 00:06

Earwig!!  Eeeeeeuuuuwwwwwwww!

(Runs shrieking for Ant powder).

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 00:04

Whoops!  Bet that took some explaining, GG, hope your neighbour understood it was a genuine mistake, and didn't get too upset about the cockerel.  I can understand folks keeping chickens, but cockerels, I just don't get.  They don't produce anything but a bout of swearing when they set off at 4 a.m. to greet the sun.  Our parrot did a decent cock-crow, as someone at the back had bantams.  She also got me into trouble with the neighbour (wolf-whistling), and had me running back in on several occaisions to answer the phone.

My only suggestion is you buy one of the darlac compost turners from Amazon, it's like a cross between a corkscrew and a the thing you use to raise and lower the corner steadies on a caravan.  You 'screw' it into the compost, then raise the entire thing, mixing the top stuff with the bottom stuff, and introducing air, much easier than trying to wield a garden fork in a dalek.  All you can do is make life difficult for them and hope they will go away.

We are dealing with mice at the moment (apparently mice and rats are very territorial, and if you have mice you won't get rats and vice versa).  Trouble is OH is the biggest wuss going, so muggins here gets the choice job of picking up trap, opening door over open carrier bag, and disposing of the body.  Worst thing is if you stay up late and the green light on the trap is winking at you, getting rid of the flipping corpse is the last thing you want just before bed.  The farmer at the back just chucks anything and everything on his heap (I won't buy council compost, as he produces it, I've seen the rubbish that goes in there).  He's been fined by Environmental health before for chucking chicken carcasses on there.  We can't have barbecues in the summer, if the wind is in the wrong direction you can almost chew on the smell.  Choice!

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