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One very happy Birthday Girl:))))

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 13:47

Crikey, you are very lucky girls!  I have to give my OH a list every Christmas/Birthday, or else I get Chocolates (it's not that I don't like chocolates, but every time!!).

He's got better since I've given him my Amazon password and have an extensive wish list on there (they are very good for wolf garten tools, which are fab).

I had an unexpected present today, a delivery man turned up with a goody bag (goody holdall is a better description) of 'products of the year' from a competition I'd entered.  Was very exciting unpacking it all, and as the advert says, every little helps.  It will save me at least £40 off my next shop, and there were some treats in there too!  Maybe I can put the money I save towards a greenhouse......


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 13:41

I'd do them early April, the weather's usually a lot kinder then, and I think the cold snap that's forecast will last a bit longer than the weathermen are predicting.

late start,more advice please!!

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 13:34

Bookertoo, that's a brilliant idea, have an ericacious bed (acid), and put all of your acid-loving plants in there.  Not thought of that as a benefit of having raised beds, will have to think about squeezing one in somewhere when we move.

Geg, why don't you invest in a couple of the plastic compost bins, and put all of your chicken manure in one to rot down, and use the other to make compost (you can also chuck some chicken poo in there to activate the compost).  Some councils give them away free, I missed out last year when they had a compost week and you could get a big compost bin from the council for £5.  This year there's just a link to a site where you can get a 'discounted' compost bin.  JTF is still cheaper!  At least that way the smell will be 'contained' and maybe you'll be a little bit more popular with your neighbours!

It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 13:31

Could someone please remind me what the Sun looks like?  We've had fog here all week, rain today and more fog forecast for tomorrow.

I don't mind the cold (as long as it doesn't snow or someone invents snow wheels for my pushchair), but I miss the sunshine.  Everything seems so grey and dreary without it.

late start,more advice please!!

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 00:11

Not starting sowing anything until April.  Winter will be late leaving us this year, keep on with the digging, as you will expose lots of pests eggs, such as slugs, which the birds will eat.  Digging when frost is due is also a good idea, as it helps to split the bigger clods of earth, which will make the soil better for your plants.  I'd suggest putting some raised beds on the tarmac.

Don't use the chicken manure fresh, bung it in a heap somewhere and let it rot down, if you use it now it will 'burn' the roots of your crops and they won't do well.  Don't dig manure in on the bed you're using for root crops such as carrots, parsnips, swedes etc, as they grow roots searching for 'food', which they won't need to do if you've just manured the bed you're growing them in.

Grow the stuff you like to eat, or that's expensive to buy in the shops.  Potatoes are recommended as a first crop, as you have to do lots of digging (which prepares the soil for other things), you have to dig a hole to put your seed potato in, 'earth up' the shoots (cover the shoots with more soil/compost to encourage more potatoes to form), then you have to finally dig the potatoes up!  That's why a lot of the allotmenteers recommend them (next door neighbour is my vegetable guru!)

Keep digging whenever it's dry, don't bother when it's wet, the cold weather is an ally when you're preparing any new ground.

potato varieities production or vareity

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 16:22

HEHEHE.......This is like having a conversation with my 4 year old, when he's just been told he can't have any chocolate because he's got to have his tea first.

Wryly amused.

Compost bin/cold frame

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 11:47

I think the compost bin needs to be a certain size to start off the reation that generates heat and helps the stuff to break down.

I got my dalek from JTF, if there's one near you I rate it very highly for bargains for your garden.  Like the idea of disguising it with a buddlea, I have a massive one that I keep attacking with the loppers (yes, it thinks it's a tree), it just grows back even bigger the next year (will have to move it soon, the roots must be nearly into the garage, if it gets in there next to hubby's prized RS2000 I will be humongous trouble).

potato varieities production or vareity

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 11:39

For someone with a college education he certainly is a dunce.  It would be interesting to get hold of his gardening book (although I for one will be waiting for it to come into our local library, I won't waste my money on it).

I wonder if he realises that there are some very, very clever people on here, although I doubt it, as the more you know, the more you realise there are gaps in your knowledge.  Also, you don't need a college education to be a good gardener.  My Mum left school at 14, and is one of the best and most competent gardeners I know.  A friend of mine has dyslexia and so has no academic qualifications, yet he is a mountain leader, and has taught himself programming, and regularly has conversations with me (university-educated programmer) that my husband (degree in engineering and masters in Education) can't follow.

So College or University educated people can still be daft, it just means you're good at passing exams.  Common sense is not common, unless you're talking to a gardener.  I've never met a gardener that has a lack of common sense.  Not a successful gardener, anyway.


Posted: 05/03/2013 at 14:14

Saltski, we had the same problem at a student house I shared at Uni.  I was OK as I was in an upstairs room, my mate wasn't so lucky.  We put pellets down around the outside of the house, and a few by the back door on the inside.  We used a strong salt solution and shoved that down the sink every couple of weeks, too, in case they were getting in that way.  It didn't solve the problem completely, but it did cut it down A LOT.

If you can find out where the blighters are getting in (we think it was under our back door, as it didn't fit very well), then concentrate on that area.  I've also heard they don't like  black bitumenous paint, so you could try painting some of that on the floor next to the house (unless it would look awful, we have a tarmac drive, so it wouldn't notice - not that you'd need it as tarmac has bitumen in it already).  I used to have one or two come into the kitchen every year, until I put a magic mat down by the back door (more for my dogs' muddy paws more than anything else), since that's been down I haven't seen any.  I think the going across the fabric bit is too much like hard work!

Talkback: Edible dahlia tubers

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 14:05

Wouldn't eat any tubers other than the ones I know are OK to eat.  Some of them are extremely poisonous, like aconite.  Best to leave well alone, UNLESS you know what you are doing.  Same goes for wild mushrooms, I'd sooner buy supermarket ones that are guaranteed to be OK.

A lot of the Dutch died at the end of WW2, they were so hungry they tried eating bulbs of every variety.  There also weren't many dogs or cats around, those that hadn't already died of starvation were themselves eaten.  If you are dying of starvation, anything that will stay down is palatable.  Even dog, cat, rat, hegehog or horse.  Nature is a Mother, and as such she's tried to make things that are not good for you bitter.  It's no good for the plant, either.  Lots of seeds are designed to pass unharmed through an animal's system in order that they germinate AWAY from the parent plant, thus aiding propogation of the species.  Tomatoes are a good example, I've been told (don't know if true) that they won't germinate unless the gelatinous coat is removed, by going through an animal's system.

I'd be interested to know (as there are lots of clever folks hiding on here) if there is ANYTHING that's bad for you that tastes nice?  I thought most things that would make you ill were bitter, on purpose.

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