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Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 14:53

No.  I think it's appalling that supermarkets can push prices down like that and browbeat farmers.   It's bad for the farmers and bad for their animals and bad for the long term future of milk and dairy produce in the UK and Europe.

.A litre of semi-skimmed organic milk works out at 89 cents in Tesco and 95 cents here in our cheapest (overall so not LIDL or ALDI) supermarket in Belgium.    I'd happily pay a liveable price for it. 


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 14:39

Be careful though.  I did that one year and forgot about it so left the chillies in too long.  When we did come to taste it the chilli content was volcanic.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 14:38

Give them a soak in luke warm water to rehydrate them Busy and then plant them.  You may only get leaves but at least they may live and flower next year.

The soil here is absolutely sodden so can't be worked so, as it's otherwise calm and not quite freezing, I've been out putting up the new windbreak mesh along the northwest fence to keep the gales from blasting my potager and all the lovely black and redcurrants and purple gooseberries planted along the back bed.   

Had to stop as a tummy bug has hit but when that's done the next job will be more windbreak further along to protect my hamamelis and an osmanthus from both north westerly and easterly winds which hit that far corner with a vengeance.  

Now I need to stay warm so will peruse the Plant World catalogue............... 


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 11:20

Not really.  I record it as we have dance classes on Fridays and that means I too can skip the bits that are of no interest.


Posted: 20/01/2015 at 01:19

I think WW must be so much older he's addled.  What exactly is there to like about Toby who's stewardship of GW led to dramatic falls in its audience.  Couldn't be the total lack of quality and integrity and respect for the audience, the plants and his tools?


Posted: 19/01/2015 at 17:35

I have found recipes for chilli in chocolate cake and biscuits.  Haven't tried the cake yet but the biscuits were good -

I shall try the cake when I've lost the Xmas blubber............

Janurary Plants; Which are the easiest?

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 17:31

This time of year, if the soil is not frozen or waterlogged, is good for planting trees, shrubs and roses whether grown in pots or bare root as this gives a bit of time for the roots to get bedded in and develop before they get stressed by the spring surge of growth and the demands for food and water to fuel it all.

However, I prefer to get this done by December when the soil is still warm but the plants are dormant as this improves the chances of surviving and thriving.

Unless you have a light box, daily light levels are too low to sow new seeds and grow them on without risking their getting very leggy and weak.  It's too cold and wet for moving or planting perennials and biennials and far too early for annuals.

If you're depserate, you could maybe start chitting early potatoes and making a trench for beans.

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 14:52

The whole point of my system is that it gets them as they emerge from hibernation and before they can eat my treasures or breed and lay eggs that will hatch and scoff my babies.   Repeating the dosage lightly copes with sequential emerging and laying.

I do not indulge in wholesale killing as slugs are part of recycling detritus in the garden but I do take measures to protect vulnerable plants that aren't big enough to survive a chomping fest.  It's called "protecting my investment" of time and money.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 14:45

0C and snowing so no, no gardening, but i am getting into seed ordering mode and thinking of starting some chillies off as per someone posting on A4A who starts theirs off ona  damp cloth in a plastic tray on top of a radiator then transfers the sprouted seed to jiffy pots,78681.0.html

Has to be worth a try to get an early start.

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 10:16

Apart from wildlife friendly slug pellets at time of planting veggie plugs I leave our veggies to their fate too and rely on birds to pick off the caterpillars.  No spraying and no nets and regular hoeing.

However in the ornamental garden I do use the slug pellets round hostas and daylilies and daffs and clems.  I start on Valentine's Day as it's an easy date to remember and just scatter a few of the organic pellets round the susceptible plants.   I then repeat weekly till they're all big enough to cope by themselves.

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