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It's my birthday

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 10:43

Happy birthday Wintersong.  I hope you're not being basted to bits by Abigail and will indulge in some appropriate celebration this evening.

Allotment websites

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 10:39

Take a look at A4A and other allotment blogs and see what you like that can be applied to you own site.  

Talk to your members about what they would like to see there - eg:- tips and guides on sowing and planting times, crop rotation, soil prep, seed and seedling swaps, surplus crops swaps, recipes for produce, shared seed/manure/compost orders to cut costs, advice on growing more unusual crops etc.

Make sure they know about your website and, if technologically challenged by a lack of PC skills or access, help them work it out.

Clematis dried leaves

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 14:51

Clematis in pots need to be watered regularly by the gardener.  Rain is not enough eve if it's bucketing down.  Plus, in a pot the clematis will soon run short of nutrients as most planting composts only have enough to feed plants for 90 days so, the answer is to plant it in the ground, nice and deep to encourage new shoots and, whether it's in a pot or in the ground, make sure it never gets thirsty or hungry.

As Richard says, knowing the name would help with further advice.

Allotment websites

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 17:34

Yes.  A4A has some very knowledgeable and helpful contributors with topics on everything from growing to eating the produce plus chat and fun too.

Scarifying Mid November

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 12:08

It depends on your local weather conditions.  Normally by now we've been frozen and can be experiencing heavy gales and storms so no, I wouldn't scarify this late.

However it's been so mild here with little wind and rain and very warm days that I would scarify if it hadn't already been done earlier.

If it's warm enough for the grass to grow and still need cutting, it's OK to scarify but make sure you have a few mild days forecast for it to recover a bit and get in at least one more cut before the weather closes in..

Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 12:19

No probs PP.  When he sees the list of jobs I have in store he may prefer a beating.  

Wind Brakes & Joy Larkcom

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 12:17

I planted shrubs as a windbreak for our ornamental garden and attached a roll of split canes to the metal fencing on the veggie plot.  It certainly made a difference to what grew well but some of the shrubs suffered and needed protecting and the canes eventually broke or rotted.

Last year I attached proper windbreak fabric, 1;25m high along the entire north and northwest boundary and the difference was amazing.   As well as reducing wind flows it stopped frosts rolling down into my garden and veg plot which are just a bit lower than the big arable field behind.   Bumper crops of red and blackcurrants, purple gooseberries, blueberries and veggies this year.

My kale plants are standing tall and proud and cropping well.  Normally by this time they're leaning like Pisa no matter how well they were planted.  I might even try some garlic again.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 10:10

OH needs a frame like Ainsley had and some musculation exercises.  He'll get those next year as he retires at the end of January and will become under-gardener and general labourer to keep him out of trouble and stay fit.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 09:49

Us too tho I can do without some of the contrived set pieces they show before they dance.   Love the choreography and technique analysis in the week as that helps with our own classes.   OH has a droopy right shoulder following a couple of dislocations and I have back trouble but the tips help with the rest..


Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 00:22

For once Peter André wasn't underwhelming but not sure he can keep it up.

I thought Kelly danced very well with some difficult steps but I do have to think the costume and hair departments aren't doing her or Kevin any favours.

Didn't cotton much to Helen's rumba - elegant but stiff and no hips.   Find her cold.

Jeremy was just embarrassing so he can go next please.

Jamelia did better but isn't going far either.

Jay did well with what he had but the choreography wasn't tops.  Nice boy.

Georgia and Anita both excellent.  Amazing footwork from Georgia in the samba and Anita just continues to improve and amaze.

Anton needs to calm down his choreography.  Lots of lovely intricate steps which are probably fine in practice but too much when she's nervous in front of the audience and judges.   Don't think she'll longer.

Thank heavens Carol has gone.   She never got it.

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