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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.

Personal Photo storage

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 11:51

We have had photo gallery threads in the past where people post links to their garden photos which they've usually stored on something like Phoobucket..

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 10:11

I like zips for chocolate but then I do buy chocolate chips in 2.5 kilo bags.

Mini plastic greenhouses - I've had 5 in all from different manufacturers and in different sizes and none have withstood more than half a spring gale without blowing over or losing their top or getting their frame bent or broken.   I now use the racks topless for stacking plant pots.

Bulb planters - when the soil is fit for them to be useable it's just as easy to use a trowel.  When it's not the soil either clags and sticks and won't come out or else it's too stiff to turn and twists the wrist or the handle and, in any case, I like to put daffs and tulips and alliums deeper out of harm's way.

Min max thermometers that die at -20C.

Holey jeans - the hole is usually at the knee so no good for gardening on my knees which is how I do close weeding and planting out of smaller plants.


An open note to all Shops big and small,

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 17:56

I went to Chelsea 2013 in a wheelchair as my new feet weren't yet up to a day on crutches.  Most people were incredibly kind and helpful about letting me get to the front to see gardens and displays both outside and in the floral marquee but some were really stupid and unpleasant.   I also found most of the big gardens very difficult to see from wheelchair height and one had actually put up a bar fence at wheelchair eye height!

Negotiating the tube was an eye opener - plenty of stations with lifts but all still with some stairs to negotiate before getting to the platform.  If I'd been a real invalid it would have been impossible.

Earlier on I went to a big building and renovation exhibition in Brussels and found most of the exhibits inaccessible because of narrow accesses or hard to negotiate bumps up where they had installed fancy flooring.   Negotiating Antwerp on crutches in sleet and snow wasn't fun either with people rushing past and knocking me off balance.

Viewing the world at general bum height is an eye opener too but for other reasons!

I know old buildings can be hard to convert but all new and recent buildings designed for public access from offices to shops to museums, cafés, restaurants and so forth really need to take disabled access and toilets into account right from the start.   Disability could happen to any of us on a temporary or permanent basis and is hard enough to cope with without unnecessary obstacles and lack of consideration from others.

Native alternative?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 12:18

Mine has a lowish foliage base but the flower stems get very high - clearly happy just above the edges of my unlined pond.  I moved them there where they could have the space to grow high and a bit of protection from prevailing gales as they'd also been just a bit too happy in my damp bed next to the terrace where their stems were constantly broken by strong winds tunnelling along the back of the house.

Native alternative?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 11:57

If my molinia is anything to go by, it is far bigger than the carex and may not suit the desired effect.

Have a look at this list for alternatives -   It does say carex evergold is native but there are some prettier (IMHO) forms listed too.

You could also underplant the cornus with native snowdrops as they look great against the red stems.



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