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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:45

A few inches of snow overnight so no gardening but OH has been out and cleared a path to the front door and also the garages as the doors wouldn't open this morning.

Since venturing out to give the birds an extra helping, I have taken refuge in the kitchen and am making soup and cakes whilst thinking about which veggies to grow in which bed this year.  I still have some Savoy cabbages and kale out there so may pick some to have with our rogan josh for dinner.

If anyone's ready for a coffee break the cakes are banana, apple and pecan and a coconut, lemon and blueberry - for tomorrow's Boogie class.

anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 11:28

I have one plant kept over from lastyear but won't be sowing new ones till next month when light levels are better.   My sunniest window sills already have herbs and the chilli and a baby mandarine tree so are a bit full.

Clematis Josephine Pruning Advice Needed

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:19

I have always worked on the basis that Group 2 clems are pruned after their first flush of flowers is finished in May/June and then fed generously to encourage a second flush of flowers at the end of summer.  At this pruning, its usual just to remove dead flowers and then maybe take out one or two stems back to the base to encourage fresh growth and vigour.

However, in my garden, I treat Group 2s like group 3s as they always get their tops frozen to bits in my winters so anime form mid Feb to mid March, depending on the weather, I prune them back to about 9 inches above the ground and give them a generous dollop of proper clematis food and a mulch of well rotted garden compost.  It usually means they flower a bit later but then I dead head and they keep flowering for months.   Nelly Moser flowered till December last year and Rahvarinne till November.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 14:44

When we moved from Harrow to Belgium we also kept the vaccuum cleaner and dusters with us as we were going to be arriving 3 days ahead of the furniture - one of the benefits of departing long distance on a Friday.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 14:41

Frozen here and set to stay that way for a few dayswith snow expected so no gardening other than to go out and buy the extra staples I need to secure the new windbreak fabric along the veggie plot.

Seeds ordered Monday so not even armchair gardening.

climbing rose

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 12:53

David Austin have two repeat flwoering ramblers which may suit you.

Their own Malvern Hills is a soft yellow, fading to cream and sweetly perfumed and they also stock Phylis Bide which repeats.   They also have some short climbers in their English Rose collection so you could also look ath those for a wider colour choice with perfume and repeat flowering..

You could make up for the lack of rrot run by making a slighty raised bed with either timber or stone edges and applying generous mulches of well rotted garden compost or manure every spring and some specialist rose fertiliser.

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 09:15

In one way, November member is correct.  Comments on here won't change things but a campaign of letters to members of parliament, DEFRA, supermarket chief executives, influential newspapers may just start the ball rolling.

Other than that, this is a thread in the Potting Shed where we can discuss anything and everything as long as we obey the rules about not being rude, inflammatory, discourteous or otherwise offensive, just as we would if chatting over the garden fence.  

How to remove HUGE shrub

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 13:43

You need some long handled loppers or a pruning saw on a long handle to remove some of the thicker branches and reduce the bulk.  Than you just dig out what's left.  The loppers will probably come in handy again for severing roots.

Wolf do both loppers and the saw which is curved with sharp, opposing teeth and also a variety of lengths of handles and many other useful heads such as a rake, hoes, cultivators and so on so you can build up your tool set as and when you need someting and can afford it.  Good garden centres and DIY stores stock the range.

I don't work for Wolf - just a happy customer.

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 15:21

My neighbours tell me they make money on the riding school but there's no profit left in arable or dairy farming here so it isn't just dairy cows that may disappear but fields of wheat, barley, flax, sugar beet, potatoes......    We'll end up surrounded with GM rape seed grown for its bio fuel.

I buy organic chicken, well brought up pork (still not standard on the continent) and organic or pasture raised Irish or Scottish beef which is expensive but worth it.  We just eat less of it.  I've found a local supplier of organic pork and beef here but they expect me to buy half a beast and I don't have the freezer capacity for half a cow, half a pig and half a sheep.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 15:11

I put a drop of vinegar in the water then put the whole eggs in in their shells and turn them round for about 30 seconds.  Take them out and let them cool then break the eggs into the gently simmering water.  No swirling so I can get several to a pan.  The pre-cook sets any loosy egg white so you don't get ribbons.   Works best with very fresh eggs but also good with ones a few days older.  No gadgets, just a pan and a slotted spoon.


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