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MOB rants

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 10:33

My Grandchildren's venture into Rabbit keeping was the usual three months then neglect, Joan who kept and loved rabbits as a child rescued it although their Dad told them Granddad would be eating it once it was fat enough, true if Joan had not threatened to cut off my working parts, I never knew she was a mechanic. That rabbit had a long and lovely life following Joan like a dog and if we were out in the garden would sit between her feet sunning himself, he knew where he was well of.
Various Hamsters Gerbils and other animals came home for school holidays and went back much fitter than they came as did many plants.
Being brought up on a farm where my Uncle would never kill any animal that had given good service I was taught to respect and love them but with our own when the time came to restock the larder I had no qualms at all including rabbits.


Poetry Thread

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 10:21

We may as well let this drop, it was not a competition only a way of expressing a love for gardening in our own words, my rubbish appears to be frightening some off.
Why do some threads become battle grounds for people to snap at each other, my way if upset is ignore them, unless that is they are in range of a good thump, my attitude changes face to face, being incognito makes some brave it would seem.
Anyway I am out.


Greenhouse dwarf wall

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 23:27

Cement does not set well in cold weather could be best to leave a week, it will warm up, here in the frigid North we have had four days of sun, freezing easterly winds though.
Terracotta should hold the heat in the bricks and feed it back so worth a try.
Good luck send a picture when done.


MOB rants

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 18:57
Lyn wrote (see)
Plenty of cat deterents for use in your garden cotty.

None work so I got a lttle Westie, that worked a treat. Benji asked what had happened to his snacks when the cats had gone.


Poetry Thread

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 17:30

"Whoa" let this not become a battleground a place to vent your spleen
It is supposed to be a gentle place for gardeners who are keen
To tell the story of their war with disease bugs and weeds
Not a place to don your armour and mount your battle steeds
If you have problems with some poster who has a right to speak
Then do it in some private place it is messages you seek.


Peony Tree

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 16:18

I have Paeonia officinalis Rubra-Plena, the deep red one, grows around three-four feet high needs to be staked well as if flowers May-June and usually when we have high winds that can knock the large flowers down.
My other ones are Paeonia lutea Chromatella yellow again around three feet or a bit more and also needs staking, I only get half the flowers that I get on the Rubra and much as I love them often wonder if they are worth the space they take up.
Plant them in a spot sheltered fro early sun after a frost but then they need sun the rest of the day so south and west facing is good.
Plant them with the crown just clear of the soil or they may not flower, rake in some bone meal and water in well then once a year mulch with well rotted manure if you can get it or good compost, keep the mulch back off the crown, never cover that and spread it well around the plant.
After flowering I dead head them leave the plant alone until spring, books will say cut back the foliage in Autumn when it dies off I found it a good frost guard for the crown so cut it back as spring arrives, a little late this year. I grew up with a bushy shrub of Rubra that was fifty years old when I was a bairn and still going strong 30n years later, I have a cutting of that plant. A position sheltered from the winds is better for them.

MOB rants

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 15:57

Tina, you can spend 24 hours looking out of your window CCTV.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 15:26

Stockton the first signs of spring now at last we can get started.


Greenhouse dwarf wall

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 15:24

I take it the new GH will cover the window, will that matter.
White deflects the light yet painting a warmer colour will look odd.
Mine is simply brick so takes in the heat and holds it.
You have plants along the base anyway so a wall would make a good place for pots with probably some cover like a cold frame.
I have to watch the airing of my South facer with extra vents and a fan for frost guard and cooling, easy if you can get electricity as you obviously can.
I would go for the dwarf wall.
Good luck


MOB rants

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 15:14

Mother child parking I have used as a Granddad of course for one very simple reason, with two young children in a car you can park one on the pavement in front of the shop whilst getting the other little "err" beauty out, it does help to know where they are.
Out on the open car park always seem to me a bit of a battlefield in fact there were times I would have been safer on one, the school run seems to erupt onto those places where they all fight for the places nearest the door when there are a hundred empty spaces a few yards walk away.
They call it busy mother syndrome, I call it the idiot run, they have the most precious people in their weapons of war and do not appear to care about it. No school run in my day we walked and secondary school was a bus ride. My young Grandson now walks to school, he thinks it naff to ride and even on Swimming Baths day will walk to meet the car, I notice his legs are better for it.


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