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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 12:46

Stockton sunny although bitter cold wind, opened greenhouse then closed it again leaving the vents open was enough.


Compost making

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:32

Pamela, not quite sure what you mean.
Are you ripping out complete old shrubs or giving them the light prune they require.
Prunings can go on the heap, shrubs into the green waste if you have one.
Pruning Lavender is a gentle art, you take off the old flower heads and then trim lightly to round the shrub off a bit, stop it becoming straggly. never cut into old brown wood as it will never regrow.
They do become bare near the base as they grow and I take cuttings keeping some to replace older shrubs, they last around eight years before becoming too large, (I like smaller rounder shrubs), cuttings can take a couple or more years before ready to put in the ground, well that is my way, others may say different.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 23:25

Zoomer, In the case of 21 for tea jus-Rol is the way to go and even profesional cooks use it. As with gardening anything that cuts out some of the work is worth a try.
Keep going on the Scones, do not make them too wet and the secret is to cut with a small cutter, the pastry no less than three quarters of an inch thick.
Knocking up a batch of dough in a bread maker then taking it out to raise it works. Then cut it into eight or ten buns raise again and bake, in this house they do not get time to cool.
I never put meat into pastry then freeze it, make your pastry wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for up to four days before use if you wish. I make Rough Puff and do that. Get it back out and roll it out for use when you need it no messing about freezing then and no soggy bottoms on the pie or from the meat not being cooked properly.
Keep at it and in time it will be second nature, Daughter said I did not weigh out the flour for the Yorkies today, well no I have done it so many times.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:13

Zoomer, you are jumping in at the deep end with Forcaccio, the oil makes a big difference as to how you handle it and it does take some handling. The raising in an oiled bowl and then the knocking down can be messy. When on the oiled tray you really do have to bang your fingers into it to make the delves for the topping then a very hot oven.
Scones the less you work them the better, pull the dough together and pat into a round, flatten down gently until about an inch thick then cut through with the back of the cutter, straight down no twist, then onto the baking tray, twenty minutes 180 fan then get the strawberry jam and cream out.

Stockton weather good with some rain, greenhouse door cracked but not full open.
Grandchildren just left full of chicken dinner and ice cream, two happy kids.
I had 21 for tea yesterday and they mostly ate home cooked.


My evening last night - if I didn't laugh I'd have cried!

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 11:15

"oops" what a day this has been, they should write a song about it.
As for the comment "things cannot get worse" that is asking for it.
Sorry Veggie, hopefully it is a once in a lifetime day, it certainly makes us appreciate the good days.

This government needs to wake up fast or else electric out takes will be a common event. They are closing down all the coal fired generating stations with nothing in place to take over, Germany are building coal fired ones??
Wind power is slow not very effective and has a footprint bigger than a Yeti, they all say wind is free although the fabrication of the unit, the oil in that large gear box and as an engineer I know how often high speed gear boxes fail, pure madness.

Cheers Veggie day day is a fresh start Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:57

Stockton sunny although windy, nice and warm, greenhouse open and Sonny the little dog wet. He was chasing the water as I filled the cans and knocked a plant pot over so I soaked him he will not do it twice.

Zoomer, Pastry is so easy to make I put my brain out of gear doing it. All three types are used here sweet spicy and raised, these days I do cheat using the mixer. My lot will all be here tomorrow eating their way through my food. They should not be hungry after the big meal at the wedding last Sunday, gannets have nothing on them.


MOB rants

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 16:13

MMP, I am talking Domestos although a sudden thought, i wonder if a quick squirt with the Bathroom Spray would see them off.
Sharp sand or gravel do not keep them off I have tried it and know they will cross yards of it and egg shell to get to a tasty plant.
Hens and Ducks will clear them for you, they did the job in my Fathers garden, he always let the hens have free run of the garden
It was a large one and his motto was one row for the beasties, two rows for us so he did allow for them.


MOB rants

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 13:44

Pentillie, gave up on that kind of thing years ago, even the old fashioned one lick and you are dead preventatives did not help.
I found the best way is to clear the garden of anything they can hide behind, bits of wood plant pots, under the bushes in the border, pick them up drop them in a bucket with water and acid (any washing agent) and down the drain or into a hole in the ground.
A couple of nights a week with torch and bucket reduces the numbers I did put some sticks in the ground with a fine loose mesh around some plants it worked.
No point in being squeamish and taking them down the fields, they are homers and will be back in a week.


advice: tomato leaf spots

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 12:26

Outside Tomato's go out late May early June depending on whether you live North or South of Watford Gap.
I live on the North East Coast so never bother to put them out until late June that is if we get any summer.
We have had some cold wet nights all over the British Isles and it will cause problems if you put things out too early.
You could put some fleece over them late evening and probably some thing to shelter them from cold winds, a shrub in a pot will do nicely, leave them now though and they will recover if we have some good weather.
Bit late to sow more seed although some of the garden Centres may have a few left on the bargain shelves.


Compost tea

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 12:13

As an avid compost maker taught by my Father many eons ago I have never used the stuff and in fact had never heard of it so looked it up.
Sounds like another sales ploy to me at £29 a tub.
I use my own starter by collecting my own waste water (recycled beer) in an old plastic milk bottle I keep in the garage. "Err" shut the door and keep away from the window whilst producing said waste water, we do not want to frighten the neighbours.
Apparantly Ladies recycled water does not work, I have never gone into that so cannot give advice on it.
Compost needs "Air" "Heat" and "Damp" not soaking. I toss it out into my barrow give it a stir and toss it back, this gets the air in, as I toss it back and spread it with my fork I sprinkle with the watering can complete with Rose, a mix of one cup of magic milk bottle to a can of water with a very thin sprinkle of granular fertiliser, it works for me. Six weeks or so in hot weather and six months from Autumn to Spring and even Monty will not do better than that.
I believe that as my Father and other old time brilliant gardeners did not need it then neither do I.


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