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Posted: 05/08/2012 at 10:40

Seeds and cuttings do not need rich mixes and will make root in just sand mixed with grit, as soon as they have a root system they need a richer mix so they can make growth.
My own mix is one third compost, one third fine grit and one third washed sand, put the cuttings around the edge of the pot, I usually put in five and then water.
With some seed I use a quarter compost then three quarters fine grit and washed sand, as soon as the seedlings have two true leaves I pot on to a one third mix then later to half compost half sand and grit.
This is what experience tells me works and I would think MD will use similar, he covers his Herb cuttings turning the plastic bag each day I never cover having found it sometimes detrimental causing die off.
Hope this helps.


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Posted: 05/08/2012 at 09:40

Not to worry David, there is enough red white and blue flying to last a Century, a golden day indeed.
We also had a golden day well most of it, a couple of heavy showers in the evening that only lasted minutes but I was glued to the TV so it mattered not.
At around the time Mo won the ten thousand metres there was one heck of an explosion, running to the window to see what it was the sky was lit up with fireworks from Stockton's Festival, me being on a hill and Stockton riverside being in a valley three miles away it was a free show.
Posh, if the tennis is all that is showing I will be on the sofa asleep, tennis does for me what sheep do for others.

PS "Oh I forgot" another sunny morning on Teesside up to now.

GW memories 1991

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 13:38

I love Carol a real plants woman who knows her stuff. I am sure she was on ITV before the BBC as I have memory of her in Birmingham or Manchester either the parks or allotments the programme was about vegetables.
The difference at Glebe Cottage then and now is quite dramatic, the bushes in the clip now mature trees and the lawn has vanished, less crowded back then you cannot move for pots these days. I cannot argue with that, as you get older pots are much easier to work on and the garden can be changed by adding or removing pots in bloom.
Thanks David, nice to see Geof again too.


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Posted: 03/08/2012 at 23:57
Shrinking Violet wrote (see)

Well, Frank, as ever - I've learnt something.  I only ever knew (and never thought about) the author of Lorna Doone's initials rather than his Christian names before!  doubtless I shall be queen of the quiz team at some stage now!!

Posh I would guess you were always Queen of the quiz team, over the years I have gathered you have learned a lot from the University of life. My Daughter Jan always grabs me in any quiz as she says my twisted brain has a cacophony of random facts rattling around it and when it come to history and dates I can still nail it.
Nice to be famous for something even a twisted brain must be to do with that there Higgs Bosun thingee they are looking for, I never found it when I was at Uni reading Atomic structures.


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Posted: 03/08/2012 at 22:48

The things that stick in your memory Posh, Richard Doddridge Blackmore is well known for only one book Lorna Doone but he wrote quite a few novels and books of verse, he was a poet. As with times tables French Verbs and lists of historical happenings they never fade from your memory.
We read Lorna Doone and had to write up our thoughts as we worked through it, the idea of love overcoming all obstacles was not something a sports mad lad thought about although Miss English my English Teacher made me think about it hence the everlasting memory of the dark moors of Exmoor.
Our promising day turned into a cloud filled sky but no rain, it all passed over.
I dragged myself away from the Olympics to watch MD, like us all he has not had a good year and like him I am taking cuttings from the herbs though mine have not suffered as much as his, they are against a wall that gets a lot of sun and the plot quite dry so it is more like home to them.
The only Bilberry's we get these days come from Poland in Jars, more juice than berry but added to summer puddings you still get the flavour.


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Posted: 03/08/2012 at 10:04

The sky is blue
The suns out too
Sitting here wondering what to do
Its the garden
Better make a start.

The lawns are cut
The weeds are pulled
My bushes now have all been culled
Its the garden
Looking oh so smart.

Sung to Raining in my heart well we gardens always look on the bright side, they should write a song about it.
SO Teesside bright and clear, a few puff balls of white cloud, looking over to "Rains" Hills they have a golden glow on them so we know where "Rain" will be.

Bilberry's are what we called them and picked by the bucket load, never heard of them being called anything else in this area, but then we are a reet queer lot oop ere.


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Posted: 03/08/2012 at 00:28
Shrinking Violet wrote (s


Bilberries on Exmoor are known as Whortleberries, Frank - but they make pies and jams just as lovely - no matter what they are called!  I visited Goathland the other year when I stayed with my cousin in York and we had some wonderful days out.  The moors there are bleaker and more stark than we are used to - but beautiful, nonetheless.


Don't know about it being bleak SV when I read Lorna Doon in English as a lad Exmoor seemed very bleak to me. I suppose knowing the moors around Goathland as a lad made them a little like home to me, I do have happy memories of those times. We also visited relatives at Egton Bridge on the moors and of all places on leave in Port Said met a Lady I knew from Grosmont, she was WVS running the camp and I have pictures of us dancing, it is a small world.
The rain did not arrive so plenty of work got finished, the garden looks more like its old self before the deluge, I think I will need to tackle the Crocosmia with a flame thrower it is rampant.


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Posted: 02/08/2012 at 12:55

Bookertoo, too many micro climates in this country, the weather forecast is general not personal, I look out of the windows each morning, with allround views you can see it all.
Just back from t'other side o'nt Tees a bit of an adventure as half the roads around Stockton are closed for the Stockton International Riverside Festival, yup we know how to let our hair down up here (if you have any that is). A lovely sunny morning, still is with rolling white cloud and blue sky between. The lawns are cut blades up then blades down with bags of grass for the green-waste, my compost bins are full.
North Yorkshire to me was Uncles sheep farm just out of Goathland, all the family went to pick the Billberries and the women would be in the kitchen bottling, making jam and pies, oh thos billberry pies, I loved them and a nice filler after walking the moors checking the sheep with my Uncle. I am drooling on the keyboard.


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Posted: 01/08/2012 at 14:50
jean riley wrote (see)

Frank - you have a wonderful way with words . I can almost smell that bread.

Thank you Jean and if you were around this way some time you could still smell it, if the family are coming for tea on Saturday's I knock up a batch of buns by hand, flour yeast water and salt is all it takes and not the fourteen or so additives in bought bread, it is all in the kneading and knocking down. The problem is they come through the door grab a bun and wuff it so by tea I am halving them.
Home churned butter has a taste all it own and Aunt Mabel made butter for all of us she had to add salt to preserve it but it did not last that long.
We never got the rain after all, I sat in my Daughters Garden in the village soaking up the sun whilst she made cheese and onion pie also fresh fruit muffins which we tucked into, a nice way to spend part of the afternoon, now back to work.


Carrots have feelings too

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 10:54

I would cool their ardour with a peeler and eat them, food is food.


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