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what to do

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 14:51

BW Parsnips are sweeter after a frosting, many roots are left in the ground unless it becomes too wet then lift them put them in Washed sand in a cool place.
If you lift Dahlias put them in boxes with a covering of sandy soil or peat, stems down to drain any moisture and keep an eye on them, they too want to be in a dry cool place, a garage or shed. After a while I turn them upright in the box and cover with more sandy soil damping them very slightly, in spring you divide the tubers and plant up in pots to bring on.
I cut my herbs back in Autumn and the new growth soon shows though this year because they are now old I have taken some out and will replace them with cuttings taken earlier.
New or old gardeners we are always learning so ask if in doubt, someone out there will know.


Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 14:28

I do not think we should gang up on Gily Webber, we all make choices to suit our selves it is called freedom.
I lived through a time when kids from poor families were lucky to have one hot meal a week, Fathers out of work Mothers not allowed to work, no school meals but they did get free milk.
My family were small holders and farmers so I never knew hunger or want and yes we clamped Veg bottled Jammed and preserved besides salting down our own Bacon and Hams, the poor families did not have that choice.
Even today I see people who had rickets as kids, lack of vitamins, TB Measles and other diseases rampant and all in my time, at least some of that has gone though not for good it seems.
Having eaten a good breakfast all my life and the first 18 years that would be porridge bacon egg fried bread tomato's mushrooms, not all together but what was in season and even eggs were seasonal so we put them down in Isinglass to preserve them. I must have eaten many salted pigs in my time, blood pressure normal for my age and the odd touch of gout, never touched port wine, smoked, or stuffed sweet stuff down my neck, so what does any of it prove. Nothing apart from we are all different with differing needs, all my relatives went into their 80-90's grandad was 97 and they lived through times of real hardship, is it genes or the way we live or a bit of both.
Not for me to know but I do know Gily can live any way she wishes though I would give this advice, my way of living has come from long experience and that experience also tell me to take what I read with a pinch of salt, a big pinch at that, having seen all the fads and fashions in diet come and go, the yo-yo ups and downs of so called experts some of whom went to an early grave, I smile and do it my way, so should you Gily.

PS, my Sons horses do not get antibiotics, ever.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 13:57

FloBear, as with everything you have to get your head down and work at it, I did hours of Scales until I knew every note of every scale without thinking, Dad did not help he would bring a piece of music in and say half a crown when you can play that well. practice went out of the window half a crown was two and six, pictures fish supper and sweets and some left over. My music teacher had a very long pencil so I had very sore knuckles for not practicing.

It has been mixed today sunshine light showers and high winds, now the sun is out again and quite warm outside. The Fuschia's should be cut back although still filled with lovely flowers so I will wait for the frost.


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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 22:57

FloBear After trailing heavy upright piano's around when we moved Joan said enough sold it and bought me an accordion. We were making our final move and she said why not get an organ we have plenty of room so we looked. They tried to sell me a large Hammond with Rotary speakers, I was thinking that would keep the neighbours awake when I spotted a new Yamaha with all mod cons and that duly arrived.
We had some good old fashioned singalongs round that as we had some good parties, it got a bit old needing repairs so I did a swap with a very expensive Yamaha Clavinova which gives me organ sounds or piano even big band and as a Glen Miller fan I love that.
Zoomer competitions are not me, it amuses me to jot down what comes to mind if I started titivationg for a competition the joy would go out of it.
Cold and wet today so a bit of a lazy day and Countryfile.


Horse Manure in a Vegan Garden

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 16:41

Horse manure should be allowed to mature and this can mean from one to several years. My sons horses are in the paddocks all day and do feed on a grain feed and hay at night, when up there a couple of weeks ago he had just taken delivery of £700 of hay, it is not cheap.
Now the natural process of passing through the animal does not kill some of the seed or whatever else could be in it although the rotting down an a steaming heap much hotter than a compost heap over a long period should see it all off.
As to normal compost it must contain some life to help it rot down. Insects worms, good bacteria,  even kelp has been found to contain minute sea creature all living organism which is spread on the garden so it is almost impossible to not harm some form of life not including the foliage, flowers, branches of living things we call plants.
What we eat is personal choice and the plants we grow will only take up the nutrients they need or in some cases, Legumes put it back as Nitrogen. Somewhere along that process we must do harm to some form of life knowingly or not.
My point being our personal beliefs will never be 100% certain in that we get it right. Each time I inadvertantly slice a worm in half with a spade so I can eat Veg I feel it but still eat the veg.
For the picture I eat lots of vegetables and a small amount of meat, that is my belief that we need some foods whether we like it or not.


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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 11:41

FloBear, having never played on the Albert Hall or ST Paul's organ I would not know although there is a 16 foot and an even smaller one, too loud too long,
Played a two manual pipe organ that had to be pumped by hand, the local Church is a four manual and my own electric, you just press buttons.
Jo, sounds much like a gas valve failure to me, get OH to give it a bang with something see if he can bump it free, (the silver cylinder on the control box).

Better go turn the roasties, they are in with an onion and clove of garlic to make the gravy.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 10:29

Grey skies looking at me,
Nothing but grey skies can I see
Grey skies looking so dour
Anytime now due for a shower

Well may we ask what happened to the sun
Picnics and jollies time for some fun
Summer the time when we get some heat
The hot spot today is cooking the meat

Repeat Verse in key of C, or if on the Church organ put the locks in for Thunder, you will not need the Celeste stop.

They should write a song about it???

Beef today Aberdeen Angus, it had a long walk.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 10:39

Maud, the box says tomorrow mixed although our lot last night said do not make any plans to picnic.
Stockton is sunny says the box and it is, blue sky all round, a golden glow over "Rains" hills and a nice day for planting bulbs. I need visit the GC but not on a Saturday it is a mad house and they are filling the places with "dare I say it" Christmas stuff (silent scream). Monday or Tuesday will do fine I will be able to move around looking. There are some bare patches in the garden after the last two weeks clean up, some new herbs to go in I took cuttings but plenty of bulbs in pots as well, I have given up on the forced bulbs although my old Amaryllis will be resurrected.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 21:20

She was old HCF, they would recover fat bones and skin, a lot of fats went into soap along with Soda ash to make those huge solid blocks of Sunlight.
That is what I understood happened to old cattle, Probably why Uncle Arthur would not part with favourite old cows, they would go into a well padded byre stall as foster mothers.
It was the young male calves I always felt sorry for they had a very short life.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 20:14

After our cloudy interlude at three the sun came out and as I put the car up the drive the sun in the west was blinding me.
You sound a lot more chipper now Joe in your self, the lawn will get done it is slowing down now.


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