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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:32

Hi Verdun - I'm down to Cornwall in a couple of days - could you put in a request for several warm,sunny days for me? Meur ras!     

Seed prices

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:05

I have just bought a packet of Thompson and Morgan seeds ( Beetroot Boltardy), and happened to notice that the packet contained 350 seeds, whereas last year the identical packet contained 400, and both are priced at £1.99 - effectively a 12.5 per cent increase in price.

I haven't bothered ( yet ) to compare other seed packets, but wonder whether other members of this forum have seen similar sneaky increases?

It annoys me, not so much because of the price rise, but because as an allotment holder I get used to packets of seed being enough to give me a full row, or only half a row, and it's annoying to think that a packet of seeds such as these Beetroot, would have perhaps given me two rows last year, but only one and a half this.

It's not just T & M - most big companies seem to treat us like idiots - just put the price up if you feel it totally necessary

I may ave contaminated the soil in my garden?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 21:14

Yes, the wood ash will be contaminated by lead if the paint was of the old lead-containing type.

DEFRA has issued a guide to lead hazards on the land, and they advise that ash contaminated by lead be taken away and disposed of at an appropriate Council waste site.

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 20:57

Some years ago at a previous allotment I had, several people suffered from thefts. Two of the allotmenteers were ex commandos, and they spent several nights camping out in of their sheds, both in camouflage gear, and with their faces blacked up.

When two lads finally turned up one night, after midnight, and started helping themselves, filling carrier bags, the 'commando's' came flying out of the shed, screaming like dervishes. The intruders broke all records running, and trying to jump over the fence - the lads let them run, leaving half a pair of trousers hanging from the barbed wire.

After that night, to best of my knowledge, nobody lost another thing.

Extreme measures, but the two ex-soldiers loved it, and everybody else found it great fun - also proved pretty effective!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:17

Bill - best wishes, and sympathy to you and your wife.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:00

Can't believe how ridiculous the last few days have been on the forum.

Like whiteheather I am not going to post at least until the end of the Summer, so if anything crops up under 'Pentillie' name - it ain't me!

I will continue reading all your posts, and learning a lot, so have a good, successful summer - may the sun shine lots, and the plants thrive ( after all, the forum is still intended to make life enjoyable, and perhaps easier, for all dedicated gardeners.)

Will be back in Cornwall for a break in a few weeks - will keep an eye open for Verdun ( the real one!)

Best wishes all.

 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 20:26

A good time, I think, to depart the forums, and get busy in the garden and allotment - but I will be watching you all, over the summer! 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 23:24

Thanks Tracey-N. Lovely sunny day at All-Saints Church in Marlow. Flood waters which had almost reached the doors a few days ago have receded a lot, and the church was packed - loads of allotmenteers, and a nice service. Free drinks afterwards at the Duke of Cambridge (landlord is 'one of us'! ). A really goodsend-off from a very close-knit Town.

My thoughts are with Bill in his awful situation - a parent never wants to see his child suffer. When my daughter was given her initial diagnosis I just felt ' why her? - it should be me'

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 09:25

Sorry to start with a sombre note, but I'm off to a funeral this morning. 

One of my friends from the allotment - an old fellow who spent his life working in the local brewery, Wethereds, until it closed, and worked on the same plot for nearly 50 years, kept chickens up there, and distributed free eggs to us all  - he also found time to go round with his mower keeping all the grass paths looking fine.

He was a typical local countryman - he couldn't read, and I don't think he had much interest in anything other than gardening, but he was free with his knowledge to newcomers who sometimes struggled - a good and generous man.

Rest in peace Dennis

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 23:14

I remember - near Heatherwood, where my daughter worked.

Safe trip home!

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