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What's for tea?

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 08:44
artjak wrote (see)

Lyn, According to Jane Grigson veg book swedes and turnips are a bit interchangeable the further north you go. ' Scotland when people talk of neeps they mean swedes...but a dish called turnip purry is invariably a puree of swede'. Is that all crystal clear now?

In the south we just call them swedes and turnips. So much easier.

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 13:56
Berghill wrote (see)

They have chewed their way through the floor.......................4 inches of concrete!

We had rats in the garden a few years ago and they had chewed through a 9" brick wall. The other side of the wall housed our neighbours garden shed but they obviously found the bird food in our garden worth the trouble. Got a rat scarer to deter them from our garden and the neighbour got the Pest Control people in to put poison down.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 13:43

No sign of my Tete a Tete yet. I grow them in pots and they look wonderful amongst the winter flowering pansies. Thought my bulbs here in the south east would be further advanced than those in the north. Just goes to show how wrong you can be.

Protecting broad beans?

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 16:20

For the last three years I have sown Sutton broad beans in November for an early crop and they have survived all that winter has thrown at them. This year I sewed some more in Feb/March and they never came up - possibly too wet?? I like to sew a November crop for early broad beans. Having said that my site is fairly sheltered. I'd give it a go and see what happens without trying to molly coddle them.

greenhouse woes.

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 16:10
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Best idea-is to remove all the leaves etc-it is thecold/damp conditions in the greenhouse that do that-the main thing that they don't like -far better in my opinion to lift the plants, shake off most of the soil,remove most of the leaves and store in pots in a cool dry frost free place-you can them cram 3/4 plants together in one pot

Separate and start again in the spring by cutting plants back and re-potting

Seems sound advice to me Sotongeoff. I'll do the same to mine tomorrow. I've never managed to overwinter geraniums so this must be where I have been going wrong. Thanks.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 15:07

Strong gusty winds all night. The morning was lovely and sunny but still breezy. The breeze has now died down but the sun has also gone. I think rain is due very soon, but we are lucky as we are not flooded as so many people are.

Talkback: How to grow winter onions

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 14:59

Planted my onion sets about three weeks ago and they have justed started to come through, along with the garlic and broad beans. Its good to see new crops coming through.

What's for tea?

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 14:54
artjak wrote (see)
Just burnt my hand on saucepan handle, covered hand with egg white after soaking in cold water; seems to have stopped the pain.

I always keep a pot of Aloe Vera on the kitchen window sill in case of burns. Just pull off a leaf and rub the juice onto the burn. Its amazingly good.

Kedgeree and jacket potatoes for supper tonight.

Hygiene and Birds (including Great Tits)

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 12:16
Ed Walter wrote (see)

According to the BBC NEWS website (today, 22.11.2012 in the Environment section), our garden birds are being affected by an avian pox that leaves the creatures with swollen lesions.

Spread from bird to bird (originally from insects coming to the UK), it is advised that WE can HELP by cleaning bird feeders, boxes (check for tenants first!) and bird-baths with soapy-water. It may help.


I do try to keep my bird feeders as clean as possible and in fact give them a good clean yesterday. Off to do the bird bath now, thanks for the reminder. We must look after our birds.

Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 12:11
Palaisglide wrote (see)

Caroline, in February ask again and we will tell you how to take cuttings and bring them on for next Autumn.


Many thanks Frank. I will put a note in my diary to contact you in Feb. Lovely sunny day today but of course it won't last.


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