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Top heavy Aloe Vera

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 18:19 don't cut this plant back but you do divide it.

Tip it out and separate the large shoots from the small.  Unless you want lots of little Aloes, the best thing is to discard the larger older sections and re pot the young, fresh growth.  


Posted: 20/04/2016 at 18:14

So Pansy........your's must be the only area where it isn't common speak then innit ?


Sad news rip Victoria Wood

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 18:03

That is very sad news.  The "Hostess trolley " was also a favourite of mine....I can see her now, bashing the keys and really enjoying it.  "Dinner Ladies" too and the antique emporium with Celia Imrie.  Victoria only had to appear and I'd already be laughing in anticipation.  A great loss to the world of comedy.


Posted: 20/04/2016 at 17:55

Or the constant upward inflexion at the end of every sentence ?  That's a killer too.


Posted: 20/04/2016 at 17:44

It's only one among many annoying habits innit ?

problem sparrows

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 16:57

We too have plenty of Sparrows .....yes, they can make a racket when squabbling but I haven't found they deter any of the other bird visitors.  Different feeders in different places seems to keep everyone happy here

TBH, the only plant I've found the sparrows go for are the primula flowers when they first appear.


Posted: 20/04/2016 at 16:35

That sounds fair enough Lyn  Whilst there is ongoing debate/discussion about slug pellets I hadn't seen anything about Nematodes....considering the "heavy" marketing of this solution in the last couple of years, it just made me wonder.

Growing Horizontally

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 21:44

Strawberries are commonly grown in this fashion but they have a different habit to the plants you are asking about

Place your bets....

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 21:36

 Heaven forbid.

Place your bets....

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 21:18

Well it must be contracting Steve..........what other reason could there be for the diminishing amount of space ?  It's surely nowt to do with adding more plants/seed trays in there is it ?

Not to worry tho.......I always thought Pooh was a lot smarter than he was given credit for

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Slow worms

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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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ID needed please 
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