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philippa smith2

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telepathy f1 cucumbers

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 17:59

It should tell you on the packet Paul.  Not heard of Telepathy ( predictive text maybe ? ) but Telegraph is an old established variety and is, I believe, all female.

Never apologise for question is silly on here

Aloe vera propagation

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 15:02

I'm about to do a couple of mine now David  

Depends on your weather I guess and where you are keeping it.  If indoors, I don't see a problem but be a bit wary if you are thinking of a cold G/H as we are promised another cold snap this coming week.  Pieces which already have a good root on them will be may want to try a bit of bottom heat for the pieces you need to root at the moment.

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:48

Hello flumpy.....still suffering I'm afraid

Will email you

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:15

Brenda.............thanks for that. It was indeed Hanna Hauxwell  I was thinking of - a real inspiration

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 18:34

Not all doom and gloom've got your Newts if nothing else

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 18:16

Each to their own aym  Some people like isolation altho unless you are absolutely committed to that lifestyle, it can be a hell of a shock.  

Can anyone remember the old girl who lived totally alone and relished it.  She wrote a very interesting book......10 years ago or so ?

Moving to a foreign country just because the land/properties are cheaper is not always the happiest solution either.  You need to think hard about it, particularly if you are more than 27

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 17:46

It might have been possible years ago Lucid but as we get more and more crowded in this little island, the options for land and isolation become less and less.

At one time, it worked in a cycle.........Wales and East Anglia were relatively cheap as were parts of the North East and South West.  The "Good Life" people moved out of the cities to these areas but they usually had the money behind them to renovate broken down properties with a good bit of land.  Those times are gone I think.

I've lived in most areas of the UK.......usually renovating which I never minded so long as the land was suitable.

It's not always necessary to buy somewhere freehold.......leasing some land close to where you live is a possibility.Long term rentals with an option to buy also.  Have words with land agents in the areas you are prepared to live.  There are people in rural areas who would like nothing better than to move out BUT need a good price for their property in order to finance their new buys. Again, farmers are selling up but still want the going rate for their properties.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in your situation who want that kind of lifestyle but can't afford to indulge themselves. The farther out you move, the cost of living becomes more expensive.Nothing to say that you shouldn't keep abreast of the situation tho......rural Estate agents, Farming and Smallholding publications, etc.

There are "cheap" areas still within the UK but a terraced house with a back yard is obviously not your idea of bliss

Bit negative I'm afraid but that is how I see it.


Hospital visit caused by Eurphorbia

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 15:59

Euphorbia sap on the skin can be awful......especially if your skin is exposed to strong sunlight directly afterwards.  

You can get some instant relief by washing off and applying the cut stem of Aloe vera but in the Dove says......Ouch !  Everyone reacts differently to various plants.....I only have to brush against a Hellebore leaf and a rash appears almost instantly.



Posted: 16/04/2016 at 15:41

Glorious afternoon sky and the cold North wind has dropped.  Both Slow worms are basking and even the small Grass Snake appeared again.  Can't be bad ...will probably suffer tonight tho

Stapelia variegat

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 10:34

Sorry Ryan.....only just saw your above post.

Mine tend to flower once they spread to fill the pot - not very helpful I know but I've had them for so long now that I don't remember when they first flowered. 

I'd put a layer of gravel on the compost surface and put it in the brightest spot you can find.  Mine are still in the G/H at the moment but I usually put them out against a south facing wall for the summer.

Keep us posted


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