Shrinking Violet

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Posted: 20/04/2016 at 20:52

Oh this thread has made me chuckle!  There are so many verbal tics that drive me mad - the overuse of the word "like" is an obvious one.  There's the nonsense of future intention "going forward" (politicians are the worst offenders I think).  Then there's the constant mispronunciation of "dissect" - even on medical programmes.  Diss (double consonant) rhymes with miss.  You bisect (by-sect) an angle and dissect a body. 

For all those of a nervous English "like wot it is spoke and written" disposition, I thoroughly recommend the book "Eats Shoots and Leaves".

Summer Fete

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 18:51

Having done this in the past, I offer the following advice:  the people who attend a summer fete are not there to buy plants intentionally - their purchases are likely to be impulse buys.  A few discerning members of the public may value some lovely hardy perennials, but the majority of those of a buying disposition will want colourful quick-fixes.  I found that ready-planted hanging baskets or small pots went well, as did trays of half-hardy annuals.  Anything else was pretty hard to shift.

Some veg can be popular: tomatoes (named varieties only!) lettuce and quick result plants.  Long-term-investment veg eg brassicas are less likely to find a home.

And by the way - set up a plant crèche - even the impulse buyer doesn't want to carry plants around - so you'll need a shady spot and lots of carrier bags for your customers.

Hope it goes well for you - it can be profitable if you don't get too ambitious.

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:17

Verdun - awww shuks!!!   But I do hope that the discussions here continue.  Nothing personal - I don't agree with the tone of some posts.  That's life!  I am not about to throw a hissy fit if someone disagrees with me - in fact, I welcome the challenge.  The day we are closed in mind to alternatives is the day the six-foot space in the ground with daisies on top awaits us. 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 20:29

May I just add that I am enjoying this thread.  Yes, some people get a bit over-excited and sometimes opinions seem to be inflammatory.  But overall, I like to be challenged - I like to read what other people are thinking.  I like to re-assess my own feelings, and if I have to rely on leaflets (don't get me started on that one!) or politicians' opinions (and please don't get me started on that one, either) then I have no real feeling for what other people are thinking.  I know what I hear in the market (and it is rarely edifying to politicians, I can tell you) but that is not a cross-section of opinion.

So please, folks - lets continue to get heated, to discuss and argue about the most important vote in most people's lives.  We need to have our own ideas tested by other opinions.  Talking among like-minded individuals is like listening to your own voice echoing in the Whispering Gallery.

For the record:  I did vote in the last referendum.  I remember it very, very well.  I was out "on the stump" in the local market, encouraging the public to vote "yes".  I was harangued by many (Trades Unions and prominent local Labour Party activists were, I regret to say, the worst - though, to their credit, I didn't get any rotten fruit from the market stalls thrown in my direction LOL).  But I had a conviction, and was prepared to stand up and be counted.

The certainty of youth has left me.  I am open-minded.  I like to consider all opinions, and I think this forum is as good as it gets.


Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 23:33

Dove - you said earlier today that the Labour Party had always supported Britain remaining in the EU.  Well, maybe technically the "EU".  But in the days of the Common Market (remember that?) they were very much opposed to it.  And there was a time when the majority of dissent over the European project came from the Labour Party.

This is not a party issue anyway imo.  It goes beyond party politics:  Kate Hoey is anti, for example, as are many Labour supporters at the grassroots level. 

I received my "leaflet" today, courtesy of the Government.  They will have it returned to 10 Downing street.  It is light on fact and long on conjecture.  And I still haven't made my mind up about which way to vote.  But the leaflet does not inspire confidence in the "remain" argument. Neither, for that matter, does the leaflet I received the other day from the "leave" argument.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 16:19

We moved here (mid-Devon) last November, and there were House Martins' nests under the eaves;  I can't wait for them to arrive, since I've never had the pleasure of them in any house I've lived in. 

What do we do about the badger?

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 23:26

I used to have a badger in my previous garden - and it's true that they can cause a lot of mess digging up the lawn etc.  Predominantly, and luckily for us, the badger run was at the very end of the garden the other side of a leat, so the amount of damage wasn't too bad.  But I was advised that they are deterred by human urine - male only!  So if you are able to find suitable parts of the garden that can be sprinkled regularly, that may help to deter them.  (I don't know whether this really works or is an Old Wives' Tale - but it sounds credible). 

How to find out if compost is peat free?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 19:36

I'm another "sinner" - I insist on quality compost, and I just haven't found a peat-free compost that is worth paying for.  I took issue with Levington's when I had to sieve all the sacks of compost to remove stones, glass, nails, binder twine and wood pieces.  Until the quality can be sorted out, I'll go with what works.

Incidentally, I went to a local nursery and had a long chat with the owner as he was busy pricking out seedlings (it's a lovely, small concern).  He tried peat free compost one year - and declared that the results were poor, and the customers voted with their feet the next season.  He has reverted to compost that does the job, or so he says. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 19:32

Finished the border that had been dug over yesterday, and then managed to dig the second one, too.  Took it steadily - my back told me yesterday that I'd done enough.  I was then able to place pots around where, roughly, they will be planted, and suddenly, from a horticultural desert, it shows the makings of a garden.  Well pleased with it.  Off to get lots of grit and (I hope) well rotted manure to dig into the soil before I plant.  And then there's another border to be dug, greenhouse to be erected and summerhouse to be ordered.  But what a lovely, lovely day it has been - sunshine and warmth that makes it all an absolute joy to be outside.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 20:21

My muscles tell me that I've worked very hard in the garden.  After two fences blew down in the storm this week, the garden is a wreck  - so it was all hands on deck to try to sort it out.  It had been neglected by previous owners - we moved in last November, since when it has rained consistently so little could be done until now. Digging the soil over was an "interesting" occupation.  I think there are still bits of builders' rubble from when the house was built (about three decades ago).  One side is very heavy clay, to that is crying out for grit and enrichment before planting.  The other side is less heavy and seems to have been cultivated a little more, so that should prove easier to deal with.  But hooray for some welcome sunshine and dry weather.  I may be aching now, but it will be worth it in the end.

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