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Posted: Today at 16:45

Getting back into the swing of gardening after two weeks away.

In the last three days I've picked about 10lb of blackcurrants from three different gardens and many are now in the jam pan.  I do like blackcurrant jam

Also mown a lot of grass paths and harvested a few courgettes, beetroot etc.  But what do I do with the over-ripe, too large and presumably tough broad beans (AC) which I should have picked a few weeks ago?

One of the gardens, PD, has moles and a neighbour comes in with traps.  Apparently he got one last night, so it works.


Multiple Strawberry varieties

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 23:38

I'd give each variety a short length of bed; plant them in the middle to start with then this time next year peg down the runners to each side. This will give you three times the crop in the third year.  Then you need to start a new bed.

And as well as labelling, keep a separate note/diagram of what's where and when they're supposd to fruit.  But remember that the plants haven't read the book.

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 21:16


I think you need to dry it all out again, use waterproof glue and then seal it with several coats of varnish or paint to keep the water out.  It's partly for this reason that exterior woodwork is not normally glued - better to use nails, which will allow some movement as the moisture content changes.


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:53

P as in Psmith (Wodehouse character, who could tell if you forgot the P) [and if you don't allow that you could have p as in bath]

a as in mediaeval

e as in raise

o as in foetus

n as in hymn

i as in either (depending on how you pronounce it of course)

another e, this time as in sale

and s as in is


Do I get a lollipop now?


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:19

If it's rain you want, DD, there's plenty over here at the moment.

Gardening & what else?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:13

I'f I've defected from R4 to Classic FM in the car I switch over to R3 when the commercials come on.  And that's not what it used to be either.  I'm sure some of the presenters don't wear ties these days.

Could Someone Please Help Identify

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:10

We're all still learning!


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:09

I have long despaired of the falling standard of English....


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 19:56

Jo - how do we know it's a Sandwich and not a Common?


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 19:01


You wouldn't believe how many pics I had to take of those terns to get that decent one.

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