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Early Fruit and veg for 2015

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 21:21

Hello, might I suggest kohl rabi - it's easy, fascinating and good grated in salads. Doesn't tame up much space either. Just buy a packet of seeds. Also rhubarb if you have the room. Just buy crowns. Finally raspberries. My first time with them this year and I was amazed at how much fruit they yielded!

It's a big worry......

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 21:00

Don't you worry Verdun. I was talking to Santa at the weekend down his allotment. I had to have a word, as he keeps borrowing my tubs to collect his courgettes. Apparently it's all Rudolph will eat in the run up to the big night. Anyhow, I've asked him to send a sign to the 7-8 year old generation. He said he'd have a word with a couple of his mini elves. They're gonna make an appearance tomorrow.


starting from scratch!

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 20:28

Hello 9austin. Sounds like an exciting project ahead of you. Do you want to get rid of the grass or just improve it? If you do want to get rid of it I'd suggest doing it now, or when the ground is still soft, as its a tough job and doing it when the ground is hard and dry will be really tough going. We hired a grass removing machine when we did some of ours but it was still hard work.

Know what you mean about ivy. It's  great coverage but can be very intrusive. You could put up some trellis and grow some climbers. Maybe a rose or a clematis. If you like a bit of colour in winter, a winter flowering jasmine would be nice. Or you could try growing fruit against the wall. Can't remember what the method is but am sure one of the other members will be able to. It's when you span fruit trees by training them across wires. A wisteria might be nice too.

if I were you though I'd start by writing a long list to Santa including a sharp spade, a good fork, some secateurs and some donkey plonk to work into your soil.  I'd also suggest visiting your local garden centre for a few plant ideas.

good luck with it!

Little Oak Tree

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 17:36

My dad has Susan and it's an absolute stunner. His is it in a large pot now and it brings him a lot of joy because the colours are just amazing. Hope yours brings you as much happiness. 

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 17:32

Enjoying the fruits of my labour with a little tipple before tea! Sloe gin rocks! Will defo be making it again next year.


Black Friday bargains

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 18:53

I'm angry about Black Friday. I bought a handbag on Monday from John Lewis, only to find that on Friday it was quite a lot cheaper!  Pretty bad idea if these big stores want to keep the average shopper happy. I'd support a shop more if it didn't have Black Friday. I'm not a huge fan of American-isms like this. 

kitchen worktops

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 18:44

 Here's the offending black granite worktop - not my first choice! Smudge city!


kitchen worktops

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 18:40

Our kitchen top is black granite and I loath it! Nightmare to keep clean and shows every smudge or drop of water. The house was designed by two brothers and it is very 'male' in its design I feel. I'd go for granite again but only if it was in a soft colour. John Lewis have some lovely toffee coloured worktops and a really nice pinky one - pink sounds awful and doesn't do it justice but it really is lovely. 

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 18:34

Mine went up today! its so cosy! I'm one of the those people that will have the down on Boxing Day though! For your viewing pleasure here are a couple of pics....


Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 08:42

Never heard of it me duck!  (what's the West Midlands version of 'me duck'?). Love it though! I'll be throwing it in to conversation at work (down south, where phrases are few and far between in the West End....other than the odd 'sweetie darling').

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Faithful favourites.... 
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Has anyone successfully stopped a planning application before?

About to get wildlife habitat amongst other things destroyed.... 
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Oh the weather outside is frightful..... 
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See you later work, two weeks off!

Smiling from ear to ear! 
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Hey Good Looking.....

Whatcha got cooking...... 
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