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Posted: 05/09/2015 at 17:55

Well that was brilliant fun! I came in with three thirds, five seconds and three firsts!! Absolutely chuffed to bits! The cock got a second!! 

Thanks so much for all of the good luck messages!! They worked!! 

Some of the entries were amazing. There really are some fab gardeners out there. I've got so much to learn.



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Posted: 05/09/2015 at 08:38

Thanks for the good luck wishes! I'll definitely be needing them!

Well done Chrissy! That's brilliant! I hope your cup is taking pride of place! 

Just done Fruit and Veg... Flowers next....I'm not very good at those. Eeeek!

 Oooh Jo47 - what were the dog shows like? At least cakes and veg don't wiggle about while grooming them! 

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Posted: 05/09/2015 at 06:34


The square one is a set show recipe for carrot cake. 

Stuffing my, errr, chicken / cock Now!

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Posted: 04/09/2015 at 23:42

It's nearly time! Pickles and Preserves Class - done. Cakes and Biscuits Class - done. Just the Flowers Class and the Fruit & Vegetable Class to sort out in the morning. Better set my alarm clock pretty early!

Anyone else got a show tomorrow? They seem to be going on in all our surrounding villages too. Can't wait!



Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:25

Got to love a bargain!

I've been out to anxiously check my cucumbers for the village show tomorrow. Also have the perfect little truss of gardenes delights tomatoes. I just hope they don't split between now and tomorrow morning! I'm meant to be working from home today but keep sneaking out for a quick check of everything!

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:22

Hope you kitty gets well soon Beaus.  

Lovely photos Pat!

LOVE the photo of Norman Bates! Looks like one chilled out cat! Does he always sleep like that?!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 08:10

Just been outside to quickly do some deadheading and it's the first day for me that feels like autumn is coming along. I absolutely love the time in between seasons. 


Posted: 02/09/2015 at 08:05

Did you find the dog Jo47?


When to prepare new beds for next year?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:03

Looks fab Mondegreen. It's good to get borders done this time of year. Easier to dig out weeds after rain when the ground is soft. Also like others have said, the cold will help break the soil down and make it more crumbly. Nice blank canvas to plant up. 

Great shed! Love the colour. 

Front Garden Borders -a blank canvas

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:57

I agree with B3 about those being red hot pokers. You can plants lots of different types of bulbs right now for colour in the autumn. I'd suggest planting in clumps rather than scattering them about.  Is there a garden centre near by? Failing that a Wilkos or Mossisons? They all have the seasonal bulbs in stock at the moment.

 If I were you I'd dig over your borders and add some rotted manure to get them going. Do lots of reading and research about the plants and colours you like. Ask yourself questions like do you want plants that come year after year, or would you rather plant annuals every year? Think about heights. Do you want any climbers? Do you want scent? Do you like certain colour combinations? Do you like structure? Do you like the movement of ornamental grass? 

Have a walk about and see what does well in gardens near by. 

Test your soil to see what you have. You can get little kits for a couple of pounds at garden centres.

I planted two borders up at my new house three years ago. I wish I'd taken a step back like you are doing. I just bought everything I liked and plonked it in without proper thought. They're a bit of a mess now, so I'll be digging it all out in autum and re-arranging / re-newIng. Autumn is a good time to plant as it is when a lot of things a dormant. 

Good luck with it. What a great project! Keep us posted.

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