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granite worktop

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:42

Granma - we have a Silestone (artificial granite) worktop & my brother has a natural granite worktop. We treat them identically.

Basically they are wiped down with a wet cloth followed by a bit of a buff up with a dry cloth every day. If there is grease or more stubborn marks a regular non-scratch cleaner or degreaser shifts it. Over a period of time the surface becomes a little dull and there are a few residual marks (mine is black - shows all the marks!). At that point I clean and polish the worktop with a specialist  granite / stone cleaner which restores it's appearance to new.

I have not heard of anybody having regular repolishing of granite worktops. Certainly they might need restoration if they are chipped or damaged and some colours (esp black) really show up streaks and require a bit more care with polishing - but you just need to buy a good cleaner and do it yourself.

Sounds a bit like a money spinning line to me so I would question the company a bit more carefully about why they consider such treatment necessary. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:33

Have finally finished the 'big' pruning jobs (trees, large shrubs etc) and now have an absolutely huge pile of branches for shredding. Will be busy tomorrow if it's dry..

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 17:30

Lovely to hear you are feeling a little better Matty. Certainly sounds as though everything is on the way up now 

The (slightly) lighter evenings and emerging spring flowers also help don't they? 

Odd corrections?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 23:15

I have auto-correct turned off on all my (apple) devices because I have to regularly type weird documents with irregular spellings / capitalisations etc. They all work as advertised except when I am typing on this site. Drives me mad when I try to put in plant names etc and it comes up with something completely different and totally irrelevant.

Auto-correct settings on the  devices are definitely not the issue for me.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 16:48

I think we may be related Pansyface ... 

i been given this advice but '.................

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 15:24

Steve -  I am not a vet but I have had to count to 10 on your behalf ...

I am not so naive as to believe that clinicians (in any walk of life) are ALWAYS right -BUT I do think that years of training and work experience deserve at least a modicum of respect unless circumstance prove otherwise.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to try alternative treatments for animals if they do no other harm. It is, however, right that you highlight the potential side effects of some of these treatments so somebody doesn't suddenly start feeding their animal something without researching the facts.

It is also clearly ridiculous for somebody to try to tell you what surgical procedures you have or have not carried out!!

Keep signing in - I always enjoy your posts. 

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 09:59

The scent of stocks instantly transports me back to the age of 5 when we stopped at a park for a picnic lunch en route to Devon. It was a long journey in the days before motorways  but one full of excitement and anticipation for the holiday to come.

It was a hot day & the air was full of the spicy, heady scent of stocks. I grow them in my own garden now and will forever associate them with hot sunny days, holidays, and scotch eggs with tomatoes 

Other early memories - being shown how to make snapdragons 'snap' by grandpa and  making finger gloves out of foxglove flowers.

Happy days 

Glass cleaning

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 09:02

Bucket of hot water with a dash of washing up liquid and / or vinegar and a sponge and squeegee for me.

I don't think it is necessary to use any harsher chemicals to clean glass. If you can't use washing up liquid at all (I really am talking about a tiny dash in a big bucket of water) then I would just add a slurp of vinegar.

Jeruselem artichokes

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 08:56

According to the RHS you can grow them in a large container - so a large trug with holes in might be OK - but I would still sink it into the ground for stability. You can also keep the stems reduced to about 5' so you only need minimal support for the plants.

If you can do mash Bekkie, you can do soup  - just use stock rather than water as the cooking liquid, cook them until very soft and then zuzz it all up (stock & artichokes together) with a stick blender or in a liquidiser until nice & smooth - yummy!!


Dilemma - Broads or peas?

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 19:41

Peas for me every time!  My favourite veg but they don't store well - which is why 'fresh' peas from the market never taste as good as the ones you grow yourself.

Nothing beats eating raw peas picked straight from the plant & they are good in salads.  I also use some of the young green growth (pea shoots) in salads and the empty pods can be used to flavour stocks (I think you can even use the pods to make soup if they are young and tender enough). And, of course, you can always make pea pod wine ... 

I use the lower growing varieties and shove some twiggy prunings in as I sow . They keep pigeons and cats off the new shoots and give the peas something to scramble up as they grow.

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