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You & todays internet media

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 08:47

I think it's down to basic manners.

I would like to think I'm not rude to anybody that doesn't deserve it whether face to face, online, on the phone etc etc. I was brought up to bite my tongue until it hurt rather than lower myself to the level of those who think just hurling insults around is the way to have a conversation.

Think twice and speak or write once.

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 08:04

It was me who was mowing long grass BL & Pat

Nice sunny day out there - have been out to open the shed up as the seed trays are in there & it looks as though it will get hot without some ventilation. 

Office day for me - but only for a few hours.

Enjoy the theatre tonight Chicky (watcha gonna see?).

Hope Mr Hosta has a lovely day

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Posted: 12/03/2017 at 18:40

Paranips - Pansy?

I have visions of you pursuing paratroopers with a pair of pincers in your hand

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 18:38

One of the Famous Five series?

You know - lashings of ginger beer and lickey Timmy and all that...

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Posted: 12/03/2017 at 18:30
Dovefromabove says:

No room to sow any more seeds here Topbird ... not until the sweet peas occupying the dining room windowsill have germinated and gone out into the mini greenhouse ... 

Have you seen the dates of Wootten's Open Days this year?  

See original post

 I hadn't - but I have now. Thanks

The spring fair on 7th May looks interesting

I really miss Wootens being open all the time - for me it was always one of the main reasons to go to Southwold

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 17:08


For somebody who wasn't going to garden today (back said NO in a very loud voice this morning) I seem to have done quite a bit.

8 trays of seeds sown, shed tidied (just a bit), new weather station transmitter put up and - trumpets sound - I've cut the grass.

Sorry Hosta - just couldn't stand looking at it any longer. Used highest setting - took about 5" off. Remainder is till about 4" long. Definitely needed doing!. Weren't as many mole hills as I thought and seem to have squashed quite a few mole tunnels back into place. They had a right party under there over the winter.

Need to prep Hot X Bun bread & butter pud now  - chicken & mushroom pasta for mains. Have a good evening folks

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Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:58

Never mind 'coming up' - aren't garters supposed to stay up???

Cat sat staring out the cat flap this morning then turned round and went to fetch his pith helmet and machete..

Hint taken - grass has been trimmed. Mower on highest setting - took off about 5" and it's still 4" tall. Could say it was ready for doing At least some of the mole tunnels and runs have been pushed back down now.

8 trays of seeds sown - spring must be here!

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 14:29

Beautiful garden Lead Farmer. 

Your excellent planting sets off your handywork very well. I really should have a go and making those obelisks myself...

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 12:25

Hi Paul

I know we old f*rts keep banging on about Geoff Hamilton but that is because (for many of us) he really was the person who taught us how to garden. His garden at Barnsdale was much larger than most of us can dream of (5 acres) - but he built it from scratch and divided it into several much smaller gardens (each with it's own theme) which were of a much more relevant size to most of us.

He grew a lot of stuff from seed and cuttings (the cheapest way for any gardener to build a stock) and loved making ornamental bits and pieces for the garden out of recycled or cheap bits and pieces. More famous inventions were the 'large boulders' and the 'stone trough' made from polystyrene / cement and (I think) car sealant. Looked really good once they'd weathered in...

He also did lots of DIY (fences / paths etc) in the garden which was useful to learn.

You can get a box set of 3 series of his programmes from Amazon for £7.50. I recommend them highly.

They're probably also available on You Tube but I've not looked.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 10:29

I think the GW producers have done a pretty good job over the years balancing the needs of the beginner with those of the more experienced gardener and bringing us interesting 'magazine' articles. The only really dire time was after Monty's illness when we had  some really poor presenting and misguided articles (the above item featuring Joe Swift comes into that category).

I know some people enjoyed the programmes to visit the far flung places many of our 'common' garden plants come from. I didn't - but I'm sure I've enjoyed other articles which were not popular with others. It's all swings and roundabouts and at least giving us an hour long programme will allow for a bit more in depth coverage of some items.

My real gripe is that there is a 50 year archive of earlier programmes and hours and hours of TV schedules to fill. Most of us now have access to recording devices or Catch Up TV. Wouldn't it be good to have reruns of all the Geoff Hamilton programmes? - perhaps even the AT ones (although I'm not a huge fan). Maybe even some of the really early ones for interest.

Times, views, chemical controls all change but the fundamentals of gardening remain the same. I can't believe there is not an hour a week (2am on Mondays????) when they could not broadcast these for us to record and watch at leisure.

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