London (change)
Today 7°C / 2°C
Tomorrow 8°C / 7°C


Latest posts by Topbird

Compost Heap

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 17:58
Lyn wrote (see)
Topbird wrote (see)
Ceres wrote (see)
Apparently it helps to pee on the heap but I read somewhere that only applies to blokes.

I think that might only be because they have a built in hosepipe!!! - it's ok I'm going....

That is because womens pee is much to acid for the compost heap, mens isnt.

Well Lyn - thank you  - I just learned something new today - I had no idea there was any difference between the final product whether it be male or female - but there is!! . I think that at the end of the day it won't do too much harm to use girl's stuff as well - but if we can encourage the men in our lives then it is better. Apparently some Nat Trust properties now have 'peeing bales' located in discreet corners of their estates for male members of staff to use. The bales are then added to the compost heaps to help things along

That's why I love this forum - all sorts of nuggets of information lying about 

Crab Apple Jelly

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:43

Where in the country are you? A good tree nursery will give you lots of valuable advice and answer any questions you have. If you are anywhere near Suffolk I can strongly recommend Crown Nurseries near Woodbridge. They give out oodles of friendly & good information & recommendations & also run fruit tree pruning and grafting workshops. They might also be able to help over the phone.

(No - I don't work there or have a vested interest. I was just very impressed when I visited them a few times last year! )

 I have:  

John Downie (beautiful fruit, good for jelly but very susceptible to scab. Fruit also drops / gets pinched by birds very early)

Everest - prolific fruiter - very attractive smaller fruit - much less scab (but still some) - holds fruit till well into winter.

Red Sentinel - lovely red fruit (like big cherries) - holds fruit well all winter - looks stunning against clear blue winter sky - but has very little fruit this year. I'm hoping that's down to my formative pruning last winter (very young tree).

I'm afraid I don't know Jelly King so can't comment on that choice.


Compost Heap

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:15
Ceres wrote (see)
Apparently it helps to pee on the heap but I read somewhere that only applies to blokes.

I think that might only be because they have a built in hosepipe!!! - it's ok I'm going....

loved gardening quotes

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:10

My favourite - oh so true -

"Q: How do you tell if it's a weed or really expensive plant?

A: Give it a tug. If it stays in the ground - it's a weed. If it comes up really easily it's expensive."


Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:03

Hi Stacey - nice to see you back - looking forward to some more chilli recipes from you (your chilli sauce was ace!). Enjoy the autumn & winter in a comfy chair by the fire planning the garden for next year.

Welcome home KEF.

Cold but very sunny here so I think a quick whizz round with the vac, peel spuds for dinner, & then it might have warmed up a tad so I can go out and plant some bulbs & clear a couple of veggie beds. Spent last couple of days planting & dividing so really pleased we had a bit of a deluge yesterday - everything nicely watered in for me 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 09:39

Well done Verdun - I really hope the new home is at the opposite end of the caring spectrum to the current one. 

Lyn - that's horrible & very disruptive for you. Do you know when you are likely to get a visit yet?

I'm sorry some of you have had bad experiences with GP receptionists. I must be very lucky because I have always found receptionists at different surgeries used over the years to be very helpful.

I think the reason they ask why somebody needs an appointment is so they can do a form of triaging to ensure those in most need are seen urgently. I have never been asked for any really personal or intimate information by a receptionist but I always volunteer the info that I need an appointment but it's not urgent or because I have an earache / eye infection (whatever) that I'm concerned about. If I know what's wrong with me & what I need (cystitis / antibiotics was favourite a couple of years back!) I tell them so they can arrange for a prescription and / or short appointment with a doctor or prescribing nurse.

For the non-urgent stuff the receptionist just makes an appointment. If it is patently urgent she makes a same day appt. For everything else the surgery has a triaging system where a nurse or doctor phones back within the hour to determine if I should be seen the same day or whether it can wait. 

I don't think the receptionists are being nosey - they are just trying to allocate a short ration of appointments in the most effective way. 

(Head ducked for rotten tomatoes / bad eggs etc  - and, no I wasn't a doctors receptionist when I was working )


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 18:55

Apricot is lovely BL - you obviously have a kind heart.  I love cats & all of mine have been rescue ones - they are the best! Looks like this one has fallen on her feet and found a good home - not to mention a beautiful garden to relax in

Congratulations with the result of the garden visit - I don't think any of us doubted for one minute that they would want to include you 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 10:46

Verdun - I found this link about nursing home abuse. The opening page contains a list of some of the records and procedures that should be in place for a nursing home to be functioning properly. You might find it helpful to be able to challenge the nursing home about specific shortcomings.

Unfortunately, the website is for solicitors dealing with care home abuse. I know you're not ready to go anywhere near that yet but I thought it might help focus on some of the questions you need to be asking & seeing proof of their answers

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 10:28

Verdun, it sounds as though you are doing what you can at the moment but Dove is right - Social Services need to know that nothing seems to have been done and that you consider her health to be at immediate risk (how can she eat if her bottom teeth are missing? how can she drink if no water close by? and as for the sores ... that can really escalate - and that is all without the misery & isolation of not being able to hear or see properly.

What is the situation regarding GP care at this home? Can you speak to her GP about this today & ask him / her to help / intervene.

I know everybody's seriously stretched & overworked but this does sound pretty bad & it does sound as though people might be at risk here. Poor mum, poor you worrying about it all.

If you cut a root in half will it kill it?

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:12
Hi Tingly - as others have said the answer depends on the plant. It also depends on the size of the root left.
I have found that ash tends to sucker so I would think you have a risk of regrowth if there are large ash roots left & I think that most bamboos will regrow from small pieces of root. The other plants you mention are less likely to be a problem.

I suggest you look at some of the sprays for killing tree stumps if you think the ash roots are large enough to warrant it. Failing that - dig out what you can when you can & glyphosphate when you see any green growth.

With the bamboo take out every bit of root you see & glyphosphate every bit of green growth. If this was one of the spreading ones it can be a bit of a battle (but winnable!) to eradicate it.

It might be sensible to not replant the area until you're sure there is no regrowth (ie into early summer) - trying to spot & glyphosphate tiny bamboo shoots amongst new planting could be more trouble than it's worth - depends what you plan to do with the area. I had one year when I spent all spring just zapping regrowth & digging out small bits of bamboo root. I grew a load of expendable annuals to plant for summer colour then in autumn I was able to replant properly.

Discussions started by Topbird

Papaver somniferum seed

Replies: 0    Views: 139
Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 10:35

Papaver somniferum seed

Replies: 5    Views: 629
Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 22:28

Will Jeyes Fluid harm my Box hedge?

Replies: 4    Views: 856
Last Post: 16/03/2014 at 21:15

Growing strawberries

Replies: 4    Views: 457
Last Post: 14/07/2013 at 23:02

Harvesting spuds, onions & garlic

Replies: 3    Views: 816
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 20:19

Dividing Perennials

Replies: 5    Views: 540
Last Post: 12/06/2013 at 10:34

Moving delphiniums at the wrong time

Replies: 9    Views: 1704
Last Post: 20/05/2013 at 16:08

Is this Pea Weevil?

Something's chewing my pea seedlings 
Replies: 1    Views: 427
Last Post: 04/05/2013 at 10:49

Getting rid of daffodils

Rogue daffodils in raised veggie beds 
Replies: 6    Views: 1332
Last Post: 27/04/2013 at 22:12
9 threads returned