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Posted: 10/10/2014 at 13:21

I never sieve my compost Matty - I just spread it around or dig it in if I think it's going to produce lots of seedlings .

I do, however, pull out any larger bits of woody stuff that hasn't broken down & throw that into the bin I'm filling at the moment. I often pull out plastic plant labels (some reusable) and occasionally find the odd gardening glove / scissors / knife etc ....

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Posted: 10/10/2014 at 13:11

Sorry to hear your news Lyn - hope the medics are able to keep your mum comfortable. Macmillan nurses do a wonderful job & I'm sure they will give you lots of support as well as your mum. There's usually someone looking around this forum if you need to chat.

Try to find some time for you this weekend.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 12:41

I have 11 birthdays in December to sort out (fortunately 5 involve just a card) including my OH (21st). Worse thing is trying to book a special non-festive dinner out for him - everywhere seems to have 'special menus' on and we often get caught up with office parties - dire if you're not part of it! Usually end up with me cooking beef wellington(or similar) or visiting our favourite curry house. 

Was in GC yesterday - nearly driven mad by a particularly poor, tinny version of Jingle Bells on permanent loop emanating from some plastic decoration - interspersed every 30 secs by "Ho Ho Ho" from a plastic Santa. Who the heck has these bl***y things in their home!!???



Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 12:23

When I'm edging along the paths I use the half moon edger to actually cut through the turf where I want the edge to be, a spade to scrape it off the path into my bucket & a hand L-shaped patio weeder to rake out a clear mini-trench between the grass & the lawn. The mini trench - about 1" wide and 2" deep - stops the grass growing over the paving again quite so quickly & means I only need do this rather onerous task every other year.

Makes the whole garden look neat & tidy when it's done 

Garlic and onions vs the rain

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 12:17

I've never grown these in a grow bag Ian so can't comment on how well they will do.

If, however, they are on the ground and you are concerned about drainage I would consider putting several spaced bricks under the bag to lift it off the ground so any excess moisture can get away more easily.

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 10:09

Hope you have a lovely day girls - wish I was joining you. 

The forecast is not great but you'll still find plenty to do in the dry. Don't forget the Fitzwilliam & Scott Polar museums are just up the road if it's really wet or cold - both open on a Saturday & free entrance. Not exactly garden related but nice to visit all the same.  

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Posted: 10/10/2014 at 08:28
Hope all goes well for you & mum Lyn.


Posted: 09/10/2014 at 19:32
4thPanda wrote (see)

Lesley, cider is the one drink I can't do  Too much as a youth I think 

The only time I have been really, really drunk was on Diamond White - I was soooo ill (for several days too). Absolutely lethal - cannot face cider now. 

On my SIL's hen night she & her friends (all student nurses) were on cider all night - they were all very poorly. A couple of us olden's had to go on to spirits after the 2nd glass to sober up LOL 


Posted: 09/10/2014 at 19:02



Posted: 09/10/2014 at 18:44
punkdoc wrote (see)

Anyone fancy a few beers and a takeaway?

Well a few of us had a curry last night - but there's no law says you can't do it two nights on the trot is there?

Or I don't mind Chinese or Thai - you choose as we're coming to yours 

Can I have G&T though please (I'll bring my own ice & lemon....)

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