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Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 15:14

Mike - I'm sorry to hear of your computer problems - unfortunately it is often the way that these things all go wrong at once (a couple of years ago my washing machine, fridge, freezer and lawn mower all packed up in the space of 10 days - it was, financially, very painful).

With all that's gone on this year, it is not surprising that your interest in gardening has waned a little - but when the first shoots start poking their heads above soil and the leaf buds are fattening and we get that first day when the sun has some warmth in it - well, you might feel a little more positive & start to enjoy it again.

Meantime - try to get out and about and enjoy not being tied to the weeding, pruning, planting regime that come sometimes seem a bit overwhelming to us gardeners.

dwarf raspberries

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 13:44

A bit late joining in this discussion but another vote here for autumn fruiters!

I find they require less support than summer ones because they are cut hard back each year - they require no protection from birds (guess there is plenty of other food for birds by September) - and they have a much longer fruiting season than the summer varieties.

Apparently (but I haven't tried this myself ) you can leave a few canes uncut in the winter and those canes will behave as summer varieties and produce an earlier crop. If it works this would give the best of both worlds.


Posted: 30/11/2014 at 13:34
Mike Allen wrote (see)
.....Win Xp had an email address book. Now trying to emiail anyone. I have a mystery course. Help.

I'm sorry Mike but I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. Are you saying that you don't know where to find your address book or how to access email??

I haven't used a PC for quite a while but, if you are using Internet Explorer, I think your email & address book should be there somewhere. Did you copy across your old contacts etc when you swapped computers? - if not, you might have to start again compiling a new address book.

As Dove says there are often (free) courses available locally to get you up and running with a new operating system (they are on offer at our local Further Education College). Another alternative is if you have any youngsters in the family who might be prepared to spend a bit of time helping you get used to where things are and how they work 

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 10:13

Dorset - 

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 09:58

Because I'm bored  I also feel the need to pick up on Mike's comment that the use of Xmas is an American import.

This abbreviation is derived from the greek Chi-Rho (I think letters X & P) which have been used as the abbreviation for Christ for over 1000 years. When I'm not in the garden I spend my time transcribing pre-reformation wills and the abbreviation 'X' crops up all the time in the words xmas, xtian, xopher meaning christmas, christian and the name christopher respectively. Wikipedia says (so must be true - LOL) that Xine and Exine were both 17th and 18th century names (= Christine) but I have not come across those myself.

So, far from being a modern American import, the use of this particular abbreviation is a very old export from the UK. Similarly, some old english words such as 'trash' (meaning rubbish) remain in common use in America with their original meaning - but we hear them and think of them as Americanised terms.

Having sent you all off to sleep I shall now go & make jam with the last of my summer fruit (making room in the freezer for Xmas goodies... )

Apologies for deviating from original thread but am feeling in a pedantic mood this morning!

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 09:05
I think Halloween actually means the Eve of All Hallows (or souls) - which was one of the feast days in the old pre reformation calendar. So 'celebration' of this date is a very old tradition.
The notion of dressing up as ghosts and vampires & banging on peoples doors demanding sweets etc is, however, a peculiarly American import / version of the celebration.
We never acknowledged Halloween as children but my northern husband said that they used (50+ years ago) to have 'mischief' night on this date when they would play silly pranks such as ringing the door bell & running away. Lovely......bah humbug.....

kitchen worktops

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 21:26
Love the look of granite but a friend had a worktop installed and there was a naturall 'vein' in the granite near the corner of the sink - unfortunately it just looked like a big crack radiating from the corner! Company would not replace as they said it was just a natural feature of the stone.
We've just had our kitchen done & opted for Silestone - looks like granite but is man made - so all the advantages but no unexpected veins or other flaws.

Black Friday bargains

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 20:21
Cangran - Cleve West is a garden designer who has won several Chelsea golds. Some of his designs are stunning. His talk was entertaining, informative & very good. He came across as a really nice down to earth chap - he can come & do my garden anytime.
Great afternoon!

Carrot problem

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 20:16
I'd definitely go with the fleece / mesh protection. I know carrot fly are supposed to fly below 45 - 60 cm but my raised beds are higher than this & I still have a problem with this pest - mesh is the only thing that works for me.

Thinning out seedlings can exacerbate the problem as the smell attracts the flies. Best, therefore, to always sow very thinly.

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 20:36
Lyn - I also liked her comment that nobody needs qualifications to be a good gardener. As she said - you learn about gardening by getting out there and doing it (and making mistakes - even if she didn't say that last bit !!)

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