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Progress update

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 16:59

I can't believe Pansy would be deliberately blocked from the forum unless she's posted (or otherwise sent) something which contravenes the terms and conditions. Even then I would hope that an email would be sent as a smacked wrist and initial warning.

Hopefully, it is something else which has caused the posts not to appear and the tech team will be able to help her find her voice again 

Progress update

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 13:25

IOS 7.1.2 - no updates available 

New phone on me Chr***mas list 

I want to recreate the garden in Sunderland on instant gardener, episode 3

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 13:13

I assume you want to know where to source some of the materials they used etc rather than being on a show?

I haven't watched the programme but I would suggest you make a note of the the company which produced the programme.

Then Google the company.

There will probably be a website for them and a 'Contact Us' page.

Fill that in to ask for contact details of the producers / researchers for the show you're interested in and then send them an email asking for the info you require.

Failing that you could send Danny himself an email and ask your questions

Progress update

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 12:49


The drop down menu doesn't work on my iPhone 4s. The phone is relatively old (6 years) and the operating system is no longer being updated by Apple. Possibly a similar problem with yours? - don't know for sure obviously.

I'm finding that more and more Apps & websites don't work quite as advertised now because they require a more up to date OS - sooner or later I'm gonna have to buy myself a new phone... 


Posted: 02/06/2016 at 10:24

Beautiful isn't it Lantana?


Posted: 02/06/2016 at 10:22

Snap time now Muddle-Up - Ah'll sithee later 

Last edited: 02 June 2016 10:23:37


Posted: 02/06/2016 at 10:01

One of the things I do when not in the garden is transcribing 16C wills. A lot of the word varients have clear teutonic origins. For example:

sche = she

milch cow = milk cow

oder = other

dochter = daughter

moder = mother

fader = father

etc etc

Also some nice regional accent ones:

fower = four

fryern panne = frying pan

And nobody can spell the word 'cushion' - cusshine, quoshion, quychen are just some attempts

Love languages 


Posted: 02/06/2016 at 09:14

I'm from rural East Anglia and my OH is of West Yorkshire mining stock. We nearly needed translators for the first year we were together. 

He can occassionally still comes out with the odd phrase I haven't heard before - and that's after nearly 30 years.

Love the word scunnered too....

and coggly.....

Conversations will be interesting today

Last edited: 02 June 2016 09:16:01

Planting Bare root trees

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 09:02

Bare root stuff can't be kept hanging around at this time of year so make sure you are ready to put the trees straight into the ground.

While you're waiting for them to arrive get out there and prepare the soil where they are to go. Make sure it's well dug and, if necessary, incorporate organic matter. That way you are ready to get them in as soon as they arrive. 

If the soil is dry (parts of Scotland have been unseasonably dry this spring) you can start giving it a good soak so the soil is just moist (not wet) when you start planting.

When the trees are delivered put them in a sheltered / shady spot to stop the roots drying out. I usually give bare root stuff a drink just before planting by plunging the rootball in a bucket of water for about 20mins.

After you've planted the trees give them a good soak (a bucket of water each - unless the ground is sodden) and then lay a 4" mulch of organic material around the base of the trees ( but away from the trunk). 

Then be prepared to water them once a week with a good drenching unless you have a lot of rain. The soil wants to be moist but not wet through.

Good luck - I have planted bare root at this time of year when we had a very cold spring and everything was several weeks behind. It means a bit more work in terms of watering but you should be ok if the trees are sound to start with.

It be evergreen, slender and about 2m tall...

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 08:37


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