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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.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

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....)


Posted: 09/10/2014 at 18:05

Nice to see you back Punkdoc - great news about your mum and what a fantastic job you've landed. I really envy you the opportunity to go & do some proper whale spotting. It's lovely when some nice things start to fall into place - especially when you've had a bit of a rough few weeks.

Hoping for a day without showers tomorrow so I can get out in the garden again & do some dividing & seed sowing.

I think one of the reasons we gardeners are a happier bunch is because we are always looking forward to the nicer things in life - planning for spring & summer when everyone else is bemoaning the onset of dark nights & colder days & enjoying the fruits of our labours in the spring & summer. I also don't know a selfish gardener - we always want to share - whether it's knowledge, seeds, cuttings, produce or even time to help a friend get on top of their plot. I genuinely think that makes us nicer, happier people 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 17:27

That was a long wait for you to be told what you already knew Lyn!!  Not acceptable really is it???

Anyway, it's sorted now - so enjoy an undisturbed night & hope all goes well tomorrow.

Quince Quandry

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 17:17

Sorry - have only just seen this thread.

Quince jelly makes an excellent alternative to cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly & we always have it with roast pork. Delicious with all hot and cold meats (except perhaps beef) - whether on the side or spread in butties. Also good with strong cheddar style cheeses and pates.

I always stir some into any pork casserole style dishes I am making or when I want a little extra sweetness or zip in gravy. 

I don't peel or core mine for jelly (too much like hard work) - I just wash & chop them.

I do, however, peel and slice a few for the freezer as a couple of slices added to apple pie, crumble or sauce perfumes & lifts the whole dish.

Apparently quinces used to be placed in linen cupboards to scent the linen & a few left to soften in bowls makes a cheap form of pot pourri.

Lovely versatile fruit - just wish mine didn't have pear brown spot!

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