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Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:48

as long as the small holding had a few acres of broadleaved woodland attached that I could manage then yes.

I've always wanted 10 acres of woodland, 5 acres for mixed veg and fruit garden, a 1/2 acre orchard, full acre for a garden and maybe another 4 - 5 acres for farm animals.

just need the money to do it now!

Trusted chilli seed suppliers?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:12

I've used Dartmoor Chilli farm in the past, good seeds and they will give advice over email very readily.

Am I heading for trouble?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 13:26

its very difficult to have a waterlogged raised bed, the only way it could happen is if its sealed around the bottom (like the bricks are cemented straight onto a solid concrete base)

if that's the case you need drainage holes in the base (or sides if you don't want to dig it out) a big bore masonry drill bit should work and the best bet is to drill the cement between the bricks

Trusted chilli seed suppliers?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 13:21

remember that once you have plants most hot chilli's you can overwinter the plants and take cuttings too!

Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 09:06

completely organic and peat free, both at home and at work (although I work for an environmental charity - so that's not that unusual!)


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 09:03

Ah Carol, there's not like a good conspiracy theory is there!

tell me are you a climate change denier or one of those people who think the moon landing was faked (or both! lol)

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 08:58

first frost of the year on Teesside, on the 24th of November! this is getting silly now.

Hope the winter doesn't try and make up for lost time now and really freeze us up!


Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:54

I've put a hedgehog house in my mothers large back garden, and despite rehoming one from a rescue shelter the only thing we had in the house this year was a bumblebee nest that then got raided by a wood mouse, which then set up home and raised a brood herself.

trail cameras are great, one of my aunties neighbours thought either yobs or a heron had been taking his prized (by him, not in actual price) koi carp, I set up a trail camera with help from the local wildlife trust and the thief was an otter! not bad seeing as there were two roads between the house and the river, god knows how it found the pond!! but apparently its becoming more common at otters move into more urban areas!

Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 09:09

both English and sessile oaks are suitable for making true bonsai's (I have a home grown 10 year old English oak and a 12 year old sessile oak bonsai), they can be difficult however. you must have the right soil mixture and they can get neither too wet or too dry or they sulk terribly.

oak leaves are susceptible to mildew if you spray water on the leaves (including being rained on)  instead of watering from below. high humidity environments can cause it along with reduced air flow.

incidentally what sort of ice bucket is it? as galvanised stuff can damage roots.

rhubarb gel

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 08:52

thanks everyone, my mind has been settled slightly as I was assuming fungal infection. haven't harvested this year as I only moved the crowns last autumn.

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