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Growing your own fruit and veg to donate to food banks

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:31

Hiya Grace

Firstly it's great such a young person is showing interest like this

I volunteer at local foodbank.  (I may even be on tv .....well, I  "interrupted" several  interviews, ha ha)

We do take fresh food.  Fruit, veg etc is often brought in.  We took bread, buns, etc too for a while but it was felt it could be a health issue so stopped that.  

We open two days a week.  Next week we will be open for 5 days and continue until the schools reopen in the New Year.  This is to provide school meals for the kids too.  

We have recently opened a warehouse with chillers to keep various frozen foods

There is an ever urgent need for Foodbanks....we seem to have one in most towns here now.........and until you see it for yourself you cannot understand or appreciate the situation.  In a rich country....and we are.....such poverty should simply not be.

start-of-a-weekly-blog

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:15

Just to say hiya James.  

Fox gloves

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:13

My Illumination Pink flowered for MONTHS.  I fully expect them to survive the winter and flower just as prolifically next year.    They are marketed as perennial and, at least down here, I'm sure they will be.  I think they are as beautiful as any other foxglove except for those white (biennial) ones.  However, my neighbour has promised me some of his white seedlings so I will be a very happy bunny next year 

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:08

Jess, don't worry about hellebores seeding.  I have so many......mostly by purchase....that I prevent most from seeding.  As the flowers past their peak cut them off.  Problem solved

I remove leaves because I can see nothing but flowers then.  It also helps create a healthy disease free plant.  I really don't think there is any downside to removing all the leaves right now. (you can also easily see if there are seedlings too)

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:02

Hell everyone

Been very very mild here today.

Looks like some of you have been in the wars.........hope you are all recovering.

James, your pictures  aren't showing on my iPad but I will take a peek on the desktop later.  Sure it's a very tasteful pink.

Been very enjoyable day.....lunch with a friend.  I was in one of my "more-ish" days where I had to eat extras    I feel it shows the restaurant their food is appreciated

 

suggestions needed please

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 18:45

Hello Penelope.

Perhaps a climber or two?  Trained along the fence?  Digging one or two holes....for couple of climbers......easier than attempting planting for several shrubs.

Or, a few heavy duty planters?  You could plant anythingy you like without breaking your back 

RHUS

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 18:29

Well....the advice is there.  It's varied.  

My experience is that they ....eventually.....create problems.  A neighbour  removed his many years back and has been PLAGUED ever since.  I notice the latest has sprung up in his front hedge now with suckers venturing onto the pavement.  I was lucky......a knowledgeable friend advised me many years ago not to plant a "seedling" I was given. 

One lesson I have learned is not to turn a blind eye and think these thugs wont affect you....ask those with bamboo, japanese anemone, euphorbia griffithi, artemisia, etc etc

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 13:28

I have flower buds just emerging on some of my hellebores.  So, without their leaves they can easily be appreciated as they elongate.  

RHUS

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 11:24

Hiya think again and then again about planting this.  It's the roots UNDERGROUND that are the problem.  The more you prune too the more likely it is that roots will escape to every part of your garden.  Not really a garden plant in my opinion.  Once established it will be very difficult to eradicate.

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 11:21

Matty.....do you mean euphorbia?  I grow a pink n cream variegated eryngium but would jump at a red eryngium!

So James we will keep an eye out for a red faced guy driving a bright pink jeep 

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