Latest posts by Verdun

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 12:23

Fidget, it is pretty scary actually to witness it.  It is always the poorest too.  I sorted a budget out for a family .....their mentallity was they would "pay double next week" so still ran up debts.  They always survive but I often wonder how 

Anyone still full

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 12:19

Worked some of it off already....removed some ivy and treated the stumps. Oh!  And helped push a car (hmmmm, uphill too ) that looked more likely to run back than being pushed forward.   Sure I have put on some weight over recent days.    Usually gets back to normal pretty quickly though 

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 12:12

Does it make you think you are invisible Bob? 

Pretty lucky really I usually get what I want.  Gets better too cos those I buy for have more money now.

however, buying pressies for lots of family is expensive and often is unaffordable for many.  Used to come into comtact with many families who simply got into debt buying xmas presents.  Soon these people will again start paying off heavily laden credit cards and pay day loans for most of 2016.  Remember helping one family who had huuuuuge debts that included an almost new car, as a xmas present, then realised they could not pay !!! 

My best xmas pressie this year will be FREE great nephew due today or whenever he or she decides to appear 


Downton vs Eastenders

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 12:00

Not so mad after all then madpenguin    Not a tv buff either

Vine weevils

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 11:56

It is prob your raised bed Bob....perfect for vine weevils.  This mild autumn/winter has been kind to them . Must confess I had never heard of them attacking carrots but could they have been rotting already? 

I will go round later to check heucheras and primulas...a slight tug will tell me if they have done any damage.  Touch wood, I seem to have less problems with them over past couple of years.  I always check newly purchased plants thoroughly to the extent of removing much of the compost that comes with them.  I will be using Provado vine weevil on all heucheras and primulas later.


Posted: 26/12/2015 at 11:50

Buttercupdays, not a pleasant experience for you or your neighbour.  The emergency services are often the forgotten nephew is a paramedic and is working most of the holiday period.  Many of their calls out are bad.   hope you have recovered! 

Got my bargain plants at gc.  I tucked one away (forgotten I had actually forgotten I put 2 out of sight).  Half price but, of course, mine were not marked half price . GC prices are so high wonder so many of us go online.

breezy but warm here but forecast for the north is bad again.  Feel so sorry for those flooded out already but knowing more rain is coming.  


Pruning apple tree

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 08:32

Cut them off julian.  

During late summer prune again but be aware it is a tip bearer so prune back only a  few branches.  


Posted: 26/12/2015 at 08:26

Jason, forget names etc. And don't buy online.

visit hardware and DIY stores and handle all the shovels you find.  Feel the handle for comfort, does it have a nice balance and weight? The length?  Does it suit you.  Check the metal is strong...some stainless steel is thin and "bendy" (useless).  Don't feel embarrassed as you go through the motions of digging etc. It's how I do it.  Works for me.  good luck Jason 


Posted: 26/12/2015 at 08:17


Garden programmes on the web

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 07:48

No probs kleipeiper......looking forward to gardening australia returning in march 

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