Zoomer44


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Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 22:06

David - LOL- could that be why you like gardening and realise compost is so good for the soil...

As for sterilised milk it tasted like it had been on the shelf for 6mths.

...looking back, it's hard to believe we've lived this long...riding in cars with no seat belts or air bags...no childproof lids on medicine bottles or safety gates at the bottom of the stairs...riding a bike with no helmet...

Leaving home in the morning to play out all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on...No mobile phones and with no one able to reach us all day, unthinkable now...

If you got into trouble at school, your actions were your own, consequences were expected. The idea of a parent bailing you out was unthinkable and getting a letter sent home was possibly the closest a child came to staring death in the face. Parents sided with school ... imagine that!

How did we survive out childhoods...

 

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:42

What was that horrid milk called which came with a metal top on, it was around, at about the time camp coffee was popular, another horrid drink...No...I don't think I'd want to go back to the good old days. 

  

Neighbour garden issues

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 23:34

Hi, you also have my sympathy.

Just a couple of points, being disabled or having a bad back is not a reason for not replacing a fence or contacting the council re-vermin infestation. How many able bodied people call in other people to replace their fence! I called in other people to replace the top of my fence and to put concrete posts on the side fencing.

Being disabled they may have access to other services through Social Care but not want to ask for help believing they are coping. They could also enlist the help from family and freinds in maintaining the garden area.

I don't want to sound harsh or distract from your main point which is a gardening issue but would advise not to make it a disability issue if you are contacting the council, stay with the gardening issues.        

I have very fond memories of trying to do wheelies in my mothers wheel chair and climbing steps in a wheel chair before ramps were invented...

I'll get my coat....

Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:37

Mine wasn't as good as previous years. I find pruning red/white currants and gooseberries after harvesting easier as you know were the new growth is. 

Hope you got your Maslin pan. The Aldi near to me were selling then at less than £20 last week.

Weeds in the GH....

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

Sounds like they will love living in the GH

I had thought of digging out the beds and putting gravel on top of plastic then growing in pots or alternatively laying concrete. Your option sounds like a good plan though to replace the soil every 3 yrs.

I put lime compost on a bed to grow brassica's and it has taken several months for nightmares tail to start growing again in that bed but lime isn't going to be of use with toms and cues. So not a good plan to put in mushroom compost with the soil...   

Tatton Flower Show

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 00:13

I'm thinking the Harrogate show in September...

 

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 23:03

All in the ground.  

The cuttings, once established were planted in the ground last October time 2013,  in a nursery bed, cut Sept/Oct 2012 into pots, these weren't huge then but as big now as the one's bought for the allotment if not bigger. The allotment one's were planted out in March/April this year.

           

Watering dried-out pots

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 22:17

Sounds a good plan, Bob...

Potatoes in containers very poor yield

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:54

Hi, Fizzer,

You are probably doing nothing wrong, I've found this year some varieties do better in bags than in the ground and probably visa versa.   

I'm growing spuds the other way round this year. Grew them in bags for about 4 yrs and this year in the ground on an allotment.

Red Duke of York have cropped about the same in terms of size and weight although they have not been fed and watered as at home or been planted in multi purpose compost so were cheaper to produce.

Pentlin Javlin were the same, cropped about the same from 10 seed spuds but I got bigger spuds.

Maris Peer, 2nd earlies came into their own and had a bumper crop.

All mine flowered this year and they seldom flowered in bags. Bags at home were fed on seaweed feed and planted in multi purpose compost. I've had no scab this year too, in bags some would get scab but I had no soft spuds in bags and had a few this year with Red Duke of York.       

A plus with bags, you can try different varieties, I ran out of room to plant out the chitted spuds bought at the beginning of the year.  You can also try Christmas spuds in bags.

Tatton Flower Show

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:22

I went on Thursday, it was the first flower I'd been to. It was unbelievably hot but the organisers, me thought, had planned for it and there were lots of places to buy drinks and ice cream. There was also lots of shade to eat a prepared picnic.

It was busy but I didn't feel hasselled as the walkways were wide. I bought a catalogue but didn't really read it until on the coach back home so missed the allotments and we didn't get to the outdoor flower section until late afternoon which I'd liked to have spent more time looking before buying.    

I liked the childrens gardens. We had a very interesting talk given about a school in Manchester who had made a garden. Could have spent the day in the floral tent and country living one but were advised at the information desk to go to these first as they would become too hot in the afternoon.

Good day out...

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