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The Edible Garden

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 00:17

Insommnia, It's possibly one which only comes out with the seasons, 4 x's a year as it said spring 2012 in small print in the corner, purchased at Tesoc. The summer one might now be  on sale  

The Edible Garden

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:45

Due to the rain and not being able to get out into the garden much, I bought a mag called cookbook for spring 2012, I've loads of cook books but none with heaps of recipe's using home grown stuff, usually they just have the occassional one.

It isn't a mag just for home grown stuff mind but there were lots of recipe's, and very simple one's, which were quick to put together using vegs and herbs grown in the garden. Home made salsa's, omlettes, roasted veg, potato salads, frittata's, ratatouille., veggie bakes and soups.

Talkback: Feeding birds in summer

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 23:13

I usually feed the birds all summer, this year they missed two weeks whilst on holiday but the birds continued to come and seem to have fed on pests and weeds in the garden whilst I was away or it could have been all the rain which kept alot of pests away because there doesn't seem to be much of either this year, loads of spiders and ladybirds though.

Niger, sunflower seeds, bird mix, fat balls and musli are my chosen bird feed, on a tall bird station. I don't put stuff on the ground but ground feeders tend to pick at the lawn and hop amongst the flower beds.     

I get the odd field mouse which the cat usually catches and occassional frog but for some reason the cat ignores these!

Talkback: Big Butterfly Count

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 22:51

I saw quite a few during the warmer weather we had around Easter but few, if any since. I've seen more bee's than butterflies lets, hope they come back with the predicted warmer weather.

Only seen two cabbage white and they didn't stay long enough to lay eggs.

High Boundary

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 22:42

I'm on a slope and to cut to the chase the neighbouring fence with a 2ft drop is 8ft high on one side. I built a 6ft high trellis 1ft in front of the fence and have ivy, honey suckle, 3 clematis - two of which are evergreen, solanum glasnevin and a lavatera barnsley climbing up it. It was only planted up last year and already the trellis is slowly being covered to hide the fence. There's also an escallonia planted to one side and lots of room infront of the screen to plant other stuff.


High Boundary

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 00:27

The 6ft high frence would be ok but I seem to recall reading somewhere you can only attach a trellis a foot high ontop, I'm happy to be wrong though and if you both agree go ahead but a 9ft wooden strcture will not stand up to many years of wind, rain, sun  and snow.

Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 23:56

Not tried Vales Emerald but have tried Charlotte, grew them for a couple of years and they cooked the same,skins came off and they tasted watery and bland. 

Currently eating red duke of york, excellent mashed, the skins rub off, they cook well and taste wonderful.   

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 21:23

Beetroot, chad, spinach and radish may still produce a crop before autumn.  Xmas spuds can be planted now, and chicory and kale can be sown in July. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 21:05

It's been sunny, wet at times and windy here. Most of the flowers on the lilles have been blown off, came home to a lawn full of petals.


Posted: 17/07/2012 at 20:21

1st earlies are the one's to get to plant for xmas as they are the quickest to grow to harvest. You need to look sharp though as most are selling out and buying on line means P&P.  

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