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Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 18:25

Visit to Holker Hall and Gardens...

If anyone is out this way I'd recommend a visit...despite the rain it's a good day out if you like history and gardens. Very child friendly too, although we were on a child free day, plan to return with children in tow before they go back to school. Children under 16 go free and the play area is well out of the way if you don't have children. There's also an indoor and outdoor picnic area. 

They are in the 2 for 1 entry guide and there's a discount for the gardens.

We didn't get to walk round the gardens due to the rain so no pics but had some lovely views of it from the Hall. There is a nice Food Hall and Gift Shop, both a tab bit expensive but good places to buy gifts. Good selection of books regarding gardening, preserves and cooking. 

There is also a plant fair on 31st August which is free entry.  

short sweetcorn

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 17:05

Hi, Forester, I think we are growing the same mini pop variety from moreveg ditto mine are like yours but had a peek at the tops and there are flower heads just coming through. They've been planted in a rectangle but can be planted in rows.

Sweetcorn being grown on other plots look to be small plants which I'd have expected from mini pop but from experience of growing big corn on the cob I'm not expecting a crop until late September/early October this far North so thought they were on track   .

Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 16:47

Welldone you guy's, a big pat on the back. What's also nice is acknowledge from the editors...and if not an OBE... then an invite to the Queen's garden party would be most appt.  

Brambles and weeds

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 16:36

Good point nut. If the bottom of the bramble has few leaves then you would need to cut it back less and leave more showing above ground. You can also score the stem and paint into the cuts. 

   

Brambles and weeds

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 16:31

I've used Roundup, and found it most effective by cutting the plant back to a couple of ft, then painting the leaves and stem rather than spraying. The problem with spraying would be that some of the spray may go onto plants you don't want to kill for instance the lawn.

Roundup is effective if the ration of plant covered with the stuff is sufficient to weaken the plant and migrate into the roots.So don't cut the bramble back to an inch of the soil.

Alternatively if it is only one bramble it's easily dug up, you just need to ensure you dig the crown up, if roots are left they don't grow back as strong and can easily be pulled up whilst small or dug out again. If a small bramble you can usually dig out most the roots with the crown.  

Hope this is helpful...

Now there's irony

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 22:54

...I made a rabbit proof fence round my allotment  patch only to have pigeons and birds use the posts as pooing places......doesn't mother nature have a way of saying...I'll get your veg come what may...and claiming back what's her's...... it's a war zone out there.....I'm in negotiation with slow worms and frogs at present...the deal is they eat the slugs and snails... I'll leave a soggie area with bit's of plastic for the worms and frogs to live under ...

Pics of bargain plants yesterday, I hope.

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 21:48

Show off... must make it my mission to post pics...

Quick hello from me

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 20:14

Hi chrisnchris,

Welcome to the forum.

Pics of bargain plants yesterday, I hope.

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 19:57

 I haven't yet worked out how to post pics so don't worry...even if they are upside down...zoomer goes off to practice standing on her head to view them... 

Well I'll be pickled!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:49

I'm still eating pickled beetroot from last year.I use either pickling vinegar or distilled vinegar and only pickle it a year at a time. Providing the beetroot is totally covered and your jars are sterilised it should be ok for at least a year.

I keep mine in a cool cupboard in the kitchen  but if you have an outdoor storage place, like a garage it would be a better option.

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