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by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Chickens
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: Chickens

I've had some Chilean Araucana that lay greenish blue eggs and some Cream legbar that lay a good sized sky blue egg. You get a much better flavoured egg if you feed them a varied nutritious diet and plenty of greens to keep the yolks golden. I can't see how the breed or shell colour would have any e...
by PLUMPUDDING
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Fruit Cage cleanup advice
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: Fruit Cage cleanup advice

I think they are summer fruiting ones from your photos. The ones that have dead flowers/fruit want cutting out completely. Then the new canes for next year are the fresh ones with new buds and no spent fruits etc. I would cut the weedy ones of these out too so you just have four or five strong new s...
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Pa Snip Reviews 12 months to Christmas
Replies: 13
Views: 200

Re: Pa Snip Reviews 12 months to Christmas

What a lovely productive plot Pa. It's what I aspire to every spring but after a neat and tidy start by June it goes rampant. Wild but productive probably sums it up. Thanks for your novel summary of the year.
by PLUMPUDDING
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Chritmas
Replies: 11
Views: 337

Re: Happy Chritmas

Happy Christmas Johnboy. I'm sorry to hear you find the forum discussions a bit shallow at the moment. We all appreciate your lifetimes' wealth of knowledge. Perhaps it's the time of the year when no one can do much outside anyway so the questions aren't cropping up. It's good to know that there's a...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Leaking water butt
Replies: 25
Views: 735

Re: Leaking water butt

My son told me to throw it away too but it seems a waste of all that plastic so I'll have a go after Christmas and let you know if anything works. I might have to wait until my partner is at home in case I get stuck trying to seal it on the inside. It might make an amusing video!!!
by PLUMPUDDING
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: It's....
Replies: 9
Views: 253

Re: It's....

I'm escaping this year. 33°C beautiful scented flowers, butterflies everywhere and storks circling on the thermals. It's been great to leave the Damart thermals back in the UK.
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Leaking water butt
Replies: 25
Views: 735

Re: Leaking water butt

I've noted all your suggestions and will test them out when the weather picks up then I'll probably end up getting a new one.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Leaking water butt
Replies: 25
Views: 735

Re: Leaking water butt

Thanks all for your suggestions. My son said throw them away and get new ones as I've had them ages and already tried to mend them. I'll give them one last chance and try the P38 or Isopon. It might prove challenging getting to do the inside though. I'll have a look at the Wilco ones too just in case.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Childhood memories of Christmas.
Replies: 25
Views: 418

Re: Childhood memories of Christmas.

My memories are very much like yours Primrose - just post war. We made crepe paper decorations by cutting it into strips and twisting two colours together then pinning them either in loops round the walls or crossing them across the middle. There were balloons too and a rather tatty fake tree that w...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Leaking water butt
Replies: 25
Views: 735

Leaking water butt

Do any of you practical people know an easy way to make a strong seal on a split water butt. I've tried glue and gorilla tape but they don't last long if at all.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.
Replies: 141
Views: 3852

Re: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.

First snow here. Only a sprinkle but looks very wintry.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.
Replies: 141
Views: 3852

Re: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.

I wonder if you grew them in a raised bed with fresh compost, covered with fleece that would work.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.
Replies: 141
Views: 3852

Re: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.

The RHS advice is to grow them in a different place and keep them covered with horticultural fleece so the flies can't get to the leeks to lay their eggs. This keeps both allium leaf miner flies and leek moth away. They over winter as brown pupae in the leeks so hopefully there won't be any if you m...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.
Replies: 141
Views: 3852

Re: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.

Have you noticed all the varieties of plants still flowering in the garden and in the wild? I counted 39 species that all had a few flowers on when I had a stroll round the garden this morning. The frost has finished most of the nasturtiums off but I was surprised what was still flowering.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.
Replies: 141
Views: 3852

Re: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.

You're bringing back memories. We had an enormous nasty Cockerel called Butch when I was about 2. He was as big as me and often attacked and pecked me. I can remember the satisfaction of eating him for dinner when Dad secretly told me it was Butch on the plate. We also had a little gang of guinea pi...

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