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by PLUMPUDDING
Wed May 23, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Butterflies everywhere
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: Butterflies everywhere

It's been quite good here in the sunshine with all the usual and lots of orange tips. The speckled woods have arrived and we've had a brimstone showing up a few days this week. There has been a new hatching of red damsel flies too.
by PLUMPUDDING
Wed May 23, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Annoying Tits
Replies: 18
Views: 209

Re: Annoying Tits

I also spend rather a lot on bird food over the year but it is worth it for the pleasure of watching all the different kinds of birds. I get my seed etc from an agricultural supplier so it's much more economical than buying from pet shops or the RSPB. I have a visiting gang of sparrows that do raids...
by PLUMPUDDING
Wed May 23, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3590

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Yes Geoff, it has been glorious hasn't it. Primrose, one of my favourites is Lemon verbena like Vivienz, but I have to over winter them in the greenhouse, and an infused rosemary sprig is a good if you need a boost in the morning. It is said to stimulate the brain. I also use mint. I've not tried la...
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon May 21, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: MP Compost Thoughts & Faults
Replies: 29
Views: 394

Re: MP Compost Thoughts & Faults

I usually use Miracle grow, but it did have some hard pieces in it. I've bought two big bales of Verve multipurpose this year and am pleased with the texture and water retention properties.
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon May 21, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Annoying Tits
Replies: 18
Views: 209

Re: Annoying Tits

Both the Blue tits and Great tits have been checking round all the house and greenhouse windows for spiders and spider cocoons. They are examining everything else for aphids. If they are feeding young they need a continuous supply. Perhaps there is something tasty under your paint. Have they stopped...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat May 19, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3590

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Your wedding sounds entertaining Westi. I'm not a wedding fan but it sounds as if they've tried to be a bit more down to earth than the usual royal extravaganzas. She's a brave woman marrying into our royal family.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat May 19, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Second hand tools
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: Second hand tools

Hi Westi, you were lucky to have a stall like that. I can't think of any more round here, I suppose car boot sales are another source or those antique outlets.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat May 19, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3590

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Did you try the free Quartz sugar snap peas last year? They were a bit puny but tasted lovely and even though we were given only 9 seeds I had enough to eat and saved another 9 seeds to sow this year. So far 6 have germinated and are making nice plants so better germination than last year.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat May 19, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Second hand tools
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Second hand tools

An old chap we know was clearing out the garage of a deceased friend and donated some tools. I've been trying them out and they are excellent. I used the Swan neck hoe to earth up the potatoes and it was a pleasure to use. Nice sharp blade, good weight and a long nicely shaped handle. I've tried ano...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat May 19, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3590

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Thank goodness it's a nice day, I can avoid all media coverage of the wedding and the football. And what on earth is "bowl food"? It conjures up images of a row of dog dishes.
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu May 17, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3590

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Yes it was close but everything looks ok. I've mowed the lawns and am wondering whether to get the hose out to water everything. I don't think we've had any rain since I sowed the peas and they've all come up quickly. The pond level has dropped by 6 inches this week.
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu May 17, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3590

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Hope your plants are ok. It got down to 1.2°c at 04.45 this morning in my lower garden.
by PLUMPUDDING
Wed May 16, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3590

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

I've just been out to put fleece over the potatoes as the temperature is dropping fast. Everything else will have to chance it.
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue May 15, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3590

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

I agree with you about the lack of energy Primrose. I'm trying to pace myself by doing an hour and having a tea break for 15 mins. I've planted out my lettuces and parsley and the second session earthed up all the potatoes. I've cheated again with the lettuces and bought a punnet of living salad fro...
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon May 14, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3590

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Thanks for the reminders about frost and chilly nights. I just checked what the temperature was in the night and it got down to 2.5° at 4.30 this morning. Top of my to do list is earthing up the potatoes tomorrow.

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