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We finished up our tarting up of the pond area - sprinkled grass seed on the bare bits, planted new rockery plants here and there and added some new goldfish to the pond (which immediately vanished!). Roll on Springtime.
MY RECIPE. BOILED FRUIT MIXTURE 4 oz Brown Sugar 8 oz margarine or butter 1lb mixed fruit 2 tsp mixed spice 1/2 Pint Milk FOR THE CAKE MIXTURE 4 oz Glace Cherries 2 eggs beaten 2 oz chopped walnuts 12 oz Self Raising Flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda Method Place all the ingredients for the fruit mix ...
Nothing to do with gardening - (it's too windy!!) . I was talking to someone and describing a boiled fruit cake that I'd just made and they said if it was boiled (which they'd never heard of anyway ) then it doesn't count as being "cake". I countered that it was in a cake tin and it was ba...
- Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:35 am
- Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
- Topic: Lack of fungal diseases on trees and top fruit
- Replies: 12
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We have a whole tribe of little white mushrooms growing all along the edge of a length of that wood roll stuff, used to keep the border edges tidy. Methinks they are devouring it underground and we'll have to replace it all next year. However, the tomatoes didn't get blight.
- Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:25 am
- Forum: General chatter
- Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
- Replies: 96
- Views: 1098
Our front garden is is bigger than our back garden and gets more sun - so I've planted rhubarb and raspberries, blueberries, runner beans (which grow up a large azalea bush), and anything else that won't fit into the back garden. The ruby chard, in particular, looked very attractive. They all rub al...
- Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:53 am
- Forum: Seasonal tips
- Topic: Thinning out pond in Autumn
- Replies: 5
- Views: 111
How about a long handled rake? We have the same problem this year - the irises have all but taken over and we've dragged them out and divided them- had to use tree loppers on some of the roots. Other thought - how expert are you with a lassoo?
- Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:21 am
- Forum: Seasonal tips
- Topic: Overwintering self sown seedlings
- Replies: 8
- Views: 228
Cerinthe seed themselves exceedingly well - I have them coming up in my lawn - in little cracks in the paving and other peculiar places. I don't know why they're so expensive to buy in seed packets - they grow like weeds in my garden (beautiful weeds though). The bees love them and I try to transpla...
- Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:06 pm
- Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
- Topic: Birds' vision
- Replies: 9
- Views: 115
Chickens also have the ability to sleep with one eye open and the other closed. During this form of sleep, unihemispheric slow-wave sleep (‘USWS’), half of the brain gets a rest whilst the other remains awake and alert for predators. A chicken’s brain is divided into two hemispheres. Each eye is att...
Well, an interesting and lively debate indeed. :wink: I was just wondering, out loud, as you do, what was the point of buying mild cheese. I personally think it's a waste of money as all you need to do, when following a cheesy recipe, and don't want it too strong, is to put less in. I like a cheese ...
Yes, I did enjoy it - the only actual scary part was the very moment when I was sitting in the door of the plane, looking down from 3 miles up in the air, and thinking this might not be a good idea! However, once in flight (well, falling actually!) it was totally fine. Surreal yes - scary no. Had a ...