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by madasafish
Tue Feb 27, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Am I in trouble here?
Replies: 46
Views: 11124

Chantal Do not be ashamed of being afraid of needles. I am a 100% true blue coward and shut my eyes when one is shown on TV.. and cannot watch injections.. mine or anyone else's. So compared to me you are very brave.. Hope you suffer no ill effects. I find gin has medicinal properties when taken int...
by madasafish
Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Pheasant glut
Replies: 15
Views: 7522

You do leave the pheasants to hang for 2 weeks ?

I found in the past this makes them easier to pluck and more tasty...
by madasafish
Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: How big is your plot??
Replies: 18
Views: 4696

rear garden: 30metres x20 metres
side garden (mostly hard surface ) 10x12
Front: 4x12
by madasafish
Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Planting new raspberry canes
Replies: 30
Views: 9156

I always plant with lots of well rotted compost mixed in and a 2-3cm layer of top of the ground - conserves summer moisture and - for a lazy gardener like me - suppresses weed growth.
As rasps are shallow rooted you should not hoe round them - is my excuse....:-)
by madasafish
Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:28 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Why you should get some "examination gloves"
Replies: 18
Views: 5227

I find latex gloves make my hands sweat and as I have an occasional attack of peeling skin..(an old attack caused by welding damage to skin)... I need some protection. I use Neutrogena hand cream instead for any gardening ( and thick gloves for rough work) and save the latex gloves for garage work o...
by madasafish
Fri Feb 09, 2007 3:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: 1000 MEMBER
Replies: 40
Views: 9426

As someone who joined last year, I found here friendly and not the least daunting....(but then my wife says my skin makes a rhino hide look thin:-)
by madasafish
Thu Feb 08, 2007 11:46 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Severe Weather?
Replies: 37
Views: 6969

1cm snow here. Hard frosts (-3 to -6C) here..fed birds this am - all delighted especially the jackdaws who eat peanut cake. Even a thrush came.. a rare visitor. and the squirrels from the oak trees in the field.. a real PIA...
by madasafish
Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:26 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Sowing now on kitchen window sill
Replies: 11
Views: 3966

Well I have sowed geraniums, begonia, busy lizzies, a few tomatoes ( long maturing ones), peppers, and a few petunias.
On our south facing window sills in covered trays . Same routine every year. Means come March life gets a bit hectic...
by madasafish
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:32 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Polecat
Replies: 18
Views: 4727

We stopped keeping cats after the last one died 10 years ago: our bird population now thrives
by madasafish
Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Leaking greenhouse, and glass
Replies: 10
Views: 6766

I had a similar problem with our 24 year old greenhouse. A morning on a ladder with a gun of clear silicone mastic (£2.50) on a dry and warmish day solved it.
by madasafish
Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: buying my first greenhouse - any advice?
Replies: 26
Views: 14569

We bought our first and only greenhouse from Tesco in 1984 - an AGL Pentland 8x6. It is bare aluminium and we bought it with galvanised steel base, guttering , an opening top window and a louvred side window. Simple horticutural glass. In that time we have had 3 broken panes - football - so toughene...
by madasafish
Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: This turned up in the web trap at work
Replies: 4
Views: 1310

I recall some very rude jokes in a similar vein about what men like and what women is ,however, totally unsuited to a bb like this:-).
by madasafish
Fri Jan 05, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: new gardener
Replies: 40
Views: 10739

I started growing when we moved to our current house some 20 years ago. I started with the easy things and being a simple soul have continued on that way. I can recommend raspberries: minimal work all year but delicious fruit which is much better than bought and much cheaper. Glen Ample - mentioned ...
by madasafish
Tue Jan 02, 2007 6:56 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Your Vampire Name!!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 4692

The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Milosh Cromwell
Known in some parts of the world as:
Master of Beijing
The Great Archives Record:
More of a spirit than a vampire, wandering the Orient in search of a lost love.
by madasafish
Tue Jan 02, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Worms - again
Replies: 13
Views: 4594

We have some flattened worms in Staffordshire: normal size with round heads and flattened middle body. Seem normal otherwise. As far as red composting worms are concerned, my experience is that if you start a compost heap on bare earth, the red worms will eventually find your heap. And then propagat...

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