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by Westi
Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Goldfinch.
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Goldfinch.

Kayburton, interesting you say that as I think I saw some TV show on this instinctive nature to go for smell. (Or look)! It was about birds nests - & many birds collect smelly foliage to keep the nest free from mites & the like. It was years ago & probably getting into day zone after a r...
by Westi
Sun Mar 07, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Geoff! Hopefully not long until you can have friends & family around & celebrate properly!
by Westi
Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4070

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

On my 'do nothing day' I potted on the tomatoes in the propagator - I think I may have too many as my fat fingers were only meant to put 2 seeds in each little pot but seems the majority have more up than that. Not to worry, I will squeeze them in somewhere outside. The over wintered stuff in the gr...
by Westi
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4070

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Stock up on butterfly netting Deb & there is every chance you will get payback on the cabbage whites, but remember to keep the netting well clear of the plants when they grow as the little white gits will still lay through the netting if a leaf is touching it. Lovely down at lottie today & I...
by Westi
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4070

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

I thought all was going well with my productivity on lottie today - until I had to jump back out of the way of a speeding nipper when I stopped off at the corner shop on the way home. Self diagnosing but I think I may have torn a ligament or something in my ankle, I can hobble on it so not broken bu...
by Westi
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Vitamin D
Replies: 11
Views: 417

Re: Vitamin D

I prefer natural to prevent & take Glucosamine (bought for the old dog as recommended for their joints), but getting a bit older myself & she responded brilliantly & huge vet savings. Milk Thistle for liver care as covered that in my mini thesis for my degree with intent to expand when I...
by Westi
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 138
Views: 4853

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.

With you all with the plant/seed vices, but I have to add in chocolate! I hope it's just a lock down thing as I thought I had control of it, but until the wee tourist shop that sells Aniseed Balls opens it has to be chocolate - not fussy which chocolate but only that shop's Aniseed balls as they are...
by Westi
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

I suspect they are one of those things that to get good results you have to invest in a decent one but the market seems pretty overloaded. How about prep & freeze in foil pie dishes (maybe pre-cook some) & then could heat or cook loads more in the oven with a bit of shelf rotation. Now if no...
by Westi
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 138
Views: 4853

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.

Saturday is my do nothing day - well except tend to the over wintering stuff in the greenhouse, weed the back garden, tackle the algae & moss, cut back the ivy etc. etc. And some guy came into the close with a big purple Porsche visiting the lads over the road which distracted the under gardener...
by Westi
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafting tomato plants
Replies: 15
Views: 508

Re: Grafting tomato plants

vivienz - just give it a try! I have been considering this for a bit & the new clips & stuff for the grafts is much easier to achieve success than when it first popped up. Then there was just the opportunity to buy the grafted plant with little info on the mother plant & stuff with stick...
by Westi
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Vitamin D
Replies: 11
Views: 417

Vitamin D

Do you guys think we get enough Vit D? I'm down the plot year around & although the sun does shine on & off or weakly through light cloud cover I still get out in it & with a bit of graft I even have to expose my arms as well as just my face. Just asking as I got an e-mail from a health ...
by Westi
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sahara dust!
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Re: Sahara dust!

I haven't seen this for decades now, but used to get it every few years. 100% it can get into any nook & cranny. I'm a bit with you there Primrose with the lack of dusting enthusiasm so much more to do outside & it just comes back so my theory is wait until it is worthwhile & the result ...
by Westi
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Happy Birthday.

Cheers for the birthday wishes everyone! Had a nice quiet day at home, not the plan but weather didn't play. Strangely there were a few bottles of wine in the milk box out the front. The critters choice of Prosecco was welcomed as was the signed card! I have one that is polydactyl so must have been ...
by Westi
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 138
Views: 4853

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.

Ours is open & I have £150 on their card for Xmas & birthdays from last year & this. I have popped down to use same cards for bits as no use by dates on them. (Bet they change that now)! The garden centre is maybe 300 metres from the plot so strolled down a couple of times to find a queu...
by Westi
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Moss in Lawn!
Replies: 40
Views: 8523

Re: Moss in Lawn!

Well the new turf failed miserably Primrose. Although it did look grand for a few weeks the algae slime stuff seeped back through it despite the rotavating & hard work the garden guys did. I called them back obviously as they assured me it was that the soil was compacted. Got 1/2 my money back a...

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