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by Thomzo
Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: This year's gluts and failures
Replies: 36
Views: 3143

Re: This year's gluts and failures

Failures this year were mulberry, quince and plums. Other soft fruit didn't do too well either. I blame the weather in the spring. Another failure was the cucumber I bought as a young plant at a charity sale only for it to turn out as a courgette. Pumpkins have done well, potatoes were ok, beetroot ...
by Thomzo
Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Someone say something
Replies: 26
Views: 3619

Re: Someone say something

Sorry, I'm one of those former regular posters that hasn't been around for a while. In my case it's because I've been spending lots of time doing. I extended my garden 18 months ago and now have a lovely big vegetable patch that takes up most of my spare time. I've also found a new hobby called zent...
by Thomzo
Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Improving Clay Soil
Replies: 11
Views: 1296

Re: Improving Clay Soil

Good luck Bonnie. Ive basically given up trying to improve my extremely heavy clay soil which is full of stones and am doing as DND suggested and putting mulch over cardboard to create raised beds.
by Thomzo
Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Autumn is here
Replies: 10
Views: 785

Re: Autumn is here

Beautiful picture, Kathy. Thanks for sharing.
by Thomzo
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Woodshed
Replies: 7
Views: 4361

Re: Woodshed

I am in awe of your woodshed. Can I move in?
by Thomzo
Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Perfumed flowers to attract bees
Replies: 13
Views: 1832

Re: Perfumed flowers to attract bees

Hi. I know you're sorted for this year - and very good they look too. I've got sweet peas in my greenhouse. I know they're not the compact plant you were looking for but they don't take up much space if you tie them up the side and they do smell very strongly.

Zoe
by Thomzo
Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Re-introducing myself
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Re: Re-introducing myself

Hi Kathy
Welcome back and congratulations/good luck (I'm not sure what is the most appropriate greeting). You're extremely brave and I do hope it all goes well for you. :grouphug:

Zoe
by Thomzo
Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Plan a Veg Patch
Replies: 18
Views: 2986

Re: Plan a Veg Patch

Are the wild birds a problem because they eat the chicken food? I think so but also they can pass on diseases. Having said that, the robin is often in my chicken run and I don't think he's ever passed anything on to my lot. Have you moved recently then Zoe? Are you working for the National Trust no...
by Thomzo
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Leaving blackcurrants on the bush
Replies: 14
Views: 1780

Re: Leaving blackcurrants on the bush

I try to avoid sugar too - bit of an issue because I LOVE rhubarb! Slightly off topic but have you tried rhubarb with strawberries? I was introduced to it a couple of years ago and it's a wonderful combination. Ripe strawberries are sweet enough to make the rhubarb edible without extra sugar. Cheer...
by Thomzo
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Plan a Veg Patch
Replies: 18
Views: 2986

Re: Plan a Veg Patch

Hi Having done the same thing last year, here are the mistakes I made. 1 - don't put the fruit bushes too near the tree as the tree will give cover to birds who can fly down and eat your berries. Also, are you sure about having the chickens so close to where wild birds will be sitting in the tree? I...
by Thomzo
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Food allergies and intolerances
Replies: 4
Views: 1036

Food allergies and intolerances

Hi I spent most of Sunday at the Allergy and Free From show and picked up some tips that I found interesting so I thought I'd share. There have been huge improvements in the understanding of allergies over the last few years, which is just as well as there's been a huge increase in the number of peo...
by Thomzo
Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Someone say something
Replies: 26
Views: 3619

Re: Someone say something

Sorry, I'm one of the offenders. I haven't been around for months. I used to be on the forum at least once a day, I would almost go so fr as to say I was addicted. If I couldn't log on, I got withdrawal symptoms wondering how everyone was getting on. Then last year I extended my garden by buying som...
by Thomzo
Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: I'm Back Too - and I have LAND!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 3831

Re: I'm Back Too - and I have LAND!!!

Congratulations, how fabulous. I do hope everything goes smoothly and you can get in quickly. Is the land all nice and neatly ploughed and ready just to be planted?
by Thomzo
Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new
Replies: 38
Views: 9638

Re: Not buying new

Hi Flo, Sorry I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. Are you saying that it's a bad thing to donate unwanted goods to charity or sell them secondhand? What should we do with them? If you're saying that we must keep everything until it wears out (apart from unwanted gifts) what happens if our ...
by Thomzo
Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Twiggy compost heap
Replies: 11
Views: 1485

Re: Twiggy compost heap

Skippy wrote: indeed some of them were practically ancient when they finally died.


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