• “Blow, blow, thou winter wind” (Shakespeare: As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII). Winter is definitely upon us and we appreciate it, or not! Let’s have 3 or 4 photos of how the different winter weather days have an effect on life. This can be in the garden, in the kitchen, in the choice of fashion… we can’t hide from the weather, so there’s no…[Read more]

  • Interesting article by Alys Fowler:
    How to grow spring kale as soft as lettuce
    I’ve sown some for this very purpose. OH swears kale is for cattle only (he’s a farmer’s son) but I intend to prove otherwise :lol:

  • Jenn posted an update 2 years, 4 months ago

    Morning clickers. Night full of dreams and gales was not very restful. Luckily I have nothing complicated to do today so my fuzzy brain can loll about to its hearts content. Very windy and very warm here in the East but rain’ s a’coming. Had some of my lottie kalettes with dinner last night – they were yum and I will grow them again :lol:…[Read more]

    • Morning Jenn :-) just been looking at kalettes and fancy giving them a go :good: I’d go for clematis :good: HAGD

      • They were really nice Jane – would recommend :good: I normally grow 4 hazel wigwams (not Wigan, stupid autocorrect) of sweet peas to give the garden some height as it is still new planting but I don’t know whether I can be bothered with the faff of growing 100 plants for them so I am leaning towards clematis as well.

    • Wish it was warm here Jenn, anything but, very cold east Wind, brr

      • Rain has arrived, Tina, so not so pleasant now. We usually get the east wind whip into East Anglia around February so am expecting a blast from Siberia sometime soon!

    • Morning Jen and all…I slept like a log last night and that’s rare..but if I’m too hot I dream too. rain here again, cant wait for a bit of sun and brightness

      • Morning Sue. Can’t remember what the dreams were about now but they woke me then it was hard to get back to sleep because of the gales. I had a good one the other day – I dreamt that I was stood at our tall pull out larder cupboard in the kitchen and secretly guzzling a Cadbury’s flake before anyone could see me…I need more chocolate in my life :lol:

  • Yes, a nice gardening book might be a better bet :lol:

  • :walt:
    For Tina :-)

  • Could hardly tear them away from the new computer to produce this – but tender hearts won in the end. But please, please – never equip them with mobile phones, or we’ll be watching (and dodging) a bunch of […]

  • England’s Green and Pleasant Land.

    Palm Sunday Weekend in Somerset … Day Three.
    After Judith had finished the Easter Buns, she and Jann dragged me off for a two mile hill walk to fetch some Wild Garlic. It […]

  • A Special Sun Dance for Tina, with love from the Teds.

    As the Dance warmed up, more Teds joined in.

    It was great fun. “Sunshine for Tina! … Sunshine for Tina!” they chanted as they danced.

    Hope it […]

  • Giverney … A Special Day Out.
    The Water Garden.

    It was very special for an old Art student to walk in Monet’s little paradise, particularly on that day. It was a place I had long wished to visit. Nowadays it […]

  • I shall definitely be trying Gardeners’ Delight next year, as the name keeps cropping up among Clickers – instead of chasing after newer varieties probably developed for the commercial market for reasons other than flavour. Needless to say, have looked up Incredicrop – but not sure if I am brave enough to use it on Losettos, the bush tomato with…[Read more]

  • I grow ever lasting onions all you do is pull off the green and they grow again and you have them all year round. ;-)

  • Owdboggy started the topic Group logo of BakingVegan Fruit cake in the forum Baking 4 years, 2 months ago

    This is a Vegan Fruit Cake
    My better half makes a lovely sugar free fruit cake.
    6 0z flour
    3 teaspoons Baking powder
    2 oz ground almonds
    2 teaspoons Mixed Spice
    1 lb mixed fruit
    4 0z Dates
    4 oz apricots
    grated rind of an orange
    1/2 pint of water (alcohol if required added to make up the water)
    2 tablespoons of Orange juice

    Soak fruit over night…[Read more]

  • Allan grows great runner beans,
    they’re green and good and strong.
    They grow down very straight and lean
    and also very long:
    and though you may suggest that
    I am being quite irrational,
    because they get about so much
    I call them International!
    Allan’s beans are from the Rhondda,
    His black beans are straight and longer
    Than a…[Read more]

  • roly started the topic Rhubarb in the forum Gardening Questions 4 years, 2 months ago

    how’s your rhubarb growing had a look at ours the other day and it seems to be growing ok have planted several varieties the only problem with our rhubarb is it tends to need a couple of spoonsful of sugar

    so I’m going to try a variety of rhubarb called champagne and grow it from seed I tried growing this variety about two years ago it grew…[Read more]

  • Must confess I can understand your wife’s urge to try a new crop. The same urge has driven me to grow winter squash and outdoor sweetcorn up here, just to see if it would be possible to crop them successfully outside in Scottish conditions. And the answer to those is yes. I like to think it is an innate urge in the human psyche to push…[Read more]

  • gertie replied to the topic Seeds in the forum General Discussion 4 years, 10 months ago

    It doesn’t surprise me Jane ….. most everything I come across seems to come from China. :wacko:

  • Yewbarrow posted a new activity comment 4 years, 11 months ago

    hope this doesn’t sound daft Tina – but read some time ago for creaky knees do a little bit of walking backwards – it is supposed to strengthen the muscles and I find it works, you do look a bit daft doing it and you have to be careful so you don’t trip over anything but it helps, the other thing I have found by accident, I nettled both knees…[Read more]