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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Ashes 2017 - 2018
« Last post by Tenhens on Today at 20:29 »
First day of the Third Test saw England reach 305 for the lass of 4 wickets , David Malan recorded his maiden test centuary. Lets hope for more of the same tonight and give the Aussies something to think about. They may be 2-0 up in the series , c'mon England!!

 Although the play starts about midnight our time , TMS are playing a highlights show in the morning, on a loop ,while we have our corn flakes.
Cooking, Storing and Preserving / Re: Christmas cake disaster
« Last post by greenjay on Today at 20:11 »
oh no, after having gone to all the effort and expense.
did you add all the required ingredients?
I have seen me before now rushing trying to do  a few things and forgetting to put sugar in.
Grow Your Own / Re: sprouts
« Last post by sunshineband on Today at 19:47 »
Yes that is what I do, rather than cut the whole stalk. Those little ones carry on growing. plus you can eat the leafy top as greens too
Chatting on the Plot / looking back over my shoulder
« Last post by rowlandwells on Today at 19:28 »
i was a it hard to find a heading for this topic but nevertheless hear we go after reading the topic wishing ones life away it inspired me to think back over my gardening years around fifty years ago  progressing from one plot then two finally ending up with an acre

and when i look back over my shoulder i can see many changes in all aspects of gardening today there  doesn't seem the camaraderie like it was when i first started on our allotments gone are the days  when one was on the waiting list for someone to give up there allotment in our village  because in those days people where growing more for the table and not so much for pleasure gardening like today

 when i was a younger gardener digging the plot was something i did without blinking an eye and when i bought merry tiller that was something ells every bit of allotment was cultivated not a raised be in sight and many gardeners used to cycle to the allotments in those days bike clips and all with there tools tied on the bike many after a working day as well as the retired guys there didn't seem as many women interested in the allotment as there is today it seems on our allotments that women are on pare with the men

it was to me  more a ritual for most of the old gardeners and they loved telling us young gardeners how to garden  its also bit sad to see allotments going back to nature crying out for someone to take them i must say looking at some of the plots its hard work for a women to tackle to bring it back to a growing plot 

 i think garden therapy is one of the best ways to keep healthy far better than shopping therapy  :lol:

Grow Your Own / Re: sprouts
« Last post by Christine on Today at 18:29 »
The general advice I've been given is to start at the bottom and pick the bigger ones. This allows the smaller ones to develop.
Grow Your Own / Re: horsetail
« Last post by Christine on Today at 18:28 »
Trouble is Pescador that I've yet to work out how to get to the roots as they seem to end in Australia. However trickling boiling water down the stems does seem to deter. However on an allotment .....
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Windows 10 Update Warning
« Last post by Christine on Today at 18:25 »
I had an update today which said it couldn't complete itself and undid itself. Whatever.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Wishing one's life away?
« Last post by Christine on Today at 18:25 »
Alan I have a list of things to do as well. However the ground is frozen from about an inch below the surface despite the thaw. It won't be workable when the "warmer" days turn up at the start of next week. However, frost might thin down the pest population.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Wishing one's life away?
« Last post by AlaninCarlisle on Today at 18:06 »
    Just made a list of outdoor jobs to do as soon as the frost disappears and sleet stops falling

    Harvest sprouts, leeks, parsnips and celeriac
    Barrow more muck into polytunnel
    Put two sacks of sand into bench-top propagator
    Empty two "Dalek" compost bins and spread contents on outdoor beds
    Repair tear in polytunnel
    Dig up stray strawberry runners
    Repair large wooden compost bin
    Re-site phlox plants in front flower border

Chatting on the Plot / Re: Wishing one's life away?
« Last post by rowlandwells on Today at 17:43 »
when I retired i thought allotments in the summer and hedge cutting  in those short winter days like I've been doing for several years

but for some reason or another things seem to be  getting more busy this year i haven't stopped keep finding jobs to do outdoors haven't even cut a bit of hedge or ploughed my allotments had a couple of days of when it snowed then for i could say jack robbinson  i was seconded for Christmas shopping  :nowink:

but like the rest of you i hate being cooped up in the house all day the only thing good about these  winter days is as said there short days I'm ready to call it a day around half three and although I'm not a scrooge  like to think after Christmas i can look forward to spring and I'm getting itchy feet then so i start up the greenhouse lighting the stove getting the place warm sorting trays  and pots with O/H but January/February is still cold not sowing seed weather but it passes the day for both of us putting the world to rites having a couple of cups of tea a bacon butte perfection  ;)

but as you say and i tend to agree these winter months are suppose to charge those batteries up ready for spring mind you at 70 i mite be a youngster compared to some of you but i know i can't work like i could when i was 20 years younger  :lol:

don't get to depressed because after Christmas spring will just around the corner and we will all be ready to wipe the cobwebs of the allotment gate  :D :D :D

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