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  1. Jelliebabe's Avatar
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    Cripes! Do you run a garden centre?
  2. bramble's Avatar
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    I have so much admiration for you and all the work you do.
    My dad did much the same as you and i know how hard the work is.
    He worked tirelessly up until he died then years ago.
    I wish you the best of luck for you surely deserve it.
    As kids myself and my sister used to go to the walled garden with my dad and were treated to fruits we would never have afforded to buy in those days.
    Such happy memories and i'm sure your tw9o daughters will feel the same when they grow up.
  3. miffy's Avatar
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    I feel slightly inadequate after reading the quantities you are planting out, makes my meagre seedlings seem a mere drop in the ocean to yours!! Hope all goes well with them, you are going to be busy this spring and summer.
  4. Glasshousevirgin's Avatar
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    still following it with much interest mate. Must be very fulfilling despite the labour of it all.
  5. Hazel at the Hill's Avatar
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    I am agog, Rat - do tell more!
  6. Armorel's Avatar
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    Congratulations on the new baby
    90 hanging baskets????
    Armorel
  7. Glasshousevirgin's Avatar
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    Yes very interested in how it is all going!
    BTW congrats on the baby, hope wife well and coping.
    Admire all the hard labour going into the project, hope continues to grow well.
    Cheers Rob
  8. Forget-me-Not's Avatar
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    Hi Rat,

    Congratulations o your new arrival. Beautiful name!!! Hope all goes well.

    FMN
  9. rustylady's Avatar
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    Hope everything goes well for OH (does she have a name?) and new baby, also you and your daughter (really sorry, can't remember her name) Please post on the Vine when new addition to the family arrives.
  10. Forget-me-Not's Avatar
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    Hi Sewer-Rat,

    Hope everything goes well. Take Care All.

    FMN
  11. lightdivine's Avatar
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    I would like to start growing fruits and/or vegetables in my backyard. Nothing has grown there in a long time, not even grass. Do you have any ideas as to what I should do first to be able to grow something this year?
  12. sewer rat's Avatar
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    Hazel
    This year my runner and French beans were outside and I got 20kg Runners from plants that should have given 2000 kg and absolutely no french beans at all - I know the weather was crap this year and next year may be different but all my beans are going in my tunnel this year - if I have room I may grow borlotti but not sure yet. It's a hard decision as I have to grow to maximise profit, and ensure sufficient supply for my customers as opposed to growing for pleasure / my family. I have thought about borlotti beans but they are on hold at the mo. Thanks for taking the time to add your thoughts - will keep you posted on future decisions too.
  13. Hazel at the Hill's Avatar
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    Is it too chilly to do barlotti beans up there, Rat? Just think that they would add something a bit out of the ordinary to the veg boxes.

    Neighbour Ted at the Hill did them instead of runners, but it gave him the option to pick and use fresh like runners, pick and use the beans inside fresh, or to leave them on the plants to dry the beans for winter use.
    Updated 30-12-2007 at 04:17 PM by Hazel at the Hill (spelling!)
  14. Forget-me-Not's Avatar
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    Rabbit stew on the menu then!!!

    FMN
  15. carlseawolf's Avatar
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    GOOD LUCK with the family and the business , and hope the weather's better for you next year !
  16. Forget-me-Not's Avatar
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    Hi Sewer rat,
    I agree, they'll enjoy hoovering the food and they'll taste great because of it. Will you have a go at maybe building a smoker and smoking some ham??? Or maybe some sausages in your boxes at a later date??? David really fancies getting some pigs. I'm going to have to Reflex a lot of feet when our girls are settled in school to get this extra land.

    Beth
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    hI fmn
    I'm not thinkin about chooks but am hoping to get half a dozen Tamworth X pigs to fatten up next year. They can eat all the trimmings and surplus veg, as well as their pig nuts, and they'll dig up the ground and fertilise it as they go. Win win win all round - til they have to go down the road for Christmas !!
  18. Forget-me-Not's Avatar
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    Hi sewer rat,

    Just read your whole blog. Growing veggies up there sounds like sheer heaven. Had to laugh at your farmer comment. We are serious countryside lovers but the garening has always been my thing. Then David started to build veg plots for me to grow in, then I started to dream of future chooks. (A passion still to be fulfilled, just need 18 months to build my business up there and hopefully we can buy something bigger.) And so on, the dream grows, pigs get mentioned, ducks, cows.... All of a sudden, present job security means less, a job up north is landed and my daughter and I are noses to the chook books!!!
  19. nick the grief's Avatar
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    I wonder what they call it in India .........

    I bet that must have been a sight Rat, you digging in just a tee shirt
  20. Hazel at the Hill's Avatar
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    I know that your onions have been an overwhelming success, Rat, but as they are such a 'low value' crop, I'm surprised that they have been worth your while. Mind you, obviously they are, or you wouldn't be doing them!
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