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May 2014 Blog Posts (7)

Today's Garden Visit - the report!

Hi, Andy here reporting on the latest garden visit for BLF.   For some reason, the visit was scheduled for afternoon, not morning.  So, at 3.30 pm we arrived at a place called McDowall Manor.  

I have to say, the visit started badly, when we couldn't find the host!  However, under instruction from the two Elaines, we decided just to help ourselves. …


Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 31, 2014 at 20:54 — 14 Comments

Update on the Chickens (with photo's)

Well everyone, I now have my six chickens that I absolutely just HAD to have :) I agree with what most sites said, which is once you start, you will always get more chickens than what you thought.  The only thing that is stopping me now is BCC saying I can only have six :(  Boo!!!  I have bought a 2 m extension to the coop which will be added to give a bit more room for my babies.



Added by Susan on May 20, 2014 at 20:18 — 6 Comments


need help with lavender its starting to get to big and faling over can I cut it back this time of year

Added by mark sturdy on May 18, 2014 at 10:07 — 11 Comments


Hi everyone, 

Well here is to a new beginning but where do i start lol, walking around the yard the last few days and trying to figure out where i should start a vege patch or three ???? BUT i do know, where i would like to put my passion vine!  So it can grow over my old pergola - the steel frame is too good to throw away but the material is ripping and ready to dump   :-(…


Added by Vanessa Thompson on May 15, 2014 at 18:27 — 39 Comments

Have garden will travel -- growing sweet spuds at home

Maori Sweet Potato Mounds

Now that I have a 'garden' -- in that my underneath is no longer sand and now passes muster as loam -- I get to ponder my horticultural efforts with more focus.

I have ambitions.  I resolve to grow a…


Added by Dave Riley on May 13, 2014 at 2:00 — 9 Comments

Javanese lime aid

Hi all just had the most refreshing drink and Im sure lots of people will be growing these ingredients. you will need  medium cucumber juice of five limes about100ml  75 g of sugar to taste plenty of ice 1 litre of sparkling water and mint. To make' peel halve and and seed the cucumber and squeeze the limes.Mix the cucumber;lime juice;sugar and ice in a blender.Pour in the mineral water and serve right away with mint.ENJOY

Added by DARREN JAMES on May 12, 2014 at 21:17 — 1 Comment

Campestris is best

My garden is very often rich in fungal fruiting bodies. Sometimes they grow better than the vegetables.

This morning on my hunter gathering I realised I had something special among the fungi:a bona fide mushroom -- a field mushroom (Agaricus campestris).

What a delight! 

My favorite mushy is the one that…


Added by Dave Riley on May 11, 2014 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

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