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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:04 pm 
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Cumberland Cockney wrote:
Glad E Olah wrote:
Not sure of what a boulder is though.

When you pick it up and skim it across a lake it's a stone.
When you need two hands to move it it's a rock.
When it's five feet across and and you need heavy plant machinery to shift it it's a boulder.
The Lake District is virtually a vast boulder with a thin layer of soil spread over the dry bits, the lakes cut by 500 million years of glacial erosion. My home is 430 feet above sea level, stunningly beautiful land but not amenable to spade work.


He forgets to add that it is 3 feet under water for 8 months of the year and that rice is the only crop that doesn't float away.


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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:30 pm 
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....and he hasn't worked out that it is only 430 feet above seal level when the tide is out.


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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:08 pm 
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How dare you! And why do you think I spout such endless bollux on here? It's the altitude, you fool. Of course you southern pansies are a lot closer to "seal level" but your erotic preferences are none of my business.


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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:31 pm 
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I believe seed potatoes have to be grown at over 2,000 feet above sea level to protect then from blight. Hence the popularity of Scottish varieties.


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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:54 am 
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Glad E Olah wrote:
we have planted potatoes, peas, more onions, and cabbage.

That's cheating when you plant seed.
We have a butternut pumpkin that has spontaneously emanated from a back plot that now has at least 16 fruit almost ready to pick (not counting the one we've started because I snicked it with the grass cutter).
Meanwhile, there's a fine Kent (Jap?) pumpkin running along the side fence from the wormery/composter. At least it gets plenty of moisture and nutrients. I haven't counted the tally on that one yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:02 am 
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What do you mean by cheating when you plant a seed?


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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 1:04 am 
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Glad E Olah wrote:
What do you mean by cheating when you plant a seed?

Didn't you read about spontaneous generation?
Our dominant weed at the moment is the gladiolus. Can't say I'm complaining.
And, yes, I'm waiting for the broad beans I planted to show up soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 2:23 am 
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I must have missed the spontaneous generation comment.

How sad the gladiolas is considered a weed. I chose my forum name from that flower. Oh well I can deal with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:41 am 
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Tush Glad! A weed is simply a plant growing where it is not wanted, I suppose one that was not planted by arrived on its own. We have yellow poppies around the garden and wild ferns, buttercups in the lawn and several other uninvited guests that look wonderful, all technically weeds and all welcome. One flowering weed considered the bane of gardeners is the dandelion, but it arrives in early spring to coat the roadside grass verges in a blaze of yellow and I'm always pleased to see them. Later we get the daffodils all along the roadsides - not planted by anybody and therefore technically weeds, but the Lake District would be a sadder place without them, especially when you're wandering lonely as a cloud.


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 Post subject: Re: Glad's 2016 Garden
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:18 pm 
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Cumberland Cockney wrote:
Tush Glad! A weed is simply a plant growing where it is not wanted, I suppose one that was not planted by arrived on its own.

OK: fair call. I planted my much-loved gladioli and harvested the surviving bulbs. Masses of bulblets fell into the bed and are now thriving in their own right. Give them a year or two and they'll develop to something the size of a fob watch - ideal. Meanwhile, I'll begin a prime display at the front of the bedroom window and hope that we can cut them for interior display before some passing grub/pedestrian gets them first.

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