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Ever get that feeling when you have so much to do, everything's getting on top of you, yet you don't have the energy or inclination to do a goddamn thing about it apart from fret? That's just how I'm feeling this evening.

The cottage and garden are a total mess, I can't be arsed with eBay, I need to sort the $ situation and pay the bills and life seems to be all about work - leaving no time for other things. I have a poorly stomach after eating some polony type sausage and not bothering to check the ingredients panel, the decorators are due in (and I want a Caramac and don't have one!) and FFS I have chipped nail varnish. You may think Rustic Pikeys are not very bothered about nails, but it is one thing I do try and keep nice which is not easy when you're up to your eyeballs in mud/dirt/dust etc. Even this website's a mess and the page order is all out of synch. Plus to top it all I have been eaten alive by mozzies and am trying hard not to itch!
 
As an expert procrastinator I know I do have the capacity to continue until it gets to the point where doing the jobs are better than worrying about them.  So this is to give myself a break and stop worrying, stop doing anything at all for a night and just have a vent. Writing is actually really good ways to get things into perspective. Hell, I feel better already. No really! Tomorrow is another day, and I can feel a new list coming on. The real test will be whether I crack on with stuff tomorrow or procrastinate some more. I feel llike I'm carting round a massive bag of rocks, so tomorrow will be the day to offload them and check in and tell you just how it's done. Stage 1 is rest and relax... (with wine!)

 
 
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I have been neglecting this site lately so thought I would share some growing tips with you today. I am meant to be spending my lunch break sorting out the finances, but as usual I would rather do anything but that. Growing apricots is an excellent diversion. We can talk about Rustic Pikey finances another time.

I got some apricots the other day for 9p (do visit supermarkets late in the evenings before they close - we also got celery, rocket and grapes for pence as well). After eating the apricots I figured it would be pretty cool to grow some but I didn't know how. I found a good blog showing how it's done but the description was even more long-winded than even I can be after a pint or so of wine.

The simple technique is:
1. Buy cheap apricots and eat them.
2. Save the pips, and dry them out for a few days. They are meant to be ready when they rattle. Mine never rattled but I got bored after 5 days so decided to do step 3; which is...
3. Wrap them in a tea towel and bash them with a hammer (not too hard, you need the seed inside intact).
4. Discard shells and put the seeds in a bowl of water. They stay in there for 3 days. Change the water daily. Keep them out of the way of pikelets and pets as they're toxic.
5. Wrap them in wet paper towel and put them in a sealable food bag in the fridge for 5-6 weeks. Don't forget about them!
6. They should be sprouting by the time they come out, and can be planted indoors in pots.

The ideal time to do this is summer / autumn so that the seeds have their eary simulated winter period in the fridge before being brought on inside over the real winter. They can go outdoors in spring. They don't like to be too hot, so the UK climate should be fine for them. Apparently they make good bushes and will grow fine in larger pots. Whether or not they will fruit is questionable, but they're free plants so whos complaining. I hope I have more success with these than my piss poor attempts at growing lemons and limes.

Talking of bushes, Rude Tube featured an excellent clip about alternative names for the "lady garden"