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  1. Hi AnnaSorry but I cannot give you any recommendations as I don't live in Turkey or have a pool there, just wanted to say that although it is a bit daunting to start with it's nonetheless a lovely problem to have. Agree about looking in the business directory and of course you can always ask your neighbours who they use.... Have fun in the sunKind regardsSaina
  2. Hi AllBilberry sounds like a great idea, and rhubarb may adapt near the stream. Good luck with all of that and I am sure you will be reaping and harvesting by next year!!! Rhubarb crumble, rhubarb pie, rhubarb compote, rhubarb jam - mmmmmmmmmmmm!! Just one other thing though, Saffron you are right that peat can be used as a soil conditioner, but....the world's peat resources are under pressure as more and more of this precious material is removed and used for fuel and soil conditioning. So everyone, PLEASE DON'T use peat to condition your garden soil. There are plenty of materials for this, which come from renewable and sustainable sources (manure, leaf litter, garden compost etc etc) that are excellent, safe, organic and most importantly not peat. Enjoy the coming gardening season all.... Oh and feel free to ask me questions about horticulture, gardening, sustainable resources - it's what I do!!
  3. Morning ScreamRhubarb is very easy to grow if it has a few basics. But it is an incredibly hungry plant and needs huge amounts of everything including water if it to succeed. Perhaps you could buy some tubers from specialist vegetable and fruit growers - they are lots on the web and generally the stock they supply is excellent. Plant rhubarb in as shady a spot as you can find, in an area where the soil is rich and stays moist. Before planting dig a hole 3 times the size you need for the tubers, going down to the clay pan, break the pan up, add a layer of grit, then add enough enriched compost to half fill the hole. Water copiously, and check that the hole drains well (the water should run through to the clay pan and not stay in the bottom of your hole). Now mix in some shredded newspaper and well -rotted manure, mix through again and then plant in the evening (so that the tubers have a chance to adjust to their new home before any heat upsets them too much). If this doesn't work go to the supermarket and buy rhubarb when it is available (not much in Turkey I'm afraid)!!!!!!!!!! Seriously though your testing kit from B+Q will only give you very basic information. It might be worth popping along to a good plant centre and asking them for help in analysing your soil - if the soil has been contaminated by heavy leads and stuff you should not eat anything from it anyway, and it is surprising how often seemingly pure areas are touched by run off from farms or industrial works that seem too far away to reach your lovely plot... If there are pathogens present in the soil you can treat to sterilise an area if you want to, though this is not a simple process as you can imagine. Here in the UK we are very lucky with our temperate climate and generally good fertile soil, we get used to plants coping in adverse conditions without having to d much other than plant, water, feed and natter to them, but in a climate that can be relatively extreme, with much poorer soil conditions you need to be aware of any plants natural habitat and try to recreate it wherever possible if you want to have any success. Rhubarb is a forest plant that like to grow near streams, in deep leaf-littered soil.....any chance you can make that for it???? Ah well - let me know how you get on and in the meantime I'll think a bit about alternatives that you could consider growing if all else fails - though that is tough as there really is nothing like fresh rhubarb, taken from the garden and cooked within a few hours.......
  4. HelloIt is worth doing a soil test to establish what nutrients and minerals are missing from your soil before trying plants that are not indigenous. And if you want to grow acid loving shrubs then it would be wise to plant in large tubs filled with ericaceous soil. Lack of iron usually shows as etiolation and poor growth rather than sudden collapse so there may be something else which your shrubs don't like - when you test the soil check for contaminants at the same time. There could of course be pathogens in the soil - fungi and the like - which are attacking your plants as well. Basically the heart of this is good husbandry - check your soil, improve it and plant what is most likely to thrive in it rather than trying to fight against your environment. Of course extreme heat and dryness don't help, but you alleviate the dryness by installing water in one way or another to humidify the immediate area. Make sure it is not still though as that will provide a breeding ground for insects that you really don't want to encourage!! Lots of luck,Your local(ish) RHS horticulturalist....
  5. Morning AliceI went to Gaziantep in January, and had a wonderful time there although the coach journey from Istanbul across country is long (16 - 19 hours), it is worth it. Antep as a city is not a tourist destination per se, but that makes it far more interesting as there are so many opportunities to interact with real people. I stayed with friends in Antep, and there are not many hotels or rooms available for tourists. Those that are available are not terribly cheap, which is slightly odd as food etc in Antep is markedly less than in other cities such as Istanbul and Adana. Much of Turkey seems to be ignored by travellers which is a shame as people are so welcoming and friendly, and the country is stunningly beautiful. There are many places of interest in eastern Turkey and all I will say is go, look and enjoy!! Saina
  6. As in so many things the Jews and the Muslims have a lot in common with the rituals of death. Yes, burial is quick because it is healthier for the living rather than having bodies laying around in a hot climate. Jews can be buried in Israel if they choose, but we have many Jewish cemeteries around the world and are never buried in a place that is not designated as a Jewish burial ground. Cremation is not an option for orthodox Jews, not sure about Muslims but I think it is the same, and gifting your body to science or organ donation is not acceptable to the orthodox community either. Just thought I'd pop that thought in....
  7. Many many thanks - and it is quite poignant, as I expected.
  8. HelloCan anyone translate this for me:Kalp, onu kirani affeder de kirilmister bik kereI have tried to get a translation on the web but the answers make no sense!! Any help hugely appreciated. Thanks in advace
  9. Hi KangalKid and thanks for your post. Interesting to see that you talk to Sania - this is a direct translation of my name, Saina, into the turkish version, or so I am assured by turkish friends who insist on calling me Sania as they are convinced that I must have turkish blood somewhere along the line!!
  10. Thanks Baykus and Abi - and yes I have come across bigots in many different places so of course one idiot would not put me off Turkey as a country or the turkish people be they turks, kurds or canaries!!!!!
  11. Just back from a couple of weeks traveling through Turkey to see friends in Gaziantep, Adana and Istanbul. I was nervous about the trip as I have never been to Turkey without my husband before, but I need not have worried at all. From the moment I arrived at Gokcen airport I was looked after, cosseted and fussed by my friends and have had a truly wonderful time. I was pleased that on the journey across Turkey to Antep I traveled with a Turkish friend who showed me the ropes and made sure I was comfortable - I was not hassled by anyone and although the coach trip is long it was interesting! In Antep I was lucky enough to stay with my friends family, and although it was odd to be escorted everywhere I went it was great to be shown reality in a busy city. My friends travelled with me to Adana, where I met Turkish prejudice for the first time. Another friend had kindly arranged an apartment for me to stay in, but the apartment owner did not want my friend from Antep to stay with me. There was plenty of room, and 2 middle-aged English ladies traveling together are unlikely to be having an illicit relationship with a teenage boy but as soon as the apartment owner noticed that our escort was a Kurdish Turk he told us that the Kurdish cannot be trusted, that they are bad people, they steal and lie and yada yada yada.... I was appalled by his attitude, but kept quiet and made sure that I did not offend him. Still, my escort from Antep stayed in a small hotel not far from us and waited until we were on the coach back to Istanbul before going home to Antep. So he was a true gentleman in every sense of the word while the apartment owner showed himself, despite being middle-class, affluent and a 'committed christian' to be an ignorant, bigoted and small-minded nincompoop! Next time I travel in Turkey I will certainly visit my friends in Antep, but I doubt I will return to Adana - particularly as I now understand that Adana has serious crime problems which are not found so much in other, perhaps poorer financially, places in this complex country. Make no mistake, I will return and travel more as there is just so much to see and learn....
  12. Hi AllJust to say that the custom of waiting for a year before either putting up or engraving a headstone is not confined to Turkey or Islam. In the Jewish faith it is normal to wait for a year after a burial, then have a memorial service to place the headstone at the cemetery. After this formal mourning is considered to be over, the daily prayers said morning and night by the chief mourners can cease and a celebration of the deceased is held as everyone gathers to say a final goodbye and begin to look to the future of the living. There are practical reasons for all of this: it gives the grave time to settle before putting a headstone in place so there is less chance of the stone moving once it has been placed; the traditional year and 1 day of mourning allows time for everyone to heal before saying goodbye to their loved one and gathering together to celebrate a life puts a smile on peoples faces. On a personal note I saw my Dad several times in the days and weeks after his sudden death, my mother-in-law welcomed me to her home with a simple spoken hello - she had been dead for 5 years and I sadly never met her, but her welcome means the world to me, and I often have quiet times with companions, I do not who they are, who are there when I really need guidance about something difficult. Sorry this last paragraph sounds so airy fairy - just how it is for me...
  13. Saina


    Hello AllHave oodles of pics but I think Eva's say it all!! Dalyan is quite quite beautiful. The surroundings are stunning and the care that people, locals, expats and resort workers from all over Turkey, take over the river, the turtles, the beaches and wild life in general is amazing. It is a place I will go back to, but not in August as it was just too hot for a couple of the things I really would like to see. Saina
  14. Hello All, Probably put this topic in the wrong area but really not sure where/how my interest actually sits in the forum. So, if I've put it the wrong place my apologies and it would be great if someone could pop it into the right place for me, thanks in advance if that is the case! I would be very interested to get under the surface of the issues surrounding turkish Kurds and am having difficulty finding any information beyond the very basic. Any help would be hugely appreciated.... Saina
  15. I went to Turkey for the first time this year, travelling with my husband and 15 year old daughter. We were in a tourist area (Dalyan), which I understand is more used to western women and their ways, but I can only say that both I and my daughter were treated with the utmost courtesy and respect wherever we were and whoever we were with. I do feel that people react to the way we, the visitors, behave and that if we show respect and understanding then it is returned twice over. Of course, wherever a woman is on her own, whatever country, whether urban or rural areas, the usual personal safety rules apply and particularly in a culture where misunderstandings happen all too frequently.
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