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by sally wright
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Dahlia's
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: Dahlia's

Dear Primrose, dividing tubers is relatively easy but they MUST have a piece of the stem base on each division as this is where the new shoots sprout from. It is a good idea to do this in the spring when the growth starts. Dig them up then and divide them; leave in a dry spot to allow any cuts to he...
by sally wright
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Leaking water butt
Replies: 25
Views: 735

Re: Leaking water butt

Dear Westi, don't throw out that leaky water butt I have thought of a use for it. Put it in the middle of a circle of courgette plants next year and it will make an excellent slow release watering system. Further to my earlier post; buckets can also be repaired with p/t tape and make sure that all s...
by sally wright
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Leaking water butt
Replies: 25
Views: 735

Re: Leaking water butt

Dear Plum, if it is an easy split ie flat surface, no awkward corners etc. Then polytunnel repair tape may hold it for a few seasons. This stuff is sellotape on steroids and is waterproof and UV stable which gaffer tape is not. Most garden centres have it but if yours doesn't then it can be mail ord...
by sally wright
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Blown sprouts
Replies: 15
Views: 755

Re: Blown sprouts

Dear All, I should have mentioned in my previous post about one way of utilizing blown sprouts. Leave the plants in until the spring at which point they will start to push out flowers from all the blown sprouts; these make very good sprouting broccoli. Even sprout plants that have produced usable sp...
by sally wright
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Blown sprouts
Replies: 15
Views: 755

Re: Blown sprouts

Dear John, I can see what I think are four possible reasons for the blown sprouts. 1. variety - you are using an older open pollinated variety. Modern F1 hybrids are less likely to have blown sprouts than older kinds; especially on lighter sandy soils. 2. fertilizer types - I have found that too muc...
by sally wright
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Pumpkin flavour recommendations please?
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Pumpkin flavour recommendations please?

Dear Primrose,
a clean (and kept for kitchen use) hacksaw or folding pruning saw. Much less likely to need the services of a surgeon with one of those I would imagine.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Pumpkin flavour recommendations please?
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Pumpkin flavour recommendations please?

Dear Primrose, I would recommend Rouge V'if Detamps; this is a French variety but it is available over here. It is a classic Cinderella shape and is a very good orange colour. They keep in good nick until well after Christmas. Uses; soups, stews, risottos and all the usual culinary culprits. Turks T...
by sally wright
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: weedkiller
Replies: 11
Views: 678

Re: weedkiller

Dear Diane,
see if the weeds grow first..... If they don't save your money/seeds/plants.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Village Shows -any tips or observations?
Replies: 37
Views: 1576

Re: Village Shows -any tips or observations?

Dear All, I used to do the local shows (with mum as partner in crime and getaway driver) as a teenager before I left home and went to college. At one particular show I had done rather well with about half a dozen cards and my mum had a few as well. The trouble was that it turns out that a pair of fa...
by sally wright
Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Red versus Yellow tumbling tomatoes
Replies: 11
Views: 746

Re: Red versus Yellow tumbling tomatoes

Dear Primrose, having grown both TT red and TT yellow for a number of years I can agree with the general assessment that the yellow fruits earlier, gives a better yield, thinner skins and the flavour is loads better. Both TT yellow and Ildl will produce very late into the Autumn and fruit can be had...
by sally wright
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Jam SOS!
Replies: 19
Views: 1105

Re: Jam SOS!

Dear Monica, here is what I do when making strawberry Jam. Cut up the strawberries into pieces that would fit on a teaspoon (each piece that is). Put them into a bowl and cover with the sugar. Cover and leave in a cool place overnight. Remove the strawberry pieces from the sugar syrup (they will be ...
by sally wright
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Getting good bean germination
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Getting good bean germination

Dear Primrose, when planting bean seeds (I am assuming the non hardy kinds here) there are one or two things that may increase germination. Open the packets now if they are foil packed. Seed suppliers will over dry beans beyond what is natural for the beans. This is done to make them last longer. Th...
by sally wright
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 3288

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

Dear Pawty, I grow about 6-8 varieties of sweet pepper (usually all pointed types), I also grow between 12-15 types of chilli and it works for all of those. I usually try to make sure that there is about 5 inches of stem left with several good sized leaves on it. It is not an exact science and "...
by sally wright
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 3288

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

Dear Monika,
wait until they are about 5 inches tall and then pinch them out. It does no harm and will increase yield.
Regards Sally Wright
by sally wright
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: When is it a marrow
Replies: 10
Views: 941

Re: When is it a marrow

I would personally say there are two ways to tell the difference; one is when you have to cut out where the seeds are in the middle because it has become too chewy or two when you cannot get your fingernail into the skin easily. It is really a moveable feast though because it all depends on what you...

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