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by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 41
Views: 448

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Show off :)
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 41
Views: 448

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Wonderful Westi. There's no sign of anything in my asparagus bed and I've abandoned lawn mowing and everything else because of the rain. Can't wait for the warm weather they keep talking about. I did see six swallows over the reservoir when I went a walk this morning which means the summer migrants ...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Bean/Pea Frame
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Bean/Pea Frame

Wildlife does seem partial to tender pea shoots. The main culprits are a gang of House sparrows here so I always put a net or something to keep them off.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Broadforks
Replies: 22
Views: 378

Re: Broadforks

I too thought we were being helpful. It's no good getting mardy if the answers you get aren't the ones you want. I also looked up Broadfork and the American ones are very big and chunky with two handles and you stand on them to get them in the ground and rock them back and forward to loosen compacte...
by PLUMPUDDING
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Spread Sheet
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: Spread Sheet

I write it all down in my gardening log. It's easy to jot things down and compare it with previous years. I tried my own spread sheet but like the book better as there's room to put comments , ideas and any other information that springs to mind. So long as you put the date it's a very good referenc...
by PLUMPUDDING
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday Pa Snip.
Replies: 12
Views: 84

Re: Happy Birthday Pa Snip.

Happy birthday Pa, I hope you have a lovely day and a great weekend. Xxx
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 41
Views: 448

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Thanks Westi, I know it will warm up eventually, but I'm so far behind with everything I can't see me catching up. At the moment it is quite tempting to broadcast lots of flower seeds and leave them to it. I have noticed two pairs of blackbirds feeding young so the cold weather isn't holding them ba...
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 41
Views: 448

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

What Spring? It's been cold, wet and foggy for nearly a week now and the soil is too wet and cold to do anything with. I hope that the forecast is right about an improvement next week. I've even considered only growing salad crops and flowers this year if I don't get started soon.
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Broadforks
Replies: 22
Views: 378

Re: Broadforks

Why not ask your mate to let you use it for an afternoon, then you would know how easy it is to use.
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Garden bargains
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: Garden bargains

I've been to our nearest Wyvale garden centre today as they've sent me some vouchers for a few things I actually need. I've bought a large water butt kit with stand, connector and child proof lid. The only snag is the tap has been screwed on the inside to prevent damage in transit so I'm going to ha...
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: (Delayed) Spring 2018
Replies: 55
Views: 2148

Re: (Delayed) Spring 2018

Your tunnel looks a very useful bit of kit Westi. You should get some excellent crops if you aren't battling with insects, birds etc.
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Broadforks
Replies: 22
Views: 378

Re: Broadforks

If you've got a bad back you would be better using a smaller fork as it's much easier to lift and turn the soil. The one you show looks more for scooping things up.
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: (Delayed) Spring 2018
Replies: 55
Views: 2148

Re: (Delayed) Spring 2018

Yes it's been a lovely day here too Geoff but is raining now. I've seen a Comma and a Small Tortoishell, lots of different bumblebees on the winter heather, some newts and a dragonfly nymph in the pond, a hedgehog track and droppings on the lawn, and had two Chiffchaffs trying to outdo one another i...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Bean/Pea Frame
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Bean/Pea Frame

It depends which variety of peas you're growing Colin. The short ones like Greenshaft are happy to cling to a row of twiggy sticks about 3 ft high. Tall varieties are better on netting. I hate pea nets as they are quite unmanageable to unravel when you're putting them up (might just be me) so I use ...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: (Delayed) Spring 2018
Replies: 55
Views: 2148

Re: (Delayed) Spring 2018

I've never forced rhubarb as the Timperley Early is usually ready in March anyway although it's a bit later this year. Does forcing it make much difference to the texture and flavour as they say it does?

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