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by Monika
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 41
Views: 433

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Willow warbler and garden warbler singing, the first of the year!
by Monika
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 41
Views: 433

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

My son assures me that swallows and willow warblers have arrived in our area but I haven't seen or heard either, so I am keeping my ears pinned back every day. My 'target' cuckoo arrival date is 24 April - fingers crossed. A blackbird is nesting in the ivy right by our back door. It's high enough to...
by Monika
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Bean/Pea Frame
Replies: 9
Views: 204

Re: Bean/Pea Frame

I agree with PP - house sparrows tend to flock, so half a dozen birds can completely destroy a whole row of peas in half an hour. If they can find their way into the greenhouse, I would certainly cover them with netting for as long as possible.
by Monika
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday Pa Snip.
Replies: 12
Views: 84

Re: Happy Birthday Pa Snip.

Happy Birthday, Pa Snip! Enjoy!
by Monika
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Visiting suggestions
Replies: 30
Views: 553

Re: Visiting suggestions

The pie shop is Stanforths, Pa Snip, on Gargrave Road. Go up the High Street towards the church and castle (worth visiting!!!), turn left and the shop is about 20 yards on your left. I am not a friend of pork pies but I understand they are very tasty ....
by Monika
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Visiting suggestions
Replies: 30
Views: 553

Re: Visiting suggestions

Have a great weekend, Pa Snip! The weather should be kind(ish) to you.
by Monika
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sign of things to come.
Replies: 7
Views: 92

Re: Sign of things to come.

One of Skipton's fancy restaurants is in a former gents public toilet. My OH still refuses to eat there ......
by Monika
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 41
Views: 433

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Oh, the optimism, OH! Our maximum temperature yesterday and today has been 6C and the easterly wind is blasting everything. But I too have seen the forecast and it really does look better from about Saturday onwards. The sweet peas are bursting out of their root trainers and want to be planted. Hope...
by Monika
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Broadforks
Replies: 22
Views: 373

Re: Broadforks

Hey, Geoff, I thought EVERYBODY digs like this! I have certainly done so all my gardening life. And next to me I always have two (old feeder) buckets, one for perennial weeds, one for large stones, so I can just throw them in as I go along, taking the buckets with me.
by Monika
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: (Delayed) Spring 2018
Replies: 55
Views: 2067

Re: (Delayed) Spring 2018

A real sunny spring day here too, at least in the morning - the first butterfly, a small tortoiseshell! I planted the rootrainer-grown broad beans and peas in the garden. They are now being watered in because it's raining .......
by Monika
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: (Delayed) Spring 2018
Replies: 55
Views: 2067

Re: (Delayed) Spring 2018

Well done, Westi. Good growing!
by Monika
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Bean/Pea Frame
Replies: 9
Views: 204

Re: Bean/Pea Frame

I don't like netting for peas either. not least because at the end of the season you have to disentangle the hauls from the net in order to use it again the following year. I always use pea sticks for which purpose we grow three buddleias (as well as for the flowers and butterflies, of course). I cu...
by Monika
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: (Delayed) Spring 2018
Replies: 55
Views: 2067

Re: (Delayed) Spring 2018

Forced rhubarb, PP: I usually force one of our rhubarb plants (Timperley Early) each year and they are softer and more tender to eat than unforced ones. This year I did not bother and the first sticks are just about ready to pull which is considerably later than usual. And I know they will be slight...
by Monika
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight?
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Blight?

I had a look in my gardening books and the only thing they came up with for white patches and browning edges was a virus which would be bad news for you and your plants. If your temperature is really 18 - 20 degrees Celsius, it sounds to me as if it is TOO warm rather too cool, especially when the s...
by Monika
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight?
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Blight?

Plants sometimes turn very pale/yellow/white if they can't take up nutrients because it is too cold for them, not necessarily frost. I wonder if that is the reason for your white patches, John? I have moved my tiny tomato plants into the greenhouse, but it is heated to a minimum of 12C, the plants a...

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