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by Monika
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 457

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018

I bought 2kg Seville oranges from Waitrose on Thursday and also a large grapefruit, two juicy oranges and two lemons. So, when the snow will stop me from getting out this week, it'll be mega marmalade making time! The odd thing is that we rarely eat marmalade but I just enjoy making it. A jar of eac...
by Monika
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 457

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018

I agree with Primrose about the height and direction of bird boxes. As for the type, it depends what sort of birds you want to attract. For blue tits, go for a 28mm hole (if it is larger, you can make it smaller by screwing on a metal plate with a hole of that size, very useful in any case because i...
by Monika
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 457

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018

Oh, Primrose, 25 parakeets! They must make an awful noise. We had just one in our area a few years ago and it was audible across several gardens! We had no house sparrows around the garden until about five years ago (though there were flocks in other areas of the village), then they moved in and hav...
by Monika
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 457

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018

We hadn't noticed that, Shallot Man, but our (almost pet) robin does the same. He/she arrives when it's almost dark to bathe, so it must be ok for the birds to do so before 'bedtime'. Perhaps it gets rid of daytime bugs and dirt?
by Monika
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 457

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018

Pa Snip, you remind me: we also get a lot of starlings. They are certainly no longer rare here and they are sooo greedy. Luckily, I think they just come to the feeder when they wake up and then they are off into the fields to feed on chafer grubs or whatever. Some winters ago, when a large forestry ...
by Monika
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 457

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs - 2018

Our resident house sparrows (around 18 at the last count) have taken to scavenging IN the greenhouse at home and are causing havoc, scratching the tops of the bulb pots and today, the last straw, they have started to rip the petals off the primrose flowers! I know they do it in the garden, but IN th...
by Monika
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?

no_akira, even a very tall sunflower doesn't produce a rootball anything like football size. I am always surprised when clearing our sunflowers at the end of the season that, once I have cut the stems down to about a foot high, I can just pull the plant up. How it can take up all the nutrients neede...
by Monika
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Longest runner bean/heaviest marrow suggestions please
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: Longest runner bean/heaviest marrow suggestions please

Can't reply re the largest marrow, but I have won the longest runner bean class before in our village show. I didn't grow a specially long variety (it was probably Polestar or Moonlight), but I did take most of the beans off ONE plant, fed it like mad and that produced two or three very long beans o...
by Monika
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?

If you really mean that, no-akira, you would still have to provide stakes for your beans because sunflowers have a surprisingly small and shallow root system and would surely topple over in any breeze with the weight of the beans on them! It sounds attractive but hardly practical .....
by Monika
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Chase Organics
Replies: 19
Views: 230

Re: Chase Organics

Growing our potatoes in pots, I use 14" pots (diameter and depth), filled with a mixture of peat-based potting compost, some JI No3 and some well-rotted cow manure, and plant them with three potatoes. When they are growing well, I also feed them with potato fertiliser. I have never weighed the ...
by Monika
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Chase Organics
Replies: 19
Views: 230

Re: Chase Organics

Our local garden centre (Twin Locks at Gargrave, if it's of any interest to you, Geoff!) sells seed potatoes singly and they tend to have a large and interesting range, so we buy ours in triples and grow them in large pots at home since we now only have half an allotment.
by Monika
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year all! May you have good health, fabulous growing and may all your wishes come true in 2018!
by Monika
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs....
Replies: 165
Views: 3175

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs....

Covered in snow yesterday and rather damp today, so I am hoping for better things next year, meaning next week, though it looks even wetter. But all next year's crops are planned and the seeds ordered - just waiting for spring now.......
by Monika
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Chritmas
Replies: 11
Views: 337

Re: Happy Chritmas

Hopefully, Santa Claus brought all the presents you had hoped for - now enjoy the remainder of the festivities!
by Monika
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs....
Replies: 165
Views: 3175

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs....

My crawling was certainly worth it, Westi. I was going to a very active exercise class which I have been attending every week for almost 20 years - wouldn't miss it for the world.

Dark, misty and drizzly here today and likely to remain so, typical English winter weather I suppose.

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