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by JohnN
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Chicken run
Replies: 0
Views: 44

Chicken run

My next-door neighbour has a large chicken run for sale, and I am wondering if any KGF members would be interested. It's about 30ft long and suitable for at least a dozen birds, with an enclosed run and night time accomodation and laying area at one end. It has been completely dismantled and ready f...
by JohnN
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Raised bed
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Raised bed

Pa Snip - Perhaps your Homebase made the same mistake as mine did at first. When I enquired where they were they sent me outside where all the outdoors stuff is, including other "raised beds". In fact the Birdies ones were in flat packs inside the store and hidden under a bench!
by JohnN
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Raised bed
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Raised bed

So did we, Jeff, but ours had a bottom to it! The hot water was heated up on a kitchen coal range and we bathed by the light of oil lamps.
by JohnN
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Raised bed
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Raised bed

Here's the finished job - I've raised it even higher on tanalised planks on beer crates and screwed some strips along each side to prevent the compost pushing the sides out at the base. When my wife came to inspect my handiwork she stared at it and said in a suspicious voice "That looks as thou...
by JohnN
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Raised bed
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Raised bed

In Homebase the other day I spotted a Birdies Raised Bed, made of metal sections, nominally 5ft x 18* x 15"high, but can be assembled in several different shapes. It was only £10 so I couldn't resist it - but I have no idea what to use it for or where to put it! Has anyone else used one of thes...
by JohnN
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Blow that
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Blow that

Happy New Year to all, tomorrow -
Just a reminder to those with leaf blowers to get them ready for heavy snow on fruit cage netting. Best way I found to get it off!.
by JohnN
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Leaking water butt
Replies: 25
Views: 767

Re: Leaking water butt

Have you tried an electric soldering iron on the crack? I've repaired several plastic items - pots, watering cans etc - by melting the edges of the crack until they seal up.
by JohnN
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 971
Views: 77161

Re: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?

A friend sent me this, so be prepared to groan. It's not bad, though. Dolly Parton and Queen Elizabeth went to the Pearly Gates on the same day. They both met with an angel to find out if they would be admitted to Heaven The angel said: "Unfortunately, there's only one space in Heaven today so ...
by JohnN
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.
Replies: 141
Views: 3977

Re: Mid Autumn Bits and Bobs 2017.

What makes parsnips end up looking like the creature from the black lagoon? I get straight and contorted next to each other in identical soil. How do commercial growers ensure perfect growth - or do they?
by JohnN
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Well i'll be blowed....
Replies: 13
Views: 633

Re: Well i'll be blowed....

I once worked with a girl, Suzy, who one could never "sexually harass" - she gave as good as she got. When I gave her a rather thin marrow and suggested she could make "Stuffed marrow a la Suzy" she studied it for a moment and replied "I think I'll do stuffed Suzy a la marro...
by JohnN
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Decision made!
Replies: 25
Views: 974

Re: Decision made!

Westi/Monika
I see you mention snow on a fruit cage. Can be disastrous, but I found a leaf blower a great way to clear it!
by JohnN
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: plaited leeks
Replies: 3
Views: 380

plaited leeks

Oh dear, another puzzle! About 25% of my leeks have grown with their stems like a plaited rope, from the roots right up to the greenery. Other ones in the same bed, are OK. Any suggestions?
by JohnN
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Blown sprouts
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Re: Blown sprouts

Hi Sally (and all) The sprouts are Bedford Fillbasket, 2015 but dated till 2018. Reading the packet again I see they recommend 30" apart, mine are only24". They also say the fertiliser should be added the previous autumn, not just before planting! Here's a pic of one plant - if I doesn't c...
by JohnN
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Blown sprouts
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Re: Blown sprouts

Thanks Pa Snip 1.I dug 18”d x 12”sq pits, filled them with fine earth, some compost, Growmore and blood fish & bone and banged it down hard with a heavy tamper. Not limed. (???) 2. See 1 3.Plants were from seed and were about 6” high when planted, about 3” deep. 4. Only watered when weather was ...
by JohnN
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Blown sprouts
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Blown sprouts

For the second year in succession my 5 sprout plants have totally "blown", though they've all grown strongly. Last year you good folk advised me that it was probably due to not planting them deeply enough and the wind making them unstable. So this year I took particular care to make them f...

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