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by sally wright
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Snowdrop advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Snowdrop advice please

Dear Primrose,
every chance in the world. They may take a couple of years to get up to flowering size (but it is like seeds; they won't grow in the tin) so the sooner they are moved the better. Got a lot that need shifting myself so thanks for reminding me.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: mouldy compost question
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: mouldy compost question

Dear Ilknur, ginger likes to grow flat on top of the soil like Iris do. It is also from the tropics which means it needs a lot of warmth (at least 20C) and a lot of light as well. Try again in the spring, April perhaps, and it may do better. Buy a fresh rhizome that is plump and juicy as these will ...
by sally wright
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: January Jobs?
Replies: 25
Views: 692

Re: January Jobs?

Dear All, For January jobs read winter jobs. tidy out your shed. Clean and sharpen tools then oil them so they are ready for use. Do a stock-take of consumables such as seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, strings, canes, nets, pots, hose fittings, composts etc Go shopping for any/all of the above - bett...
by sally wright
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Greenhouse set up
Replies: 9
Views: 320

Re: Greenhouse set up

Dear Thornton, don't bother with the shingle; it will harbour slugs, woodlice, vine weevils, weeds and dirt. I have shingle under the benches in my works greenhouse and I have covered the lot with fabric; it has made my life so much easier as I can just give it a sweep when it needs it. I can also s...
by sally wright
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Brussels sprouts stalks
Replies: 16
Views: 552

Re: Brussels sprouts stalks

Dear All, if the sprout stalk is large in diameter then the inside can be quite tasty. It is a bit like turnip in texture and taste; my sister and I used to split a stem and gnaw out the inside when we were children. The dog liked them too although we didn't like the dog afterwards...... Sniff. Espe...
by sally wright
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Danger Awareness needed for this.....
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Danger Awareness needed for this.....

Dear All, legionella pneumophila is the one in water. L. longbeachae is the one under discussion here and is found in potting mixes. It seems that the legionella l. is found in potting mixes that have a high recycled plant material content. Ie the stuff from a compost heap /sawdust or bark. It is no...
by sally wright
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Spacing
Replies: 18
Views: 801

Re: Spacing

Dear All, I suspect that many garden book and seed packet writers are not perhaps as diligent as they might be and just go to a previous book on their shelves, reiterate the spacings and general growing practices etc that the previous writers used and do not take into account changes in horticulture...
by sally wright
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Spacing
Replies: 18
Views: 801

Re: Spacing

Dear Colin, ah yes potatoes..... Here comes another little history lesson which goes part way to explaining your confusion. Old potato varieties (pre the 1960's or thereabouts) have lots more tops and were either harvested by hand (for new potatoes) or as mature spuds in September (when the tops had...
by sally wright
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Spacing
Replies: 18
Views: 801

Re: Spacing

Dear Colin, I find that for row spacing shallots the following is a good compromise. Starting at the bed edge put a row in 9" from the edge; then put in at least one more row standing on the edge - two if you have a long reach when weeding/hoeing. Then I put in the same number of rows from the ...
by sally wright
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Plant suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 556

Re: Plant suggestions

Dear Tony, borage seeds are used to make what is known as starflower oil. The bee hives are often taken to it to aid the pollination and the honey produced is very pale, does not set and the flavour is so delicate it makes me drool to think of it. Haven't had any for years but the memory lingers.......
by sally wright
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Plant suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 556

Re: Plant suggestions

Dear Colin, the trick here is to make the best use of the area by planting the thug plants that you don't want in the rest of the plot. I get that you want a windbreak but it can also be a useful area as well. What I am thinking of is something that is a blend of a permaculture border, fedge (fruiti...
by sally wright
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 293
Views: 16851

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

Nerines can take some years to settle in and start to flower.
regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Why has this happened.
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Re: Why has this happened.

Dear Primrose, it is a normal thing to see this part defoliation. It's proper name is marcescence which is a posh way of saying that the bit at the bottom of the tree keeps it's leaves. Some trees retain these leaves all through the winter; Oak and Beech being the two we are most familiar with in th...
by sally wright
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: 2019 - New year, New veg.
Replies: 13
Views: 1766

Re: 2019 - New year, New veg.

Spaghetti squash are easy to grow and are eaten fresh or if stored are best eaten before Christmas as when kept for longer they can get rather chewy. I found that the best way to cook them was to cut them in half (remove seeds), smear some butter/salt/pepper onto the cut surface and roast in the ove...
by sally wright
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Slightly different user name
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: Slightly different user name

Dear Admin, I suspect that my old account here is working with a freeserve e-mail that I stopped using many moons ago. I suspect that some blending of my accounts may need to be done to stop this problem from happening again. I would be very sorry to give up my venerable elder status and start afres...

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