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by sally wright
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: What distracts you on the plot ??
Replies: 18
Views: 226

Re: What distracts you on the plot ??

Dear All, I too suffer from aircraft distractions as my plot is more or less between Duxford and Cambridge Airports so we see lots of different planes. In the past month I have seen a dragon rapide, the French version of the red arrows and sundry commercial aircraft. We sometimes see gliders, hot ai...
by sally wright
Thu May 31, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Alliums - Flower ones though - Soz!
Replies: 14
Views: 205

Re: Alliums - Flower ones though - Soz!

Dear Westi, those little pale bulb-like things are exactly that; little pale bulbs! Many of the Alliums do this, some more than others. I have heard that some of the big leek growers take leek bulbils (technical term that) to grow on from their prizewinning leeks to make sure that they are genetical...
by sally wright
Mon May 28, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: How late can I sow tomato seeds?
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: How late can I sow tomato seeds?

Dear Vivienz, sow them, tomatoes can stand cooler temps and lower light levels as adult plants than you might think. As long as they can be kept frost free they will soldier on well into the Autumn. Most of the older varieties of medium round reds such as moneymaker, shirley or harbinger will stand ...
by sally wright
Tue May 22, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Elephant garlic going to seed
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: Elephant garlic going to seed

Dear Primrose, elephant garlic whilst not a true garlic grows in the same way as a hardneck type and so produces a flower head as part of it's normal growing cycle. For larger cloves you can remove the flower head but they are rather pretty and do not seem to reduce the yield much for me so I tend t...
by sally wright
Fri May 04, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Should I un-man my courgette plants?!?
Replies: 6
Views: 429

Re: Should I un-man my courgette plants?!?

Dear Vivienz, courgettes need to be pollinated before they will produce fruit so leave your boy flowers alone. This is why planting out courgettes early often fails to produce fruit as they are no insects around to do the "deed". Unpollinated fruitlets often grow misshapen or rot off from ...
by sally wright
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: carniverous plants again...
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: carniverous plants again...

Dear All, I forgot to mention that I have seen native sun dews in the wild at Strensall Common nature reserve near York. There is a website and it is really lovely. We went whilst I was at college and we also had a look at the soil structure on the nearby Strensall army barracks. It has one of the f...
by sally wright
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: carniverous plants again...
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: carniverous plants again...

Dear Diane, that reminds me of when I did a stint at a botanical gardens as a student and they had a delivery of sundews for some kind of project or other. They were to be kept in the glasshouses and so they were installed in the temperate house and when we came in the following morning they were CO...
by sally wright
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Sowing climbing beans
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Sowing climbing beans

Dear Primrose, This is the way I do my beans. I have some plastic cell trays and I sow 2 runner or 4 French beans per cell,(the cells are about 2 inches square and 24 would go into a standard seed tray). I do not use loo rolls as I find they are full of various moulds and these seem to aid the rotti...
by sally wright
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Broadforks
Replies: 22
Views: 1048

Re: Broadforks

Actually people, I do have two of the flat tined potato forks and they are indeed good for digging although I still spear the potatoes with them..... Sadly neither is in use as they are both without handles at present. I have quite a silty soil on my plot and they do make digging a lot easier if the...
by sally wright
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Broadforks
Replies: 22
Views: 1048

Re: Broadforks

Dear All, we have one of those forks at work and the ONLY job we have found it any good for was scooping up bark chippings as it is far too heavy for any other use. Perhaps more use than a chocolate fire-guard but only slightly. On further reflection the reason it may be listed as a potato fork is b...
by sally wright
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Wire coat hangers
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: Wire coat hangers

shelf/tray hangars for your greenhouse
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Visiting suggestions
Replies: 30
Views: 1362

Re: Visiting suggestions

Dear Pa Snip, try Newby hall, Benningborough hall or Harewood house; all are reasonably easy access, decent indoor spaces/tea rooms/toilets etc and should be rather good. Fountains Abbey is spectacular but it can be a bit of a hike for the less able and there is no indoor space if the weather is poo...
by sally wright
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Hose Cart
Replies: 5
Views: 582

Re: Hose Cart

Dear Geoff,
landmark trading has a very good looking reel on their website that is all metal for £116. They sell mainly to the professionals so it will be good quality. Where I work has an account with them and I get stuff from them as an individual as well.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: RUNNER BEAN NET.
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: RUNNER BEAN NET.

Dear All, when removing bean haulms from bamboo canes push the stems UP the cane and they will come off quite easily. This is because the cane gets smaller as you go up and the stems loosen and uncurl as they are pushed up the cane. I also use plastic tie wraps to fasten the canes together at the to...
by sally wright
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: REVIVING CHILLI PLANTS
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: REVIVING CHILLI PLANTS

Dear Compo,
trim the plants down to about four inches and wait until there is new growth before doing anything else. No sense in going to a lot of effort if the plant is actually dead.
Regards sally Wright.

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