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by vivienz
Sun May 24, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 144
Views: 2628

Re: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.

The wind gas died down a little here today but it's still very blustery. I've planted out 2 butternut squashes and 2 jack o lantern pumpkins, all into the east-south-east facing earth mound that shelters from the winter south westerlies. The butternuts were practically crawling out of their pots by ...
by vivienz
Fri May 22, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 144
Views: 2628

Re: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.

No sign of any precipitation here, sadly. Dry as a mouthful of cream crackers. On the positive side, I picked my first mange tout from my greenhouse plants today. And I ate it straight away, of course. Not big enough for sharing.
by vivienz
Fri May 22, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Powdery Mildew?
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: Powdery Mildew?

Perhaps a remote chance, but do you have any of those really tiny yellow/black spotted ladybirds in a greenhouse or cold frame, etc? I noticed quite a few had taken up residence and looked them up, thinking that they would be going for aphids and red spider mite, but it turns out that they eat mildew.
by vivienz
Wed May 20, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Carrots, what carrots?
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Carrots, what carrots?

I've reserved some space in a raised bed and plan to sow this evening, but I'll need to keep them well watered. Everything's still gasping for water here.
by vivienz
Tue May 19, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 144
Views: 2628

Re: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.

Does anyone else think that Westi's bottom shed photo looks like she has one of The Minions from Despicable Me hiding in her shed? The yellow bucket with kitchen rolls in it? Or is it too much pea pod burdundy?
by vivienz
Tue May 19, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 144
Views: 2628

Re: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.

Geoff wrote:I hadn't expected 14mm of lovely rain.

Started giving courgettes away yesterday.


Oh, what we'd give for some rain down here. No prospect of anything for the next couple of weeks. :(
by vivienz
Mon May 18, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Carrots, what carrots?
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Carrots, what carrots?

Mine were painfully slow to germinate and still aren't doing much. I sowed the littel round ones (Paris market, I think) but I'm going to sow again as I think a fresh lot may well catch up and overtake. Either side of the ones I sowed were beetroot and turnips. The beetroot came up okay, but they're...
by vivienz
Mon May 18, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 144
Views: 2628

Re: End of Spring Bits and Bobs.

I picked my first courgette today! :) We've already eaten it with dinner. Delish. I've also planted out my beans and have some very exotic purple podded mange tout going up a few canes beside them. The plants in my straw bales haven't keeled over, in fact, they are looking very perky. Clearly loving...
by vivienz
Mon May 18, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Hay Bale Growing
Replies: 28
Views: 1183

Re: Hay Bale Growing

It's life was brief but meaningful and it met a glorious end in a light saute of courgette, asparagus and leek to accompany poached salmon and minted Cornish new potatoes. Hubby then had that quintessentially English dessert of strawberry jelly and ice cream. Oink.
by vivienz
Mon May 18, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Hay Bale Growing
Replies: 28
Views: 1183

Re: Hay Bale Growing

Well, I don't like to brag, but.....
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by vivienz
Sun May 17, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Hay Bale Growing
Replies: 28
Views: 1183

Re: Hay Bale Growing

My neighbours are already commenting on how nice my courgettes look compared to theirs! They're not getting the first ones, though. I shall be harvesting courgette #1 tomorrow. I'm considering what special treatment to give it in the kitchen:)
by vivienz
Sun May 17, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Hay Bale Growing
Replies: 28
Views: 1183

Re: Hay Bale Growing

Another exciting day of hale bale adventures - I planted up my bales this morning. Aubergines and tomatoes, a melon and a cucumber. Also, some herb seeds sown along the edges. There's room for another melon and cucumber, but they can go in tomorrow. IMG-20200517-WA0002.jpeg IMG-20200517-WA0002.jpeg ...
by vivienz
Sun May 17, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Wooden strawberry pallet walls
Replies: 16
Views: 320

Re: Wooden strawberry pallet walls

Fabulous! I haven't had the time to do anything more with our pallets yet, but I already have 2 raised beds dedicated to strawberries, so I may need other plants in them.
Great job - well done!
by vivienz
Fri May 15, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Rhubarb!
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: Rhubarb!

A friend makes the most spectacular green rhubarb sorbet. Don't knock it until you've tried it! I made a cheat's rhubarb and ginger strudel yesterday. Shop bought puff pastry (filo is good too), gently poach the rhubarb in a light syrup made with water and brown sugar. Bash up a load of ginger nut b...
by vivienz
Wed May 13, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Hay Bale Growing
Replies: 28
Views: 1183

Re: Hay Bale Growing

It's really annoying to have your crops eaten, Westi. I'm not sure if it's worse when they're germinating or when you've nurtured them for ages and something beats you to it just as they're getting tasty. I'll be making use of the hay bale heat again tonight. Having dragged everything in and then ou...

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