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by vivienz
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Look up!
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Look up!

Looking towards the west at about 10.45pm last night I saw two spectacular fireballs in quick succession. They blazed across roughly from north to south for a couple of seconds, bright enough to leave visual trails (like sparklers on a dark night).
by vivienz
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 75
Views: 1074

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Is that really a laurel, Stephen? Absolutely stunning flower! It reminds me of a magnolia grandiflora for the flower, but not the leaf.
by vivienz
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Look up!
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Look up!

For those of you who want a change from looking down at your vegetable beds, the Perseid meteor shower is reaching its peak over the next week with the best nights from 11 - 13 August. Best seen before moonrise or, if the moon is up, stand in the shadow of the moon. No telescopes or binoculars neede...
by vivienz
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 75
Views: 1074

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

It looked similar here this morning, Geoff, although the drizzle has finally cleared and things are warming up. I cleared out my tenderstem broccoli (brokali) this morning as the plants had valliantly given their all - delicious, heavy crops over a good 6 to 8 week period. I tried giving the plants ...
by vivienz
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 75
Views: 1074

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

I dragged out and committed my purple mange tout to the compost heap - they just weren't tasty enough to justify the space, I'm afraid. Green mange tout are so much nicer, as are French beans.
by vivienz
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 75
Views: 1074

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

I shall have to grow some kiwanos next year, Elmigo. They look amazing - kind of like dinosaurs turned into melons.
by vivienz
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Cabbage White Butterfly Eggs
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: Cabbage White Butterfly Eggs

Enviromesh works well as it's a fine enough guage to keep off almost anything, including flea beetle. I covered my tenderstem broccoli with it at the start of the season and it's still pest free.
by vivienz
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Biological deterrent
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Biological deterrent

Given their nocturnal habits and genetically programmed devious mindset, it can be tricky outwitting a cat night after night, particularly one of my own two, who has recently turned her eye and fuzzy bottom to one of my raised beds that has some space whilst waiting for winter brassicas. Our garden ...
by vivienz
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 75
Views: 1074

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

My greenhouse tomatoes are ripening! They lost their labels very early on this year but I can say for sure that quite a few plants are the Yellow Delight that came with KG magazine. They are very beautiful toms and tasty too - I picked the first one that was just about there yesterday. My first marm...
by vivienz
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Sorrel omelette
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: Sorrel omelette

I know exactly what you mean, Primrose, it is an off-putting colour but I had read about this and so was prepared for the effect. The thing that made me persevere was the flavour of the sorrel and cream mixture that I tasted before cracking the eggs.
by vivienz
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Sorrel omelette
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Sorrel omelette

I've grown sorted this year from a packet of seed I bought last year in France. The variety is 'large de Bellville' and I think it's the equivalent of Buckler leaves sorrel. I've been putting off using it so far, mainly because I haven't cooked with it before. I had a browse through my old Elizabeth...
by vivienz
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 75
Views: 1074

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

I planted Mr Johnsons courgette 'gold didn't and it's been a prolific cropper, far heavier than the standard green zucchini. Not that the green one isn't working hard, but gold rush is terrific. My generate broccoli is still going well, too. I've been giving it regular feeds of tomato food and the s...
by vivienz
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: FLEA BEETLES??
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: FLEA BEETLES??

I found enviromesh (other brands are available) to be effective against flea beetle. I grew a small row of turnips in one of my raised beds at the start of the season and covered it with mesh. Once the foliage has developed, the little beetles were hopping and jumping all over the surface of the mes...
by vivienz
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3950

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

There are always records of heat and rainfall, but what about wind? It seems to me that it has been far windier than usual this year, with frequent and prolonged periods of high winds. I was weeding my raised beds this morning and although it was dry and not cold, the wind was wearingly strong again...
by vivienz
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: MediaSpeak
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: MediaSpeak

Lies, damned lies and statistics! They are probably all true but each according to a different set of mrasurement criteria.

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