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by vivienz
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2816

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Shallot Man wrote:vivienz. Re G&T. You must try SIPSMITH Gin. Nectar of the Gods. :wink:


Duly noted, shallot man! My favourite at the moment is Tanquaray seville orange gin - very delicious. Tonic, ice and a squeezed clementine wedge make for a lovely drunk. Sorry, drink.
by vivienz
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Radicchio
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Radicchio

I've grown 2 varieties of this beautiful vegetable, treviso and verona. Treviso is the longer pointed one, but apparently verona holds better through cold winter. To be honest, I'd probably grow it anyway as it's just so beautiful, but I can't wait for the heads to plump up. My griddle will be good ...
by vivienz
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Romanesco as cut and come again..
Replies: 5
Views: 1279

Re: Romanesco as cut and come again..

Here's today's bit of fractal cauliflower! So pretty!
by vivienz
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2816

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Blimey, Monika, that's no small feat! We were given a load of water lillies a couple of months ago now. They were rescued from a pond, or to be more precise, the pond was rescued from them, as we have space for them. OH was up to his nicky nacky noos sinking them into the floor of the pond - they we...
by vivienz
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2816

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

SUNSHINE! We have some this morning - what a joy to see that it's still there! A fierce wind to go with it, mind you, but I'm still happy to have a bit of the fiery orb in the sky. I think I'll finally clear out the straw bales from #2 greenhouse this weekend as they've finally collapsed and there's...
by vivienz
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Romanesco as cut and come again..
Replies: 5
Views: 1279

Re: Romanesco as cut and come again..

Bump! I've been harvesting my romanesco for a 2 to 3 weeks now and thought I'd report back on this thread that I started earlier in the year. The reality is that I haven't needed to do 'cut and come again' as the heads themselves are modest and we can use an entire one in one meal as, say, a veggie ...
by vivienz
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2816

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Thanks, Primrose. The 10 butternuts don't include the smaller second crop that I harvested before the couple of frosty nights we had. They're in the greenhouse at the moment, so I will bring them in to ripen them up. The others will go and live in the garage as its cool but frost free in there. I ma...
by vivienz
Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2816

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

I used an organic spray against mealy aphids the other day, which have heavily infested my purple sprouting broccoli plants. I couldn't figure out any other way to control them as they were so numerous, but this is only chemical preventative measure that I've used on my crops since I started in the ...
by vivienz
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2816

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

My #1 greenhouse tomatoes have finally succumbed to blight, so I may well be picking the last of them over the next week. There are still some whoppers in #2 greenhouse so I may not be bereft of them for a little while. The thing I seem to have been picking most of is caterpillars. My brassicas are ...
by vivienz
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 3008

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

The leaflet that came with mine said to plant it so that the base of the clove is at a depth of twice the length of the clove. I remember from years gone by, though, that they used to say about leaving the tips exposed; my RHS allotment book says to plant them just below the surface - take your pick...
by vivienz
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 3008

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Brrr! Just a little above 3C here last night, and that's in the greenhouse. No frost but the wind was fierce yesterday- if I don't take down my runner beans and their supports soon, they will come down of their own accord. I harvested my florence fennel this week, a decent crop if not as plump as I ...
by vivienz
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Growing lights
Replies: 7
Views: 415

Re: Growing lights

Thank you so much, Sally, what an informative reply!

Your ramblings will most definitely be of use. I shall keep you posted on progress.
by vivienz
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Growing lights
Replies: 7
Views: 415

Re: Growing lights

Excellent, thanks Geoff. The LED light market is enormous now, our house has LED lights throughout and we've also recently replaced our old fluorescent lights at work with LEDs. The ones I'm looking at are 600 x 600mm and so will give me a lit area of 1200 x 600 when put together - substantial enoug...
by vivienz
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Growing lights
Replies: 7
Views: 415

Growing lights

There's an interesting article in the new KG magazine on this and how to go grow microgreens, too. Being tighter than two coats of paint, I think I might have a go at my own version of this. A 600mm x 600mm LED panel is about £25 and I reckon I can salvage enough other bits and pieces to make a fram...
by vivienz
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Should I still feed tomato plants?
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Should I still feed tomato plants?

Thanks, chaps. As you say, Primrose, I'll give them a light feed just in case they have any oomph left. Stephen - no sign of blight here, even on the outdoor tomatoes. I don't have many of those, but none have succumbed this year. By contrast, when I was in Bournemouth nothing survived outside, usua...

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