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by vivienz
Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 7752

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

I've been fleecing up in my cold greenhouses despite what the weather forecast says - it's been at least 1.5 below the forecast temperature quite regularly here over the last few nights and so they've been frosty ones. One pot of early spuds in the greenhouse got its leaves nipped by frost when I mi...
by vivienz
Sat Mar 13, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafting tomato plants
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Grafting tomato plants

Geoff wrote:Bit of light reading viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9517&hilit=tomato+graft


Thanks for the link, Geoff, it's very informative. And I now want to graft an aubergine as well as my tomatoes!
by vivienz
Sat Mar 13, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafting tomato plants
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Grafting tomato plants

I'll be happy to graft one! I found my unused seeds and had completely forgotten that in anticipation of failure, I still had 2 rootstock seedlings untouched. They're a weedy looking pair so I shall leave them to fatten up for a while and use them once they're a bit sturdier. The experiment continues!
by vivienz
Sat Mar 13, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 7752

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Colin2016 wrote:"Cut some more PSB today - such lovely stuff. Having it with pasta and ragu sauce for tonight's dinner."

Sounds very tasty to me, going to do mine with lots of olive oil, leeks & pasta.

Yum! Just as tasty!
by vivienz
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 7752

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Yup, still breezy now, Westi, although it's supposed to be calming down in the next couple of hours - hope everything has stayed put on your allotment. I can't pot on any more tomatoes, as I've run out of pots. Tsk. I'm going to chance some toms in the unheated greenhouse, but I may well need to get...
by vivienz
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafting tomato plants
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Grafting tomato plants

Thanks for the encouragement, chaps, I shall sow the rest of my rootstock seeds today. It was always intended to be an experiment and something to learn from, so I'm not daunted by first time failure. And I really do have so very many tomato plants! Potted on another load today - my sister in law as...
by vivienz
Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 7752

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Lordy, it blew and howled last night! Everything is still in tact, thankfully, and nothing is the worse for it. I'm waiting for the weekend to put my overwintering sweet peas into their final home of a couple of large pots with canes, or at least once the wind has died down. I sowed some leek seeds ...
by vivienz
Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafting tomato plants
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Grafting tomato plants

A quick update - failed at the first hurdle. Boo hoo. I followed the instructions on the Kings Seeds site and grafted at an early stage, once the first two leaves had appeared but I think this was too early and the stems just weren't sturdy enough to stand the weight of the graft and the grafting cl...
by vivienz
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Goldfinch.
Replies: 8
Views: 638

Re: Goldfinch.

We had sparrow terraces at our old house (3 wide boxes, each subdivided into 3 individual compartments) and when hubby cleaned them out each year, he often found sprigs of lavender and bay leaves in them. Ahhhh!
by vivienz
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 7752

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Hubby and I were contemplating putting down bark chippings on the pathways between the raised beds and greenhouses but we've postponed until tomorrow. We can do either wind or rain, but we have both in large quantities this afternoon. I have no excuse not to get the VAT stuff to the accountant now. ...
by vivienz
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Help!!
Replies: 11
Views: 703

Re: Help!!

Cola works on quite a lot of things, including dissolving teeth! It contains a reasonably high level of phosphoric acid. If you buy some new jeans and want to soften them up, put them on a wash with an added can of cola poured in - works a treat!
by vivienz
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 7752

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Ouch, Westi. I did something similar a good few years back now, but it was my own fault for trying to run in a stupidly high heeled pair of shoes! An ice pack is your friend for reducing swelling. I grafted my Frankentoms a couple of days ago but had to do them again as my cheapskate attempt at usin...
by vivienz
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 138
Views: 7590

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.

I have too many vices to mention, so I shall balance the scales on behalf of OH! :shock: :D :shock: Hubby would say, however, that my vice du jour is buying trees. It's not my fault - I can't turn down a good looking tree at a reasonable price. I've even started encouraging the neighbours, with succ...
by vivienz
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 138
Views: 7590

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.

Haha! Do nothing, Westi????
Major over-compensating with a Porsche, if you ask me. My favourite purple is on my broccoli:)
by vivienz
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafting tomato plants
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: Grafting tomato plants

The instructions do say to sow the rootstock 2 weeks before the main variety. Of course, I completely forgot this and did them at the same time. Sigh. However, I have enough plants that there are ones of similar or smaller diameter than the rootstock so that should be okay. Frankentomatoes - here I ...

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