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by Daveswife
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Water saving thread
Replies: 16
Views: 342

Re: Water saving thread

At the time of writing, we still have not had any rain here since 30th May. I mentioned in an earlier post about saving grey water from the kitchen, and in the daylight we wee in the compost. I guess we could use a bucket at night, but last time I had to do this my aim wasn't very successful! It's e...
by Daveswife
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Water saving thread
Replies: 16
Views: 342

Re: Water saving thread

Just a thought, the problem at the moment is not just about water saving, but perhaps also about reducing the need to water. Mulching, yes, great idea. Would you recommend compost from bin? Hops from the local brewery? No lawn cuttings at the moment! What about cutting back those shrubs, bushes and ...
by Daveswife
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Water saving thread
Replies: 16
Views: 342

Re: Water saving thread

Hi everyone, This baking hot weather and inevitable water shortage makes you think, doesn't it, so I'm looking forward to reading your tips for water saving. This is us: We too put grey water from the kitchen sink bowl onto the garden to keep worthy causes alive, usually the apple tree. They store w...
by Daveswife
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: June - is it too late to sow parsnip seeds?
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: June - is it too late to sow parsnip seeds?

Despite my enthusiasm and "I'll go and do it now" comment, I never did set those parsnip seeds. And a good job I didn't because as Primrose says, this extreme heat and drought will have put paid to any little seedlings! Here in Nottingham we have not had rain since May 30th. The heat has b...
by Daveswife
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Harvesting Garlic advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 343

Harvesting Garlic advice needed

Harvested garlic today. Do I dry them with the stems on?
by Daveswife
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Courgette seed failure, is it too late to start again
Replies: 13
Views: 506

Re: Courgette seed failure, is it too late to start again

Delighted to say that 9 out of the 11 yellow courgette seeds provided FREE WITH KG MAGAZINE and set on 6th June have already germinated. Two of the green variety are now appearing - it's the 13th June today. Looks as if we will have enough courgette plants! Even if we only get a small, late crop it ...
by Daveswife
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Courgette seed failure, is it too late to start again
Replies: 13
Views: 506

Re: Courgette seed failure, is it too late to start again

Thanks everyone. Today's the day. Interesting that Westi had the same problem with Courgette seeds. PlumPudding set the free seeds and they all germinated so the free with KG seeds are obviously viable.
by Daveswife
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: June - is it too late to sow parsnip seeds?
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: June - is it too late to sow parsnip seeds?

Thanks very much. The seeds are this year's so I'll sow some today. In fact, I'll do it right now.
by Daveswife
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Rotten climbing french beans
Replies: 10
Views: 422

Re: Rotten climbing french beans

We have been growing veg here in our garden since moving in 1981 and since day one any seeds we sow directly in the soil seem to disappear. It seems to be a common problem. Mice, slugs, something eats them. So we have to grow everything in containers and modules before planting out good sized plants...
by Daveswife
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Tomato Soup with or without skins?
Replies: 11
Views: 2580

Re: Tomato Soup with or without skins?

I agree with Monika and others who leave the skins on when making tomato soup. I do the same for bottled tomato ketchup and sauce. A good blitz with a stick blender does the trick. I do not roast the tomatoes first, I just chop the ingredients roughly, tomatoes, onion, celery, carrot and add a bay l...
by Daveswife
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: June - is it too late to sow parsnip seeds?
Replies: 7
Views: 373

June - is it too late to sow parsnip seeds?

Is it too late to sow parsnip seeds now? I just found the unopened packet of seeds which I should have planted earlier but they were overlooked.
by Daveswife
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Courgette seed failure, is it too late to start again
Replies: 13
Views: 506

Courgette seed failure, is it too late to start again

Planted 12 F1 courgette seeds on 13th May. First one germinated a week later, but the first was the last. 3rd June now and no sign of the other 11 germinating. Because one germinated I am happy with the compost and conditions for germination but I am not happy with the 11 which, on investigation, I ...
by Daveswife
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: spent hops and yeast
Replies: 10
Views: 667

Re: spent hops and yeast

Oh, I love this. I haste wasting anything! HOPS: We do most of our brewing during the cooler months and because the quantity of hops from our home brew is not great - we only make up to 5 gallons at a time - they are sprinkled upon the garden and get dug in. We can pick up big sacks of spent hops fr...
by Daveswife
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch
Replies: 42
Views: 5313

Re: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch

Just spotted this thread and thought I'd join in. I put all our grass cuttings in the compost bins - we have four and often two (or, currently, three) are in the process of being filled. With the grass cuttings I mix in kitchen waste, shredded newspaper, tissues, anything which will rot. I have a co...
by Daveswife
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Manure
Replies: 5
Views: 930

Re: Manure

My mother used to collect sheep poo from nearby fields, put it in a big tub of water, give it an occasional stir, and when the poo had dissolved Mum would dilute some of that brew and use it to water the plants. I'm thinking of doing the same with deer poo. I just need to get out into the park with ...

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