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by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The Harvest begins!
Replies: 19
Views: 251

Re: The Harvest begins!

Ugh. I don't like frothy coffee anyway but wouldn't dream of putting broccoli powder in it or any non savoury food. I thought the idea of eating more fruit and veg. was to get fresh vitamins and minerals and roughage. Wouldn't turning it into powder defeat the object?

People do have odd ideas.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The Harvest begins!
Replies: 19
Views: 251

Re: The Harvest begins!

I've picked my first strawberries today which highlights how much later we are In Yorkshire than further south. There's a really good crop of large berries but they are very slow to ripen this year.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: A Pictorial Trip Around the Plot
Replies: 16
Views: 76

Re: A Pictorial Trip Around the Plot

It looks great Pa, looks like you've caught up very well. You are doing well to get so many crops planted when your energy is compromised.
I've given some crops a miss this year to make things a bit easier but really need to have a blitz on the weeds in the paths and borders before they go to seed.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 460

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

I'm not suggesting there is less to do just that you can do it at a normal speed. I can remember when I retired that it took a few weeks to stop rushing about and if you don't finish everything one day you can do it the next. A real treat.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 460

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Good luck with your retirement Westi. It's great to be able to do things at a more relaxed pace and not be rushing to fit everything into your time off.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: pics of not so good guys
Replies: 7
Views: 89

Re: pics of not so good guys

You shouldn't kill any unless you are absolutely sure they harlequins because there are such a lot of varieties of native ladybirds that it would be easy to wrongly identify and kill one of those. In any case if you only see harlequins you might as well let them get on with eating the aphids.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 460

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

A nice mild pickling mixture is:- 375ml white vinegar (distilled malt or white wine) 1tsp salt 4tbsp caster sugar tbsp chopped dill 1 tsp coriander seeds about 250g cornichons or cucamelons or mini cucumbers 1 fresh grape leaf or oak leaf (to lay on top in the jar for the tannins to keep them crisp)...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 460

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Wow that's a lot Monika. We had a fairly short thunderstorm with 2.4mm rain but it has wet things nicely and is nearly the total for the whole month. I've spent half the day putting a new met post in and trying to thin out some of the old growth on my Madame Hardy rose that the wind has flattened be...
by PLUMPUDDING
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: pics of not so good guys
Replies: 7
Views: 89

Re: pics of good guys

I've seen a few ladybird larvae this week, one walking across the coffee table and one on the garage door, so they're not making much impression on the greenfly. It's good to see them about though, means there must be some adults even though I've not seen any.
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Kitchen Garden Magazine Issues
Replies: 10
Views: 709

Re: Kitchen Garden Magazine Issues

Sorry we've not answered your question Derek, perhaps we'll be given the correct date by Steve Ott the Editor or someone on his team. I started taking it regularly when they took over the Organic Gardening magazine in the 1990s but can't remember the exact year. I still enjoy reading it each month a...
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: What distracts you on the plot ??
Replies: 18
Views: 226

Re: What distracts you on the plot ??

Yes Pa it could probably hide quite easily in the overgrown bits. Might also come in handy if it ate strimmer man.
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: What distracts you on the plot ??
Replies: 18
Views: 226

Re: What distracts you on the plot ??

What interesting distractions you all have. Observing the wildlife is an enjoyable diversion. My cat rushing out to ambush me when I'm not expecting it is quite exciting, but the thing that really gets on my nerves is the man across the road who uses an extremely noisy, smelly petrol strimmer to cut...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 460

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

I'm glad you are managing to keep the plot so good Pa. I've had a late start this year due to my health and the weather but am catching up nicely now. It is a pleasure to see everything growing isn't it even if some are doing better than others. I'm going to water the sweet corn and apply some nemat...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: The birds have flown
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: The birds have flown

It's lovely to see them successfully rearing young. Yesterday morning there were six baby blue tits lined up on the arm of my bird feeder with the parents feeding them in turn. Unfortunately there are only four today, the cat ate one and left it's wings on the mat for me and another killed itself fl...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 460

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Good luck with your pot plants Peter. I had to hide some in my garden one summer when my son brought them back from uni.!!!

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