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by PLUMPUDDING
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Removing leaves on pepper plants
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: Removing leaves on pepper plants

I just leave mine alone. They have just started going red even with lots of foliage. You're more likely to introduce botritis etc if you make wounds on the plant.
by PLUMPUDDING
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Well, you all know what I'm like!
Replies: 17
Views: 131

Re: Well, you all know what I'm like!

Are you 58 now then? Happy birthday O.H. Hope you have a good one. Xxx
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Pa Snip Enterprise Log Stardate August 20 18
Replies: 17
Views: 196

Re: Pa Snip Enterprise Log Stardate August 20 18

There are web sites that state how many days individual varieties take to ripen so there's plenty of info. It's interesting to compare the difference between large and small varieties and isn't always what you would think.

Good crop Pa. It's a good year for them and the flavours are superb.
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Where to buy?
Replies: 15
Views: 199

Re: Where to buy?

Why don't you save your own garlic? You can choose a few good bulbs with enough cloves for how many you need. I do the same with shallots but might have to buy some new stock this year as the shallots have really struggled with the weather this summer. I usually see what Wilko have in stock as Robo ...
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 173
Views: 2789

Re: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.

It went down to 7° early this morning. Quite chilly. We even had a shower in the evening but not enough, the ground is still like concrete.

I've been pruning the raspberries and couldn't push a garden cane in to support the new growth.
by PLUMPUDDING
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Wasp traps
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Wasp traps

They are making their nests out of the wood Geoff so perhaps they'll go for a drink afterwards.
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Ladybirds
Replies: 6
Views: 253

Re: Ladybirds

I've counted about 38 ladybirds this morning. They are mostly seven spots with a few harlequins and they are mating and laying eggs all over the place. It's great to see them thriving for a change and they are doing a good job clearing up the black fly with the help of lots of hover flies.
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Wasp traps
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Wasp traps

If you are putting wasp traps out they are more attracted to something a bit more acidic than jam or a sugar syrup. I use up some old home made wine which is so old the labels are illegible. The wasps love it.
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Solomons seal sawfly
Replies: 4
Views: 99

Re: Solomons seal sawfly

They were much later here too so we got a really good show while they were flowering. I was going to squash the grubs but decided to leave them for the birds. If they pupate in the soil cultivating round the plants should expose them and reduce the numbers next year.I'm not sure how palatable they a...
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Elephant garlic
Replies: 8
Views: 121

Re: Elephant garlic

I agree Pa, it was an impulse buy at Harrogate Show.
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Elephant garlic
Replies: 8
Views: 121

Re: Elephant garlic

Recipes suggest roasting the whole bulbs in foil then squeezing out the cooked flesh onto jacket potatoes etc. but there aren't any recipes using it with other things where the flavour would come out as far as I could see. On the other hand it still contains a similar range of nutrients to the rest ...
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 303
Views: 18263

Re: A view of my garden

My favourite variety was Lark. It is a medium sweet, quite short fast ripening one, but for the last three years I've grown an open pollinated one from Real Seeds called Special Swiss Sweetcorn. It is sweet but not too much and you can save your own seeds as they come true. They are a bit taller tha...
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 303
Views: 18263

Re: A view of my garden

Testing for ripeness is quite easy, when the husks have filled out and the tassels have turned brown, peel back the husk and press your thumbnail into the cob and if a milky liquid comes out they are ripe if it is clear leave them a bit longer.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Elephant garlic
Replies: 8
Views: 121

Re: Elephant garlic

Fortunately my normal garlic has produced a good crop so I won't be going short and should have enough left to plant for next year. I'll have to read up on elephant garlic recipes and uses to see if I can get some flavour out of it.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Elephant garlic
Replies: 8
Views: 121

Elephant garlic

My bulbs are a good size and have dried nicely so I used one clove in a stir fry. I've never grown them before so was rather disappointed that it didn't taste or smell of garlic. I know it says they are mild, but I expected it to have some garlic flavour. I'd be pleased to hear comments from others ...

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