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by Stephen
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: MediaSpeak
Replies: 5
Views: 55

Re: MediaSpeak

I thought those cross-references were odd or spooky.
by Stephen
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 149
Views: 2619

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

I'll have to start keeping significant data too.
by Stephen
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Potato compost bugs, what can i do?
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Re: Potato compost bugs, what can i do?

Welcome. Potatoes are a great way to start growing vegetables. Everyone has "escapees" or "volunteers" growing next year or the one after that. I have them bursting through weed supressing membrane on my new plot, so at least two years old as the plot was hardly cultivated last y...
by Stephen
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Toilet roll tubes
Replies: 12
Views: 125

Re: Toilet roll tubes

Westi, I agree about the book type "root-trainers". Too flimsy to hold their shape, like you I got really annoyed when removing one "book" everything else fell over or apart. The plastic cracked, the "hinge" failed. Probably the biggest disappointment of my gardening (o...
by Stephen
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Bread flour
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Bread flour

Peter, I was told that the shortage in the shops was due to a lack of 1.5kg bags. (personally I blame Mary Berry & Bake Off :P !)
by Stephen
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Bread flour
Replies: 19
Views: 862

Re: Bread flour

Hi JudyK
As soon as I saw some, I bought two tins. Then I used up all the bread flour I had but last week there was stock, so I bought several bags!
by Stephen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Purple mange tout
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Purple mange tout

It's a shame about the taste.
Mangetout are something we have yet to try growing.
by Stephen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 149
Views: 2619

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

That is bizarre!
by Stephen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Lifted a few Charlotte today
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Lifted a few Charlotte today

They are looking very nice.
In previous years we have probably left them longer and lifted lots at once. This year we are determined to lift and consume. This may leave fewer for the winter but we eat them at their best!
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(The trowel is just for scale).
by Stephen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: hotbin question
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: hotbin question

I confess, I try to mix the contents of heaps up but they get what is available. If everything looks a bit soft and green, I add some cardboard. If I have lots of shrub cuttings, which are woody, I water it carefully and add leaves or turn it over to get some of the softer material mixed in. Ken Tho...
by Stephen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: hotbin question
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: hotbin question

Hi sangela Welcome to the forum. You have already made the most important step, which is understanding the need to mix green & brown material. My personal experience is this (background info: I live alone, cook from scratch, have an allotment and a small garden at home full of soft fruit) When t...
by Stephen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 149
Views: 2619

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Elmigo, for eating raw I eould say we are at least a month off. I squeeze gently to judge when I feel they are ready to be harvested.
I freeze ninety percent of mine, which obviously end up cooked, so perfect ripeness is less critical.
by Stephen
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Hose Fittings
Replies: 10
Views: 161

Re: Hose Fittings

I'd like to reinforce one point of Sally's wise words: if you are doing up or undoing jubilee clips, get the appropriate nutdriver.
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by Stephen
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 443
Views: 72922

Re: A view of my garden

Carrots by the tonne!
by Stephen
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Hose Fittings
Replies: 10
Views: 161

Re: Hose Fittings

I don't have problems to the degree you mention Geoff. Things I do notice:- - first use is best, if you have to swop them around (e.g. to refit after cutting out a leaky section of hose) then the seal isn't quite as good. - I put on a glove to make sure they are really tightly done up. The arthritis...

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