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by Stephen
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

Done. No stems broken off. Manure piled carefully around.
Let us hope that less sun helps it and being in what should be damper ground (the original spot was S facing and beside a row of leylandii (about 20ft high - was at least 30 but has been cut back)
by Stephen
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Hedge trimmer blades
Replies: 0
Views: 33

Hedge trimmer blades

We (by that I mean the charity where I garden as a volunteer) have been given a hedge trimmer. IMG_20200120_114410[1].jpg I know the motor works because I plugged it in and tested it. I suppose I better get it PATested before use. I guess the donor (MD of the charity) has replaced a mains tool for a...
by Stephen
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Shady plants...
Replies: 13
Views: 467

Re: Shady plants...

Useful.
by Stephen
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: It rained and it rained and it rained
Replies: 13
Views: 797

Re: It rained and it rained and it rained

And it still comes down. If it is moderately dry diring the day it comes down heavily at night as it is now.
I have no justification in being miserable, I'm very fortunate, but the weather really is getting me down.
by Stephen
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: How do you cook?
Replies: 11
Views: 141

Re: How do you cook?

If I am cooking puddings or baking bread, I measure the ingredients. For savoury dishes, never. Bearing in mind that I am now in my 60s, I was never taught any domestic science at school (I think everyone ought to be taught this or something similar on the lines of "household management" a...
by Stephen
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

Thanks Sally.
The books say wait until the coldest weather (which is in Jan/Feb as far as I am concerned) and by then the crowns are as you see.
Let us hope I can get it done between the downpours! (at least the soil will be soft!)
by Stephen
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

Have I missed my opportunity to move it?
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by Stephen
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mice in the allotment shed
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: Mice in the allotment shed

Ohhh yuck!
by Stephen
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.

That's looking great Elmigo.
by Stephen
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mice in the allotment shed
Replies: 13
Views: 723

Re: Mice in the allotment shed

Grrr. How annoying.
But the poor little things will be hungry and cold in winter.
by Stephen
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3178

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

The only power driven tool I use for gardening is a strimmer, which I bought last year. For the previous 14 years on the allotment I cut the grass on the paths with shears.
by Stephen
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Mid Winter Bits and Bobs.

Elmigo, clay certainly does stick, doesn't it! I sometimes feel taller as a result.
Paths or stepping stones will help. Half my allotment is arranged as beds with soft paths (weed supressing fabric and stones over the top), the other half is open.
by Stephen
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: January Jobs?
Replies: 11
Views: 386

Re: January Jobs?

Mostly clearing stuff, taking what crops I can (parsnips, celeriac, a few bits of chard and what I can rescue of my leeks), feeding the birds and quite a lot of weeding (the damn willowherb seems to grow and spread irrespective of the season or weather!)
by Stephen
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Shady plants...
Replies: 13
Views: 467

Re: Shady plants...

Somewhere here in the forums, I talked a lot about shaded areas. I grow gooseberries, currants, rhubarb and jerusalem artichokes in the shaded areas. The subject requires a whole leaflet or a big article because most gardeners have shade somewhere and will want to make the most of it. Has KG done th...
by Stephen
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Short brassicas
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Short brassicas

This idea is very interesting. My lack of success with brassicas annoys me, so trying another approach is a great idea.

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