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by retropants
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Yep, we both have our winter woolies on this eve. The greenhouse went down to 10 last night, so it will have been less than That in the open.
by retropants
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3531

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Elmigo, I think you could have squeezed a few more in there.....I can see bare soil at the end!
by retropants
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: Apple tree

Looks like a prime candidate for a cordon to me too!
by retropants
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3531

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

So sorry to hear that Shallotman, it's really heartbreaking. We lost my father in law to vascular dementia, which was fast, but no less sad, you have my sympathies. Hope you continue to pop in here when you can.
by retropants
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Fifth truss?
Replies: 10
Views: 161

Re: Fifth truss?

I don't stop mine either, never have. I've always made green tomato chutney in November/December from those that failed to ripen.
by retropants
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Lupin seeds and goldfinches
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

They will even come down to the lawn and eat the dandelion seeds right off the plant!
by retropants
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3531

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Pulled the garlic yesterday.... not bad for grown in a tin bath! A good size and clean as a whistle.

Also, I have rooted some tomato side shoots for a later crop. I've never done this before in 28 years of growing. Is it worth continuing?

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by retropants
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Oops - have I done permanent damage?
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Oops - have I done oermanent damage?

Guilty here too! Just forgetful, but it happens!
by retropants
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: LOCKDOWN TOP TIPS
Replies: 8
Views: 214

Re: LOCKDOWN TOP TIPS

I had to give up my allotment in 2018 due to my parents moving away, we shared it between us, I can't manage it on my own. Last year I only grew tomatoes and strawberries at home. This year, I had planned to dig up a hard standing at the bottom of the garden and get it into shape to grow veggies. As...
by retropants
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 445
Views: 73529

Re: A view of my garden

Stayed indoors most of today, 46 in the greenhouse and 35 in the garden was just too much for me! I've been out to water this evening, the strawberries were looking a bit droopy.
by retropants
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Hose Fittings
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Hose Fittings

They drive me mad too Geoff, leaks left right & centre, badly spraying rose fittings, the multi pattern ones, hoses getting caught on things they have no business getting caught on. There's usually a lot of swearing when I'm having to water the whole garden. The patio is always soaking wet from ...
by retropants
Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3531

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Dear Primrose, red currant jelly is wonderful, it's a good sub for cranberry sauce, or for jam tarts.
by retropants
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Broadbean crop disappeared over night
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Broadbean crop disappeared over night

I agree, sounds like human pilfering to me. Animals wouldn't take the whole lot and leave it all undisturbed. Sorry this happened to you.
by retropants
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3531

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Ah yes, I had some basket begonias plug plants arrive about 7 weeks after ordering. I ordered 25, received 5 and they were all mushy. I've no idea how long it will be before I hear back from them. I sent photos. They are a large well known company.
by retropants
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: White chocolate coated strawberries.
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: White chocolate coated strawberries.

Ooh, never tried with white choc before, only dark!

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