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by Westi
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: Happy Birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHERINE!
by Westi
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3005

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Hi Colin! They are ready when the vines get the first frost but if before this time you cover them, they will continue to grow a bit until the inevitable happens. The ones in the tunnel should escape the frost but the vines will still wither as they will be spent of any energy to keep going but bein...
by Westi
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: recommendations for tomato varieties?
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: recommendations for tomato varieties?

I grew Amish Paste this year as it is very fleshy, with fewer seeds & great to freeze. It is a beautiful biggish round tomato that crops well. I've been harvesting from the inside one for quite a while & still some more to come as they don't ripen all together. I have one outside that is ful...
by Westi
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3005

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

I was really surprised to see the min temp in the tunnel was showing 6.1 degrees today when I went down today! I know the allotment is always colder than home even though only a mile or so away, but it certainly was well above that at home. Front door is now shut on the tunnel as the sweet potatoes ...
by Westi
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Sweet Pepper Long Red Marconi
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Sweet Pepper Long Red Marconi

I suppose the only way to tell is to experiment next year & keep the chillies away from the sweet peppers to see if cross pollination is the reason or whether it is the built in genes from their ancestors & a great summer that triggers the oddities!
by Westi
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3005

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Elmigo your Kiwanos look fab! Are the little white bits on the horns what is left of the prickles? Do they just dry up & not be prickles anymore or have you rubbed the prickles off? Primrose you make a good point, the filters apparently take decades to decompose & are not recyclable, I can't...
by Westi
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3005

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

My main crop was Piccasso! I've always grown Cara before & this is the next generation. Jazzy is my fave for boiling & tickling out as a 2nd early (& in my case even a true early), as I like the taste! I'll report back tomorrow on whether the Picasso is as good as it's breeding!
by Westi
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3005

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

I took up my last 2 rows of my main crop spuds! It's a time I usually regret as the slugs & wireworm take their toil! OK I have grooves in the spuds from my watering, but I have huge perfect spuds as well! Looks like Jacket Spuds for lunch tomorrow!
by Westi
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Marketing Allotments
Replies: 18
Views: 336

Re: Marketing Allotments

You could just read & incorporate more of the allotment act into your leases maybe? Might have to take it to your AGM to get it approved but "The Act" clearly states what you can & can not do & needs to be worded into every contract! Mine says I can have rabbits - too eat - NO!...
by Westi
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Growing from potato peelings
Replies: 8
Views: 829

Re: Growing from potato peelings

I found the time to dig my last 2 rows of main crop Picasso - dead impressed! I had cut the foliage off about 4 weeks ago, as it was not supporting any crop as it was yellow & had done it's job. I was a bit concerned at what I might find, but they were huge, some had grooves in them from erratic...
by Westi
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3005

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Lots of fails or big reduced yield - Cucumbers, Runners, French beans, Garlic, Onions, Cauliflower, Cabbage & all Salad crops. But on the positive the Tomatoes are going mental, my late sowing Runners are producing, Squash & Pumpkin doing OK, Swede is huge, Kale is well ahead of itself - &am...
by Westi
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hi everyone...
Replies: 13
Views: 212

Re: Hi everyone...

Lucky us! We have some of the old faces back & we have new members as well. Liking this mix - generations to follow making contact now & I'm sure unsettling some of us, but at the end of the day we all have to change to cope with the changes this planet is giving us! Welcome back Chantal, bu...
by Westi
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Growing from potato peelings
Replies: 8
Views: 829

Re: Growing from potato peelings

Ah Robo! Where is your sense of adventure? I would never just rely on the peelings without a back up but it does make you think people relied on this method during the war times so has a little bit of credibility - however just as an experiment, not as a real crop & I'm sure the other girls will...
by Westi
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Do asparagus plants have a life expectancy?
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Do asparagus plants have a life expectancy?

Hi & welcome Jinny! Love your profile pic! Mine are 15yrs old & I have read the life span is about 20yrs, but diminishing crops for the last few years of it's productive life. I decided to prep a new bed next door to take over so it will be young & in full production when I have to deal ...
by Westi
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3005

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Primrose they are greedy feeders as well as thirsty ones! They naturally abort I find if they can not support a crop. I put cut off bottles in their spot - now hidden with foliage so a gentle walk around in the vines & I give them a sprinkle of fairy dust aka 6X chicken manure flakes in the bott...

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