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by Westi
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Leeks
Replies: 4
Views: 34

Re: Leeks

Leek miner. The leek moth from which it comes from remains active until quite late in the year I have been told. I cover mine with environmesh from the off and don't uncover until late October time as I've had it before. It has been a challenging year for sure, an awful lot of people online have los...
by Westi
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Tomato leaf problems - help
Replies: 2
Views: 37

Re: Tomato leaf problems - help

Welcome to the forum Kagahara - love the aviator! My instinct says blight, & spores can get into greenhouses & tunnels but your description doesn't quite fit as blight will give you brown spots on the leaves initially then the stem (sometimes both at once), but then they turn to mush with no...
by Westi
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blossom End rot
Replies: 5
Views: 46

Re: Blossom End rot

I do cut leaves off from around near full size fruit to give them a bit of sun, but find at this time the plant mostly naturally aborts any that are too small to ripen & I assist it by cutting off any like in your pic. Have you not got any proper fruits under that mass of leaves? Just asking as ...
by Westi
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Before and after!
Replies: 16
Views: 166

Re: Before and after!

No it doesn't to me as you cleverly used the main path to draw the eye down & varied the sizes of the beds! Vegetable garden designer as your next career? Your pic has been viewed 90 times so I'm sure one or two of those 90 may have been inspired!
by Westi
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: How do I fatten my fennel?
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: How do I fatten my fennel?

vivienz - you get the 2020 award for the best description of what to achieve with a vegetable! :) I tend to go for the mini ones but haven't had one this year as they all bolted but not a total waste as had a wee bit of foliage. I've risked a late sow as weather holding - only expecting mini's if su...
by Westi
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 757

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

I'm confused but relieved that I don't have a tomato glut this year. Some how they are behaving & just ripening one by one'ish - well except for the wild cherry ones but I like to snack on them as do neighbours & others! Only problem is getting darker earlier & much cooler so I could mis...
by Westi
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Before and after!
Replies: 16
Views: 166

Re: Before and after!

Goodness what a transformation! It looks fab, but obvs hard work & determination to get to this point! A little bit of land, a keen eye for development & actually a beautiful space as the result. With OH there - what an inspiration to others!
by Westi
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Spiced Apple Jelly
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Spiced Apple Jelly

I'm not progressing. Went to local Lakeland & out of stock of jelly bags & holders. Mind I really did need the new ironing board cover though! They assure me new stock due in! I could obviously buy on line but then might miss the cover & the new garlic press! OK maybe online would be che...
by Westi
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Burns Night coming up...
Replies: 18
Views: 2448

Re: Burns Night coming up...

Stravaig! It must have been impressive & quite a bash - how many did you have over? I always go for the smorgasbord for a crowd & ask one or 2 friends with a 'special' recipe to contribute a dish of their best.
by Westi
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Blight
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: Blight

I can't say whether my experience can be transferred anywhere else but I have a self sown cherry tom, variety not remembered but I got blighted big time about 10+yrs ago as only outside to grow in those days. I let these do their thing & grow if not in the way & every year they have improved...
by Westi
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 757

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

The geese are back so definitely a season change on it's way. Such a nice sight & sound! This year has just flown by though!
by Westi
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 757

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

I'm sure your mojo will come back now you have some plants (& likely even more as it does). Your horrific year will soon be a memory & as time passes you may even be able to have a giggle about it! Certainly a more interesting conversation starter than the weather or C19!
by Westi
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 757

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Snooky they got their 2 stories - timing was not great for them to open the blue room as it turns out, but they already had a structure of 2 stories anyway & those protesting have a ruddy great car park right on their front door & can't see much of the sea through the trees anyway! Moral of ...
by Westi
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Sweet Potatoes
Replies: 10
Views: 2785

Re: Sweet Potatoes

time4tea! Great idea with the kiddies tooth brush! I thought you could cook the leaves with all these UK friendly varieties? Best do some more research on this as was thinking if I couldn't limp them through this year I could at least not waste the foliage! I'm still hopeful as vent on tunnel was to...
by Westi
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Where did it go?
Replies: 7
Views: 117

Re: Where did it go?

2020 has challenged on so many fronts - Weather: early heavy rain, then bright down here & unusually warmish, then gusts that blew things right out of the ground, then too coolish in a blink. Nature: Well C19 & lock down certainly helped the furry ones & don't think I have re-sown as man...

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