Search found 3852 matches

by Westi
Sat May 18, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I cannot be not worried about this...
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: I cannot be not worried about this...

Last year was a wake up call indeed & I hope we don't see another one too soon, but it is possible. Climate change is real or they wouldn't be thinking of ways to save the polar caps, ways that will come with a huge cost - we are changing but too slow & not every country in the world is sign...
by Westi
Fri May 17, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1624

Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

They promised rain, it didn't come so I went down & watered - you guessed it, almost as I finished down came a gentle rain that has continued for about 2hrs. I can compensate though as the tunnel didn't get the natural & was pretty dry & if those ants don't leave soon I might not have an...
by Westi
Fri May 17, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Tomato & Egg
Replies: 12
Views: 122

Re: Tomato & Egg

Heard about banana skins or full banana's planted under Tom's, even full fish heads in the hole. None are going on my plot as we have too many chicken keepers & way too many rats!
by Westi
Thu May 16, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: New Book
Replies: 10
Views: 842

Re: New Book

Welcome to the forum Wassee! If you can find a good book with the right information for the UK when starting out it is a godsend. I could have done with an idiots guide, but bought one that was simple & stuck with it. I bought other books, but found it is better to limit the choice when starting...
by Westi
Tue May 14, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: A funny thing happened on the allotment
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: A funny thing happened on the allotment

I kinda think everything I do on the allotment surprises the neighbours! I build little girlie structures around things to protect them while the guys get the big guns out with screws & the like! Have they not heard of 'No more Nails'? I've got one of those squeezey gun things for big seal jobs ...
by Westi
Mon May 13, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Tasty Green Bean salad
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Tasty Green Bean salad

Who doesn't have too many of any veg when we grow? I like the sound of this as had disasters from some recipes I've seen as too much oil, but this dressing seems more balanced! Liking the feta & the crunch of nuts as well - got to have too try it -when I have beans obviously! :) Welcome to the f...
by Westi
Mon May 13, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Dragonfruit (Pitahaya) and other unusual...
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Dragonfruit (Pitahaya) and other unusual...

Freaky little things aren't they Monika? Look alien like even, but they are from our planet! Loving the fact Elmigo is posting his experiments as it is so interesting & who knows, in generations to come our future families may be growing & eating these!
by Westi
Mon May 13, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Peat free composts
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Peat free composts

John Boy still pops on now & again so maybe you could pm him to see if he has anything to add to that older post? We've all moved on from then, as have the suppliers but for my input I get a good compost one year, but when I buy it the next year it is rubbish. I think that may be word of mouth d...
by Westi
Sat May 11, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Ripening at the same time?
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: Ripening at the same time?

Generally most growers have room for lots of strawberries so they are able to get a harvest from many plants but each individual plant will not ripen all at once. A bit like tomatoes, but apples may be ripe but will still hang on the tree perfectly intact so you can harvest all at once, whereas the ...
by Westi
Sat May 11, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: An eggy question ....
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: An eggy question ....

Pickled eggs? I would think Friatta's would freeze, learn to like baking? I know whites can be frozen & then thawed for meringues - Delia or it might be Nigella actually used to do that. Not forgetting dried eggs that used to be served up as scrabbled eggs a few decades ago, but how you would do...
by Westi
Fri May 10, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1624

Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

I grow the upright Zucchini (or Courgettes) that don't trail & get huge crops & wouldn't let them get that big before harvesting! I am thinking of one of those A frame type things for the smaller squash but I am edging toward a half A against the fence. Only concern is some will go over to t...
by Westi
Thu May 09, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1624

Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

But on the positive - the weather seems to be getting in tune with the month by the weekend. How I regret the winter to summer lottie wardrobe change over - fortunately never got to sorting the coat rack in the porch as actually needed the fake fur lined fleece quite a bit to date even if not for th...
by Westi
Thu May 09, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: What has gone wrong
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: What has gone wrong

It might be new compost but which compost? Lots for sale is full of bark & material not fully rotted into a nice texture to support plant growth as no matter how determined the little seedlings are they find their energy depleted pushing a bit of bark out of the way. I find it all a bit of a gam...
by Westi
Tue May 07, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1624

Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Everything outside is secured but this tunnel lark is confusing me big time -or is it my cheap 'A' min/max thermometer or some other secret - it goes from 1 or 2C to 25 - 30C ? The runners are happy with the scaffold netting all over & outside, the French beans ditto but they only have a border ...
by Westi
Tue May 07, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Honda vrs Mantis
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: Honda vrs Mantis

I have a Mantis which for several years was great for earthing up the spuds if the rows were a bit further apart, it would just throw fine soil on top of either side & they were covered in a blink. It has died but it was not 4 stoke & we obviously didn't get the mix right. They kindly offere...

Go to advanced search