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by Westi
Mon May 20, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Asparagus
Replies: 8
Views: 423

Re: Asparagus

Robo, What is the proper age it is spent? I go by 20yrs as that is out there, but it faced the beast & just sulked for a bit last year & cropping big time now. It comes from a harsh sea side environment so got to be tough - right? What the hell got 2 beds now! Takes space but so worth it!
by Westi
Mon May 20, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Metaldahyde slug treatments.
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: Metaldahyde slug treatments.

I did use them until this campaign, I started with the blue things , but early on I changed to organic pellets as never knew this before! Only question is how do you stop those that don't understand the harm that could be done (or can only afford the discounted prices)? This is not a fad but real ev...
by Westi
Mon May 20, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 89
Views: 1742

Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

I'm not sure! Got stung by one when a teenager & my midriff looked like a cauliflower! Trip to the Ambulance station for treatment (not UK Obvs)! It cannot taste nice as too jelly like with no texture & that package is not appealing to me either! And how to they ensure the sting is out - my ...
by Westi
Mon May 20, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Asparagus
Replies: 8
Views: 423

Re: Asparagus

It is finally up! Well, most of it, 4 still to show but I am so much happier, the little guys up are all marked, dog proved the bed for ball throwing as well! This bed has to be the replacement bed as the old stuff is - well getting older, but with the milder winter (who can forget the Beast), it is...
by Westi
Sat May 18, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I cannot be not worried about this...
Replies: 9
Views: 126

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: 89
Views: 1742

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: 136

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: 855

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: 87

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: 72

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: 168

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: 167

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: 132

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: 99

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: 89
Views: 1742

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...

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