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by Westi
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 68
Views: 814

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Bejesus Robo! Makes me angry to read this. Somewhere in your hospital are people in beds that your wife needs filled with people who should be in Mental Health facilities - reduced beds, some that should be home with care - no care capacity due to rubbish wages, some with families fighting - social ...
by Westi
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Ripening blackcurrants
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: Ripening blackcurrants

How about instead of netting make some flags of cut up plastic bags or something on top of canes around the bushes, that will catch the wind, or even bottles with 'wings' to rattle & disturb the birds - or both?
by Westi
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: 2018 growing season
Replies: 106
Views: 8534

Re: 2018 growing season

I've managed 3 courgettes, all green, but wee yellow ones. ucumbers are there but not filled out at the tail end and they are Mini Much which I expect will be ready in the next week. The long ones look like cucumbers & not spiky beasts but only a few inches long. My dwarf french beans are indeed...
by Westi
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Harvesting Garlic advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 172

Re: Harvesting Garlic advice needed

Thanks Sally! I pretty much follow that advice so probably why my crops are salvageable and why I can generally peel most of the rust layers off to leave mostly clean specimens that do store well. I hoe out any groundsel when I see & put it on the compost (oops) & I expect the field behind i...
by Westi
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Harvesting Garlic advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 172

Re: Harvesting Garlic advice needed

I checked mine over when I was down today & indeed the extra few days of sunshine has worked it's magic and the the bulb skin is now dry with lovely fat cloves inside. Mine has rust but when they are properly dry it generally is only on the first layer or so of skin so they look more presentable...
by Westi
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 279
Views: 15353

Re: A view of my garden

PP! I love roses even though they bite! Both at home & lottie they are excelling themselves this year! Only some are perfumed as mostly gifts, but those that are perfumed seem to be even stronger smelling than previous years! The odd thing I've noted is they do not last as long in the vase.
by Westi
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Harvesting Garlic advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 172

Re: Harvesting Garlic advice needed

My garlic looked ready with dried leaves but luckily I only dug one as they haven't cloved! On the one I dug you can feel the cloves forming so I am going to risk it & leave them a bit longer. With no rain expected they should be ready soon but they will get a water to prompt them into action as...
by Westi
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 279
Views: 15353

Re: A view of my garden

Maybe next year you can put in a row of posts away from anything to give them a better chance. They look like they don't mind living in the basket though, so you are onto something there. I read a thing on the net about putting a new babies nappy in the basket as a water reservoir, just that bit wit...
by Westi
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Oops! Another unintentional glut!
Replies: 0
Views: 47

Oops! Another unintentional glut!

Do you recall me saying my pumpkins & squash did nothing when I sowed them but the seeds looked just fine, like out of the packet? So I sowed again...well I never removed same sad seed from the pots or in the ground & now they have decided they would quite like to grow! As they have obviousl...
by Westi
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 279
Views: 15353

Re: A view of my garden

Hi Tiger!

I just let mine do their thing & get some little & some big, but grow them outdoors. They say nip off the vine after about 2 to get a good size I believe. Blimey it has really shot off in the greenhouse - anticipation of a big harvest from what I see!
by Westi
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: A Pictorial Trip Around the Plot
Replies: 16
Views: 112

Re: A Pictorial Trip Around the Plot

Looks brill Pa! Really productive!
by Westi
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 68
Views: 814

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

No rain down here except for some misty drizzle so plants on lottie would have taken advantage of that but still an early start with watering 1st on the agenda. To support the growth I've got & to soften the soil enough to dig out some of the spent crops whose spot I need for the winter stuff. O...
by Westi
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Rasperries under attack, but from what?
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: Rasperries under attack, but from what?

Good Luck Barry! It is bad for you but thanks also as we are alerted as anything like this that gets in then it seems to travel.
by Westi
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 68
Views: 814

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

I've grown them this year for the first time Primrose. I thought they would be smaller plants & let them share the big pot with a traditional sized cucumber in the greenhouse - I'm going to have a glut, both have fruit but no where near as big as yours & they are pampered pets! I've got one ...
by Westi
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 68
Views: 814

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Oh Geoff, that is devastating, you really did get hit didn't you? Nature injuries are just a wee bit (only a wee bit) more palatable than loosing them to a fellow plot holder. And with a bit of TLC some will be salvageable, but now is when you need the rain to see how many things perk up after that ...

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