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by Westi
Mon May 17, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 873

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Brilliant morning on the plot, sun shining, just a T Shirt - then one huge mega rain fall from a not even a dark cloud. It deffo showed itself coming with the increase in wind & drop in temp. But hey had some potting on to do in the tunnel. Rang Mr to pick me up when that was done & just got...
by Westi
Sat May 15, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 873

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Cheers Snooky! Now I don't have that - yet.....? :) Thanks for the link I shall definitely have a look at that site. The other good things that are total thugs are herbs; especially Lemon Balm, Russian tarragon & Mint. Fortunately I was warned about mint, but the other two pop up everywhere on t...
by Westi
Sat May 15, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Baby Pumpkins Getting Dropped
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: Baby Pumpkins Getting Dropped

Hi Jacob, I wouldn't worry just yet about the wasps, but if really a bother & you or others are at risk of a sting you can buy a fake wasp nest to put up or make one with a brown paper bag blown up & hung in a tree. They think that area is already taken so move on to find their own. Now we k...
by Westi
Fri May 14, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 873

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Snooky - what is Gallant Soldier? Never heard of that? I would like a 'Know your weed book' as so many local historic names for weeds. I've only just found out there are 2 types of bind weed - well maybe not, but down here it seems two different plants have the same name. Lucky me has both it seems!...
by Westi
Fri May 14, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Baby Pumpkins Getting Dropped
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: Baby Pumpkins Getting Dropped

Doubt it was ants that made the bite but they would certainly take advantage if fruit was ripe but nothing to attract them with tiny fruit as not sweet! You've got a fruit so the flower was pollinated so bees around but what else? Any wasps maybe? Not gonna be worms as they are good guys, aerate you...
by Westi
Thu May 13, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Baby Pumpkins Getting Dropped
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: Baby Pumpkins Getting Dropped

Welcome to the forum Jacob. It might be just the pic but it looks like something has buried itself into the baby fruit. Or had a small bite & let something else get right in. Have you cut one in half to see what's going on inside?
by Westi
Thu May 13, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano Horned Melon
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: Kiwano Horned Melon

Welcome to the forum GeorgeSteven. If you look further back on this thread there is quite a lot of posts on Kiwano Horned Melon, maybe there is some ideas you could borrow, but sounds like you have done well with it in a pot.
by Westi
Wed May 12, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 873

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Well at least it felt like late spring for a short while on the plot today until the clouds built & the rain & wind came, but keeping on the theme of nuisance plants I can't believe how much ground the bind weed has managed to cover since the big Xmas dig out! To date I have managed to conta...
by Westi
Wed May 12, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats

This is probably just the tip of the iceberg of potential threats but good to see at least the Minister for Biosecurity is willing to get out & get his hands dirty to try to fix it, but hope it's not too little, too late.
by Westi
Wed May 12, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Saving Sweet Potato
Replies: 118
Views: 13096

Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Don't start me on the packaging giaur! It actually had some good aspects as fitted through the letter box, but would have been way better if they actually pushed the leaves inside the box before sealing it! Not to worry, planted in the tunnel & I think they will be happy enough in there with min...
by Westi
Tue May 11, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats

Blimey, that is a worry. I wonder if the potential threat is being noticed as the flaff of getting plant passports & the extra demand will lead to folk sneaking in plants hidden in other consignments? I have read something; somewhere about the stink bug but not xylella. Maybe we need to be like ...
by Westi
Tue May 11, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Saving Sweet Potato
Replies: 118
Views: 13096

Re: Saving Sweet Potato

I had to bite the bullet & buy some slips. I re-tried the 'on it's side in compost' animal free :) & it literally just popped out a few white threads for roots & the old toothpick trick created a fair amount of roots but no shoots. I specifically bought organic ones as well hoping for no...
by Westi
Sun May 09, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 873

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Reminder to self! Do not watch Country File long range weather forecast! When are we going to have consecutive 'growing' weather? On the positive there are one or two days that are OK, but obvs those are the ones I'm working! Today was pretty good so glad I made the most of it - only 3 beds left to ...
by Westi
Sat May 08, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 873

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Rain again today, which I am not complaining about as it was so much warmer than the last few weeks. It cleared just before lunch & I did consider going down but fortunately I didn't as it returned with quite a brisk breeze accompanying it & the temp dropped substantially. Tomorrow is lookin...
by Westi
Tue May 04, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 873

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Well good news & bad news checking the plot - the Hazel bean poles for the runners remained standing & not even on a lean, however the cane teepee for the climbing French beans was not as lucky & tore out of the ground & blew into the broad beans as I had secured mesh to it for wind ...

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