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by Geoff
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 33
Views: 332

Re: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.

There's nothing like a bonfire. Staying with my son in suburbia the other week I did a bit of pruning. Previous owners had left one of those dustbin incinerators so we thought why not? None of the neighbours complained, perhaps they thought it was a dodgy barbecue.

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by Geoff
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 33
Views: 332

Re: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.

We've had a welcome 5.3mm - you might get more this evening.

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by Geoff
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 2490

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

I used a collection from Eagle Sweet Peas (separate packets) and individual varieties from Premier Seeds Direct, both have done well. Picked every open flower on Sunday and this morning they are back to this. IMG_4080_R.jpg We grow gourds for drying and I was rather surprised to find this flower thi...
by Geoff
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 2490

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Two people I could have given some away to! We can't keep up with picking them so we are in danger of a short season as they will give up.
by Geoff
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 33
Views: 332

Re: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.

It didn't happen, back to bright and hot feeling though only 22!
by Geoff
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 33
Views: 332

Re: Sizzling Summer Bits and Bobs.

We've got the cloudiest day for ages with Met Office giving 50% chance of rain at 3 o'clock.
by Geoff
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 2490

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

We grow gourds for drying and I noticed the flowers were full of them yesterday when I was trying to train the plants into some sort of order.
by Geoff
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Four of five trusses?
Replies: 6
Views: 163

Re: Four of five trusses?

I just leave them until they run out of space in the top of the greenhouse if there is still plenty of time left, after all commercially they lower them and let them carry on (or at least they used to, don'y know if it is the current method).
by Geoff
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 288
Views: 16578

Re: A view of my garden

I think my favourite plant this week is the Kiftsgate Rambler growing over what we call the pump house, houses the controls and treatment system associated with the borehole. It was in bud when we went away a week ago and came back to it looking like this, can't remember such huge sprays of flowers....
by Geoff
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Water saving thread
Replies: 16
Views: 313

Re: Water saving thread

Where do you get lawn clippings from for mulching?

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by Geoff
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The Good, the Bad and the Sad .....
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: The Good, the Bad and the Sad .....

Very smart allotments - what a pity you have to give it up.
by Geoff
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 2490

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Hope your enjoying your days away and get home safely without anyone picking you up as an old fossil.
I'm away as well in East Sussex, seen the sights; tiling, grouting, painting!
by Geoff
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 2490

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Lovely day today. Best solar generation since I got the panels in October 2014 - I suppose if you get a good day near the solstice it's hard to beat. Then a nice sunset - always love a sunset.

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by Geoff
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Harvesting Garlic advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Harvesting Garlic advice needed

I usually harvest mine when I decide the rust has stopped it growing! Don't forget when you have dried and plaited it don't be tempted to store it cold in the fridge.
by Geoff
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Formative Pruning of Apple Trees
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Re: Formative Pruning of Apple Trees

This sounds a good plan. I always have difficulty deciding what to do with the leader, I know you prune it in the Winter but never sure how young you start. Found this for deciding on when to Summer prune: "When to prune. Summer prune when the bottom third of the new shoots is stiff and woody. ...

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