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by Geoff
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED
Replies: 13
Views: 786

Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

What's the history of the 'James' name - I grow a carrot James Scarlet so I guess there is a range named after some old nurseryman.
by Geoff
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Microplastics in the soil
Replies: 6
Views: 182

Re: Microplastics in the soil

I shred anything I can get through the shredder and tear up tougher stuff like cardboard. I have a lot of grass clippings and shredded stuff helps open it up.
by Geoff
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Microplastics in the soil
Replies: 6
Views: 182

Re: Microplastics in the soil

I've got macroplastics in my soil - all the twinkly bits from shredding window envelopes - I wonder if they matter.
by Geoff
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Pierced wheel
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Pierced wheel

That looks like a manufacturing failure to me, split where the valve has joined into the tube. Take it back or send the supplier and/or manufacturer these photographs and see what they say.
by Geoff
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 133
Views: 2866

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Fancy a gunnera that won't collapse in the first frost?

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Buy your lottery ticket now!

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Part of a sculpture trail at RHS Harlow Carr
by Geoff
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: grenadier apples
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: grenadier apples

Shame nobody has come along to advise, I spotted it earlier and couldn't decide. I have a Grenadier and they are a real problem. Some seem to drop quite early and some hang on even when they are very ripe. As you say they don't keep but I think the ones that stay on do last longer than the picked on...
by Geoff
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Marketing Allotments
Replies: 18
Views: 328

Re: Marketing Allotments

Apply for planning permission for housing and you'll get loads of interest trying to stop it!
by Geoff
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 133
Views: 2866

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

For me it has been a terrible season for the whole squash family. We are not over run with courgettes. We grow a Fairy squash in the polytunnel, last year it had 25 fruit on it, this year so far only one is developing properly. Similarly with Hunter butternut, I don't remember how many it produced l...
by Geoff
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I was wiping my secateurs
Replies: 12
Views: 299

Re: I was wiping my secateurs

I half heartedly played with soil sterilisation once, not using a microwave but by putting it in an Aga oven. I didn't know how long to 'cook' it for so I tried several different times that I can't now remember. What I do remember is that sterilisation did reduce the number of weeds that germinated ...
by Geoff
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I was wiping my secateurs
Replies: 12
Views: 299

Re: I was wiping my secateurs

Can't comment - I haven't got the attention span I once had. All my secateurs get is WD40.
by Geoff
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 133
Views: 2866

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Isn't it great, I can do my Christmas shopping 125 days earlier than normal!
by Geoff
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1160
Views: 140429

Re: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?

Had a boss once who used to get mixed up between Ann Summers and Sue Ryder. Proudly declared one year he had managed to do most of his Christmas shopping at Ann Summers.
by Geoff
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onions.
Replies: 19
Views: 716

Re: Onions.

Having posted on another thread how my over Winter onion sets flowered here are my summer onions from seed. As you can see many have flowered but have grown fairly big as well. Ailsa Craig from the free packet in the foreground, there are some Red Baron behind that you can't really see. IMG_4288_R.j...
by Geoff
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 7
Views: 177

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday!

Hope you've got somebody to treat you rather than having to go dutch today.

Well done to the faithful birthday spotters again.
by Geoff
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I'm in love.....................with ducks!
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: I'm in love.....................with ducks!

Had a pair of Muscovy ducks once, couldn't describe the drake as particularly friendly. Though he was provoked from time to time as our cockerel would pay Mrs Muscovy undue attention. If he managed to catch up with the cockerel he would clamp his tail in his bill and swing him about from side to sid...

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