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by Geoff
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

I sow in deep rootrainers, line out in drills quite close together then transplant some in the traditional way of trimming them top and bottom and dropping them into dibbed holes. We use most for making leek and potato soup and, like Stephen, have found we use almost as many from the 'rejected' seed...
by Geoff
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Gem Squash Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: Gem Squash Problems

Females have a small fruit behind the flower.

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by Geoff
Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Gem Squash Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: Gem Squash Problems

I did ask because usually when squash family fruits start to form then rot off it is because they haven't been pollinated, always a good idea to do it with a brush or by pulling off a male flower.
by Geoff
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Well today's birthday user didn't last long did they!
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by Geoff
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Gem Squash Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: Gem Squash Problems

Are they being pollinated by hand or insects?
by Geoff
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

The tops on my Charlotte looked pretty awful and I'm guessing that was also blackleg as there were no blotches on the leaves so I dug the lot, 61 kgs. There were a few nasty smelly rotten ones like blight so I'll be tipping them out for regular inspection. Trouble is we ate some so it's now difficul...
by Geoff
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Bit of a dilemma
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Bit of a dilemma

If something needs pruning I'd say prune it and hang the consequences. As they are in the way don't just prune enough for now or you will be blocked in again before you know it, give them a severe seeing to and hope for the best.
by Geoff
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Lily beetles
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: Lily beetles

"Play Dead!" I think it was.
by Geoff
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Unlucky?
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: Unlucky?

I've never had any trouble with free seeds. Is the basil you are talking about the 'Classic Italian'? I sowed a pot of this on 16th June and it won't be long before it is usable size.
by Geoff
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Apples missing
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Apples missing

Did they crop well last year? I have very few apples after a massive crop last year but unlike you the blossom was also reduced though I would have said there was still enough for more fruit than I have. One tree has a reasonably crop but it is a young tree with this being its first proper cropping ...
by Geoff
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock
Replies: 156
Views: 10786

Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Fine looking birds, I assume you didn't need planning permission for the housing estate that's grown up.
by Geoff
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Now it really is Summer should celebrate some flowers.

The Thyme is covered in bees and butterflies but they refuse to pose for me but you can get the idea.

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Lots of insects in the wild flower area too.

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- and getting a show of roses at last.

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by Geoff
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

I ended 'Early Summer' by wondering if Rocket potatoes would bake, we shared the 1½ lb one last night and very nice it was too. I also bemoaned flowering over Winter onions and I see a few others are struggling with onions this year, so far the ones from seed are a lot better (more than can be said ...
by Geoff
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 120
Views: 3550

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Just dug the last three roots of Rocket out of the tunnel and they weighed in at over 16 lbs. Going to see what they bake like, one is 1½ lbs.
by Geoff
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Making our new garden ready for use, how?
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Making our new garden ready for use, how?

Looking at your photo on the other thread a couple of things come to mind. Is it a slope or is that just the photo angle / lens? If so I think a little retaining wall would be helpful. Are you planning to keep anything like the rose bush and whatever is on the right? If not get a skip or take a few ...

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