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by Geoff
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Framberry
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Framberry

These unfamiliar fruits seem to be strawberries with a different flavour bred by bringing in genes from the same family from various parts of the world. I haven't found anything to say whether you just keep growing the same plants or if you take runners like ordinary strawberries, did it come with a...
by Geoff
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Does the tartan frighten the aphids? Would bagpipes work better?
by Geoff
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Aminopyralid contamination
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Re: Aminopyralid contamination

It's definitely back as a problem. My brother-in-law breeds and shows dahlias and he lost most of his stock last year because he mulched them with contaminated straw. Apparently the offending chemical was being used to combat black grass that has become a real problem for cereal growers though I don...
by Geoff
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Is compost enough to refresh old soil?
Replies: 14
Views: 139

Re: Is compost enough to refresh old soil?

I mix most of my own potting compost from soil, leafmould and sand but when I empty pots I retrieve the compost and blend it with the fresh. I use fish, blood and bone as fertiliser when I make a mix and if I am refreshing a big pot without emptying it I stir some into the old compost before topping...
by Geoff
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Website Help
Topic: adding a video
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: adding a video

I had to do a warranty claim this week for a flickering illuminated bathroom mirror and they asked for a video on WhatsApp. Well I don't have a smartphone or other Apple device so I couldn't do that. Then I remembered the laptop we use for crossword help had a camera and video function so I took one...
by Geoff
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

It was flaming June here last night - I lit the fire!
by Geoff
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

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by Geoff
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

I set to and did a plumbing job today that's been hanging over me for a bit as the forecast and radar predictions were pretty ominous, in the end it went round us without a drop so I could have been outside all day. At least the piping got fixed!
by Geoff
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Pigeons eating my pepper plants
Replies: 7
Views: 145

Re: Pigeons eating my pepper plants

We get pigeons in the garden cleaning up round the bottom of the bed feeders but they don't damage to veg. My vegetable area is almost surrounded by 7' high windbreaks and all the brassicas are in anti-butterfly cages so the area is broken up by barriers. I've heard somewhere they feel insecure if t...
by Geoff
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Beechgrove Garden
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: Beechgrove Garden

I've only heard they are taking a rather strange Summer break. It is struggling without Jim and Chris hasn't put in an appearance either.

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by Geoff
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Puckered leaves on French beans
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: Puckered leaves on French beans

I would guess it has been too cold. I haven't got any outside to compare. If it is, the coming week with overnight fives isn't going to help much.
by Geoff
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: conference pears
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: conference pears

At five years old it is on the borderline of when you would expect a pear to bear fruit, I think four to six years is often quoted. Conference is one of the pears that is usually listed as self fertile but does better if there is another pollinating variety nearby. Lastly, if it had decided this yea...
by Geoff
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Is my kale ready to pick?
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Is my kale ready to pick?

As you say they are both very small, it might be caused by the container growing or they might still improve. Watch the broccoli for the individual bits of the flower threatening to open into yellow flowers then it won't get any bigger. Similarly the cauliflower will have reached its limit when the ...
by Geoff
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

What happened to flaming June? Ooops didn't mean to swear. Perhaps we should all throw another shovelful of coal on the fire and get global warming back on track. I know, weather isn't climate but... Oh well almost time to rant at Monty instead of the weather.
by Geoff
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Anodized pans: Why can't I put them in the dishwasher?
Replies: 10
Views: 149

Re: Anodized pans: Why can't I put them in the dishwasher?

Doesn't take much googling for an explanation. The rule of thumb is anodized aluminum cookware, nonstick cookware, and non-enameled cast iron pots and pans are NOT dishwasher safe. Some manufacturers are making progress in those areas. from http://www.yourcookwarehelper.com/cookware-college/cookware...

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