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by Geoff
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 5
Views: 52

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Does all this talk of gardening being good for your mental health during lockdown ever bother you? Have they ever done it? What about clubroot, white rot, blight, aphids, slugs, rabbits, caterpillars, weather, faulty equipment, vandals, thieves,..... and no manner of other things to drive you mad!
by Geoff
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Potato compost bugs, what can i do?
Replies: 7
Views: 125

Re: Potato compost bugs, what can i do?

Listed on the RHS website under "Beneficial insects and bugs". What: Springtail. Less than 6mm long. Various colours. Many are able to jump Benefit: Helps in the process of breaking down organic matter Likes: Often found in damp places such as leaf litter, compost heaps and decaying materi...
by Geoff
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The geese are getting fat
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: The geese are getting fat

An old cheerful neighbour used to say as soon as the solstice was over "it's all downhill to Christmas", as the weather thinks it's Autumn perhaps we should pop this in the old man's hat.

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by Geoff
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 179
Views: 3432

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

As my brother-in-law used to say "wind's unpleasant wherever it is".
by Geoff
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 179
Views: 3432

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

I preferred all the watering!
by Geoff
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Fifth truss?
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Fifth truss?

We shared the one we've ripened in the house and it was very nice, not unlike one of my favourites Black Opal. There seems to be a whole Indigo family bred at Oregon University, listed here https://www.plant-world-seeds.com/store/view_seed_item/4411 might have to try some of the others. Some bits fr...
by Geoff
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Fifth truss?
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Fifth truss?

Wrote my reply from memory without going down the garden at that time of night. The Sakura in the greenhouse that we are mostly picking from are impossible to get a sensible photograph of but they have the seventh truss forming. The one on the end of a row in the polytunnel I could get a shot of but...
by Geoff
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: MediaSpeak
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: MediaSpeak

They all must tiptoe past ASA offices. It's like searching for stuff on eBay when you get three hits at different prices that all say "cheapest on the web".
by Geoff
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Fifth truss?
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Fifth truss?

I don't stop my plants producing trusses until they get too tangled up in the top of the greenhouse. Most of my early plants now have five and some have the sixth showing even though we are only just starting to pick the first truss. Haven't got any GD this year but the similar sized (assuming you m...
by Geoff
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 179
Views: 3432

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

After over 92 mm the last few days we need a dry second half of the year (surprisingly) to make it an average year. Wet days give me time to play in Excel!

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by Geoff
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Toilet roll tubes
Replies: 12
Views: 212

Re: Toilet roll tubes

The quality went down soon after the original patentees sold out to Haxnicks.
by Geoff
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Bread flour
Replies: 19
Views: 949

Re: Bread flour

My wife uses the sponge method of bread making and says it uses less yeast. She is also making our own cheese at the moment (kit for Christmas) and the whey also helps rise the bread. Part way through the lockdown we lent a neighbour a bag of SR flour, she returned it today as a bag of bread flour b...
by Geoff
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Bread flour
Replies: 19
Views: 949

Re: Bread flour

Anybody found bread flour at a sensible price


Trouble is before lockdown we were paying 55p for 1½ kg bag that made excellent bread, why should we have to suddenly pay £1.30 kg? Somebody is taking us for a ride.
by Geoff
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 179
Views: 3432

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

25.5°C on Friday, 25.5 mm rain today and counting, isn't our weather wonderful, what would we talk about without it.
by Geoff
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: hotbin question
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: hotbin question

I'm afraid I've always found the idea of carbon:nitrogen ratio for composting a little ridiculous, I feel most organic matter is very similar what varies is the moisture content. I have found a website the recommends a C:N of 25:30 then presents this table that shows most things are close to this ra...

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