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by Colin Miles
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: grenadier apples
Replies: 1
Views: 127

grenadier apples

Apparently they don't store too well. A bit unfortunate as I have a good crop but am away tomorrow until 19th Sept and we don't have the time to make them into apple puree before then. Some of them have fallen and are in the shed and I have picked a few which came away easily. Wondering if I should ...
by Colin Miles
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Swede storage
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Swede storage

Although the previous replies, including my own(!) have said to leave them in the ground and lift as necessary, doing this hasn't really worked that well for me these past 2 or 3 years as they get attacked by slugs and are likely to rot from underneath. So my wife wants me to lift them before the we...
by Colin Miles
Mon May 13, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Peat free composts
Replies: 8
Views: 803

Re: Peat free composts

I think it's fair to say most bags of compost sold these days are rubbish, or at least 50% seems to be bits of twigs and other uncomposted rubbish. I am using a 120lt bag of Verve multipurpose compost from B&Q which is 58% peat and I have been impressed by it. Unlike most composts that I have u...
by Colin Miles
Mon May 13, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Peat free composts
Replies: 8
Views: 803

Peat free composts

Hi guys - a long time since I last posted. Not doing as much gardening as I used to. But on Friday I shall be going to a talk on peat free composts. Doing a search I found a comment by Johnboy from a couple of years ago which basically said they were still rubbish. So I wondered what the latest thou...
by Colin Miles
Sun May 13, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What is "well rotted" manure?
Replies: 17
Views: 6034

Re: What is "well rotted" manure?

Thanks Geoff
by Colin Miles
Sun May 13, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What is "well rotted" manure?
Replies: 17
Views: 6034

Re: What is "well rotted" manure?

I have a kept a grass heap for years - it takes me around 3 hours or more to mow my lawn/meadow so quite a lot of grass cuttings - and this year I decided it was time to use some of it. So I have stacks of what could be best as sorta peat like on what will be my runner bean, courgette and squash pat...
by Colin Miles
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Runner Beans and Courgettes
Replies: 2
Views: 1041

Runner Beans and Courgettes

I bought 2 lots of 12 Runner Beans from Marshalls - Whiteflowered Moondust and Red-flowered Firestorm. If we had relied on the latter we would have had just enough for the 2 of us. As it is I have been picking almost a basket full of beans from Moondust and feeding all the neighbours for the past co...
by Colin Miles
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Best early Peas
Replies: 14
Views: 2008

Re: Best early Peas

Sounds a bit like my experience! I tried Cash this year. Ok but nothing special and only a few pickings.
by Colin Miles
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Best early Peas
Replies: 14
Views: 2008

Best early Peas

When I was looking after allotments in Hemel Hempstead many years ago, one of the allotmenteers always used to have these lovely rows of Peas. They were Hurst Greenshaft and growing them this year down here in South Wales they have convinced me that they are the one main crop to grow. But I have yet...
by Colin Miles
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: stopping Winter Squash
Replies: 1
Views: 1132

stopping Winter Squash

I have 3 plants of the Winter Squash, Sweetmax which I bought from Marshalls. These were potted on in the greenhouse inquite large pots to get as big a rootball as possible and avoid any late cold or windy weather. Planted out they are doing quite well. Advice is to stop the main shoot after they ha...
by Colin Miles
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: News and Views
Topic: Indian summer for pests
Replies: 20
Views: 6803

Re: Indian summer for pests

1976 was longer. And records really don't go back that far. "In the Central England Temperature series 1976 has the hottest summer for more than 350 years and probably for much longer. The average temperature over the whole summer (June, July, August) was 17.77 °C, compared to the average for t...
by Colin Miles
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Moths - lack of
Replies: 35
Views: 5381

Re: Moths - lack of

Primrose - the method of counting bats is to find the exit point, position yourself comfortably and count them as they come out. They started at 9.38 pm, a few minutes later than usual, and finished at around 10.23pm. Previous counts were 23rd June 2012 - 231 22nd June 2013 - 61 2014 - no survey 20t...
by Colin Miles
Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Moths - lack of
Replies: 35
Views: 5381

Re: Moths - lack of

I counted 227 bats last night which is good. They are the 'normal' Pipistrelles, not the soprano ones. A maternity roost so maybe double that number with the youngsters. On Friday we have the bat experts in so am hoping they will find more elsewhere. Previously we have found Daubentons and others. A...
by Colin Miles
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Moths - lack of
Replies: 35
Views: 5381

Re: Moths - lack of

Primrose - tonight I do my annual bat count at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Numbers do vary widely. Two years ago only 61, last year 282. Will let you know tomorrow. Could be a good indication of insect numbers, or maybe not.
by Colin Miles
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Moths - lack of
Replies: 35
Views: 5381

Re: Moths - lack of

I have been helping with a research project regarding honey bee pollination for the last 3 years. One of the results so far stresses the importance of hedgerows rather than meadows, brambles especially and native trees and shrubs . In my patch, which is essentially grasslands, I haven't managed to s...

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