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by John
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1282
Views: 205493

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

And now for something completely different A well set-up family hire a marriage broker for their son. The marriage-broker goes away and comes back with a picture of a beautiful young woman. He tells the family, 'She's popular. She's beautiful. She's from a good family. She's perfect!' Then the son b...
by John
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Bread flour
Replies: 19
Views: 1778

Re: Bread flour

Agree with you V.
I use Shipton Mill and their flour is some of the best around. Many less common types to choose from that are hard to find any where else.
Delivery is quick but then I don't live very far away from the mill. The website is excellent.

John
by John
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Courgettes: No male flowers, several female flowers
Replies: 7
Views: 541

Re: Courgettes: No male flowers, several female flowers

Hi Westi
As courgettes go Parthenon is the one against which others must be judged. Its so reliable - grows fast, fruits early and the fruits are excellent.
You've made a good choice!
Regards
John
by John
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Courgettes: No male flowers, several female flowers
Replies: 7
Views: 541

Re: Courgettes: No male flowers, several female flowers

Hi W It is in the nature of squash and courgettes to produce mainly male flowers when they first start flowering. Pollination is haphazard until the plant is established. With courgettes one way round the problem is to grow the variety Parthenon F1 as the female flowers will develop fruits without p...
by John
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 8140

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Hi Westi
I grew Abbot earlies last year and agree with you about the taste. Won't be trying them again.

John
by John
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Climbing French beans
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Climbing French beans

Hi Monika An excellent tonic for anaemic plants is dried blood - available in most garden centres. Its high in nitrogen, contains iron and is fast acting. Don't overdo any application on beans. If you do you will get a lot of soft lush growth and fewer flowers/beans. I've found that a little on youn...
by John
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Lettuce Thermo-inhibition
Replies: 8
Views: 1039

Re: Lettuce Thermo-inhibition

If we are having a warm spell it is best to sow in the late evening when its cooler and then water with cold water.
John
by John
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs
Replies: 210
Views: 15576

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs

Handles on supermarket trolleys must come a close second in the germ spreading stakes.

John
by John
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Planting broad bean seeds end November
Replies: 11
Views: 1553

Re: Planting broad bean seeds end November

Hi Colin2016 Quite some time ago now Johnboy (is he still lurking here?) did an experiment involving planting groups of BB seeds in different positions and showed that the black scar down position gave the best germination results. He posted his results on forum but they may have been lost when old ...
by John
Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Planting broad bean seeds end November
Replies: 11
Views: 1553

Re: Planting broad bean seeds end November

Totally agree with you Monika. This is by far the best way to grow broad beans - use the deep (12cm) trainers. I've found the varieties Jubilee Hysor or Witkiem Manita do very well when sown mid Feb. onwards and given a bit of protection while germinating. Don't bother with the trainer lids. Remembe...
by John
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: How would I check soil for contamination?
Replies: 9
Views: 1193

Re: How would I check soil for contamination?

Hi Stephen You best bet is to contact Environmental Health at your local council and explain your concerns. This is not the same as the Environment Agency. Try to arrange a site visit with one of their officers. They will advise you on what sort of tests for contaminants need to be carried out and a...
by John
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Please help with some plant identification
Replies: 18
Views: 2967

Re: Please help with some plant identification

Hello Stephen I think that the second plant is common hogweed but it is difficult to tell without seeing the leaves. This can grow to 1 to 2m high and looks like a coarser version of cow parsley. It is quite easy to confuse it with giant hogweed which is toxic - even touching this might cause a seve...
by John
Sat May 11, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1282
Views: 205493

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

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are the winners: 1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially ...
by John
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1282
Views: 205493

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

Hi Snooky
That's a real classic!
John
by John
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 293
Views: 55667

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

Hi Primrose
Perhaps you planted your bulbs upside down!

John

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