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by Diane
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Beetroot surprise
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: Beetroot surprise

My beetroot crop is looking awful this year. Boltardy - usually grows really well. I have brown patches all over the leaves this year. Haven't done anything different. I'm definitely going to try Moles F1 Pablo next year.
by Diane
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Co-incidence or a sign?
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Co-incidence or a sign?

That's why I like Beechgrove Gardens - it's more realistic. They have failures...and they show them.
by Diane
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

It's raining at last. I'm in the same boat as Westi - parched earth - wilting plants - no raspberries at all and the rhubarb is like concrete.

Just in time to revive the garden before the approaching heatwave again.
by Diane
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hello from a newbie
Replies: 11
Views: 121

Re: Hello from a newbie

Hello and welcome from me too. Sounds like you are doing really well with your limited space. Look forward to hearing more.
by Diane
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: A general rant - After the Lord Mayor's Show
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: A general rant - After the Lord Mayor's Show

I'd have buried them in the compost heap.
by Diane
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: 2019 begins
Replies: 60
Views: 4330

Re: 2019 begins

What wonderful pictures of healthy plants. I'm still awaiting the ripening of the first tomato (in the greenhouse). The raspberries didn't produce any fruit this year. However, sweetcorn is looking good. I think I'll plant more next year and cut down on the kale, seeing as it's only me (and a friend...
by Diane
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Bit of a dilemma
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Bit of a dilemma

Thank you all - much appreciated.
by Diane
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Bit of a dilemma
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Bit of a dilemma

I have a very large yellow azalea bush - about 8 foot high and about 5 - 6 foot wide now...looks and smells beautiful in the spring when the blossoms are out. Now growing up and through this huge lump of yellowness are two old fashioned roses. I think they are David Austin's...can't remember the nam...
by Diane
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Lily beetles
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Lily beetles

Well, I've learnt something new. Apparently lily beetles scream when you pick them off a lily and it makes all the other lily beetles throw themselves to the ground. (from Hampton Court programme). I've just been out to inspect my lilys but not a l b to be found so I can't confirm. They must have be...
by Diane
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Garden wildlife
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Garden wildlife

Not seen a hedgehog for years now. Lots of the usual garden birds but nothing exotic. But the pigeons keep having fights in the trees all around. Lots of very loud flapping - sounds like chuck out time at the pub on a Saturday night.
by Diane
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Look at Pa Snips plot now
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: Look at Pa Snips plot now

Excellent - thank you for showing us the wonderful vegetables. What a great job you're doing. He would have been very proud.
by Diane
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I'm trying to decide what to do with my rhubarb this winter
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: I'm trying to decide what to do with my rhubarb this winter

Looking on the interweb - it seems it doesn't really matter - autumn, winter or spring (but not summer). So I guess whenever you have a couple of hours when you feel like donning wellies and getting out the spade and fork. It's a really tough plant. A friend has been trying to kill a root of rhubarb...
by Diane
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Rust on mint
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: Rust on mint

I just cut mine right down to the ground - the new leaves just grow again and are usually ok.
by Diane
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Summer Solstice
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: Happy Summer Solstice

Big black clouds here in Dorset.
by Diane
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Kale leaves are edible!
Replies: 9
Views: 326

Re: Kale leaves are edible!

I chop up the stems of kale and brocolli and steam them until soft-ish - then swirl a knob of butter and sprinkle with a little pepper. Or garam masala or poppy seeds and lemon juice. Really tasty. The leaves of kale are lovely chopped up and added to the rice when making a curry or other savory ric...

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