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by Monika
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3042

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

What a great late summer it is turning out to be! The last few days we have still had lots of painted ladies, also peacock, small tortoiseshell, comma, red admiral, small copper, speckled wood and, alas, small white butterflies, all feeding on red valerian, hemp agrimony and the last remnants of bud...
by Monika
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Potato allergy?
Replies: 8
Views: 1126

Re: Potato allergy?

Thank you for that link, Alan. I still have occasional problems, but it seems to depend on the potato variety! This year we grew 6 different varieties and grew them in identical conditions. If I remember rightly, only the two earlies affected me but not the later ones which I am using now. I am now ...
by Monika
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Giant Veg?
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: Giant Veg?

These giant vegetables are not my scene either, but, as far as I know, there is a cash prize attached to the heaviest onion, so maybe the other 'heaviest' also get cash prizes? Also, once you let your prize veggies flower, you can of course sell the seeds to those who might want to beat you in the f...
by Monika
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Microplastics in the soil
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: Microplastics in the soil

I have just read that article, Stephen, and does sound rather alarming. The problem is that, however much an individual can try to avoid using plastic, it appears from everywhere in different forms and seems quite unavoidable. I do pride myself on being kind to our soil, treating and nourishing it l...
by Monika
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3042

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Do you not plant the garlic straight away, Shallot Man? Mine usually arrive at the end of September and I get into the soil straight away. Mersley Wight have been amazing this year, so I will grow them again now. We had our Village Show on Saturday. There were lots of entries overall, but the vegeta...
by Monika
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I hope the kohlrabi gets biggger
Replies: 7
Views: 105

Re: I hope the kohlrabi gets biggger

Our kohlrabi and all the brassicas really suffered from the 'cabbage white' onslaught, so next year I will try to cover them with netting, perhaps buying a sort of mini tunnel, but I am still working on a solution. In spite of the caterpillars, kohlrabi Olivia was particularly good and productive th...
by Monika
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Our changing slug population
Replies: 22
Views: 213

Re: Our changing slug population

Like Chantal, we don't seem to have had nearly as many slugs in the garden as in previous years. Numbers of our large garden snails have also declined. We do have hedgehogs around and frogs, of course, but I don't think they are very interested in the snails or the large slugs. Is it the change in t...
by Monika
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3042

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Lots of beech mast about, too. The ground under the trees is covered with them - hopefully, the chaffinches and later the bramblings will discover this bonanza.
by Monika
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Sweet Pepper Long Red Marconi
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: Sweet Pepper Long Red Marconi

I have had a rogue seed in the past - could that be it, Peter?
by Monika
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Disposal of mildewed leaves
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Disposal of mildewed leaves

Primrose, the mildew spores will be around everywhere in any case and if they wish to strike and the conditions are right for them, they will. I shouldn't think that you putting the mildewed leaves into the compost will make any difference. I certainly have been doing so all my gardening years.
by Monika
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 147
Views: 3042

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Our late brassicas are turning into this year's failures: the leaves are like lace from the ravages of caterpillars. It was lovely to see all the butterflies this summer but now we have the results of the 'cabbage white' invasion. I tried to pick them off but the majority obviously got away and ate ...
by Monika
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hi everyone...
Replies: 13
Views: 212

Re: Hi everyone...

Hello, Chantal, great to see you back!
by Monika
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Veg wins "Funniest Joke of The Fringe"
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Veg wins "Funniest Joke of The Fringe"

I thought the winning joke was a bit sick, but I probably don't have the right sense of humour ......
by Monika
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onions.
Replies: 19
Views: 751

Re: Onions.

I grew Rijnsburger for many years, Elmigo, because they were very good keepers. As far as I know they are still available now.
by Monika
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Green Manures
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: Green Manures

Avoid mustard if you want to follow it with brassicas, avoid field beans, lupins and winter tares if you want to follow it with legumes. Phacelia and grazing rye seem to be the best 'neutral' ones and I also find that strimming down the grazing rye makes it grow again very quickly - you therefore ge...

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