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by Monika
Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2811

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Congratulations, Geoff! A wonderful milestone to have. Shame that you can't see him in person yet, but the time will come and by then he might appreciate YOU more than he would now. Having nine grandchildren, I realise that the first born will always be a sort of favourite, although I wouldn't tell ...
by Monika
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: December issue
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: December issue

We planted Jerusalem artichokes on the allotment next to the large wooden compost bin because the baler twine slung around the corner posts acted as their support. Every autumn, I dug up all the tubers, kept the best to eat, threw away the tiny ones and re-planted some of the middle sized ones, year...
by Monika
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Seaweed compost.
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Seaweed compost.

I have recently been using a potting compost called 'Grow+ Seaweed 60' and so far it has turned out very well, certainly compared with more recent peat-free or peat-reduced composts some of which contained lots of hard bits. I no longer have the bag so don't know its exact composition but the word '...
by Monika
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2811

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

You know the 'mudketeers' from the KG magazine? Well, this morning my OH and I were just that because we levered a huge 30-year old water lily root system out of our pond because it had simply grown too large. Mud, glorious mud everywhere! But the enormous thing is now resting on the pond edge so th...
by Monika
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2811

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

That sounds great, retropants. If you could cover the whole area with black plastic or similar, the worms might do their job even more efficiently, especially when the sun shines and and cover warms up.
by Monika
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Fox and cat
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Fox and cat

At least the cat could escape up a tree with the fox unable to follow!
by Monika
Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2811

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Interesting to hear that most Ukrainians don't speak Ukrainian but Russian, Stravaig. I started learning Russian at school when I was 8 years old and I still love it. Ukrainian appears very similar to me, I can certainly get the gist of it, written down. Spoken Ukrainian would presumably be very dif...
by Monika
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2811

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Stravaig, a simple remedy: learn Ukrainian (or take a dictionary)!
by Monika
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2811

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Shallot Man, surely your wife can go with you into the supermarket? You are her carer and you are in the same family. Good luck and I hope it all goes well for you!
by Monika
Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Chinese boiled eggs
Replies: 3
Views: 2281

Re: Chinese boiled eggs

That sounds tasty, Alan. will definitely try it.
by Monika
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1282
Views: 205504

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

Cheeky ........
by Monika
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Cherry Tree Leaves
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: Cherry Tree Leaves

Unless every leaf is affected (which is most unlikely), I don't think the tree will be harmed. Keep an eye on it next spring and make sure it gets enough water in its first years.
by Monika
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2811

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Interesting graph, Geoff. Just out of interest: how much rain exactly did you have this October? We had 157mm which is not at all out of the ordinary, in fact, probably below the average. Your bar seems to be nearer 200mm. Interestingly, we also had some lower night temperatures in September than in...
by Monika
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Nettles in newly seeded lawn
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Nettles in newly seeded lawn

Agree with Peter. The nettles will die off eventually when mown several times. But in the meantime, I would try to pull them out now. After all, the ground will be soft and you can probably extract them quite easily before they spread by their underground roots.
by Monika
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 136
Views: 2811

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

Colin, I have tried to use just cardboard but find it so fiddly to weigh it down so that it does not blow away. Our black plastic (which we use to cover the manure-covered beds) are old silage sheets, hence already second hand and they last for years, so I don't feel too guilty about it.

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