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by Monika
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Leeks
Replies: 5
Views: 41

Re: Leeks

Its it leek moth, Robo, or are they just rotting like Primrose's? I tend to harvest my leeks about October/November (although Musselburgh should stand well over winter), mainly because I want the ground cleared to cover with manure for the next crop. As I only ever use leeks for soups, I just cut th...
by Monika
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Tomato leaf problems - help
Replies: 2
Views: 37

Re: Tomato leaf problems - help

I think your tomatoes are just getting old - the curling, yellowing and patches are natural sign of ageing. I know you are in California but presumably even there autumn must be rolling in .....
by Monika
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 772

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Congratulations, new grandad Robo, and best wishes to parents and baby!
by Monika
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 772

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Just spent two hours soaking and scrubbing all this summer's used pots, plant trays, seed trays etc and they are now drying in the sun on a perfectly windless day.
by Monika
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 772

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Hope all turns out well, Stravaig!
by Monika
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Favourite leeks
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Favourite leeks

I tried King Richard to get an earlier variety, but every year I come back to Musselburgh - grows well, stays well throughout snow and ice, tastes good and is reasonably free of rust.
by Monika
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Where did it go?
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: Where did it go?

Our small tortoiseshell, red admiral and peacock butterflies are battling against the strong westerly wind to stay on the remaining buddleia flowers, red valerian and other flowers, but the sun is shining and the washing has dried in a jiffy|!
by Monika
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Beginners Cold frame sowing September
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Beginners Cold frame sowing September

If you are going to sow spring onions, make it 'White Lisbon Winterhardy'. They should be ok.
by Monika
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Beginners Cold frame sowing September
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Beginners Cold frame sowing September

Presumably, the frame is not tall enough to accommodate broad beans? What about spinach or spring onions? Lack of light will probably be a bigger problem than warmth.
by Monika
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Grass snake
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Grass snake

Lucky you!
by Monika
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 772

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

We kept our own rabbits for food during the war - unfortunately, as I was used to cleaning their hutches and playing with them, I could never bring myself to eat them. And I still dislike rabbit to eat, even the smell of it cooking puts me off.
by Monika
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 772

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Down to 5C last night here, but I do remember a year in the early 1970s when July was the only frost free month in the year. A night frost on 30/31 August killed all the very tops of the dahlias .....
by Monika
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Rhubarb in pots?
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Rhubarb in pots?

We love rhubarb but left our magnificent plants behind on the allotment two years ago. We don't have room in the garden to grow it, but I am now contemplating growing two or three rhubarb plants in pots (one each in a 2 foot diameter pot), probably growing in a mixture of potting compost, John Innes...
by Monika
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 50
Views: 772

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Thank you, OH. Yes, it certainly feels later summerish, almost autumnal - 8C last night and a rather cool northerly wind all day, but the sunsets and sunrises have been brilliant lately!
by Monika
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Tall Pea's
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: Tall Pea's

I agree, Geoff. Having tried Alderman and other varieties, I have always come back to Hurst Greenshaft - prolific, tasty and reasonably safe from powdery mildew.

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