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by Monika
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

All the very best to cook, OH, and I hope she gets better soon.
by Monika
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: A very personal message
Replies: 24
Views: 351

Re: A very personal message

All the best, Pa Snip! My thoughts are with you.

One of our grandsons (in his late twenties, married, with a small child) was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer two weeks ago. He is starting radiotherapy this week. Cancer is such a nasty, nasty indiscriminate beast .....
by Monika
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Garlic Preferences
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Garlic Preferences

Softneck varieties for me, especially Mersley Wight, Provence Wight and Solent Wight. Hardnecks seem to have larger cloves but I prefer the long keeping softnecks. We usually still have perfectly good garlic left when next year's harvest is just starting to mature.
by Monika
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Birds' vision
Replies: 15
Views: 707

Re: Birds' vision

Robo, are you sure it was a red squirrel? Some greys have a reddish tinge ...... There is a colony of red squirrels at Formby on the coast, not too far from you, but they tend to stay put unless you have a lot of conifers near you.
by Monika
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: 2019 - New year, New veg.
Replies: 18
Views: 389

Re: 2019 - New year, New veg.

Having now greatly downsized from a full-size allotment four years ago to a half-size one and, since this autumn, no allotment at all, just a vegetable patch in the garden, I find it really difficult to decide what to grow next year. However much we like them fresh, we have decided against growing p...
by Monika
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

OH, none of the other I. reticulata and I.danfordiae are showing anything, it's just Katherine Hodgkin, so we'll just enjoy it! I spent all morning emptying one compost bin (gorgeous black stuff!) onto the vegetable beds, then shuffled the compost in the other two from one bin to the other - hard wo...
by Monika
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

Our miniature iris Katherine Hodgkin (pale blue with beautiful markings) is flowering! It shouldn't do so until about February/March!
by Monika
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: How do I best this smug cat?
Replies: 8
Views: 264

Re: How do I best this smug cat?

Get a dog - only joking .....
by Monika
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

Planted our garlic and shallots yesterday, all in short root trainers because the ground at home isn't ready yet, butI did that last year (for different reasons), kept the plants in the unheated greenhouse over winter and planted them in the beds outside in spring - and we had a very good crop from ...
by Monika
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

Our front garden is actually considerably larger than the back (it's a large open plan corner plot), but we have turned that into a wildflower area, a bit Piet Oudolf-style, and don't want to disturb that. We are also directly opposite the local nature reserve with lots of birds and other wildlife w...
by Monika
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Woodlice
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: Woodlice

Westi, I am sure woodlice would not START any damage on potatoes but will most likely take advantage of any (slug?) holes.
by Monika
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

It's our usual plot at home, OH, which is about 10' by 12'. We were contemplating extending it, but the other areas are shadier, so we will probably restrict ourselves to growing lots more things in large pots which we can move about. And we will concentrate on vegetables which are so much better fr...
by Monika
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Overwintering self sown seedlings
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: Overwintering self sown seedlings

It's like Mexican fleabane (Erigeron karvinskianus), isn't it? A pot of these costs at least a fiver whereas they seed themselves all over the place, especially in any paving cracks and gravel. And they are completely hardy.
by Monika
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

I dug the whole of our vegetable plot at home today - always very satisfying.
by Monika
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Birds' vision
Replies: 15
Views: 707

Re: Birds' vision

Geoff, I think the goldcrest you were watching was so intent on getting rid of a rival which it saw in your window reflection that nothing else mattered. We have had a goldcrest doing that on the wing mirror of the car and stood next to it, in touching distance, and it has continued pecking at this ...

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