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by Monika
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 47
Views: 710

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

Last night's frost (-5C) killed off the nasturtiums, dahlias and pelargoniums, but the dug vegetable beds will have benefited from it! And it might have killed off a few bugs.
by Monika
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: How would I check soil for contamination?
Replies: 8
Views: 83

Re: How would I check soil for contamination?

I think the RHS offers a soil analysis to members. Might be worth asking.
by Monika
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Reducing allotment plot sizes
Replies: 8
Views: 66

Re: Reducing allotment plot sizes

The allotments in our village were re-opened up 36 years ago as eight (large) full size plots. None of those remain at that size, they have all been halved or quartered. The system seems to work very well: the elderly can move to a smaller size when the work gets too hard, people busy with jobs and ...
by Monika
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Composting
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Composting

Some 'compostable' wrappers actually state that they are made of rice starch - those I put into our own compost bin. Others, stated to be compostable, I put into the council garden rubbish bin because our own bin doesn't get hot enough to rot them down. I empty the tea bags after use: tea into the c...
by Monika
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: new built house garden - getting the soil ready for planting
Replies: 11
Views: 295

Re: new built house garden - getting the soil ready for planting

Welcome, Carmen, I hope you will get answers to your questions and all the help you need! Is your new garden flat or on a slope? Which direction is it, N, S, E or W? If there is a slope, you might want to put in a pond in the lowest part to drain the water of the rest, before you do anything else. P...
by Monika
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 47
Views: 710

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

You must have had it bad, Westi. I hope you get straightened out again quickly and the wind has abated.

I think we were in the eye of the storm because our barometer was at an extremely low level (968mb) and there has been virtually no wind at all the last three days.
by Monika
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 47
Views: 710

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

I am probably quite perverse, but I actually like this time of the year (sorry, Primrose and OH). Autumn has always been my favourite time of the year...... as a child, probably because my birthday is in autumn and now, because I can devote my time to indoor crafts and reading without feeling guilty...
by Monika
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Bay Leaves
Replies: 14
Views: 456

Re: Bay Leaves

On pruning: you can chop a bay tree back quite hard but I would do that in late spring, not now. If you are sure it IS a bay (and not a decorative laurel which could be poisonous, both are Laurus ), I find the best way to preserve the leaves is to freeze them. Just give the picked leaves a wipe with...
by Monika
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: winter growing
Replies: 11
Views: 450

Re: winter growing

Gosh, they look healthy, Elmigo. We had to pull up all our brassicas because the cabbage white caterpillars this year just turned all the leaves into lace. Next year, they will go under a netting tunnel.
by Monika
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 117
Views: 4149

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.

Robo, even if the frost has killed the potato tops, you might still have some little spuds in the ground/pot! Don't dig them up until Christmas.
by Monika
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 117
Views: 4149

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.

Just finished digging the vegetable patch other than the leek plot. Now hoping for some hard frost by January before the manure goes on.
by Monika
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 117
Views: 4149

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.

The strange thing is that, when I have visited my youngest daughter in Bonn, all the children seem to walk to school there, primary as well as secondary or, if too far, use public transport. If you saw a child of, say, 8 years on his/her own on a bus or suburban train here, you would wonder if they ...
by Monika
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: GQT - well rotted organic matter
Replies: 13
Views: 389

Re: GQT - well rotted organic matter

Some years ago, a huge pile of manure was my very best birthday present, Diane!!!
by Monika
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 117
Views: 4149

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.

There was recently a discussion on our village Facebook page, parents complaining that on certain days there is no room on the minibus which takes the children to our nearest secondary schools. I joined in by saying that I made my children walk two miles to school when they were teenagers although t...
by Monika
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: What's Happenin'?
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: What's Happenin'?

With only leeks and a few brassicas remaining on our small garden plot at the moment, now we longer have an allotment, I intend to clear it all, dig it over, get it nicely frosted, then spread the manure and cover it all with black plastic to let the worms do their job. But the indoor fun will be th...

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