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by Monika
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Where are they now?
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Where are they now?

Hear, hear, Primrose. What about Motherwoman (from the Isle of Wight), Parsons Jack (from the Kent coast), glallotments (from Sheffield) and two people whose name I can't remember, one moved to Finland, the other one was in the south of France. At least it was good to see Catherine making a return r...
by Monika
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Aminopyralid contamination
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Re: Aminopyralid contamination

Colin, if you search for 'aminopyralid' in this forum, you will find a lot of information from years back - might be useful.
by Monika
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Is compost enough to refresh old soil?
Replies: 14
Views: 139

Re: Is compost enough to refresh old soil?

I can see your problem, Elmigo, because, presumably, if you had to get rid of old compost, where would you put it from your balcony pots? I endorse everything said above: now, without allotment, we grow lots of things in pots too and refresh the soil regularly, but eventually I throw the 'exhausted'...
by Monika
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Aminopyralid contamination
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Re: Aminopyralid contamination

We had some contaminated manure a few years ago (and, as OH says above, the subject was much discussed on this forum - see the archives?). We kept turning the affected manure over and then dug it into the soil. The only crop suffering were the potatoes but even they recovered eventually. The local f...
by Monika
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Not a drop here so far .......
by Monika
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Well, June is never 'flaming', is it? July and August tend to have much higher temperatures, at least around here. Still no rain here ......
by Monika
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

No rain here yet, we could do with it. So much of gardening this morning, especially cutting back lots of lush vegetation and trimming the pyracantha hedges, to prepare for the deluge to come .......
by Monika
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Kitchen Garden Magazine Issues
Replies: 16
Views: 4178

Re: Kitchen Garden Magazine Issues

The moment a new copy comes out, the previous month's copies of KG (and copies of all the other magazines we buy) are passed on to various interested people and some general ones are are given to our local sheltered housing complex who put them into their day room. No magazine ever ends up in our re...
by Monika
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Puckered leaves on French beans
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: Puckered leaves on French beans

How sweet, Robo ..... There is no capsid bug damage, Sally, so I think it must be the weather because they are growing quite happily expect for the slight wrinkles and crinkles.
by Monika
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Pea and Bean weevil?
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Pea and Bean weevil?

Catherine, I think you will find that the damage becomes much less when the weather is wet (as is likely to happen this week) and once the plants have grown a bit, they will withstand the damage. If you are thinking of spraying, I believe the Neudorff range of sprays is organic, so you might find so...
by Monika
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

I noticed that both last week and the week before, Manchester had less total rain than London. And we have certainly not had it wet here so far this month, just enough to avoid having watering the beds but the pots are still in need of it.
by Monika
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Feeding the birds versus growing your crops
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Feeding the birds versus growing your crops

We don't feed the birds from about mid-Apil to mid-October, depending on the weather, for the very reasons outlined above. There is a wood pigeon nest in the trees directly opposite the vegetable garden but so far they have left the larger brassicas alone (the small ones are netted). But we still ha...
by Monika
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Puckered leaves on French beans
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: Puckered leaves on French beans

Sorry, tigerburnie, no can do. I have looked at pictures of virus damage but it does not look like that.
by Monika
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Puckered leaves on French beans
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Puckered leaves on French beans

My climbing French beans (Cobra) have puckered leaves. I wonder why - the cooler weather or a disease?
by Monika
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Just missed.....
Replies: 8
Views: 108

Re: Just missed.....

As for horticultural 'name dropping': I once had an argument with Geoffrey Smith, the garden writer and broadcaster, in a garden centre. I was buying an apple tree and asked if they had any slightly smaller ones because the taller tree would not fit into our short wheelbase Landrover. Geoffrey Smith...

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