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by Monika
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Veg wins "Funniest Joke of The Fringe"
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: Veg wins "Funniest Joke of The Fringe"

I thought the winning joke was a bit sick, but I probably don't have the right sense of humour ......
by Monika
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onions.
Replies: 15
Views: 234

Re: Onions.

I grew Rijnsburger for many years, Elmigo, because they were very good keepers. As far as I know they are still available now.
by Monika
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Green Manures
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: Green Manures

Avoid mustard if you want to follow it with brassicas, avoid field beans, lupins and winter tares if you want to follow it with legumes. Phacelia and grazing rye seem to be the best 'neutral' ones and I also find that strimming down the grazing rye makes it grow again very quickly - you therefore ge...
by Monika
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the PRIME MOVER
Replies: 16
Views: 157

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the PRIME MOVER

Happy Birthday, OH! Hope you and Cook are enjoying a lovely evening!
by Monika
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onions.
Replies: 15
Views: 234

Re: Onions.

I don't grow onions, but our shallots have been fine this year and the garlics huge. But I did water them very copiously and regularly which our late local onion guru Derek Raw (he used win the onion classes in big shows) was the most important thing for the onion family.
by Monika
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 56
Views: 761

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

We always grow huge sunflowers, both in stature of the stem and the circumference of the flower, but unfortunately, the seeds never ripen or grow large enough for human consumption. Sometimes the seedheads go mouldy whilst still on the plant but usually the birds will peck them to pieces. When event...
by Monika
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Can anybody identify these fruits please?
Replies: 8
Views: 175

Re: Can anybody identify these fruits please?

Are they stone fruit, Primrose, or with several small pips, as of the apple family? Or literally just squashy flesh?
by Monika
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Holes in Potatoes
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Holes in Potatoes

Are you sure it's not slug damage, Geoff? When we grew potatoes on the allotment, I found the worst culprits were those small black slugs and, considering the recent rather damp weather, they would be very active now.
by Monika
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 10
Views: 108

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday, Primrose, and many more of them!
by Monika
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 56
Views: 761

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Robo, did you sow them direct? Because I don't need very many plants, I always sow them individually into roottrainers and then plant them out. This year, I don't think I lost a single one.
by Monika
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 56
Views: 761

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Thank you, OH.
We've been harvesting lots of climbing beans (Cobra), courgettes and beetroots, in spite of the sparrows' attention to the latter. The garlic Mersley Wight is larger than I have ever seen!
by Monika
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Tomato issues
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Tomato issues

The leaf damage looks like weedkiller damage to me, either through contaminated soil or airborne from a spray.
The dark 'bottoms' point to blossom end rot, as a result of insufficient or irregular watering.
by Monika
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: How difficult is it to get a gardener for a few hours per week/month?
Replies: 13
Views: 272

Re: How difficult is it to get a gardener for a few hours per week/month?

Does your Kent village not have a community Facebook page? On our village web page, there are regularly requests or offers for gardening, house cleaning etc. It also means that it is seen by somebody local rather than from far away.
by Monika
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 14
Views: 179

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday, shallotman. I trust you are not a Yorkshire man because a birthday today would be most appropriate. Never mind, hope you have a lovely evening and a good year to come!
by Monika
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Butterflies and Moths - again
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Butterflies and Moths - again

Sorry to come back on the butterflies, but today has been most amazing: loads of painted ladies, peacock, small tortoiseshell, red admiral, comma, holly blue, ringlet, white-letter hairstreak, dark green fritillary, hummingbird hawkmoth, silver-y .... (and of course the usual whites!). Our garden is...

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