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by Monika
Mon May 03, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Can somebody help me with sorrel please?
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Re: Can somebody help me with sorrel please?

Can one cook sorrel, Primrose? I only ever thought of it like lettuce, a salad plant.
by Monika
Mon May 03, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 18
Views: 117

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

We had just over 12mm rain today, the first proper rain since March (other than a short sharp shower yesterday). It was pouring and blowing hard until just after 6pm and then - bright sunshine! I managed to plant out my beetroot and sunflowers this morning, so they should be nicely watered in. It's ...
by Monika
Mon May 03, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 3999

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

I don't think weeping willow catkins have any smell, but balsam poplar should be flowering now and is very fragrant.
by Monika
Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Anyone heard it yet?
Replies: 22
Views: 300

Re: Anyone heard it yet?

First cuckoo heard on Embsay Crag, just outside Skipton, yesterday morning, very much in line with previous arrival dates. So glad it's back!
by Monika
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Rain gauge
Replies: 6
Views: 51

Re: Rain gauge

If the superglue doesn't work, Primrose, could you try buying a new one at a garden centre? They usually have them near the garden accessories like thermometers, labels etc.
by Monika
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 3999

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

It's been a strange month, this April. After all the fresh growth in the March warmth, lots of our new leaves have been frosted. Our long rosa rugosa hedge looks terrible with many of the new leaves just frizzled up, as are the leaves on the hydrangea. And everything still bone dry .... Retropants, ...
by Monika
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Venidium Orange Prince seedlings
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: Venidium Orange Prince seedlings

Thank you, Sally! Great advice.
by Monika
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Venidium Orange Prince seedlings
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: Venidium Orange Prince seedlings

That's very useful, Sally, because I have just had two lots of petunia plants delivered for our window boxes, supposedly "garden ready" though I will keep them in the greenhouse (planted in the boxes) until the end of May. Almost all the plants already had flowers, so I have removed them, ...
by Monika
Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 3999

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

We ate the first home grown salad leaves and radishes tonight! All tomatoes and peppers are in their final growing pots now and in the next few days I will sow the runner, climbing and dwarf French beans in the greenhouse. It all sounds very grand, but there will only be about ten of each, due to ou...
by Monika
Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 3999

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Another frosty night last night though no frost was forecast. The potatoes were slightly nipped but they'll recover, I hope. And again, bright sunshine now, making the greenhouse temperature shoot up into the 30s in spite of all the open door, flaps and windows. That's nothing, however: I spoke to o...
by Monika
Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Anyone heard it yet?
Replies: 22
Views: 300

Re: Anyone heard it yet?

First cuckoo heard on Ilkley Moor this morning, not too far from us!
by Monika
Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 3999

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

You are right about the diary, OH. I started writing a diary almost 50 years ago and have very, very early missed a daily entry. For the last 30 years or so I have also kept a weather station and each evening record the max/min/actual temperatures of the day, rainfall, wind speed and barometer readi...
by Monika
Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 3999

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

More frost last night and the tips of the potato foliage has browned although they were covered with double bubble plastic. But just in case you think it's cold now, my diary of 40 years ago reads: 24.4.1981: Heavy snow all day, by night drifts and blocked roads. By 25th, my OH only just made it out...
by Monika
Thu Apr 22, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 3999

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Yes, we had frost last night but everything was well covered or wrapped up. Today's daytime temperature is up to 20C - incredibly warm for April. Our daughter took me to a large garden centre not far from here yesterday and I was amazed how much frost damage they had had over the last few days on ha...
by Monika
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 3999

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

The first frost free morning for 13 nights - whoopee! I suppose it's the price you have to pay for almost daily wall to wall sunshine and clear nights .... But it has been wonderful weather for outside gardening and walking. We could do with a bit of rain now - the total precipitation for April to d...

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