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by Monika
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Anyone heard it yet?
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: Anyone heard it yet?

I know, Geoff, I feel sorry for the poor birds trying to find insects in this weather. We also saw the first pipistrelle bat out about 10 days ago (when it was a lovely warm evening!) and hope it's gone back into hibernation. Snowing here at his minute.
by Monika
Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Anyone heard it yet?
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: Anyone heard it yet?

"Our" cuckoo usually arrives between 20th and 30th April, occasionally a little earlier (last year it was 19th) and sometimes a little later. Just for interest, in 1908, the first cuckoo was heard in the area on 30th April, so not much change. We have seen the first swallow (7th April), ch...
by Monika
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 119
Views: 2668

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

It's a white white world out there! We had heavy snow early last night, followed by clear skies and -3C, so the snow is sticking to the trees, walls, everywhere. It does look very pretty in the bright sunshine, but I fear for all the plants already out. Just seen a pair of blackcaps and a chiffchaff...
by Monika
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Happy Birthday.

Hello, Johnboy, great to hear from you and especially to hear that you are keeping busy in the horticultural business! Keep going! I Hope you and your family will be able to have a big birthday do when allowed.
by Monika
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 119
Views: 2668

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

What a pity, Primrose. You won't be the only one so affected - it's been a right snorter of a night .....
by Monika
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 13
Views: 229

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday, Johnboy! Take care and do pay your old friends a visit sometime!
by Monika
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 119
Views: 2668

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

It might be lovely and sunny but, by golly, that wind is vicious. Even our garden pond froze over last night. Everything will be well wrapped up and covered with fleece the next few nights, I think. Warmer weather to come next week .....
by Monika
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: How many pots do you have?
Replies: 15
Views: 221

Re: How many pots do you have?

Strangely, I was lamenting to my son yesterday that I am running our of pots. I always grow too many tomato and pepper plants, pot them up into approx. 10cm pots and then give most of them away! So this year I am seriously short of roughly that size. Many of our pots are at least 40 years old becaus...
by Monika
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: This year's new trial!
Replies: 12
Views: 216

Re: This year's new trial!

It may not be suitable for your site, Primrose, but the 'grower frame' from DT Brown with a micro mesh cover is 1m x 3m x 1m, the supports made of steel and easy to access (two large zipped openings) and can be used year after year in different places. We have used ours for five years now, first on ...
by Monika
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: This year's new trial!
Replies: 12
Views: 216

Re: This year's new trial!

retropants, we love kalettes (or flower sprouts as they are also known). Their taste is not like sprouts or kale, much more like savoy cabbage. The beauty is that you can pick just as many as you need, rather than having a large cabbage to feed a crowd when there are only two of you! Unfortunately, ...
by Monika
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 119
Views: 2668

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Ah, well, Geoff, don't ever trust the forecasts ...... I didn't and covered up anything 'touchy', just in case.
by Monika
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 119
Views: 2668

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Oh, poor OH! I hope you feel on top of the world again soon! Did you have the Pfizer or AstroZeneca jab? It appears that the latter seems to cause side effects in some people. All our offspring in the UK (all nearly 60 years old), their partners and some of the grandchildren (vulnerable, health care...
by Monika
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Radishes
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Radishes

I asked that same question on this forum some years ago in relation to carrots: the supermarket ones seemed to last for days and days and my home-grown ones turned limp overnight. And our lovely Johnboy replied that it was the storage conditions the supermarket ones had enjoyed which gave them the a...
by Monika
Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Type of pot to use in greenhouse/conservatory
Replies: 11
Views: 271

Re: Type of pot to use in greenhouse/conservatory

Black plastic pots have never got too hot for me and I think terracotta might dry out too quickly and would certainly be very heavy to move when full. My preferred method for growing tomatoes and peppers is in growbags with growpots 'screwed' into them. These are also filled with growbag compost. It...
by Monika
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 119
Views: 2668

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

I am told (haven't tried it myself) that spraying with lens cleaner or a weak washing up liquid solution will stop it.

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