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by JohnN
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Queasy Quince
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: Queasy Quince

I've got a very old quince tree, it was mature when we moved in 60 years ago. About 20 years ago it began to look a bit tangled and diseased and the fruit rotted early so I pruned it very heavily, taking just about every shoot off and leaving just four main trunks. I sprayed these with tar oil and t...
by JohnN
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Winter lettuce
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Winter lettuce

Yes, it is, I had no idea how much 3gm was! Still, they're in 2 separate sealed packets and dated Sept 2021, so I'll use a fair few and I have friends who'll take some - as well as eating the lettuces!
by JohnN
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Winter lettuce
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Winter lettuce

Thanks for the tip about Premier Seeds. Ordered 3gm and they arrived this morning - £2.93 inc. P & P.
by JohnN
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Winter lettuce
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Winter lettuce

Has anyone got any winter lettuce seeds, such as Vaillant. None of my local shops and garden centres seem to stock them andI I can't ask Suttons or a supplier for just one packet! I'll happily pay for them or refund the postage. Many thanks.
by JohnN
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I'm in love.....................with ducks!
Replies: 22
Views: 657

Re: I'm in love.....................with ducks!

Our local pub has a collection of ducks and chickens, living happily all together, in an enclosure next to the children's playground in the garden. The kids love them!
by JohnN
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onions.
Replies: 19
Views: 1633

Re: Onions.

I've had the same result with my Sturon onions. Biggest about small apple size, but most about golf ball. I wonder if it is due to the very hot weather we had recently and lack of water?
by JohnN
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Beetroot surprise
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Beetroot surprise

My Pablo were given to me by a friend who is a semi-commercial gardener. The problem with buying them is that Moles appear to only sell them in batches of 2,500 minimum, for £6.50. Which is good value if you want 2,500! Anyone know how long they remain useable if stored in the fridge?
by JohnN
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Beetroot surprise
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Beetroot surprise

You don't have to let sit for an hour as long as you can accurately judge length of time it needs to cook them evenly. I just find it a bit more reliable to get them cooked to the centre by letting them carry on cooking in their own heat - and you don't burn your fingers on peeling!
by JohnN
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Beetroot surprise
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Beetroot surprise

A couple of months ago my beetroot were attacked by leaf miner and lots of leaves began to turn brown. I thought I'd had it as far as a good crop was concerned, but to my surprise I've had the best crop ever, with some beets getting to the size of a small grapefruit! (The seeds were Moles F1 Pablo)....
by JohnN
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Garden wildlife
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Garden wildlife

Hi TB. Fred was a lovely man who I got to know through mutual contacts and meeting at events. He was a great cook and did the BBQ at an annual fishing fund raising event for a children's charity, also supported by Chris Tarrant. One time I was standing with a group of anglers by a bookstall and rash...
by JohnN
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Garden wildlife
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: Garden wildlife

We get a lot of maggies, pigeons, rooks and crows. An old fishing friend of mine, Fred Taylor, once told me how to tell rooks and crows apart. He said if you see a lot of crows together then they're rooks. If you see a rook on its own, then its a crow!
by JohnN
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Garden wildlife
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Garden wildlife

We're getting quite a lot of wildlife in the garden this summer, apart from the usual wild birds. A flock of parakeets pays a regular visit, as do a couple of squirrels, a fox and two pheasants - both cocks. (Gay pheasants?) Our son and his wife stayed one night recently en route to Gatwick, and sle...
by JohnN
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Leaf miner
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Leaf miner

My beetroot, which were growing fabulously, have been hit with leaf miner before I could get enviromesh over them. I've stripped nearly all the infected leaves off and put the mesh over, but I expect it will spread again. How badly does this affect the actual beetroot - total wipeout, just growing s...
by JohnN
Mon May 13, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1167
Views: 146842

Re: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?

There's anew airline at Gatwick - Air Viagra. Their slogan is "We get you up, we keep you up, and we get rid of Virgin everywhere"!
by JohnN
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Black Hole
Replies: 8
Views: 766

Black Hole

I guess we've all been gasping at the photo of the black hole, 55million light years away. But what I want to know is how do we know that it's still there? It could have ceased to exist 54 million years ago!

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