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by JohnN
Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: re-using pickling vinegar
Replies: 2
Views: 240

re-using pickling vinegar

I'm busy pickling beetroot with Sarsons Pickling vinegar, but it can get quite expensive. Is it OK to save the vinegar from the previous year's pots and re-use it, perhaps with a "freshener"? I expect the seasonings in the old vinegar will have lost some of their strength.
by JohnN
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Only ‘old’ compost available
Replies: 11
Views: 1099

Re: Only ‘old’ compost available

Welcome Petunia. My wife and I love the Norfolk coast and have friends in Fakenham. Just one comment on responses to your posts: If you use chicken manure pellets, I find they take aeons to break down so I always soak them for several days and then just use the liquid. But our experts may have other...
by JohnN
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Boosting compost
Replies: 5
Views: 902

Boosting compost

What exactly is the difference between seed compost and, say, No 3. Can you add anything to seed to turn it into No3? I ask because I've got seed, but now cannot buy any potting-on compost. Thanks for advice.
by JohnN
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Quality of purchased compost
Replies: 7
Views: 1002

Re: Quality of purchased compost

I've been using Jacks Magic, which seems OK, but forgot to purchase the No3 for potting on. Would giving the JM a dose of Phostrogen or dilute chicken manure turn it into roughly No3?
by JohnN
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Down and Dirty.
Replies: 16
Views: 1568

Re: Down and Dirty.

My local garden store (Fairalls) sells gloves which seem to be good value. They're Pro Latex Grip Gloves called 'Ox', cotton with a latex coating on the palm and the Mechanical Data is: Abrasion resistance -level 2 Cut Blade resistance - Level 3 Tear resistance- Level 4 Puncture resistance - Level 2...
by JohnN
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Queasy Quince
Replies: 4
Views: 1435

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: 1368

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: 1368

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: 1368

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: 25
Views: 3093

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: 4472

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: 853

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: 853

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: 853

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: 1422

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...

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