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by Primrose
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Will they grow?
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Will they grow?

I sowed some mixed lettuce seeds at the beginning of the hot weather in a shadier place than usual and kept the soil very moist. I wasn,t expecting them to germinate but a lot of them have done so. I suspect if I'd had sown them in a spot which was exposed to baking sun all day they would have just ...
by Primrose
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: advice on downsizing
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: advice on downsizing

Retropants -are the photos showing your front garden or back garden? . Am unsure with the car there. Do you have a front garden which could give you some more growing space ? I pulled out some manky roses from two front garden borders borders which are exposed to sunshine and replaced them with redc...
by Primrose
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Does size matter ?? ...................
Replies: 15
Views: 215

Re: Does size matter ?? ...................

I'm jealous. He must have been growing them on a manure heap! They look as if the bulbs have nicely split too which a lot of mine didn,t. What does he do with all the little bulbils attached to the base of the bulbs. I always wonder if it's worth trying to do anything with mine.
by Primrose
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Gluts and surpluses
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Gluts and surpluses

Just had the annual comment from my other half. "Oh No, not more bl**dy red-currants!" :lol: , I,ve just given two lots away and still have one bush to pick so any ideas for some easy recipes for desserts that can be used with things like cream or yoghurt please? They have a rather sharp t...
by Primrose
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Does size matter ?? ...................
Replies: 15
Views: 215

Re: Does size matter ?? ...................

I think at the end of the day it's more a case of weather matters more than size and much as we all complain about rainy days, this summer is showing us only too well whatv happens when we don,t get enough of it. Even with regular watering less than half of my elephant garlic bulbs had divided by th...
by Primrose
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: RAF CENTENARY FLY PAST
Replies: 4
Views: 99

Re: RAF CENTENARY FLY PAST

Wish we could have a flypast more often then!
I guess they had no alternative really. Too great a risk of an accident with a lot of extra aircraft invading normal air space.
Certainly looks as if it's good flying weather for it.
by Primrose
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 2403

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

No, it,s not sensible to be out there in this heat. Everywhere around here is very quiet today. I suspect people are starting to feel a little frazzled by it now and are just resting indoors until the cool of the evening. I have two redcurrant bushes dripping with red fruit but they're covered with ...
by Primrose
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 2403

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Annual ritual today. Ceremonial picking and tasting of my first ripe outdoor tomato - a red Tumbling Tom growing in a sunny patio container. Flavour was excellent but skin seemed to be much tougher than I remember them being last year. - possibly because of the heat. The container has certainly had ...
by Primrose
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 2403

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Not sure you should have said that OH! Given the ongoing heatwave forecast I hope Togerburnie doesn't return to find everything brown and shrivelled.
by Primrose
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Water saving thread
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: Water saving thread

And spare a thought for the poor fish!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-he ... r-44722945

I notice all the newts have fled from my mini pond. Wonder if it's because the water was getting too warm for them.
by Primrose
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Four of five trusses?
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Four of five trusses?

I''m always greedy and let my tomatoes go on flowering and fruiting until the colder autumn,weather closes them down. Of course if you grow so many tomato plants that you can afford to make do with fewer trusses I imagine you might get slightly bigger fruit but as long as you feed them regularly I g...
by Primrose
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: RAF CENTENARY FLY PAST
Replies: 4
Views: 99

Re: RAF CENTENARY FLY PAST

I think it will certainly be a spectacular sight and with so few of these very old aircraft now still flying, perhaps one of the few remaining opportunities to see them. One elderly gentleman told me not long ago that seeing a Spitfire flying is still one of the rare events that has the capacity to ...
by Primrose
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: RAF CENTENARY FLY PAST
Replies: 4
Views: 99

RAF CENTENARY FLY PAST

Mainly for Pa snip and those in our neck of the woods but should be a sight worth seeing or at least spotting a plane or two if you're planning to be anywhere the vicinity on Tuesday July 10th..

http://www.cityam.com/288521/raf-centen ... -watch-and
by Primrose
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Water saving thread
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: Water saving thread

Am sure some light pruning of shrubs would be OK. If the ground were really moist, covering it with some of the cuttings temporarily would act as a mulch but right now we need every drop of rain which falls....if it ever does again, to be absorbed into the soil, not deflected away onto an upper laye...
by Primrose
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The Good, the Bad and the Sad .....
Replies: 10
Views: 180

Re: The Good, the Bad and the Sad .....

It does seem that several of us are starting to feel the ageing process creep up on us and those who grow on allotments have the dispiriting circumstances of crop theft to contend with as well which is particularly demoralising. Our allotment went long ago sadly as a result of theft and vandalism so...

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