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by Primrose
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Tasty Green Bean salad
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Tasty Green Bean salad

I will try this with my French beans.......if I get any! The plants are looking so miserable in all this rain that I'm beginning to fear the worst!
by Primrose
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Framberry
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Framberry

Afraid I've never heard of them either. There seem to be so many different "berry" variations available these days, especially in the blackberry/raspberry species which the nurseries are all trying to market. I'm not sure how successful or palatable they all are but it's always interesting...
by Primrose
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Yes Stephen, life does have a way of interfering with gardening ! It's surprising what a couple of days of rain and sunshine can do for growth, especially where weeds are concerned.
by Primrose
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Radish glutton!
Replies: 7
Views: 102

Re: Radish glutton!

I used to grow Daikon / Mouli which are the long white skinned ones as long as a cucumber and which are delicious cut into fine strips and used in stir fries. Haven't grown them for ages. Don't really know why because they're a useful vegetable. Must give them another try. Have never heard of the Wa...
by Primrose
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Where are they now?
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Where are they now?

There is always the possibility that their interests have moved on to other things of course, or sadly that somebody might have died. Often it can be the case that email accounts of a deceased person are not closed down of course and any enquiries just land unanswered into their mail indefinitely or...
by Primrose
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Where are they now?
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Where are they now?

Funny how memories are triggered. I was reading the other day something about buckthorn hedges and that reminded me of Ricard with an H who was on the forum some time ago who lived somewhere in Wales as I remember him talking about planting buckthorn hedges to keep the wind off his plot. No news of ...
by Primrose
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: What crops do you keep for the seeds?
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: What crops do you keep for the seeds?

Tomatoes, beans, chillies and peppers. These all work for me.
by Primrose
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Radish glutton!
Replies: 7
Views: 102

Re: Radish glutton!

That is a problem I would like to have. I love them, especially French Breakfast. I will often have a handful with my breakfast Bovril on toast in an attempt to get my Five A Day If we have a surplus I will sometimes slice them and serve as a side salad with a drop of vinaigrette dressing to a chees...
by Primrose
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Is compost enough to refresh old soil?
Replies: 14
Views: 139

Re: Is compost enough to refresh old soil?

I think existing compost needs topping up with something every year otherwise all the nutrients will eventually become exhausted and it will become impossible to grow quality plants of any description. Most vegetables are hungry growers and i would go for a John Innes type soil replacement. However,...
by Primrose
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

TIger, I,ve often tried to overwinter chilli and pepper plants after hard pruning them back late autumn when I bring them indoors and change a little of the compost. . Yes they have flowered earlier than newly sown plants and produced some fruit but in the end they always seems to fall victim to whi...
by Primrose
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Had a Blightwatch warning yesterday and another one this morning. Not sure whether I should plough through the garage looking for my spray gear or risk it.
Anybody else had one? My tomatoes are all outdoors.
by Primrose
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Pigeons eating my pepper plants
Replies: 7
Views: 145

Re: Pigeons eating my pepper plants

Peter, If you have any pepper plants worth saving it might be better to pot them up in reasonable size pots and keep them at home in a sunny position close to the house if you have such a location. I,ve never known pigeons have a go at pepper foliage before but it seems they will pretty decimate any...
by Primrose
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Feeding the birds versus growing your crops
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Feeding the birds versus growing your crops

We seem to have reached an impasse in this household on striking a balance in a smallishn garden between feeding the birds and growing crops which are being totally ruined by wood pigeons and squirrels. My husband is a huge fan of feeding the smaller birds but unfortunately this can,t be selective a...
by Primrose
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 63
Views: 848

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Happy to agree with you OH although looking at the the rain gauge I-treated myself to earlier in the year we haven,t had as much I'd imagined. Still, the water butts are now topped up and the current drizzle here will hopefully dissolve the blood fish& bone I sprinkled on the veg patch and some ...
by Primrose
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Puckered leaves on French beans
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: Puckered leaves on French beans

A few of mine are puckered too but I put this down to my foolishness at planting them out too early and them not liking the cold nights.

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