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by Primrose
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I was wiping my secateurs
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: I was wiping my secateurs

Interesting article. Thank you. I must confess that my seccateurs rarely get sterilised apart from if I,m chopping up the stems of tomato plants which might have been blighted, before outing them in a disposal bag or bin. And even then I tend to use whatever disinfectant sprays might be handy on the...
by Primrose
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Courgette Recipes
Replies: 11
Views: 2873

Re: Courgette Recipes

My two courgette plants have contracted a massive dose of mildew. Most of the leaves are now covered in it . I'm not sure whether I should be disappointed or just totally grateful!
by Primrose
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 56
Views: 761

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Just dropped into one of our local Garden Centers [Do like to spoil the Memsahib } Third of it was closed off, they are setting up the Xmas decorations. :? :? :? I know! - awful isn't it? I've already received an email from our local animal park blazoned with Santa Claus and reindeer urging people ...
by Primrose
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 56
Views: 761

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Robo - that's an upsetting episode all round. I don't know about your vet but the only consolation would be in this part of the world that you can get an appointment with the vet for your pet a darned sight more quickly than you can get an appointment with your GP for yourself.
by Primrose
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 55
Views: 4396

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

It's a combination of good and bad news that your plant is doing so well with fruiting, because, as you say, we're now getting to the turning of the season when dropping temperatures are going to work against it just at the time when I imagine, in its natural climate the heat would be at its maximum...
by Primrose
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Happy Birthday.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS ELMIGO, hopefully you''ve had a day off from gardening! Thank you for all your interesting contributions to the forum. It has been fascinating to see gardening and vegetable growing from a completely different perspective so keep up the good work. We shall expect to see a photo of...
by Primrose
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I'm in love.....................with ducks!
Replies: 10
Views: 129

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

Robo - this business of keeping poultry in one's back garden is a very contentious one. Our house has a restrictive covenant on it forbidding the keeping of poultry but as far as I,m aware there is no council restriction and I wonder who could seriously enforce a restrictive covenant now if the prop...
by Primrose
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I'm in love.....................with ducks!
Replies: 10
Views: 129

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

They sound very well trained Alan. Perhaps you should send a flock of them to Westminster to show in the inmates there how they should all behave. I can think of a few of them there who ought to be driven back into their runs with just a few moves of the arm! Seriously it must make looking after the...
by Primrose
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Please help with some plant identification
Replies: 18
Views: 203

Re: Please help with some plant identification

Not sure about ideal growing conditions for dill Elmigo. i grew some a a few years ago in my fairly light soil and left what I didn't use to go to seed. It just seems to drop and and grow again the following spring and I find it rather amazing that such a delicate herb's seeds can survive in the col...
by Primrose
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onions.
Replies: 15
Views: 234

Re: Onions.

I didn,t grow any onions this summer but did grow a lot of ordinary and elephant garlic and both were truly miserable in size, so same family and I suspect that yes, it was due to the weather. Disappointing when you rely on them for your basic day to day needs though.
by Primrose
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 56
Views: 761

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

I,ve grown them in the past, mainly for decoration because Itoo have never had any successful attempts at harvesting them for seeds, and have occasionally left the usually moulding heads for the birds. I think for edible seeds you really need a hotter climates like Spain Or Italy. Of course we alway...
by Primrose
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the PRIME MOVER
Replies: 16
Views: 157

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the PRIME MOVER

Many Happy Returns OH. I hope your medical scares are behind you now and wish you the best of everything in the year ahead.
And another Leo in the club too, along with Elmigo soon !
by Primrose
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Please help with some plant identification
Replies: 18
Views: 203

Re: Please help with some plant identification

Yes I guess deadly nightshade for the purple flowered Plant - don't try and eat the berries; they are poisonous. Wasn't t sure about the second one. Either seeding fennel or possibly dill, but probably the former. They both self seed and reproduce quite easily.
by Primrose
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: New tool for getting to & from plot
Replies: 10
Views: 182

Re: New tool for getting to & from plot

Looks like a good solution Colin and I'm sure after an hour's digging some power assistance will be very welcome on the return journey. Just make sure you dont leave any vegetables peeking out of your practical carrier or you might find yourself being mistaken for a useful new home vegetable deliver...
by Primrose
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Temperatures dropping, put plants indoors?
Replies: 8
Views: 95

Re: Temperatures dropping, put plants indoors?

I have never used them to cover pepper plants but have on occasions used them to cover tomato plants for periods of 24 hours to protect them from blight spores when there has been a blight warning. They do get some condensation forming on the inside but if they're only on overnight a few hours to pr...

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