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by Primrose
Wed May 12, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 40
Views: 423

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Yes bluebells can be a mixed blessing, especially if they,re the Spanish variety. Probably a good idea to restrict them to pots. However much to try and dig them up a stray bulb or two always escapes you.
by Primrose
Wed May 12, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats

Just looked it up and discover I recognise it but didn,t know its name. apparently American skunk cabbage is a colourful plant posing a difficult challenge at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, where it is now blocking drainage channels. Google tells me that Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner vi...
by Primrose
Wed May 12, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats

The new invasions seem to come thick and fast. I see today the RHS are now warning against the American skunk cabbage which is spreading through the by wyeValley. apparently they have banned this invasive aquatic plant from its shows and removed it from its gardens and ald also their website due to ...
by Primrose
Tue May 11, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Warmer temperatures bring new bug threats

I see the RHS are reporting that higher temperatures are bringing new threats to tomato plants, amongst others, with the potential arrival of the brown marmorated stink bug to gardens as well as glasshouses , apparently hibernating in homes during winter around window frames and releasing a foul sme...
by Primrose
Tue May 11, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 40
Views: 423

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Ciders Boys For the 45 years we,ve lived here i've tried to grow organically so a desperately trying to resist using glyphosate but qi'llbe interested to learn whether it,s effective in eliminating oxalis. I,ve found that allowing clumps of it to grow bigger means a better chance to ending up with t...
by Primrose
Tue May 11, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 40
Views: 423

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

I,ve become a victim of my own composting. When we moved into this new building house any years ago we had no oxalis in this garden. I suspect it was originally introduced by generous friends giving me lots of various cuttings to get our garden going. I naively threw all my weeds, including oxalis o...
by Primrose
Mon May 10, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Anyone heard it yet?
Replies: 31
Views: 496

Re: Anyone heard it yet?

What a lovely arial show. Pity you couldn't have videod it but watching these things in real life is better,
by Primrose
Mon May 10, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: June edition
Replies: 3
Views: 50

Re: June edition

Yes, received mine. Already sown the free basil seeds and they,re just peeping through.
by Primrose
Mon May 10, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Blueberries again!
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Blueberries again!

I think Monika is probably right about pollination and i suspect they would probably be happier in an environment where the air was circulating more freely. Also they would be better exposed to natural rainwater rather than tap water althiugh yiu may have a water butt attached to your conservatorynf...
by Primrose
Mon May 10, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Anyone heard it yet?
Replies: 31
Views: 496

Re: Anyone heard it yet?

That's interesting Robo. Certainly unintended consequences. Sounds rather like the gulls who always follow the tractors when fields are being freshly ploughed.the only overhead activity we seem to have here in an increase in aircraft noise. It,s going to feel pretty unbearable again shortly when ove...
by Primrose
Mon May 03, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 40
Views: 423

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

Yes OH. You batted it down here very nicely . The combination of cold wind and rain is very unpleasant. Almost feel,like writing the rest of the day off and retiring under the duvet with my hot water bottle! Feel sorry for all these newly hatched young birds in open nests.
by Primrose
Mon May 03, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 40
Views: 423

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

We could do with some of your rain robo. I,m sure the farmers could too. Having a bitter cold wind forced on us to ruin the day for any outside sociable activities we might as well have the whole hog ! We,ve had to out some heavy.weights on our lightweight garden table to stop it being blown off the...
by Primrose
Mon May 03, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Can somebody help me with sorrel please?
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Can somebody help me with sorrel please?

I have some very healthy sorrel growing in our garden. I use the young tender leaves in salads but my only attempts at cooking it - (simmering it lightly in barely boiling water ) ended up as a brown sludgy stomach heaving disaster so I obviously did something wrong! Any hints please on how best to ...
by Primrose
Mon May 03, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4357

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Well, something has gone wrong with the weather forecast. It,s a Bank Holiday Monday and it,s not raining YET but wind is too miserabky cold cold to venture out . Because I leave small windows open a little to keep the house ventilated the doors are rattling horribly. Looks like it will be a while b...
by Primrose
Mon May 03, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 4357

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

Everything is so late this year, isn,t it. We,ve sown very little in the ground, just half a row of Swiss chard, carrots & beetroot but nothing is peeping through. I,m wondering whether the seeds have all been killed by the constant frost and whether to resow in the same locations but that risks...

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