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by sally wright
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: re-using pickling vinegar
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: re-using pickling vinegar

I would say yes John, BUT with the following provisos; not for long term storage, two months at the most and heat it up to sterilize it before re-use. Do not forget to mark which jars have been done in this fashion as they should be used first. I would also investigate making your own spiced vinegar...
by sally wright
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Butternut Squash
Replies: 20
Views: 834

Re: Butternut Squash

Dear Tanzy, I think that one of the problems you have been having is a lack of Cross-Pollination as ideally you need to grow more than one plant for them to pollinate properly. If you observe your plant it will open male and female flowers on different days. This is to prevent self-pollination so yo...
by sally wright
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Butternut Squash
Replies: 20
Views: 834

Re: Butternut Squash

Dear Monika, a lack of pollinators (bumble bees mostly) is the cause and a quick whisk round with a very soft paintbrush between the male and female flowers will often do the trick in cold or rainy weather. Parthenocarpic courgettes are now available such as partenon and cavilli; they will mention t...
by sally wright
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Yellow blisters
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Yellow blisters

Dear Cornish,
what you have there is called oedema, it is usually due to too much water. If you are watering stop, but other than that there's not much you can do. It is not really harmful to the plants (or you) but it does look bad.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Plum problem
Replies: 5
Views: 398

Re: Plum problem

Dear Stephen, looks like a classic case of brown rot to me. You need to pick off as many of the affected plums as possible and bin them - DO NOT compost them. The spores may survive the heap and go on to infect other things in your garden. This rot will affect the fruit of most trees so make sure yo...
by sally wright
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Butternut Squash
Replies: 20
Views: 834

Re: Butternut Squash

Dear Tanzy,
The second pictured squash has failed to pollinate; best remove it. Leave the third one for now; but if it goes the same shape as the second one take that one off as well. The plants are looking a little under fed; give them some tomato feed twice a week.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Seedlings help
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Seedlings help

Dear Daxtell, Marigolds (either Tagetes or Calendula) are best done once the seed leaves are big enough to handle. Leave them longer and the roots can become too entwined and they risk having their roots damaged by the transplantation process. That said the Calendula kind are really best sown outdoo...
by sally wright
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Cabbages
Replies: 9
Views: 436

Re: Cabbages

With that stalk at the bottoms of the leaves they look rather like Brussels sprouts to me. They also look rather healthy.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Bone Flour & Bone Meal
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Bone Flour & Bone Meal

Dear Arnie,
If you want very fine grade bonemeal just get a sieve; there is usually plenty of fine stuff in amongst the rest of the bag. DO NOT use the Cook's sieve! Get your own from a charity or pound shop.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Tasty Garlic
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: Tasty Garlic

Dear Colin, I have just put in my order to Kings Seeds for mine. They had the best range for the best price I have found so far. They deliver from mid September which is better as it is about a fortnight earlier than the others. IMHO garlic should be planted in September if it is to do any good. Reg...
by sally wright
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Containets for food
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: Containets for food

https://www.lakeland.co.uk/

These people do everything you could possibly need for freezer use.
Regards Sally Wright
by sally wright
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Hardiest outdoor tomato
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: Hardiest outdoor tomato

Dear Blackbird,
Sub Arctic plenty is considered to be one of the more reliable outdoor tomatoes; as long as it is not taken with the potato blight.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Tea on the 'lottie
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: Tea on the 'lottie

Don't forget to pre-heat the flask to make sure the stored water is as hot as possible for as long as possible.
Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: potatoes
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: potatoes

Dear Elmigo. according to the website https://www.europotato.org/varieties/view/Frieslander-E. The Frieslander has no flowers and is classed as an early harvest potato. Very useful website for all things potato. So mid April until now is 12 weeks so it might be worth a rootle around underneath the h...
by sally wright
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Ground covering plants...
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: Ground covering plants...

Alpine/woodland strawberries. They are easy to grow from seed and it is not usually that expensive. Wild violets - the flowers can be used in cooking. Creeping thymes for the sunny sides. There are lots of other things but be sure to get the ground as weed free as possible before planting anything. ...

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