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by sally wright
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: potatoes
Replies: 12
Views: 611

Re: potatoes

Not all potato varieties will flower properly before maturation; some may produce flower buds and then abort the flowers. Look carefully at the plants and you might see some shrunken remains of flower buds. If it is more than 12-14 weeks since you planted them a little dig at one or two roots will l...
by sally wright
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: MediaSpeak
Replies: 5
Views: 321

Re: MediaSpeak

I expect it is all down to which award they won, from whom and in which year....
Sally Wright
by sally wright
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Oops - have I done permanent damage?
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: Oops - have I done permanent damage?

We are all subject to brain F**ts Primrose; the trick is to identify the smell and locate the cause....

Regards Sally Wright
by sally wright
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Oops - have I done permanent damage?
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: Oops - have I done permanent damage?

Dear Primrose, that was a serious oops moment wasn't it. I would say on the whole that a new set of seeds is in order - sorry. One way of trying to find out just how hot those seeds got is to empty out the tin, put a max/min thermometer in it and put it back where you had it for about a week. I woul...
by sally wright
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Hose Fittings
Replies: 10
Views: 650

Re: Hose Fittings

Thanks Stephen, I KNEW that those things must have a proper name but I never found or heard it before. We have one at work; but I expect that I had better not call it that because it would cause some confusion with the nut-Driver we already have..... I do however find the socket spanner from a set t...
by sally wright
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Hose Fittings
Replies: 10
Views: 650

Re: Hose Fittings

Now this is a subject that is etched deep into my heart as I am the one that usually does most of the watering (and fixing of watering equipment!) at work. So here are my thoughts on the subject. Brass fittings are easily available and not that expensive from these chaps. http://www.landmarktrading....
by sally wright
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Planting brassicas
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: Planting brassicas

Dear Compo, I usually just loosen the point in the row where the plants are to go so that I don't sprain my wrist digging the holes to plant them and then wellie them back in. Unless you use a road roller you cannot over firm the soil round a brassica plant. They don't have much in the way of big ro...
by sally wright
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Planting brassicas
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: Planting brassicas

Dear All, brassicas do like to be planted deep and firm especially the winter ones or those that will get top heavy such as cabbages and cauliflowers. Up to the first or second pair of true leaves (depending on size and or potential wind velocity) and firm enough that a leaf tears rather than the pl...
by sally wright
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Peas and peashoots
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: Peas and peashoots

Dear Bradley, all the garden peas can be used as pea shoots (except sweet peas - they are toxic!). Commercially they are usually grown to between 4 and 6 inches high (10-15cms) and then cut off and eaten. I find that the wrinkled seeded peas are best for this purpose as the round seeded ones are a b...
by sally wright
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Large worms in my waterbutts
Replies: 11
Views: 953

Re: Large worms in my waterbutts

Dear Mike, what you are seeing is the result of a process called aestivation. This is the summer hibernation of juicy tings in the garden such as worms, slugs and snails etc. When the weather is very dry, worms will try to find a moist place where they can sit out the dry summer. If you dig during d...
by sally wright
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: asparagus
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: asparagus

Dear Paul,
pot them up, you'll never find them in the garden at that size once the foliage dies down. Put them in to a cold frame in the Autumn so they can overwinter properly.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Many ants in my peach pot
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: Many ants in my peach pot

Dear Breq, what you are seeing is the summer breeding nest; ants tend to come up above ground to do this as it is often warmer and dryer than the surrounding earth. A large saucer will discourage them the best as they prefer to commute using tunnels if possible. Keep the saucer filled with water if ...
by sally wright
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Crowded Tomatoes
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Crowded Tomatoes

Dear Fatfrodo, what you could do is make a growbag sized shallow frame about 10cms or four inches deep which you then line with an old sack or polythene. Fill it full of compost (at least another grow bag's worth) and slide the bag with the tomatoes on top. The tomatoes as they grow will root down i...
by sally wright
Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Tomato conundrum
Replies: 11
Views: 1389

Re: Tomato conundrum

Dear Tracie, from what you have said this is a problem that started a couple of years ago. The tomatoes were fine before this? If this is so then it might be the polytunnel that is to blame. Or rather the plastic cover is. This is because as plastics degrade over time the light wavelengths they allo...
by sally wright
Sun May 31, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: A recomended toaster?
Replies: 10
Views: 1188

Re: A recomended toaster?

When going to choose a toaster it is ESSENTIAL to do the following. Get a piece of card and place upon it a slice of your usual loaf. Draw round the slice and cut out the slice shape. Take this template with you to the shop and test it in the toasters. If the card "slice" doesn't fit don't...

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