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by Johnboy
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chicken manure pellets
Replies: 17
Views: 2541

Re: Chicken manure pellets

Here we don't buy chicken manure pellets but have a good supply of chicken manure and we have a 6ft cast iron bath with the outlet and overflow blocked up and we have horse, cow and chicken matures mixed up in the bath also we put things like dock leaves, young nettles which take but days to degrade...
by Johnboy
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017
Replies: 241
Views: 21368

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Hi Primrose, My Autumn raspberries are only just showing signs of blossom but my pruning regime veers from the norm. Pruning is normally done in February and we leave one cane on each plant which provides an early crop which I have been picking for a couple of weeks now and when that supply ceases o...
by Johnboy
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Mangetouts Rodney!
Replies: 9
Views: 4146

Re: Mangetouts Rodney!

Hi Primrose, People hereabouts people make Pea pod wine and it is a really beautifully light wine and quite potent. With your foxgloves I think you will find that although they do not bloom the first year of their life I think they flower annually thereafter. So get your ball of red wool sorted out ...
by Johnboy
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Mangetouts Rodney!
Replies: 9
Views: 4146

Re: Mangetouts Rodney!

Hi Steve,
What I omitted to say that when picking I always have a ball of red wool in my pocket and I tie a wisp of red to the pea selected for seed.
by Johnboy
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Mangetouts Rodney!
Replies: 9
Views: 4146

Re: Mangetouts Rodney!

Hi Steve. My advice is to stagger the sowing times but inevitably there will come a time when the mangetout peas will start to fill out and as you say the peas are good to eat and my suggestion would be to leave a proportion of these to mature for seed next year. Generally speaking there are suffici...
by Johnboy
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Experimenting with peas
Replies: 13
Views: 1910

Re: Experimenting with peas

Hi Primroes and PP, Saving your own pea seeds is probably the easiest of seeds to save. I select pods down the row, whilst growing, and tie some red wool to then and I then pick and use the others for eating and leave the row to die down naturally and when all the foliage is totally brown I pull up ...
by Johnboy
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Experimenting with peas
Replies: 13
Views: 1910

Re: Experimenting with peas

Hi Primrose, You can sow Peas up to the end of the month and about a couple of weeks later and still get a perfectly good late crop. I am toying with doing just that as I have enought seed left over for a thirty foot row and next year all the seed will be new. At the latter part of the year they hav...
by Johnboy
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Mint - is there scientific proof that growing different types together affects the individual flavours?
Replies: 8
Views: 1148

Re: Mint - is there scientific proof that growing different types together affects the individual flavours?

Hi PP.
I would suggest that the flowers mix is another way to say cross pollination and you would have to sow the progeny on to note the difference.
by Johnboy
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017
Replies: 241
Views: 21368

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Hi Geoff,
Not sure that you are quite right about Poplar wood because I think you will find that Poplar wood is used to make matches. Of course there are several different Poplars and the wood of one might have flame resistent qualities and another the exact opposite.
by Johnboy
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Solstice, the best time to harvest most garlic.
Replies: 27
Views: 5577

Re: Solstice, the best time to harvest most garlic.

Well I must be honest. I needed garlic for a recipe and the cupboard was bare so pulled the garlic slightly early out of desperation and by strict convention it is not quite ready for harvest but will be in about a week. For your delight Geoff it was sort of spring sown. The Frenchy Rose' garlic is ...
by Johnboy
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Solstice, the best time to harvest most garlic.
Replies: 27
Views: 5577

Re: Solstice, the best time to harvest most garlic.

I started my garlic off by pre-germinating it in moist vermiculite in a sealed polyethylene bag filled th air and sealed placed in my airing cupboard in an Endeavour to induce a root show before planting out. This I achieved and I am about to harvest and pulled a sample tonight and the variety is Fr...
by Johnboy
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Shallots as spring onions
Replies: 3
Views: 1379

Re: Shallots as spring onions

Hi PP,
Onions grown in this fashion are called scallions and they are very widely grown in the Netherlands and are simply called onions in the green.
by Johnboy
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Purple toadflax
Replies: 4
Views: 1776

Re: Purple toadflax

Hi Primrose,
The more up to date name of Purple Toadflax is Linaria Purpurea and it is a perennial. It is not a native plant and it is a plant originally from Italy which is quite popular in herbaceous borders and gives good colour.
by Johnboy
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch
Replies: 42
Views: 11411

Re: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch

Hi Richard,
Is the fertilizer additive Fe or FE. Fe is iron but do not recognize FE.
by Johnboy
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch
Replies: 42
Views: 11411

Re: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch

Hi John,
It doesn't matter which straw you use and as we grow Barley I said Barley but I really meant just straw. Masses of grass can almost liquify and the straw helps to prevent this and a foul smelling mess.

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