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by Johnboy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Comfrey
Replies: 14
Views: 3549

Re: Comfrey

Hi Bob,
I will send you private message later on tonight. Being new to the forum you will not know the existence of the ins and outs of private messages but the notification shows when the letter symbol at the top right of the screen has red tick.
Till then,
by Johnboy
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: How's your slug tolerance coming along?
Replies: 5
Views: 2665

Re: How's your slug tolerance coming along?

To me both of the Guardian articles are totally illogical. Slugs to a gardener are a total menace. To say that they eat decaying matter and when they damage something green because it is probably decaying. Well my hedgerow is full of decaying material so why do they move out of the hedge in search o...
by Johnboy
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Ripen Tomatoes
Replies: 22
Views: 4375

Re: Ripen Tomatoes

Hi Colin, I would be most interested to know which programme gave out that information. If you can remember which broadcast it was I would be most grateful because quite frankly it was simple wrong. As Tony says that is what happens to the worst of supermarket Tomatoes. The joy of growing your own i...
by Johnboy
Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017
Replies: 241
Views: 26470

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Here we water at dusk and that gives the water time to get to the roots and the plants are very capable of withstanding the rigours of extremely hot weather the following day. We also use irrigation systems and I know that this may not be possible on allotments but rather than rush around with water...
by Johnboy
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Air Ambulance
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: Air Ambulance

I live 25 miles from the nearest A&E and when I had a heart attack I would have been a goner without the Air Ambulance and since then they get a hefty donation every year. I also help financially with the updating and New landing pads. I feel that every penny is well spent. May I urge everybody ...
by Johnboy
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chicken manure pellets
Replies: 17
Views: 3333

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: 26470

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: 5188

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: 5188

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: 5188

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: 2362

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: 2362

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: 1529

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: 26470

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: 6648

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 ...

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