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by Johnboy
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Solstice, the best time to harvest most garlic.
Replies: 27
Views: 6650

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: 1600

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: 2171

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: 14154

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: 14154

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.
by Johnboy
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: General Election
Replies: 38
Views: 6627

Re: General Election

Channel 4 later on no doubt taking the P155 out of it all.
I'm prepared to emigrate if it doesn't go my way.
by Johnboy
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: General Election
Replies: 38
Views: 6627

Re: General Election

Hmmmmmm!
by Johnboy
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Spring onion regrowing
Replies: 18
Views: 10129

Re: Spring onion regrowing

Hi Primrose,
To regenerate an onion it would be better to use scaling as used in lily production. In the dim and distant past I experimented to simply see if it worked but never actually grew on as a crop. I stopped when I had produced the bulblets.
by Johnboy
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Planting Broccoli
Replies: 8
Views: 5819

Re: Planting Broccoli

Over a considerably long gardening period I have found it best to be a tad late with sowing than a tad early and as PP says things sown later always catch up. Sown too soon in the year and you are likely to give yourself problems.
by Johnboy
Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Definition of quick growing
Replies: 21
Views: 6907

Re: Definition of quick growing

Hi Steve, With you last posting you seem to have entirely missed the point. Spring Onions are sown from seed not sets and other varieties is nobody's guess and everybody can cheat but you have got onions for salad early maybe but not those classified as salad onions. There is no difficulty cheating ...
by Johnboy
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch
Replies: 42
Views: 14154

Re: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch

Hi Geoff,
If a compost heap fails stinging nettle, minus the seedhead, at the base is a very good method of generating heat to initiate degredation and save the day.
by Johnboy
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Adding grit to compost?
Replies: 10
Views: 5946

Re: Adding grit to compost?

There is a very great difference in price between horticultural grit and a good sharp sand but if you sieve out some sharp sand you end up with a slightly finer grit but virtually the same result. The fines from your sieving can still be added to your potting or seeding mixture. Where moisture and d...
by Johnboy
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: early Peas
Replies: 38
Views: 9598

Re: early Peas

I slipped with the stylus and from nowhere appeared a dropdown with settings and a host of other things which I will explore in the days to come. Thank you Robo and PP for holding my holding hand with such a brave step! Of course if Amazon were to enclose just a word telling you a about the dropdown...
by Johnboy
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: early Peas
Replies: 38
Views: 9598

Re: early Peas

Hi Robo, The machine in question is an Amazon Fire HD 10 and arrives without any instructions as to the best use etc. so I am having to find my way around in the dark. I desperately need my grandchildren and we have a family meeting on Sunday they will all be there. Then I have to tune into the farm...
by Johnboy
Wed May 31, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: early Peas
Replies: 38
Views: 9598

Re: early Peas

God save us from contradicted text. Which has just changed predictive text to Texas's wall see. I wrote germinated which became terminated and it has changed it again and peasticks became breadsticks. I am new to this Fire thing and it is driving me mad. Is there any way of disconnecting it! It says...

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