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by Stephen
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Half of allotments held by women.
Replies: 19
Views: 626

Re: Half of allotments held by women.

I haven't really counted men vs women plotholders on our gardens. Many are worked by couples (either friends or partners).
by Stephen
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn Bits and Bobs
Replies: 146
Views: 4809

Re: Autumn Bits and Bobs

oldherbaceous wrote:I made a veg box up as a Birthday gift, for a Lady that has everything, she was over the moon with it....well she said she was... :)

Yes, extraordinarily we are still picking runner beans at the charity garden.
by Stephen
Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Preparing calabrese (broccoli) heads
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: Preparing calabrese (broccoli) heads

As a vegetarian, I work hard to remove all resident livestock from my produce.
by Stephen
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: No dig?
Replies: 13
Views: 789

Re: No dig?

When we got our annex (the extra half-plot) we decided to try "no dig". My feelings about "no dig" are these:- - no dig does not mean no heavy work. Shifting soil and manure about requires plenty of manual labour. - it is good for shallow rooted stuff. Our spinach is most product...
by Stephen
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Saving Sweet Potato
Replies: 103
Views: 9043

Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Actually, I think soil temperature was even higher than 35 on sunny days. Unable to stand on it without shoes, as it almost sears foots. Not less than 45-50 degree at the noontime. Of course, it's on the surface, layers located deeper won't be so hot. I'm sure I haven't experienced soil temperature...
by Stephen
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: BROAD BEANS, OVERWINTERING TYPE
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: BROAD BEANS, OVERWINTERING TYPE

Aquadulce for me.
by Stephen
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Garden glove recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 688

Re: Garden glove recommendations?

The last set of gloves I bought for gardening were from Wilko. https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-seed-weed-garden-glove-medium/p/0486967 and have found them pretty good. They come through a hand wash well which is more than can be said for many cheap gloves. Cheap as chips.
by Stephen
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Should I still feed tomato plants?
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Should I still feed tomato plants?

You are doing well to have kept the blight at bay. Every tom this way appears to have succumbed.
by Stephen
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 4003

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Tricky times. I'm off to Somerset tomorrow. My "bubble" is me and the undergardener who lives at the other end of the High Street. But I'm meeting my sister and her family (hudband, son, daughter & boyfriend) who travel from elsewhere. We are staying in a self-catering cottage. Fortuna...
by Stephen
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Leeks
Replies: 12
Views: 690

Re: Leeks

I had better check mine.
by Stephen
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blossom End rot
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: Blossom End rot

Thank you all, we have had so much success in the past that this year the amount of leafy growth surprised us. Much more than previous years.

Ah well every year is different!
by Stephen
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: PEAthetic Pea Crop
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Re: PEAthetic Pea Crop

In general, I find most netting a right bu88er to deal with, it is absolutely essential but whether you are putting it out, walking around it, trying to get it off or just folding it away, it is always a pain. I have decided that for most crops I will use the ultrafine mesh which is the easiest mate...
by Stephen
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 4003

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Blight everywhere means I will be making green tomato chutney!
by Stephen
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: How do I fatten my fennel?
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: How do I fatten my fennel?

We suceeded with fennel on the third planting. They look great but like both of you, ours are slim but we have plenty.
by Stephen
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Before and after!
Replies: 16
Views: 771

Re: Before and after!

Bravo!

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