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by Nature's Babe
Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:35 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Garden shredder purchase shared.
Replies: 17
Views: 12302

Re: Garden shredder purchase shared.

Sadly it's called built in obsolescence Ricard - use it as often as you can and hopefully it will break down before the guarantee runs out! I just received the gift of a shredder from my father in law have yet to try it out and as I only want it for sredding small branches canes and prunings it shou...
by Nature's Babe
Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: What is Everyones Favourite Seed Supplier & Why?
Replies: 16
Views: 1773

Re: What is Everyones Favourite Seed Supplier & Why?

Like plum pudding I like Real Seeds, because quantities are generous, descriptions honest, instructions for seed saving excellent - price is fair and if I save the seed I only need to buy them once so it works out cheapest in the long run. I also like seeds of Italy they're tasty, generous quantity ...
by Nature's Babe
Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Moth caterpillar help required
Replies: 9
Views: 2459

Re: Moth caterpillar help required

Some army worms are hairy but i couldn't find an image of one. Birds might be your ally but not in a covered polytunnel. If all else fails a nemasys caterpillar treatment might work well in a tunnel, but at £22 for three treatments its very expensive.
by Nature's Babe
Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Quiet, quiet forum - is this a record?
Replies: 15
Views: 1647

Re: Quiet, quiet forum - is this a record?

if you want ladybirds to protect next years crop maybe let them feast ! :)
by Nature's Babe
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Eden project Working with nature.
Replies: 9
Views: 1482

Re: Eden project Working with nature.

Actually at least one thing he talked about is happening right now and not in the next millenium http://www.fungi-futures.co.uk/how-do-we-turn-waste-coffee-into-gourmet-mushrooms/ yes there are other methods of greening the desert, but these desalinisation techniques are old - not next millenium, an...
by Nature's Babe
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: pear rootstock ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1888

Re: pear rootstock ?

yes I knew it had to come off - but knew very little about quince rootstocks
thank you Felix. It does seem quite vigorous and grew rapidly, hopefully next years crop will be better for its removal
by Nature's Babe
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Eden project Working with nature.
Replies: 9
Views: 1482

Re: Eden project Working with nature.

Well in my book putting our waste to work instead of in landfilll can't be bad and the schemes he described seemed to be working without the use of a lot of fossil fuel input as it was producing stuff locally. I have never been to the eden project so I would not know about that, its been around some...
by Nature's Babe
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: pear rootstock ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1888

pear rootstock ?

My pear produced a shoot from the root which had different leaves, it came away with some root attached. Are pears always grafted on quince ? Do I now have a quince tree if it takes ok - I have potted it up and its looking fine.
by Nature's Babe
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafted versus non grafted tomatoes.
Replies: 13
Views: 2934

Re: Grafted versus non grafted tomatoes.

Arnie, thank you for kindly adding that link. :)
by Nature's Babe
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafted versus non grafted tomatoes.
Replies: 13
Views: 2934

Re: Grafted versus non grafted tomatoes.

Yes Geoff, but this time I was comparing grafted to the same variety non grafted and given the advantage of symbiotic fungi which provides the plants with improved nutrient and water access in exchange for some of the sugars the tomato gets from the sun - well when its not raining :lol:
by Nature's Babe
Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:50 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Peppers and chillies
Replies: 18
Views: 4753

Re: Peppers and chillies

Hi Primrose, I was wondereing how often one could overwinter them, thank you.
"My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view."

obviously you see things from the plants point of view :D
by Nature's Babe
Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:31 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafted versus non grafted tomatoes.
Replies: 13
Views: 2934

Re: Grafted versus non grafted tomatoes.

Realfood, I agree they probably produced better than ordinary toms in growbags or compost - but not as well as the plants in good border soil with the added advantage of rootgrow in the greenhouse which produced more toms and larger fruit too. Hi Westi, yes it has been a weird year, especially for f...
by Nature's Babe
Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:20 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Figs
Replies: 5
Views: 1948

Re: Figs

Lucky you ! You could also try bottling them in a brandy syrup for classy christmas gifts. :)
by Nature's Babe
Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Grafted versus non grafted tomatoes.
Replies: 13
Views: 2934

Re: Grafted versus non grafted tomatoes.

I'm glad your toms are doing well plum pudding, the freebies sounded good. They had various varieties on a special rootstock, this year was the first year I tried them, and personally I didn't think it was worth the extra money for tomatoes ! Next year I will trial the peppers, one grafted and one n...

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