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by John
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1218
Views: 164765

Re: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?

D. Trump - the joke is now a reality and we will all suffer the consequences. Garrison Keillor’s satirical Donald Trump sermon The Lord is my shepherd. OK? Totally. Big league. He is a tremendous shepherd. The best. No comparison. I know more than most people about herding sheep. And that’s why I wo...
by John
Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: strawberry safety!
Replies: 16
Views: 2855

Re: strawberry safety!

Hi RP I use a good layer of straw under the plants. Before putting down the straw I run a soaker hose either side of the row and sprinkle a few slug pellets around. The rows get netted soon after strawing. This usually works well though if there is a prolonged spell of damp around fruiting time a lo...
by John
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1218
Views: 164765

Re: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?

Comic Sans walked into a bar.

The barman said " Get out! We don't serve your type in here".
by John
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Pricking Out Tomato Seedlings - Leaf or stem?
Replies: 10
Views: 1698

Re: Pricking Out Tomato Seedlings - Leaf or stem?

Surely it must be the leaves ("Don't call me Surely!").
If these are accidentally damaged during pricking out then the seedling will quickly recover. If you use the stem and it gets damaged - that's the end of the seedling.
John
by John
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Lettuce crisis
Replies: 14
Views: 1751

Re: Lettuce crisis

Why do these people need to eat iceberg lettuce in the middle of winter?
John
by John
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sharpening secateurs
Replies: 4
Views: 1216

Re: Sharpening secateurs

Hello Barry
I use a flat boat shaped sharpening stone. It works well and gives an excellent edge. They are widely available for a few quid - get the finest grade you can though. Only sharpen the beveled edge of the cutting blade on bypass secateurs.
Regards
John
by John
Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-winter Bits and Bobs - 2016/17
Replies: 95
Views: 10049

Re: Mid-winter Bits and Bobs - 2016/17

Hello PS
Brexit chocolate wish - can we add Black Magic? Years ago it was DW's favourite dark choccy but not any more.

John
by John
Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: New year's eve
Replies: 9
Views: 1518

Re: New year's eve

Best wishes to you all for 2017.
Here's hoping for kind weather and some good crops.

I hope OH is on standby at the church clock this evening. 2016 has had one second added so that we all remain synchronised with Milton Bryan Coordinated Universal Time.

John
by John
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Best First Early Potatoes?
Replies: 10
Views: 1932

Re: Best First Early Potatoes?

I always grow Maris Bard for a really early potato. I try to get them as soon as I can from the garden centre - usually around mid Jan. They get chitted for about a month by sitting on top of our oil central heating boiler and then they are planted out in a large cold frame. They can't be earthed up...
by John
Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Very early Winter Bits and Bobs.2016
Replies: 95
Views: 12530

Re: Very early Winter Bits and Bobs.2016

Hello Geoff If you are using Firefox as your browser then I would say that the message is genuine. I had a similar problem with my previous computer when the motherboard (CMOS) battery failed. If this battery is weak then the first sign is date/time problems. This is a small battery that maintains d...
by John
Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Weekend Plans?
Replies: 14
Views: 1848

Re: Weekend Plans?

I will mainly be logging with my trusty Stihl this weekend after taking DW to the local Produce Market this morning.
I'm trying to wean her off all this homemade cake and pie stuff - without much success though.
John
by John
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Moles! Moles! Moles!
Replies: 9
Views: 2437

Re: Moles! Moles! Moles!

Hi Peter I back onto fields and sometimes get mole trouble. If its somewhere that's a real nuisance such as the lawn I push a stick down the centre of the molehills and then put a few drops of Jeyes Fluid down the hole. They almost always move on and don't come back. With luck they move to an area o...
by John
Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Blown sprouts
Replies: 8
Views: 4093

Re: Blown sprouts

Hello JN I grew sprouts regularly until a few years ago. For several years I had the problem of blown sprouts and finally managed to solve the problem after following advice from earlier versions of this forum. You need to make sure that the plants are set quite deep and growing in hard compacted so...
by John
Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: We Shall........................
Replies: 19
Views: 3369

Re: We Shall........................

"Remember!"

"Let those who come after see to it
that their sacrifice is not forgotten"
by John
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: waltham butternut squash: Space?
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: waltham butternut squash: Space?

Hello A9I Don't like to see a post go unanswered on forum for too long so here's my pitch on this one. The 1m x 1m seems a bit on the small side. I grow about 5 or 6 different winter squash most years. They are in a row with the plants at approx 1m spacing but I allow 1m either side of the row and t...

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