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by John
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onion Skins Drying
Replies: 20
Views: 4435

Re: Onion Skins Drying

Hello again Westi Read the show schedule carefully. There are usually separate classes for onions grown from sets and those grown from seed. You mention that yours are dumper with fatter hips - I guess that they have been grown from sets. Those in Pa snip's photo have the traditional onion shape tha...
by John
Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onion Skins Drying
Replies: 20
Views: 4435

Re: Onion Skins Drying

Hello Westi Don't worry too much about a beautiful papery skin on your onions. Other exhibitors will be facing the same problems as you in maybe not getting them dried off in time for the show. Concentrate on getting matching sizes and shape for your onions - usually three. When staging them on show...
by John
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Biggest pest yet.
Replies: 7
Views: 1929

Re: Biggest pest yet.

Thanks Geoff
Didn't notice the Irish connection.

John
by John
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Biggest pest yet.
Replies: 7
Views: 1929

Re: Biggest pest yet.

Hi again Gerry There is a lot on Google about this one. The law seems to vary a bit so make sure you are checking English law. Found this: To avoid liability under the common law, the farmer must have taken reasonable care to prevent the animal straying which would involve steps such as ensuring all...
by John
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Biggest pest yet.
Replies: 7
Views: 1929

Re: Biggest pest yet.

Hi Gerry Sorry to hear about your trouble. My understanding is that anyone who keeps livestock is responsible for keeping them in the field. If they escape then you can claim against them for any damage that's caused. It looks as though you will be faced with a lot of expense in putting things right...
by John
Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Eggstreme Action
Replies: 6
Views: 1709

Re: Eggstreme Action

Hi Pa snip Check the remains of the egg. Is she laying soft shelled eggs - these break very easily after they've been layed and then they get eaten. Some suggest old egg shells with mustard in them for curing this habit. As others have said though the only answer may to dispatch her - it can be a di...
by John
Sun May 15, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Pea pod problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Re: Pea pod problem

Hello again MrC The leaves are quite normal. This is a natural marking that develops of pea leaves as they get older bit like the silvery markings on courgette leaves. It is the pods that may have been scorched. There is not a lot to worry about really. It is the way of peas and beans to carry on gr...
by John
Sun May 15, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Pea pod problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Re: Pea pod problem

Hello MrC
This could simply be scorching caused by high temperatures in your tunnel.
Peas prefer cool growing conditions from now on temperatures can rises rapidly under plastic or glass unless you are careful with your ventilation.
Regards
John
by John
Sat May 14, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Favourite books?
Replies: 17
Views: 2854

Re: Favourite books?

OH's book is certainly a very good read. He even reveals his real name at the end - sorry no spoliers here. Another excellent read for us gardeners is 'Digging for Victory Wartime Gardening with Mr Middleton'. Its full of garden wisdom and I love all his old remedies such as calomel, soot, tar-oil w...
by John
Mon May 09, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Rhubarb-rhubarb-rhubarb.
Replies: 14
Views: 3611

Re: Rhubarb-rhubarb-rhubarb.

There is always a lot of confusion over rhubarb treatment. Forcing involves digging up the roots in late autumn, exposing them to cold hopefully frost then moving into warm dark sheds to grow on and produce a very early crop. What most of us do on our plots is to cover the crowns in early spring to ...
by John
Sun May 01, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Potato shoots have caught a frost, what to do?
Replies: 8
Views: 3860

Re: Potato shoots have caught a frost, what to do?

Hello DW I would suggest the 'do nothing' approach'. Just regard this as a bit of a set back. They will recover quickly and new leaves/shoots will soon take over. Your crop will just be a bit later than you might have expected. Be ready with some fleece to throw over them at night if any more frosts...
by John
Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Is it you down there, is it?!
Replies: 47
Views: 5415

Re: Is it you down there, is it?!

Hi Barry
I came across something similar in my patch a few years ago. My guess after some wary feeling around was that it was the abandoned work of rabbits. The females make chambers for their young.

John
by John
Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Removing all taste from apples... and tomatoes
Replies: 18
Views: 2889

Re: Removing all taste from apples... and tomatoes

Hi Barry I think the taste problem starts when the shop fruit is harvested. It seems to be picked before it has fully ripened in the forlorn hope that it will continue to ripen on its journey via wholesaler, distribution centre then finally to its shelf in the supersheds. The outer skin colours up n...
by John
Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Beware SPAM from KG
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

Beware SPAM from KG

Beware I have just started getting SPAM emails from KG, probably not directly. They only have a few words so I guess the spammers are just testing if the addresses are valid. I use unique email addresses for KG so there is no doubt where they have come from. Looks to me as though someone has hacked ...
by John
Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The Referendum
Replies: 17
Views: 2654

Re: The Referendum

I see we have a date for this nonsense now.
That's good - I do the bookings for our local hall so that will bring a nice £100 - polling station - for the hall funds.

John

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