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by Monika
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 3119

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

It's strange that spiders are one animal I could not pick up - I have no problem with mice, frogs, toads, etc but I was badly frightened by a large spider when I was about 8 years old and ever since, they spook me. I catch them with the usual 'glass and card' method and put them safely outside, but,...
by Monika
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Butternut Squash
Replies: 20
Views: 390

Re: Butternut Squash

What a lovely story, Westi, and well done to your nephew! I can imagine that there are quite a few neglected gardens around which their owners can no longer manage but which would provide a wonderful growing ground for somebody keen.
by Monika
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 3119

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

An interesting day ..... Quite a few branches down and certainly many leaves. I had to go for a covid test in town, was not allowed to use public transport, so I walked 45 minutes to the hospital car park, partially in pouring rain, then waited there, also in pouring rain - no cover at all, not even...
by Monika
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 3119

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Mice?
by Monika
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 3119

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

'Proper' rain at last! Everything is breathing a sigh of relief, including me. The green manure (phacelia) on the ex-broad bean, shallot and garlic beds is growing beautifully, the climbing beans are prolific and the tender stem broccoli is still producing lots of side shoots. Alas, a few of the bee...
by Monika
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Growing crops in the greenhouse for winter eating
Replies: 7
Views: 188

Re: Growing crops in the greenhouse for winter eating

It might help if we knew where you are, emo1956, because stuff will survive better in an unheated greenhouse in more favourable places. I have tried winter lettuce, radish and annual/biannual herbs in our unheated glass greenhouse, but find that because of the lack of winter sunshine, it takes ages ...
by Monika
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday, Elmigo, and congratulations on the marvellous garden you have created in a very short time!
by Monika
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 3119

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

3mm rain here - whoopee! Well. better than nothing anyway .......
by Monika
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Replies: 17
Views: 286

Re: VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday, OH! May all your carrots grow downwards and your peas and beans fill out.
Hope you had a grand day!
by Monika
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 3119

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Oh wow, Peter. That's not good.
by Monika
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Decimated Radish Crop
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Decimated Radish Crop

If it flowers, it's already too late. The radish will be hard and inedible. Make sure you give the whole lot a good watering - radishes are thirsty things. They want to grow fast and lush without dry spells.
by Monika
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 3119

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Less hot but still no rain. The tenderstem broccoli is still producing masses of side shoots and we are eating tomatoes for almost every meal ...... Must be August.
by Monika
Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Lemon Thyme didn't flower this year
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: Lemon Thyme didn't flower this year

Perhaps you were too kind to your lemon thyme, fed it too much and it used the energy to grow and grow rather than flower?
by Monika
Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 3119

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Still no rain here. The sun is shining, the buddleias, single dahlias, red valerian, hemp agrimony, purple loosestrife, field scabious and many others all in full flower - but where are the butterflies? Apart from quite a few whites we have had just single red admiral, peacock, small tortoiseshell, ...
by Monika
Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 3119

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Not a drop of rain here but at least the temperature has gone down a bit to the LOW 20s.

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