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by Monika
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Grass snake
Replies: 5
Views: 199

Re: Grass snake

Lucky you!
by Monika
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 2382

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

We kept our own rabbits for food during the war - unfortunately, as I was used to cleaning their hutches and playing with them, I could never bring myself to eat them. And I still dislike rabbit to eat, even the smell of it cooking puts me off.
by Monika
Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 2382

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Down to 5C last night here, but I do remember a year in the early 1970s when July was the only frost free month in the year. A night frost on 30/31 August killed all the very tops of the dahlias .....
by Monika
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Rhubarb in pots?
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Rhubarb in pots?

We love rhubarb but left our magnificent plants behind on the allotment two years ago. We don't have room in the garden to grow it, but I am now contemplating growing two or three rhubarb plants in pots (one each in a 2 foot diameter pot), probably growing in a mixture of potting compost, John Innes...
by Monika
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 2382

Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Thank you, OH. Yes, it certainly feels later summerish, almost autumnal - 8C last night and a rather cool northerly wind all day, but the sunsets and sunrises have been brilliant lately!
by Monika
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Tall Pea's
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Tall Pea's

I agree, Geoff. Having tried Alderman and other varieties, I have always come back to Hurst Greenshaft - prolific, tasty and reasonably safe from powdery mildew.
by Monika
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Tall Pea's
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Tall Pea's

'Alderman' is a very tall pea, Arnie.
by Monika
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 4442

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: 631

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: 4442

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: 4442

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: 4442

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: 314

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: 315

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: 4442

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

3mm rain here - whoopee! Well. better than nothing anyway .......

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