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by Monika
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Decimated Radish Crop
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Decimated Radish Crop

Cover with butterfly netting but make sure you first remove any eggs or caterpillars already on the plants!
by Monika
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Look up!
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Look up!

We saw two flashes in he sky late last night through hazy clouds, but hoping for better things tonight because it is much clearer.
by Monika
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Yellow blisters
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: Yellow blisters

Oh, Geoff, what on earth has gone wrong - or is that all the debris left behind after a brilliant harvest?
by Monika
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 4503

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

When we had our 'nectar bar' on the allotment (a long strip of stony ground along a dry stone wall), we deliberately sowed and planted it with insect-friendly flowers like sunflowers, love in a mist, catmint, single pot marigold, salvia, teasels, foxglove and many others, including a large proportio...
by Monika
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Yellow blisters
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: Yellow blisters

Do you really mean BLISTERS, cornish64? Or sort of holes in the leaves with a thin membrane still there? A photo might help.
by Monika
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: pea mildew
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: pea mildew

If the plants are really badly covered in mildew, the pods won't finish filling so you might as well pick them now, but if there are only parts mildewed, you might as well wait and see. If the pods themselves have some mildew on them, the peas inside will still be ok to eat, I would think. We used t...
by Monika
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 10
Views: 385

Re: Happy Birthday.

I can see shallotman, Alan, but where is t'other one? Are you hiding in the shed, Arnie?
Have a lovely birthday both!!!
by Monika
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 4503

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Geoff, it's the first year this year that I have not grown any runner beans - my OH doesn't like them, I prefer French beans and neither of them freeze well. But the Cobra are doing fine, we have had the first picking and there are plenty more little ones on the way (and I have now fed them with sea...
by Monika
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Chilli and pepper plants
Replies: 7
Views: 291

Re: Chilli and pepper plants

lovelytashchick, nobody else seems to have picked up your query, so I will try, though my experience with peppers, sweet and hot, is much more limited than many others on this forum: Your plants will certainly SURVIVE outside at this time of the year, but will they set enough fruit and will the frui...
by Monika
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 4503

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Seaweed food it is then for the climbing beans.

Yippee, first tomato going red today!
by Monika
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: PEAthetic Pea Crop
Replies: 7
Views: 293

Re: PEAthetic Pea Crop

Oh, dear ....... We used pea and bean netting in the dim and distant past and were not impressed. Bamboo canes and string for the climbing beans for us now and buddleia cuttings for the peas every year.
by Monika
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Chilli and pepper plants
Replies: 7
Views: 291

Re: Chilli and pepper plants

lovelytashchick, it would help if you can tell where you are - northern Scotland or south Devon?
by Monika
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Comfrey
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Comfrey

Comfrey has very deep roots, so plants them in a 'forever' place because you'll never get rid of them. And, unless you have plenty of room, don't plant too many because they are large and greedy things, albeit very useful as a fertiliser. There has been a recent thread on this forum about comfrey - ...
by Monika
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 4503

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Our climbing beans Cobra have set well but seem to be rather slow in growth. I would like to give them a fillip, but what? They are green, so a nitrogen-heavy fertiliser? But they are a 'fruit', so a potash-heavy fertiliser, like Tomorite?
by Monika
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 140
Views: 4503

Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

I agree, Westi. Most of the photos appear to be library photos rather than taken for the specific article, hence not always very helpful. Nothing like KG ........

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