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by JohnN
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Wasps in loft
Replies: 5
Views: 2111

Re: Wasps in loft

Thank you for advice. I'll wait till they're in bed and give them a dose of spray- but not near their exit under the tiles into the garden, I don't want to stop them getting out and drive them into looking for another exit, perhaps into the house!. We've got cavity wall insulation so I don't think t...
by JohnN
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Wasps in loft
Replies: 5
Views: 2111

Wasps in loft

I've just discovered a large nest in our loft space, with wasps buzzing about. They don't come in the house unless we leave the hatch open, so is it best to leave it? Will they be dying off in the next few weeks, leaving the nest empty for removal?
by JohnN
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Sprouting spuds
Replies: 1
Views: 1088

Sprouting spuds

Had quite a good crop of main crop spuds (Desiree), but a lot of them have started sprouting underground, with long, (1-3") white tendrils. This has never happened before and the Earlies (Pentland Javelin) in the adjacent plot have been OK. I've rubbed the sprouts off, but will this affect stor...
by JohnN
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Ripening blackcurrants
Replies: 8
Views: 3137

Re: Ripening blackcurrants

Looking forward to picking a good crop of blackcurrants, but not the long, pernickety job of preparing them for eating and freezing. Can anyone suggest any way one can use them without topping and tailing? All I can think of is just crushing the juice out and throwing the rest away. Thanks.
by JohnN
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: A Pictorial Trip Around the Plot
Replies: 22
Views: 1634

Re: A Pictorial Trip Around the Plot

Y're getting grumpy in y're old age, PS. Perhaps VDP has been away for a week - if he's like me the last thing he takes with him is the Internet.
by JohnN
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: I don't believvvee it!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 3072

Re: I don't believvvee it!!!

Tb: I'd have handed her an empty bowl and said "Thank you so much, when you've finished just put half of them in my bowl".
Trouble is you might have lost the bowl as well!
by JohnN
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 17192

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

We've had really good strawberries this year, but my parsnips haven't sprouted at all! Leeks, pots, peas, beans and beetroot all doing well. Age is catching up with me (85 next month) so I had a professional gardener/friend come in, mow the back lawn and do some hedge trimming. Pic enclosed - first ...
by JohnN
Mon May 21, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Annoying Tits
Replies: 27
Views: 6082

Re: Annoying Tits

No, PP, they're still at it, but not all the time. Here's a pic of part of the board - how they manage to hang on upside down I don't know!
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by JohnN
Sat May 19, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Annoying Tits
Replies: 27
Views: 6082

Re: Annoying Tits

I think you're right, OH. Forgive me, it's an age question!
by JohnN
Sat May 19, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Annoying Tits
Replies: 27
Views: 6082

Annoying Tits

Can anyone suggest a way to stop a flock of very small Tits (not sure what kind) from pecking all the paint off my soffit boards. They've virtually stripped the last coat of black down to the original yellow, but don't seem interested in that! Sitting at my Mac I can hear them outside the window - t...
by JohnN
Tue May 01, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Blossom
Replies: 5
Views: 1591

Blossom

Both my neighbours and myself have a huge amount of blossom on our apple trees this year and my quince tree is laden as well. We had a slight frost last night (car iced up!) but trees SEEM to have escaped disaster. Fingers crossed for the next few days.
by JohnN
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: incinerator
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: incinerator

Point taken, Robo. Aldi had sold out so I got one at B&Q for £17.55, inc 10% Wednesday discount.
by JohnN
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: incinerator
Replies: 5
Views: 600

incinerator

My old dustbin-style incinerator has disintegrated after about 2 years' use. But how to protect the inside of a new one to make it last longer? All I can think of is a round piece of sheet metal inside, to protect the bottom. What about the sides? Anyone any bright ideas?
by JohnN
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sign of things to come.
Replies: 7
Views: 827

Re: Sign of things to come.

Shallot Man wrote:I note we now have a barber in our super-market. My Son informs me they have a dentist in theirs. :o :o

Don't buy the sausages.
by JohnN
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight?
Replies: 12
Views: 3662

Re: Blight?

Thank you, Monika. I've sprayed them with a mild solution of Bordeaux mixture, so we'll see.

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