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by JohnN
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 26900

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: 9726

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: 9726

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: 9726

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: 2306

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: 912

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: 912

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: 1175

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: 5465

Re: Blight?

Thank you, Monika. I've sprayed them with a mild solution of Bordeaux mixture, so we'll see.
by JohnN
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight?
Replies: 12
Views: 5465

Re: Blight?

Here's a bad pic of a leaf.
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by JohnN
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight?
Replies: 12
Views: 5465

Re: Blight?

TB - Not sure as my thermometer doesn't go very low (50 deg). This morning, 8.30, I reckon it's about 18-20 deg. as it's dull and no sun. The white patches have also developed a bit of brown edging, but they don't seem any worse than 48hrs ago.
by JohnN
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight?
Replies: 12
Views: 5465

Re: Blight?

Re my Blight post. I've just noticed that the cherry toms, next to the Alicante seem to be unaffected!
by JohnN
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight?
Replies: 12
Views: 5465

Blight?

5 days ago I transferred my windowsill-grown tomato plants, 8" high, into the greenhouse to harden them up before planting into grow bags. They have all developed white patches on the edges of the leaves. Is this blight, or something else - I can't find anything to quite match it on the interne...
by JohnN
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: (Delayed) Spring 2018
Replies: 55
Views: 13814

Re: (Delayed) Spring 2018

Primrose - re your Noah reference, there was a very subtle cartoon I saw in a paper. Line of animals in pairs waiting to board ark. A pair of horses are introducing themselves to a pair of unicorns: "Hi, I'm Robert and this is Anne" Unicorn: "Hi, I'm Bill and this is Jack."
by JohnN
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: RUNNER BEAN NET.
Replies: 6
Views: 2735

Re: RUNNER BEAN NET.

I erected a runner bean support many years ago, which I’ve found easy to manage. It consists of two 3” sq x 7ft posts, set in Metposts and 10 ft apart. 3/4" slots, cut into the top of each post “in line” with the narrow plot, hold each end of a 10ft long 4” x ¾” plank. To support the beans I us...

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