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by KG Steve
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017
Replies: 241
Views: 32511

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

I had a disaster with courgettes last year, but pleased to say they are doing well now - the polytunnel is helping! I'm trying 'Piccolo' among others. V nice! Bought Mrs Carrot a spiraliser yesterday so will be trying courgetti tonight for the first time.

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by KG Steve
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Definition of quick growing
Replies: 21
Views: 7767

Re: Definition of quick growing

My first harvest of 'spring onions' this year has come from my overwintered pots of 'Senshyu Yellow' and a few other varieties. I borrow Joe Maiden's old trick of planting the sets quite thickly in pots in autumn, then thinning from early April onwards, leaving the rest to mature to full size. Had s...
by KG Steve
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Definition of quick growing
Replies: 21
Views: 7767

Re: Definition of quick growing

Hi folks, sorry for the slow response. If you are comparing spring onions to other salads like radishes and salad leaves then it might seem to be stretching it a bit to call them quick-growing, but they are certainly not the slowest. I have sown some in a tray and others in the ground in the polytun...
by KG Steve
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Parky this morning
Replies: 8
Views: 1953

Re: Parky this morning

I mentioned the apple blossom above. My trees do seem to be full of bloom this year. Just hoping the frost won't spoil it. The pear had just finished though, so that's OK. By the way. I can't get any of my pictures to show the right way up! I haven't moved to Australia - just don't have the technica...
by KG Steve
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Parky this morning
Replies: 8
Views: 1953

Re: Parky this morning

That's inspired Primrose! I'll remember that trick!
by KG Steve
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Parky this morning
Replies: 8
Views: 1953

Parky this morning

My seedlings were shivering and I had to spray the apple blossom this morning because of the frost here in the E Midlands. Was it the same for you? Beautiful morning now though.
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by KG Steve
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Compost additives
Replies: 14
Views: 2735

Re: Compost additives

I've also got a worm bin for kitchen scraps and it works brilliantly....except. I've learned that it is pointless putting uncrushed eggshells into it. Obvious I suppose that the poor old worms might struggle with those, but no matter how long you leave them in the bin, they will always come out look...
by KG Steve
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Compost additives
Replies: 14
Views: 2735

Compost additives

So I was doing a bit of gardening this morning before work and emptying a compost bin. Near the top I found two big bits of clay pot and a nearly new hand fork (nearly new when it went in anyway)! My other half uses a trug when she is pottering around weeding etc and often drops tools etc into it. I...
by KG Steve
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Bramblings, siskins .....
Replies: 22
Views: 3906

Re: Bramblings, siskins .....

Wonderful picture Tigerburnie! I've only ever seen one kingfisher - at least one that wasn't just a blue flash out of the corner of my eye. Think I saw my first Marsh Tit mixed in with a little flock of Yellowhammers at the weekend, but not very good at identifying little birds. Sparrow-sized with b...
by KG Steve
Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Polytunnel fever
Replies: 16
Views: 3107

Polytunnel fever

Made a big decision over the weekend. My little 6x8ft polytunnel that I've had for 20 years in a couple of gardens needs recladding and the doorframes are rotten, so I've decided to invest in a 20x8 (which is about all I have room for - or at least all the space I'm allowed y my other half! :roll: )...
by KG Steve
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Bramblings, siskins .....
Replies: 22
Views: 3906

Re: Bramblings, siskins .....

Saw my first ever goldcrest yesterday. Such a tiny bird, but so busy! Wonder how such a tiny thing can survive the winter cold while I'm huddled around a radiator! Not such a great view as you though Geoff. Your pics are amazing!
by KG Steve
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: KG forum seeds trial 2017?
Replies: 20
Views: 3979

Re: KG forum seeds trial 2017?

Hi Guys. In the next couple of months you'll have your marrow Long Green Bush, which I'm hoping you'll all grow and enter our biggest marrow competition (details in the April issue), plus carrot Royal Chantenay 3, then in May oriental veg - pak choi, choi sum and mizuna. Yes I agree Pawty that the p...
by KG Steve
Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: shop garlic growing?
Replies: 39
Views: 9448

Re: shop garlic growing?

Sorry Oscar's mum, but definately don't tie knots in the leaves! I've always been told that it is the cold that trigggers the division of the bulbs Oscar, hence the best garlic often comes with autumn planting and after a good, cold winter. I often find that some of my spring planted garlic refuses ...
by KG Steve
Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Bramblings, siskins .....
Replies: 22
Views: 3906

Re: Bramblings, siskins .....

We do get the occasional little flock of goldfinches and long tailed tits at certain times of the year and where I walk the dog there are yellowhammers. I'm like you Westi, if I want to see anything more exotic I head off to Rutland Water which is (obviously) great for water birds. I always avoid th...
by KG Steve
Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Bramblings, siskins .....
Replies: 22
Views: 3906

Re: Bramblings, siskins .....

Wow - you chaps are so lucky to see all these 'exotic' birds! I do have a blue tit living in a nest box in the garden at the moment. Very cute!

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