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Blisters    pirate
28/03/2009 at 21:07

Only you get over-run with nastutiums, Nicko.

Father in Law heard that co-planting marigold in the toms acted as a sacrificial crop for the whitefly. With all the tomato feed he got a great crop of marigolds.

Personally, we use those yellow sticky fly papers. They are actually quite useful, especially if you go in and shake the plants, the pests fly up, head for the yellow and GOTCHA.

Yup catpoo in the potato holes. I send it back to where it came from. If I could stuff it literally then I would. Otherwise it's over the relevant fence.

28/03/2009 at 21:17
Sadly it's my cats Blisters, but I chuckle at the thought of lfying cat poo, where should I avoid?
Blisters    pirate
28/03/2009 at 21:21

The face end of the cat is generally OK.

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
29/03/2009 at 11:39

Same here, my bliddy cat too. The little fekker

If the Nastys are in pots they can be controlled as there not in the open like mine were .

29/03/2009 at 12:40
I only just put the rhubarb in and it promptly wilted and died. But a new shoot has emerged - will get some next year I reckon.
31/03/2009 at 13:12
Advice please. When is the best time to plant french bean seeds directly in the ground? Is it too early or have I missed the boat. I'm looking to plant the taller variety, not the dwarf type.
31/03/2009 at 13:47
too early for beans straight into the ground - it needs to warm up more yet so more likely May at least depending on where you live. but you can raise them in pots now and plant out when they've hardened off in a cold frame
Blisters    pirate
31/03/2009 at 17:45

I thought that the only reason we grew runner beans was because the children had already germinated them at school. The logic being that if they had some ownership they **might** even try eating them.

The first beets are now sowed. I've no intention of eating the beetroots, only harvesting the leaves for salads.

I also discovered from other sources that chard bolts in year 2, so I've sowed some more of that. Both are in the raised bed, under glass.

My plan is to raise carrots in a bucket of seed+potting mixed 50/50 with sand. Anyone tried this? Is the soil still likely to be a bit too rich?

31/03/2009 at 18:06

Not eating your beetroots?- criminal. harvest some when small, don;t even need to peel them. Put in foil with loadsa cloves of garlic and dollop with olive oil and balsamic and bake until tender. Oh boy YUM.

(It's a Jamie so the proper version will be on the net somewhere.)

I've got some orange beetroot seeds that I'm going to try this year and Mr FL wants me to grom purple carrots; world gone mad and all that!

Blisters    pirate
31/03/2009 at 18:37
I like Jamie's recipes. I've probably got it in a book. I did make bortsch once, and it was a major league panic when everybody believed that they had blood in the urine.
31/03/2009 at 21:13

My kids love beetroot for that reason, it's when you feed it to other people's sprogs and forget to warn the parents.......!

BTW Blisters- what were you and your identical twin doing under my toe nail after my HM on Sunday? Just clear off will you

01/04/2009 at 10:21
purple carrots

did you know that carrots are originally purple and yellow?? the orange variety that we grow and are used to is thought to be a cross between the two but may also be a mutant variety......

carrot history!
01/04/2009 at 10:37

I have some seeds for purple & white ones this year

Anyone lost anything to the recent cold snap?

My runner bean seeding that I been growing in toilet rolls in the poly tunnel all copped it,sadly.

Thank you Mr Frost !

01/04/2009 at 10:43
"Anyone lost anything to the recent cold snap?"

we had quite a lot of succulent pot plants (aloes, aeonium etc)collected over many years that went west in the hard frosts - great shame but we can start again

01/04/2009 at 10:57

I must remember to cover over the mesh top panels in my tunnel doors until @ least May time,as it was everything on the top staging by both doors that went west.

Some of my sweet corns looked liked they had be burnt but they seemed to have revived slightly in the last couple of days.

My Garlics in the last week have gone on brilliantly ,the bit of extra warmth has made a difference,in particular my elephant garlics,they are now over 12 " tall.

03/04/2009 at 20:40

Is it me or is gardener's World really sh*te these days?

Bring back Poshmonty

03/04/2009 at 21:20

cliff was good

had a great voice

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
04/04/2009 at 13:53
lex lurker. wrote (see)

cliff was good

had a great voice

Yeah like you watched it for his voice Lurky
Blisters    pirate
04/04/2009 at 14:01
In the same way as Nicko watches Charlie Dimmock for her tips.
Nicko. Hdau    pirate
04/04/2009 at 15:09
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