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How to tell when Garlic is ready to harvest?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 14:32

The two small garlics were ones that had split off a larger bulb and haven't divide themselves. Still should be a nice addition to a meal sometime!

How to tell when Garlic is ready to harvest?

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 14:31

No fancy web videos here but this is what I pulled up last night: bit of a range in size and the onion is one seedling / bulb that spilt in two hence looking a bit on the small size.



Posted: 20/06/2014 at 14:29

OL - I did wonder about the mother not seeming to be concerned about her child, very strange since it wasn't even as if he was old enough to catch a bus home if she'd left him! (I seem to remember he was still in a nappy). Perhaps she was unwell and thus her attention was lacking but I know taking the children I used to baby sit to the park was the most stressful time of me life and not worth the money I was paid (I swear they plan ahead to run in separate directions!)

Glad your pampering is working. Leave that ironing - what's the point in a back massage if you ruin it all stood over an ironing board?!

Sounds like you had a lovely time Percy - get that garden tidied up! If she's on first name terms they might appear for a cup of tea one day!

Tomato thriving on neglect!

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:54

Meant to be some of the best tasting too if you asked some of the older sewage workers I met on a project!!


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:16

I miss jam making - the house always smells so good! Last year my mother gave me boxes of fruits to use but I've not heard about any spares yet so we'll have to see. Hopefully next year I'll be making my own!

LesleyK wrote (see)

Clari you could throw in a kneeling mat and a few bin bags.  Doesn't sound as though she's into composting yet. 

Lesley - I've gotten her a nice kneeling mat (I'm not above trying them out in the shop!) And some bright gardening gloves. I was going to buy her an instant kitchen garden with a few herbs but plants are so expensive (for my wallet anyway) so I brought some brightly coloured pots and filled them with herbs that I'd grown myself (or in the case of the chives - brought from the bargain bin a few weeks ago!) What's the point in being a gardener if you can't produce plants to give as gifts rather than rely on shop brought ones?! Fingers crossed it beats the generic birthday gift of chocolate!

 They don't look much yet but at least the pots will help add colour (and should be high enough that the rabbit wont eat the contents) and once they get going they'll fill out quickly so she'll appreciate them a little more than had we just been able to buy the one solitary plant. 

2 x garlic chive (one just looked a little lost on its own!)

3 x sage seedlings (hardened off for a few weeks so should be fine)

1 x scruffy thyme (grew this from seed last year - the only one I managed to get to germinate!)

 To make it a bit more special I've put in labels with the name on one side and one the back what they go well with (going to do this for myself later on!!) I'm going to find her a suitable card and write down their "how to care for" instructions in it which will hopefully help her.

 What do you all think?


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 09:52

Small children are fine. Its when they hit that age when they start talking and wont keep quiet that they get to be a pain in the rump! I had a small snotty little creature follow me all around the supermarket the other day because he'd spotted my (admittedly quite cool) Lego man on my truck keys and was insistent he should tell me all about it (Lego Man is now called Eric apparently).

I swear his mother let him wander away like that just to have a few minutes peace and quiet to herself! In the end I had to sit with him at the checkouts after he'd help me pack and quizzed every item I was buying (shame it wasn't a tampon containing shop - that'd have given him some ammunition for his car journey home) and wait for his mother to reappear! She didn't seem the least bit concerned. Next time I'm buying sweeties and feeding him up on them before she reappears. That'll teach her!



Slow day at work today - can you guess?!

Fungus on ones strawberries!!

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 09:38

I was impressed at how quickly they came round considering how crispy a few of them were (I was expecting a 50% success but we're more like 80%). Hopefully we'll see signs of new growth soon and then I'll sit happy.

Now I just need to work out where they and the ones in pots from my last house are going to go! I've redesigned the garden so many times now I rather wish I could afford to employ someone to put the foundations / beds in quick before I change my mind again! The last location is right in what is now designated chicken territory (I say designated because you know they'll be free ranging through the vegetable plots at some point!) So needs to be changed to somewhere a little more protected.


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 09:26

I think they suffer from "this doesn't interest me so I'm going to ignore it until it goes away". I've noticed my father doing it to small children for years.

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 09:20
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

Clarington............don't worry about a garden centre.............I have a huge one which needs splitting and you are more than welcome to a piece .........won't take much to put in a Jiffy bag and post.  You would be doing me a favour actually..........I've been meaning to tackle it for weeks

I try always to have one on the excellent "first aid" plant to have to hand.

OOhh yes please!!

treehugger80 wrote (see)

I've had an Aloe Vera plant for nearly 8 years and its just got a bit bigger (about 2 foot across) and has never produced babies? its in a 8 inch pot in sand/compost mix so its nice and free draining soil , what am I doing wrong?

Treehugger - I found mine produced the most babies when it was spending its summer months in the back of a living van pulled by a steam engine (excellent first aid kit when working on a hot vehicle) - so being knocked about, dropped, poked at  by curious fingers, dried out with the stove on, then drowned, then submerged into darkness because we'd lock it away and thought someone else had moved it, dropped again when it didn't move it into its travelling position.... and repeat until September.

Perhaps you're looking after yours too well? (I'm not an expert on them!)


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 09:15

OL send him over here - our neighbour has the builders in and bless them but they really do look like a kick up the backside by an enthusiastic DIYer might be just the inspiration they need to get on with it! (No idea what they're doing - seems to involve a lot of bricks! I'm rather looking forward to going home to see!)

Well I can't seem to motivate partner with the chicken coop he said he'd build (when I mentioned doing it last night I turned around to find him removing the bonnet of my little truck - the things he'll do to get out of mud moving!!) But he has announced that we'll be going to get the timber for the pond this weekend so I guess that's something. Whether or not any of that wood is installed however is another matter!

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