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Red onions

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 13:20

This is my first year growing red onions (or indeed onions full stop) and I've loved seeing their bold colours and how they hold themselves upright. Its been amazing the past few weeks the way they seem to have pushed themselves out of the ground. But I really must remember to water them more!!

Asthma and Gardening

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 13:18

A friend of mine is affected badly by chemicals and the likes of air fresheners. What he found in the garden was that the pollen and cut grass often made things worse (when I lived nearer I'd cut his lawn for him while he made us dinner - good trade!!)

Did you ever get symptoms before that might indicate pollen was to blame?

Keep out there in the garden, but ditch the weed killer and see if things change. Its a fantastic gentle way to exercise and keep those lungs strong.


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 11:56

See OL gets the idea. Young people are meant to be worked!! Don't you have hedges to maintain? Lawns to be trimmed? Beds to be dug?

Are we the only ones not on top of our gardening OL if others can lounge around with sofas??

Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 11:41

Every time I see this thread appear I have the mental image of old ladies in cardigans ploughing through your strawberry plots with their walking frames chomping away at your strawberries. It makes me giggle every time!


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 11:39

You have mail Mrs G!!

Use him as a cushion and waste those muscles when he could be working up a sweat digging you a new vegetable patch?! What a waste!


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 11:18

I'm not so sure PunkDoc. Being a Yorkshire bug it might be the kind of bug to march up to the borders and... stay in Yorkshire whilst gesticulating heavily. What we have is special - can't do with sharing it around with anyone outside. A Yorkshire bug would explain the lack of snotty noses that normally accompany bugs - can't be doing with having to spend money on tissues!

Now if it was a Scottish bug.. that would would wipe out the Southerners and lay waste to the tissue factories.

Strawberries! is it possible to have too much light?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 10:17

As they've said it wont be light that's the problem (I'm sure I read that strawberries love the sun and don't like to be in the shade) but the soil drying up. I'm growing in pots this year (hoping to have a bed for them next year) and I am giving mine a little water both morning and night (feeding them once a week) so that the soil doesn't dry up.

Could you put your pots in a tray of water to give them more water throughout the day?


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 10:16
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Here you are Clari

 Will that help?

Thank you Dove. Think I must have a virus or general fatigue, I was fine at the weekend (4 hours sleep, stood up all day, driving ambulances, generally NOT resting or eating well) but I've no energy at the moment. It seems to strike worst when I'm about to go to work. I keep hinting at my partner that we need a holiday but it isn't sinking in! Oh well - hopefully I'll get him in the garden tonight digging the chicken area out a little more and maybe that'll convince him that BEFORE the chooks arrive would be a really good time for a long break!

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

I wasn't going too but I really wanted to do something for the Christmas meal and with the vegetable plot a long way from being ready potatoes in bags might well be the way forward for this year! I'll keep an eye out at the local garden centres and if I spot some I'm sure I'll be tempted.

(This all depends on the greenhouses being dismantled / painted / slabs laid for the new base / erected / electricity supplied to one of them / my not filling them with over wintering chillies and other plants as this years are a little slow to get a move on...)


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 07:23


Not happy about it! 

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