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Posted: 04/10/2014 at 08:06

Good morning all - still dry and mild here in Norfolk - think I'll go out and pick the runner beans for supper before the promised deluge arrives.  I also need to put a net over the pond to keep the autumn leaves out.

I've had a quick read back - it sounds as if Apricot has landed on her feet I hope she has a long and happy 'retirement'.

Has anyone heard from Woody?  Is he back from his travels or is he still wandering in Wildest East Anglia?  Do I have to send out a search party?

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 07:55

Verdun ((hugs))

Quince tree problem

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 07:52

It really has been the year of the fungal infection!!!  Perfect weather conditions - warm and damp.

If I remember correctly Monty felled one of his quinces because he felt that they were overcrowded and that this was encouraging fungal infections.  I presume that's not so in your case as your tree is recently planted.. 

I would rake up and burn the fallen leaves, ensure that the tree gets plenty of air-flow around the branches and then not worry. 

Encourage healthy growth by ensuring there's clear soil around the trunk and feed with Fish Blood and Bone in February. 

Well, that's what I would do - others may have different suggestions.

fruit and veg

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:36

Don't forget to leave an area free from manure for growing your root veg as they will fork if they are grown in freshly manured soil.   Also onions are better grown on land that has been manured for the previous crop - time to work out your crop rotation.

fruit and veg

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:31

As it should already be well-rotted down, I would stack the dung with a plastic sheet over it for the winter - this will stop the rain washing nutrients out. 

I would then rough dig the allotment and leave it for the wind, rain and frost to break up, then in February or as soon afterwards that you can get on the land without it sticking to your boots I'd spread the manure and turn the soil over.  If the weather is kind it will then soon be ready to rake down into a fine tilth for seed sowing and planting.

I'm assuming that all the pooh is from herbivores - you don't want any tiger pooh on your allotment.

Tomato gro-bag compost

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 20:07

That's a shame Ann.    We've not noticed a lack of insects and this has been the best year ever for tomatoes for us too - we're in Norfolk.  The plants succumbed to blight eventually, but not until almost all the very heavy crop was ripe

A couple of questions for Uni

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 19:42

Gulzar - make sure you come back and show us your graduation picture

Has any one made a gardening cake before

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 19:41

That really is a lovely cake


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:37

Hello folks - I'm home

OH has run out of hedgehog banquet mix, so I'd better prepare some more, and make a parsley sauce to go with the gammon steaks for supper - baksun

Crab Apple Jelly

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:18

I agree - John Downie is the best crab apple for jelly

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