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Posted: 13/06/2016 at 19:29

Sorry to hear your sad news Hazel - I hope you and your mum can find comfort in happy memories. 

Carrot Issues

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 19:17

Mick   Those carrots look fine - they just need longer in the ground -  The seed merchant may say they take 90 days to harvest, but that's in optimal conditions - plants respond to the temperature and this spring was cold.

I would expect to see much more foliage before I thought about pulling my carrots - then with my finger  I'd just clear a little of the soil away at the base of the stalks and see how wide the shoulders of the carrots are - if they're not a good size cover them up, give them some water and leave them alone a bit longer. 

Forum changes now live

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 17:16

Yay!  That works!  Thanks Nora and the team 

Sweetpeas damaged by heavy rain

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 17:00

They'll put out some side shoots and grow thicker and bushier - it's just gardening I'm afraid 

Rhubarb v Foxgloves

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 16:02

I've got foxgloves in the veg patch - they're not edible of course, but they do no harm and don't affect the fruit and veg.  Enjoy them both 


Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:38

Dewdrops, budge up - I'm joining you on the sofa   I've got a chestikoff too - I've taken rubbish to the tip, been to the Farm Shop for food and the GC for compost, but it's too drizzly out there to take a poorly chest.  

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 13:59

The UK has been in the EU for over 40 years ...... it is a relatively small island and is now the 5th largest economy in the world .... how much better can it get???

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Vine weevil eggs in bought pots please help

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:36
Osmacote slow release fertiliser balls are hollow shells with liquid inside ...
Dovefromabove says:

....... Yellow balls that pop when squashed sounds like the Osmacote slow release fertiliser balls - they have a liquid fertiliser in them - the shell of the ball becomes permeable when wet and the fertiliser passes through ......

See original post


Sorry, we cross-posted 

If the balls were empty then the fertiliser has all been used up.

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Vine weevil eggs in bought pots please help

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:33

OK, use a mix of JI No 3 and multi purpose - I'd use half and half.  

My Rozanne looked really poorly earlier this year - it hadn't been happy where I'd planted it - too shady.  I dug it up, split it into three and put them in pots with some good gritty topsoil and a sprinkle of Fish, Blood and Bone, and now they've really bulked up - each plant on its own is bigger than the original one was - I've planted them out in a sunnier position and they're looking great with lots of buds.

Hope yours perk up soon 

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:11

A regular poster on the Wildfood forum has posted thus:

"If Brexit happens

(In no particular order)
Our Parliament will be run by the same bunch of bozos as now.
The Mike Ashley's of this world will carry on breaking the law with impunity.
Mrs Green will continue to be paid millions and pay no tax.
Others will continue to take money out of their business that isn't there and those who have mortgages and shop at Asda will continue to lose their jobs and be forced to accept reduced pensions.
There will still be zero hour contracts.
Knighthoods and Lordships will go to those who support the Prime Minister of the day.
The UK will continue not checking the passports of everyone entering the country.
Our three boats patrolling 8,000 miles of coast line will not stop immigrants crossing the channel. (Holland has 16 for 280 miles)
The ownership of major industries and utilities will stay with their foreign owners.
Farage will be out of a job.
Health and Safety regulations will continue to be ignored. (tiger kills keeper)
As will those for Health and Hygiene ones. (restaurant customer given peanut dish)
Lessons will not be learnt for next time.
HS2 will not be delivered on time nor under budget.
When things go wrong the Mail, Express, Telegraph, Times etc., will blame the legacy of the EU.
When things go right the Guardian, Independent, Times etc., will say how much better it would've been if we'd stayed.

The UK will muddle through as we've always done; whinging and whining because there's no bowl of cherries or glorious sunset but no-one to blame. For once the politicians can blame us.   "

To be European about it, plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose ........... 

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