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Posted: 04/10/2014 at 11:32

Lily, I'd recommend some of Pdoc's Patent Cure-all , a hot bath and a sit down on the sofa in front of a good film.

Hope it works ((hugs))

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Posted: 04/10/2014 at 11:30

Think I got an email

I enter all the comps as long as they don't want me to sign up for anything, but I've only won the once - as I said, loadsapeeps enter


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 10:15

I'll have a look Chicky ............


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 10:01

Runner beans picked - enough for supper and a double portion to freeze as well - I've been very pleased with them - they're the white flowered Emergo, as recommended by Verdun.  Prolific long straight and tasty beans, not stringy at all and absolutely no pollination problems.  Still producing enough for a meal most days

I've also fixed a net over the pond to keep the leaves off.  Hopefully I've made it hedgehog and bird friendly and it will be closely monitored to make sure everyone is safe.

Now I'd better go to the farm shop, get a chicken to roast tomorrow and some mince for a cottage pie this evening - oh, need some potatoes too, and I'll pop into the GC and pick up some bird food.

Can I pick up anything for anyone?


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 08:12

Morning Archie   KEF is due back from her holibobs any minute.  Punkdoc is looking after his Mum.  Think OL is probably busy with the new business


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.

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