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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:33

I think they're probably all ok as people, or as ok as the generality of us can be.  Certainly a member of my family meets Prince Charles socially from time to time and says he's a nice chap, easy to get on with, interesting to talk to, doesn't stand on ceremony etc; and there's no doubt that the Queen has done a remarkably good job with the role she's been given. 

However, I have been a republican for all of my adult life, as it seems to me that it is impossible for the UK to have a monarchy without an invidious class system which works to the detriment of this country as a whole. 

The day we heard that Princess Diana had died I had to start hanging an exhibition in the centre of Norwich - this involved using some power tools and hammers etc - some people remonstrated with me for 'making a noise when the whole country is in mourning'.  Really  

Needless to say the exhibition went ahead - it had to, it was being assessed so that students could gain their MAs (or not, as the case may be).


Strawberries - Leaves turning black and dying...

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:19

My two best suggestions are overwatering combined with cool conditions and/or lack of nitrogen.

Maybe someone else has an idea?

Broad Beans

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:10

Hi Jane

When did you sow them? 

Mine were sown at the end of October if I remember correctly, and they're a good height, 18"+ and covered with flowers (and bumble bees) - no beans yet, but it can only be a matter of time - getting hungry here - I shall be taking the tops out (and steaming them and serving with parsley butter) as soon as the first little beans appear

Edited to add:  I've just been out and checked - most of the plants are 2' to 2'6" tall and covered with blooms.


Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:05


There are several Blips on the forum - most are fixed pretty quickly, but there are some which are more complex, a bit like discovering you've knitted a bit of the pattern wrongly several rows back and which can't be put right without unpicking quite a bit of it (well, that's how I understand it - apparently knitting is an oft-used analogy for code).

The web-team's time is shared with several other sites, GW's time is limited and of course, priorities have to be made.  However I understand that there may well be some improvements in the future.  We're all keeping our fingers crossed.

Strawberries - Leaves turning black and dying...

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 09:07

I wasn't thinking about damp getting through the wall - rather that lack of ventilation on the outside wall can sometimes cause damp problems indoors - it's usually recommended that nothing should be piled against a wall higher than the damp proof course. 

Have the strawberries had any fertilizer? 


Posted: 03/05/2015 at 09:01

In the absence of any other instructions, I'd cut the wax off both ends and then plant some one way up and some the other and wait and see

grape or currant

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 08:59

What is interesting is that it appears to have been cut back/pruned in order to produce a bush on a short leg

Strawberries - Leaves turning black and dying...

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 08:55

I'm wondering whether they've been frosted - we've had some very low night temperatures recently - and yet the basil looks to be ok and I'd have thought that would have suffered from frost too.

It may well be over-watering coupled with low temperatures - not many plants like having their roots cold and wet at the same time.

By the way, is that up against your house wall - doesn't it cause damp problems indoors?

Strawberries - Leaves turning black and dying...

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 08:48

Oh, you've done it - great! 

Strawberries - Leaves turning black and dying...

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 08:47

Hi Matthew - to post a photo you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your posts, and follow the instructions ... doesn't work for some phones.

Good luck ...

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