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Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:46

Cheers Fairy - I've replied back  

Feet up in front of  Countryfile now - knitting on the go

Sprout harvesting

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:37

Leave them in the ground - they'll be fine, even if we get heavy snow.  Don't cut the stalks, pick the sprouts off the stalks as you need them, starting with the bigger ones at the bottom and working up to the smaller ones (which will continue to grow a bit bigger in milder spells). 

Pick by putting your thumb on top of the sprout and pushing downwards.  Fingerless gloves are good in the cold and frosty weather.

And you can take the top clump of leaves out of the top and use them as you would spring greens or cabbage leaves.  Delicious.

Very good looking sprouts by the way.  Congratulations


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 17:50

Oh Fairy - what fabulous views - thank you  

(By the way, you have a PM - not sure if alerts are working).

Anyone else got blooming daffodils?!

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 15:05

My MIL had some multi-headed narcissi in bloom when we visited a fortnight ago - but in a very sheltered spot.  It's certainly been a mild autumn - until this weekend!


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 15:04

Very nice Steve - I usually put up with a mug - we only have biscuits in this house when the builders are here, or if OH brings some home from work - this is a real treat ... thanks

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 15:02

Have been reflecting on the subject of the type of soil/compost.

When we first moved here  the area which is now the Shady Bank had a very high level of organic content, not having been 'cultivated' or the fallen leaves cleared up for probably 30 years.  That was when we found a lot of evidence of vine weevils and the Nemasys was first applied.

The following year we dug that bank over and extended it, building a retaining wall along it's length.  We had at least a couple of tonnes of topsoil added and dug in before the bed was replanted.  The topsoil was quite a gritty loam. 

I wonder if the gritty soil has made the vine weevil larvae feel less at home and has contributed, along with the Nemasys, to the reduction in damage. 



Posted: 22/11/2015 at 14:55

That's kind of you Steve - much appreciated

Strictly is back!

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 14:54

Helen's eyes are really wide apart, and  whoever is doing her makeup is accentuating that with highlighter rather than using some clever shading. 

I think Anita was absolutely amazing last night - outstandingly good.


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 14:48

Update - it is now sleeting heavily and rattling on the window

Please may I be excused from gardening this afternoon ........


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 14:48

Gardening?  It's almost pitch dark outside and it's beginning to sleet again - not really gardening weather - not for us Fair Weather Gardeners  

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