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Posted: 25/04/2014 at 06:13

Good morning all   Overcast and drippy here today - starlings and magpies are being very noisy. 


Rhubarb blues...

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 19:42

It's concentrating on getting its roots into the soil - as has been said, top dress with compost or well rotted farm yard manure now and again in the autumn.  Water well now and again in any dry spells - don't let the soil around it dry right out - and as you've said, don't harvest any stalks this year.  It'll be fantastic next year 

Human irrigation system

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 19:35

Mike ((hugs))   I've been away and just had a brief read of your recent post.  I hope it will help if I tell you that several years ago I knew a chap who had what sounds like the same type of bladder cancer that you have - he had the same 'up the spout' inspections that you've had - the treatment was done the same way with lasers - he would have a day off work for the treatment and go back to work the next day - he was a builder doing strenuous work.  He would have a regular 'inspection' once every 12 months and if anything needed zapping it would be zapped with a laser there and then.  He fathered the third of his three children after starting receiving this treatment.  He died some 25 years later in his 70s of a severe stroke.  

I remember him telling me that the most painful thing of any of the treatment was the injections - the rest he regarded as a day off work   I would add that he was an active allotmenteer!!!

I hope that gives you a degree of reassurance - remember we're all 'rooting' for you - rooting, get it???  That's a joke that is ((hugs))


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 19:16

Clari - I've just read back ((hugs))  just look at all that you have done!!!  And your veg etc is way ahead of me and I've got all the time in the world!!!  

Take it steadily and gently, enjoy what you're doing, and it'll all happen ((hugs))

Honeysuckle is not growing

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 18:49

Blackening of the leaves may be the preamble to powdery mildew so I'd give it a couple of buckets of water at the roots and then, as Dave says, keep it well watered. 

Although we had a lot of rain in the autumn/winter, in most parts of the country the topsoil is very dry at the moment and young plants' roots are not reaching down the necessary 12-24 inches to where the soil is moist. 

how much time do you need for an allotment

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 18:34

Two orking friends both with allotments have told me that they've managed to keep on top of their allotments if they and partner devoted most of their weekends to them during the growing season - what they found difficult was reaping the harvest - lots of veg need picking every day in order to get them at their best, and beans and peas and courgettes etc stop producing if they're only picked once or twice a week. 

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 18:30

Another one squidged as soon as arrived home today 

Identification Assistance

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 18:27

Hi Paul

It looks to me like a seedling of one of the ornamental poppies (commonly called opium poppies) - they seed themselves around all over the place and the seeds keep coming up for years afterwards.

As a weed is a plant in the wrong place, if this is in your veg patch it's probably best regarded as a weed.  If you want to transplant it to a flower bed you can try, but in my experience they don't take very kindly to being transplanted.


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 18:21

Hello folks   I'm home   and we've had to rearrange the house as I was seduced by a 19C Chinese porcelain jar   

Good job we didn't do any detours into GCs on the way home or we'd be living on beans on toast for the next month 

I've had a lovely plant present arrive - remember that dahlia I saw at East Ruston last year - Star Child - a very kind Forker has sent me a baby Star Child 

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