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Self Pollinating Fruit & Veg

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 13:16

Lock other people out of your greenhouse - in my experience they almost always cause trubble!!! 

That being said, he was right about removing leaves and flowering shoots from your tomatoes at this time of year, the plant will concentrate on ripening the existing tomatoes.  It's too late in the season for more to form and grow to ripening.

But he was wrong about the tomatoes not pollinating themselves - tomatoes do just that - although in the greenhouse they may need a little tap on the stem as you walk past to replicate the breeze or the action of insects buzzing around that happens when tomatoes are goring outside.

Using vinegar to kill weeds

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 12:15

On anything other than really large areas, I'd rather do some proper hand weeding than keep spraying, be it with glyphosate or vinegar.  Weeding properly as long as the first and longer than the second.  

Wot is it?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 12:07

Yes, that's how nature does it   You'll have to watch out that a squirrel doesn't come along and dig it up 

Paint colour for this wall?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 12:05

You mean the low concrete-type wall?  

I would pick out one of the colours in that wonderful stone wall - there are ochres in there, mossy and licheny greens, blues, creams, sand and purple and some reddish tones.  

Have a look here  and match up just one of them to enhance the low wall and link it to that wonderful stone. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:41

Oh Hosta   was that the pusscat you told us about?  The one that tries to come indoors if you leave the bedroom windows open?  Sad 

I'll tell the GP about my shoulder at my next regular check up.  I spoke to Bro the other day who reminded me that his shoulders dislocate quite easily - once when he sneezed when his arm was raised and resting on a ledge!  We both have large bones, loose ligaments and joints which tend to be shallow and hyper-flexive (hence my dodgy knee).  

This looks like it:

"Repetitive Strain

Some people with shoulder instability have never had a dislocation. Most of these patients have looser ligaments in their shoulders. This increased looseness is sometimes just their normal anatomy. Sometimes, it is the result of repetitive overhead motion.

Swimming, tennis, and volleyball are among the sports requiring repetitive overhead motion that can stretch out the shoulder ligaments. Many jobs also require repetitive overhead work.

Looser ligaments can make it hard to maintain shoulder stability. Repetitive or stressful activities can challenge a weakened shoulder. This can result in a painful, unstable shoulder." 

Think it may be something to do with the tennis - it's not fair - they keep telling us to take exercise - bdooly dangerous stuff, exercise 

Last edited: 05 September 2016 10:42:49

Lawn Reno

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:56

I have a similar lawn 

Last week I raked the moss out with an electric rake and as soon as we've had a bit of rain I'll scarify then top dress with some good  top soil and scatter grass seed.

You can hire an electric rake/scarifier from Homebase and other places, or Screwfix have this one 

(it was on special offer  when I bought it last week - shame you've missed it )

I'll use a 3 or 4 in one fertiliser/weed & moss killer lawn treatment next spring.  

Last edited: 05 September 2016 08:57:39

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:22

Good morning all   G'day Pat 

A fine morning here in Norfolk, and a warm week ahead if the forecasters are to be believed ... that should ripen the last of the tomatoes. 

We had a lovely day with friends at Cromer yesterday and then I managed to stay awake for Poldark. 

I forgot to mention that whilst eating our fish and chips, we had our own 'Poldark moment' when two tall and handsome young men emerged from the sea in their unmentionables and came to join us in our shelter whilst they towelled down and pulled on their jeans and tee shirts - we decided they were not English - no English lad would be that self-assured in public in nothing but a pair of wet boxers.  

Some of you know I've been suffering with a very painful shoulder for the past few weeks -  our Fish & Chip companions decided that it had  gone on long enough and I should definitely make a GP appointment today - then as I got into bed after watching Poldark, my shoulder made an almighty and painful crunch  - then another as I lay down  This morning it's much better, I have a lot more movement in it and much less pain.  There certainly seems no need to see the GP.

I'm not sure who should take the credit - the Fish & Chippers or Poldark 

Wot is it?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 08:01

Yes, definitely a walnut.   

Is the Mrs in Peril?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 07:57

I'll go with Woody Nightshade - growth's not right for potato - but as has been said, nightshades are part of the Solanum family, as of course are lots of other plants that we grow in our gardens and greenhouses, e.g. potatoes tomatoes and aubergines.  

Although the fruits of the nightshade are poisonous to us and other mammals, they're often eaten by birds who are probably responsible for spreading the plants as the seeds pass through them.  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 20:44

We had to walk up the slope from the prom to the top of the cliff in between 

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