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My grapevine

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 07:12

Have you thinned the bunches?  This should be done when the grapes are small.  

Details here 


Curled new growth on tomato plant

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 07:08

  Tomato leaves rolling upwards like cigars can also be caused by envronmental stresses - especially hot weather 

Some of mine have done this a bit during the recent hot daytime temperatures, but they unroll the leaves in the cooler evening air.  Rolling the leaves up helps reduce transpiration and loss of moisture from the leaves.  

I'm growing an assortment of varieties of tomatoes this year, some heirloom and some more modern types.  The leaf-rolling seems to be affecting the more modern types - I shall take closer note.  It's also only affecting tomatoes standing on the terrace, where the temperatures are higher, and not the ones in other parts of the garden - although in other respects their conditions are the same. 


Posted: 30/07/2014 at 06:30

Good morning folks! 

Edd, that sounds a brilliant adventure - enjoy!

It's a beautiful morning - wood pigeons cooing and the evidence of hedgehog partying on the terrace - it looks as if we've got another lovely day ahead of us .... 

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:53
David K wrote (see)
Dovefromabove wrote (see)
David K wrote (see)

Dove!!!! I would never have believed it of you!

It wasn't me David - your faith in me can remain intact  - the nearest pub to us was 3 miles away - it was my ex 


You were well rid of him!

pest control

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:51

Rats love concrete - they tunnel into the hardcore that the concrete is laid over, and make warrens under the concrete that no one can get at.

There's no need to panic - practice good garden hygiene - no cooked food in the compost.  I wouldn't put potato peelings in there either - rats love potatoes.  Make sure there's no bird seed spilled on the ground and bring the feeders in at dusk.  If they climb up onto bird tables use the metal shepherd's crook pole-type hangers.  My daughter's found the rats that were feeding from her bird feeders cannot do it any more now she uses the metal poles.

Also ensure that concrete around drains and manholes is well-maintained.  

If next door are still seeing rats then pest control need to visit again - they will get rid of them. 

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:43
David K wrote (see)

Dove!!!! I would never have believed it of you!

It wasn't me David - your faith in me can remain intact  - the nearest pub to us was 3 miles away - it was my ex 

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:38

I've been told about 'enterprising' youngsters in the village who collected empty beer and pop bottles and took them to the village pub to get money back on the bottle -  where did they collect them from?





The crates stacked up outside the back door of the pub  

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:04

I remember cardboard milk bottle tops - there were stacks of them left in the farm dairy when I was a child.  Our farm used to bottle and deliver milk in the district - the bottling had been taken over by a proper Dairy firm by the time I was born, but the old machinery and cardboard tops remained - I could only have been about 3 years old when I was given them to play with 

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 19:58

I think some people feel 'old' quite early - my late ex MIL was looking forward to a Sheltered Bungalow with a Warden when she was in her forties - others of us have retired but are still waiting to grow up  

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 19:48

We lived on a farm - the only people in the area with phones were farmers and the post office - there was a red phone box half a mile away - if anyone living at our end of the village had an emergency they would come across to the farmhouse and 'borrow' our phone, giving Ma 4d (old pence) for the call.  

We also took messages for people in the houses nearby if something was wrong with a relative, perhaps a son abroad in the forces.  We knew everyone's private business 

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