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Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:41

Birdychurp - don't panic - let it grow some more stems (it will) and next time reduce your picking. 

Enjoy

Rats

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:39

In the first instance I would use this http://www.pestcontroldirect.co.uk/acatalog/Rat_Control_Pack.html

It worked in this garden when we first came here and we've not had another infestation.

The poison used will work on rats that have developed a resistence to Warfarin. 

Also check around any drains, manholes etc for cracks, holes, ill-fitting covers etc to make sure that they're not getting onto your property in that way.  If they are it may be useful to contact your water company - if your drains are on a shared system they may well be responsible for repairs and dealing with the rats.

Good luck.

Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:06

Hi Birdychurp   The pinky and pale creamy stems are just as they should be - they'll be lovely.  Eat and enjoy. 

Twist the leaves off and put them on the compost heap.  Don't pick more than two thirds of the total number of stalks at a time so that you don't exhaust the plant.

Stop harvesting at the end of June and feed the plant with Fish Blood and Bone and a good mulch.  Make sure it doesn't dry out in dry weather.

I've just been out and pulled a load myself - Rhubarb & Custard cake is on the menu

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10500/rhubarb-and-custard-cake

 

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

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:50
flumpy1 wrote (see)
Started something sorry

No need to apologise - adults ought to be able to discuss stuff and disagree without falling out about it - if we couldn't then we probably would need a paternalistic and autocratic head of state!

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.

Quotes

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:05

Hurrah!

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? 

Bougainvillea

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

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