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Any idea what this is?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:42

Centaurea montana. if they get mildew, shear the lot off and water well and they will regrow.


Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:39

We climbed the Sydney harbour bridge.The view is to die for.  I advise plenty of nurofen if you do, the backs of my calfs were kiling me next day. We also went to the aquarium  in sydney and did a car tour of the blue mountains. The botanic gardens in the Blue mountains has Wollemi pines.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 09:13

I love Costas beard.


Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:57

I found that if you book the basics, ie, flights, hotel , and visa, then local tours can all be booked when you get there, all hotels will have a tour desk, even backpackers hostels. Also there are laundrette rooms in many hotels, so you can easily wash stuff through if you are travelling light. I tend to travel heavy, with dive gear and camera gear, but few clothes, more or less stuffed in around other stuff. Toiletries are the same brands you would buy here, supermarkets like Coles very much like Morrison's. Don't forget your driving licence if you plan on car hire, although public transport is very organised and linked up.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 08:38

Sharp frost here, but the sun is melting it fast.  I have cleome to prick out today, and I need to dig the new onion patch over and get rid of the remainder of last year's sweetcorn crop. I'm thinking that some of the stalks would be good for the bug hotel. Have a good day folks.

starting onions leeks etc from seed,what is the process?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 23:31

I have just used the last ones, stored in the garage, they tend to sprout at this time of year. Sometimes I freeze any left after January for stews. I think they have a good taste. Mammoth red are sweeter if you want them raw.


Posted: 09/04/2016 at 23:28

I always use Traillfinders, and fly on Emirates flights, as we had a bad experience with BA at Bangkok airport on the way back once. 

We book our own visas online. They are free if you have a UK passport and no criminal record. Make sure you have the right site, some will charge.

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 23:24

Greenland came out, took control of their own fishing grounds, and thrived. When I did a marine biology course, I spoke to fishermen in Penzance about the quotas, they were disgusted at the amount they have to throw back, the fines if the wrong fish arrive in a net, and Spanish trawlers fishing with too small mesh, catching all the juveniles. The fisheries policy is not to our benefit.

starting onions leeks etc from seed,what is the process?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 22:27

I grow mammoth from seed each year. I put the seed in a deep tray in January in a frost free greenhouse. They get planted out when they are the size of spring onions.

I prepare the ground with well rotted farm yard manure, a handful of blood fish and bone to each square yard, and a sprinkle of calcified seaweed(Maerl) . I water if it is dry, and harvest big onions in September.  they need to be in a sunny spot for the best onions.

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