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sweet peas

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:38

I think they were late going in, given a bit of flower feed, they will probably flower some time in August.

Dont panic yet.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:25

I'm amazed at how many people seem to accidentally  sit on assorted vegetables.

 I know we are all gardeners but I've never managed it.

 Scruff the robin has been fed twice today too. Best live mealworms of course.  He looks a bit of a scruff due to the ruffled feathers where he fights any other robin deigning to think they are allowed on the best patch.

Spots on potatoes?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:21

I would peel them.

 I don't peel new potatoes with rubbable skins, old potatoes I do.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 18:17

I am sat here with a glass of wine, and hubby wants to know if thats all I've got to do.

Well, I've fetched the papers, done the sudoku,  made breakfast, done two lines of washing, removed the red wine from his trousers that I spilt on them last week, dead headed the sweet peas, put the soaker hose round the sweet peas,  picked some for the house, picked 5 pounds of blackcurrants, and prepped for freezer, spiralized some courgettes to go with bolognaise sauce, and emptied the dishwasher.

Yes thats all I've got to do.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:44

Well you have to have a laugh don't you.?

Sometimes I don't know how A&E consultants keep a straight face.

Blue Bayou? 2nd time lucky?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:41

Use tomorite. You want it to flower. If you are planning on it going into the ground, a handful of BFB  onto the soil before you plant will help. Nettle has too much nitrogen at this time of year, unless you have leafy crops like cabbages .


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:36

My phlox have never seeded, they tend to spread slightly by underground runners, the clump getting larger each year.

Mystery plant, help needed please!

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:34

I was thinking welsh poppy. I currently have a load of seedling cucurbits coming up, where I added a sack of compost. Cucumber or marrow or squash, too late for this season so I weeded them out.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:31

My sister was a customer services supervisor in ASDA until a few weeks ago when cost cutting meant anyone paid more than the minimum wage got made redundant. She had only been there 19 years.

What some people take back and the stories they tell beggars belief.

And as for the £400 trolley dash with a load of spirits and joints of meat..... When they call the police, the perp claims not to speak English  and not understand that ASDA don't do tick... Pay for it next week, officer..

Did I ever tell you the story a radiologist told me. ?

A & E  need a scan. A  man accidentally sat on his vibrator and lost it.

When she did the scan it was obvious it had duracell batteries... it was still going.

Spots on potatoes?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:21

Sounds like scab. It doesn't harm the potato. Just peel it and use as normal. Too much lime can cause it. Don't lime before you plant potatoes.  Potatoes should not be planted in the same soil year after year. If growing in a bag, use new compost. Scab is also more common when the bags have been allowed to get too dry. Potatoes in bags need frequent watering.

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