Green Magpie


Latest posts by Green Magpie

Cutting a hole in the patio to plant an apple tree

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 20:24

I would think the main issue would be getting enough water to the roots. Maybe you could fix up some sort of feed-in from the guttering?   Or try to ensure that the ground around it slopes and directs the rain water to the soil around the tree.

When to pick tomatoes?

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 20:20

Yes, it's probably sudden heavy rain that has caused your tomatoes to split. We have had heavy rain today, and I expect to find some split tomatoes tomorrow.

You can pick tomatoes any time after they start to colour up, and they will continue to ripen indoors. If you pick when they're still green, they will stay green.

POWDERY MILDEW

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 21:43

I don't worry too much about this. My courgettes always get it, but they keep on fruiting well.

cucumber

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 22:14

I love this forum! Where else could you ask a question like "Why is my cucumber soft and spongy"  without risking a ribald reply?

Cooking or eating apples?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 20:11

If they grow beyond the size of, say, a supermarket Granny Smith, they're probably cookers. 

Sage gone wild

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 22:13

Jo47, I didn't cut it terribly far back to get the second flowering, I think I just cut off the flowering stems.

Sage gone wild

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 16:51

It does get very leggy, but pruning should help keep it manageable. You could try taking cuttings to produce a new bush, which could replace the old one in a couple of years.

This year I cut back one section of my sage bush straight after flowering, and the rest some time later. The first section has rewarded me (and the bees) with another crop of flowers, so I will try to remember to trim the whole bush as early as possible next year.

people moving into an area and paving over the front garden

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 16:46

I suppose they could argue that by providing off-road parking, they're keeping the street clearer and reducing congestion.

But there are limits now to the area of hard, impermeable surface you can put down. So gravel is OK but paving may not be, over a certain amount.

Onion Smut!

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 17:08

Oh, you have been helpful, Dove, don't apologise. 

There's no  risk of my saving my shallots this year, they're all in a sorry state. Next year I'll start with new sets in a new bed, and hopefully all will be well.

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 17:05

There's no point at all in using castor sugar. Ordinary granulated will do the same job, but  I agree that you can't cut down the sugar very much if you want the jam to keep. A little lemon juice will help it set.

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