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Mike Allen


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Green Potatoes

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 23:03
Good point Paul. Also Bob's reply is top hole. I don't grow spuds anymore now, being on my own. OOOps sorry, correction. I have stuck a few sprouting ones in long tom pots. Quite true. Grfeen taties are to a degree poisonous. Remember the common spud is a relative of the, Solanum family. The reason for the greening is that the tuber hasn't been covered by soil. Whilst in the growing situation. Should you notice the odd greenie, then chuck a spadeful of soil over it. In time it will ripen up.

scarifying rake

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:29
Pauline. PM Sent

My tropical garden

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 12:35
In Eltham. SE London. Friday & Saturday outside temp. 34 deg. C. For the past few years. The feeling amongst those keeping an eye on things is. That soon, due to climate change etc. Many of us will changing over to Mediterranean style gardens.

repairing my lawn - the right order

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 23:18
Hi Tracy. Welcome to the forum. Take a look at recent posts on like subjects. Then take a look at my profile. No I am not a big head. At vthe present time. England is going through some very unusual climatic conditions. Can you hang on for a while. By all means. PM me if need be. I will help you.

Lawn Care Query

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 23:10
If I may. I have no idea what your location is. In short. This tiny island of ours is gettin a belting of very hot weather. To keep it short and sweet. Until temperatures calm down. Forget feeding of any kind. In fact. Forget the moss etc. The heat and sunshine will help you in this respect. Please always remember. Despite the fact that the supermarkets and garden centers are loaded with 'medicines' Please. Never attempt to treat a sick plant, lawn, shrub, or tree with 'off the shelf' remedies. Not wishing to delve into the scientific realms. To be as simple as I can. So your plant, lawn or whatever. This is your tiny baby. Suddenly babe is sick. Poor colour, to your thinking, on the brink of death. In fact. Most human , 'baby' disorders relate to digestion. The main remedy is. Keep the patient hydrated. Natures ale. Such treatment will keep the body tissues alive and kicking and in a simple way of explanation. The veins, rivers and streams will remain open. Result. The whole plant/subject remains fed. During this lapse of time. The subject continues to 'tick over' The when supporting conditions vere toward the norm. A keen eye will espy the rich t time. Then take your pick at the many offerrings. For goodness sake. Read the instructions. Misuse of many products can actually do more harm than good. Oxidisation can be a problem. Burning, bleaching etc. Although there are so many feeds and helpers. Be warned.

Gastropods

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 22:48
I am somewhat surprised that our vetenary member, tends to remain quiet at times. No, my frined. Mike is not having a go. However something that I find very good at times with online forums, and that is. A whole wide world of knowledgeable individuals so often join the forums. I think it would be nice and certainly beneficial, if and when a particular subject/question arises. To hear as it were, from the horses mouth is really to be desired.

Where's Mike?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 21:51
Verdum. Back on form!.. To be honest. NO. This hot weather is doing me in. Today it was just over 34 deg C My friend and I had planned to visit the Garden of The Rose Nr. St Albans. Due to the heat, we plumped for Greenwich Park, very close to home. I wanted more photos for the book. Sadly the park has changed so much, since my days as a foot copper. The roses beds left a lot to be desired. The flower gardens are home to a wide collections of Cedus. There is a Sweet Chestnut there believed to be over four hundred years old. In passing, I said to my friend Rob. Good job trees can't speak. Why's that, he asks. Val and I did most of our courting in here. I got a strange look from him. Honest folks. Even in those days. Mike was respectful. The question. Why am I writing a book on gardening. Well despite the fact that. Yes, I have read many publications etc. As I admit. I don't always stick to the rules. Theory is good, but practice is better. I have in the past attempted a book about police life. I have a mate. Ex CID from Merseyside. He did his 30. We both got as far as chapter four and that was it. Writing about a much loved topic has really taken me. As I have mentioned in past posts. I would have loved to have been a doctor. Sadly education let me down. Although my final school report read something like. Maths. 98per cent. English 92 per cent. Geography 84 per cent. Tech/Drawing 82 per cent Science also was a good mark, but at the time the studies went under the names. Engineering science and atomic science. Now at this late stage in my life. To attempt to lighten the feeling of loneliness, I have turned back to the natural love of my life. Horticulture. My studies have revealed just how close, human biology is related to plant botany and, as being my latest interest, plant pathology. Strewth. There I go again, boring everyone. Our main bedroom, the larger of the two. Once the girls left home. It becam a study, music room etc including junk. Many features remain, however it is now home to two microscopes, one biological the other a disecting one. Loads and loads of books. To be honest. I amaze myself. Nearing the latter days, and I find myself so involved in scientific activities, sorry couldn't spell pursuits. Something I have realized and must accept. This year has to be my last, for sowing and growing seeds. It really breaks my heart when I see the two gardens next to mine. What I would give for more ground. However due to various reasons. New plants will be buy-ins. I do hope that I haven't hugged the forum. Who else can I share my thoughts with?

Where's Mike?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 21:13
Edd, are you a M/C enthusiaste then? Bye the bye. I missed a bit out with that previous tale. Returning to work after the bike fire. I was using another bike. Whilst making out a Memo, to advise a the owner of a parked car, to get the audible alarm fixed. [It sounded each time a car passed it] The bike was across the road. Suddenly some kind woman driver spotted me. Paying more attention to me and what I was doing. She gave the bike an almighty ram up the back, knocking it under the rear of a parked car. Got to give it to lady drivers, they don't do things by halves.

Pauline7. How sweet. Thank you.

Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:51
Edd. Actually we had all types of M/C's. Nortons were heavey and at times could be buggers at kick starting. Remeber in those days, electric straters were not in. I had, jobwise. A Triumph Thunderbird 650, bathtub version. One day en route to court, having just filled up with fuel. In a oneway system just off Marylebone Rd. NW1, the engine petered out. Thinking I hadn't turned the fuel tap on. I parted my knees so as to reach down and turn on. The flames just shot up. Most of the fleet bikes had been converted from coil ignition to Mag. Mine was still coil. A leaky fuel tap had allowed fuel to drip down onto the coil and hey ho. The bike burned out. My Inspector who hated my guts, indirectly told me to take a few days off. The left side of my face had been scortched. Back at work. I took delivery of a 6T. This was a Triumph 650 but of the Bikini class. The rea end was cut away. No radio etc, even dual seat. Fantastic machine. 0-70 in first in no time. We had Triumph Trophies etc but the thunderbird ruled the road. One evening. Whilst talking with the owner of a Rover 105R, on the Outer Circle of Regents Park. A motorist blasted past on the otherside of the road. I kicked the engine over and that was that. Google the map. Northgate Bridge to Marylebone Rd. I clocked this car at 89plus MPH Booked him for speed dangeraous. Turned out. He'd only just that day got his license back. Banned again.

Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:05
Now then Children. No sweeties if you argue.

Oh Pauline, if only we had Virtual posting or whatever. Thank you so much. Truly, I never realized I had a fan club. [Notes for book. Ch. 7. How freindships are made]. Verdun, thanks for sticking up for me, my friend. This is the second time that you have mentioned, that you don't always agree with me. Likewise, Philippa seems to share that point. Both of you and everyone else. Please come out with it. This is an area where we really can learn. There is, well in my book anyway. No problem with a difference of opinion. However let's not become abusive as some might do, in our controvercial points etc. Philippa, I have sensed at times a wee bit of difference. I put this down to our means of communication, even using smilies, it is so easy to bite the bullet. Philippa, as far as I am concerned, speak your mind. So we have a new friend, Biker. So you ask. Who is Mike? Welcome. My profile is listed. Are you a Biker? I used to be in my younger days. The late 50's/60's found me riding Triumphs etc including unmarked police bikes in London, plus driving fast cars. Then I took up horticulture to the full.
So back to the forum. Apart from anything else. This hot weather drains me completely. I do look in each evening. I also have feared that, I might be becoming a PIA. I just like sharing my experience with others.

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