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Spinach pest or disease

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:55

More than likely the secretion of greenfly.  Either remove contaminated leaves, or wash them off.  My advice.  Don't spray with insecticide.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:48

History lesson, especially for O/L.  Crimean war fought about 1854.  Florence Nightingale.  The lady with the lamp?  I was asked by the MOD to take charge of the gardens of the Royal Herbert Hospital.  Woolwich.  The staircase was adorned by various plaques etc relating to Florence.  She was from the Army Medical Services of the day.  Plus in and around Woolwich, there were several streets etc name in memory.

Please don't ask me to write a book on history.  My exam marks only amounted to around 78per cent.  I always consider that mankind never learned the results of history.  We still fight wars and kill each other.

Plant ID please

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:31

Wasn't a forum member saying, they'd like some in their garden?  I can supply seeds later in the year or even some roots.


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:22

Don't look at me.  I never said a word




Now I will.

I can see myself now, as if it were yesterday.  At the end of the war. WW2 Tracey not the Crimean!  My dad would always leave a few veg in place.  Then as our friends have said. The flower stalks would come along, then the seeds.  Similar with beans and peas.  Save a few pods, let them dry out.  The pods will eventually wither and you have next years beans and peas.  Then the good old spud.  Save spending out each year.  Save enough to plant.  Gradually lay them out on a bench or in shallow trays.  When the time is right.  They will begin to shoot/sprout.  If you are short.  Cut the spud in half or even more parts.  Make sure each part has a good 'eye'  that's the spot from which the shoot will appear.

OK. So whose turn to put kettle on?

Gardening Book

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 18:17

Clarington.  Thank you so much for your comment.

Atco Rotary Mower opinions please

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:45


I have just Googled Atco rotary Mowers reviews.  Loads of pages.  Click on the 18S picture.  A list will come up including your 16S.


Human irrigation system

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 23:30

Nice one Mark.  Many thanks.


Hey all you Angels on earth.  I am so sorry if what I said has upset you in any way.  Then perhaps for you.  My tales of a wonderful life with Val, turned into one of those weepy films, sagas.  We had spent some fifty years together.  We were closely getting to our 49th wedding anniversary.  Sadly Val never woke up from heart surgery. Her epitaph reads.  Valerie Rose Allen.  14.2.1944 to. 9.6.2010  Our 49th Anniversary would have been 22 September.  During all those years.  Hand on heart.  We never had a row.  Yes! at times, we might disagree, but at the end of the day.  Val respected my God given headship.  Believe me.  I must hold the world record for say sorry.  Especially when important decisions had to be made.  Val would give her consent.  Very soon thereafter.  Mike would craddle her head in my hands and say.  Sorry, sweetheart.  You was right. I was wrong. On the otherhand.  I have to admit. I really had a fear of myself.  My mum and dad were very Victorian.  Dad was born July 2 1896.  Mum was born 3 July 1897.  Mum, bless her. really wrapped me up in cotton wool.  She fought all of my childhood battles.  Dad was strict military. Strong willed well disciplined.  He servered in both world wars. Gassed and blinded for a time in the first.  It wasn't until I actually got married.  Then it seemed he treated me as a man.  I had an elder sister. She was sixteen years my senior.  By the time I got to know her.  She was married.  Nevertheless, we both loved each other so much.  Sadly she died of leukemia.  She suffered from psoriorsis, she had hospital treatment,  The treatment destroyed her blood cells.   So friends.  You now know a bit more that relates to Mike.


Once again.  I really , truly appreciate so much your concern for me at this this time.  Despite the fact that, years, I wanted to train and become a doctor.  Being that I was so overwhelmed at the human reproductive system.  I set my sights on Obs & Gynea.  Sadly.  My education let me down, also the lack of finances.  Nevertheless.  I studdied a great deal privately.  I am a devil for learning.  I have studied civil law, police law, homeopathy, horticulture.  Tracey.  I mentioned your post regarding me writing a book, to Amanda.  She insists on taking me to and from the hospital.  I do the same for her.  So dear fair lady.  Who knows.  Perhaps soon there might be a book.

Back to reallity.  I don't need an alarm clock.  So this morning Mike was wide awake.  Although I was within the time limits.  I turned away from food and drink.  Nice relaxing shower.  Then I nodded off in the armchair.  Awakened by the phone, plus a raging headache.  My hospital appointment was for 11.45  We were ther about 11.00  Others in the waiting area were drinking water.  This was in the CT Scan area.  Eventually a large but jovial balck nurse or whatever her grade was, comes out.  Michael.  Fill this form in for me please.  Usual questions regarding alergies.  One was. Are you allergic to iodine.  I ticked the no box.  Returning the form I asked.   Hey lass! how can I answer that question?  She then told me that sea food, shellfish and....and strawberries all contain iodine..  I love fish.  I so often cook up scampi and chips.  The only time I like strawberries is.  If I am picking them.  One for you.....two for me.   So Mike the expert, learned something new.  So the clo

Fertilizing before laying turf

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 22:01

Please forgive me, Verdun.  I don't wish to offend you.  On the other hand, this is the beauty of forums such as this.  A good cross section of ideas and experiences are shared.

My answer to our friend's question would have to be NO.  I wouldn't even consider using bonemeal.  Nowadays, nurseries supplying turf, are having a field day. 'Scuse the pun.  At one time turf was cut and supplied, haveing a bit of age behind it.   Now due to supply and demand, and of course a quick financial turnover.  Turf is produced much like you and I would sow seeds in a tray.  So the point is.  Yes the grass side of the turve looks good and fresh.  The underside is still in a juvenile state.  Hence for the fresh young roots to begin their travels.  The last thing they need is such a change, that being various, kinds of growth enhancers etc.  I suggest.  Lay the turf, give it plenty of TLC.  In time give it a light cut.  Wait a while, then give it a gentle feed.  Wait and the cut.  By that time the roots should have mixed with the subsoil.  I hope this helps.

Plant ID Please

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:41

Same here.  This is one of those times when you realise age is creeping up on yo.  Stmarley.  Any chance of taking some more pics, perhaos, closeups of the leaves?

Help – how do I stop insects biting me?

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:36

I can imagine how you feel Mark.  Val and I used to spend much time caravanning in the New Forest.  Even wearing long trousers.  I used to get eaten alive by horse flies.  I also suffer from psoriorsis, that didn't help the situation.  Like you.  I became a good customer of the local chemis and campig supply shop.  In the end.   I gave up.  I wish you well mate.

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