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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 14:57

Stockton lovely and sunny had the visor down as I drove the lanes, we had a weather front along the coast with some high cloud--------until around one, then we got it.
Wind bending the trees driving rain almost horizontal, anything not tied down now flying including bins.


Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 23:39

Caroline, in February ask again and we will tell you how to take cuttings and bring them on for next Autumn.


New to this site

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 14:59

Ted, as an old gardener I have tried everything and the bucket of water with domestos in is the quickest then dig a hole and drop them all in.
The winter garden clean up is a good way to reduce them, search them out behind old pots bits of wood and often under greenhouse staging.
In spring a lamp comes in handy walk round and catch them waking up then fingers are best up and into the bucket. All the weird and wonderful cure alls are just that weird and wonderful pity they do not work so fingers it is and constant watch, they can multiply in no time if you leave them to it.


New to this site

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 13:33
artjak wrote (see)

Palaisglide, thank you for the info - I had not realised that spinach was so greedy. Could I sow some winter spinach now in the greenhouse?

You never know until you try, gardening is one big experiment as all gardens differ so give it a go, a bit of shelter plenty of any light going and remember to thin it as it grows, "err" if it grows. heat not needed or it will go to seed fast.


What's for tea?

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 11:27

Breakfast today porridge with the left over pineapple from the curry I made last night.
I only eat home made curry and the 1-2-3 little pepper signs are always none existent, I like it mild and fruity, (the curry that is, not me)
No oil is used chopped up streaky bacon fried off in the pan first, remove that and fry off cubed chicken then add onion. The streaky bacon gives enough fat to cook off chicken and onion.
Meanwhile I have a pan of diced veg sweating in another pan then add the coconut milk and some chicken stock season and add the chicken bacon and onion with the mild curry powder plenty and simmer for fifteen minutes add the fruit dried and fresh and simmer until cooked. Meanwhile cooked the rice.
I serve with rice Yogurt and more fresh fruit.
Afters were doughnuts but I had mine much later, ate too much of the curry.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 11:15

Stockton heavy rain it tells me? no, Deluge is more appropriate.
I have a pond where none existed, the road looks like a river and anywhere from here is downhill and through dips that flood. It looks like I stay in with the lights on then.


New to this site

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 11:09
artjak wrote (see)

Had loads of Swiss Chard last year (welcome Pepperted) but thought I would follow M. Don's advice and grow Winter Giant Spinach - well the seeds have been in for weeks and nothing has happened; is there something about growing spinach that I ought to know as I do seem to have big problems with it.


It is all in the preparation Artjak, the bed needs to be deeply dug with plenty of well rotted manure dug in then dress the top with granular fertiliser. Winter Spinach is more often called Spinach beet, you only use the leaves which taste like spinach.
Sow in late July or August for a winter crop in a sheltered sunny site and thin out when the first shoots show then thin out again to about nine inches apart when they grow taller, the thinnings can be eaten.
The summer crop should be sown in March and progresively sown for a continuous crop, this needs to be out of full sun as it will run to seed so a shaded spot will do nicely.


Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 17:44

Ted do not know where you live Geoff lives in the far south I live in the north east one foot in the north sea so I would lift them Geoff would probably leave them.
Gardening advice depends on where you live.


Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 15:11

Lift them with a large root ball and pot up in a large pot then if possible put them in a green house or a sheltered spot. Do this before the frost gets them. If in a greenhouse you should have flowers until Christmas.
When the flowers are finished keep them fairly dry under cover then next spring when they wake up take cuttings and keep potting them on.


carrot root fly

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 15:03

This happens if you plant in the same ground as last year.
Carrot root fly lays its eggs in the soil near carrots and they overwinter usually flying in June but can also have a second run in August. There are sprays for use against the late flight although I do not like them.
Rotate your crop well away from last years or do as I do plant in pots and lift them high, still cover them with mesh and water carefully although Carrot fly are supposedly low flying?


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