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Latest posts by Pentillie

Northern Ontario Canada snow

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 10:38

Bill, that snow is even better than what I've seen on the roads from Vancouver, through the Rockies, going to Calgary.

Do you get the bears where you are? They are a constant worry in the Rockies!

Are There Any Admin on This Site?

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 00:20

Thanks everybody, your thoughts are much appreciated.

Any damage?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 19:30

Here in the Chilterns I heard nothing this morning, not even rain against the windows!

As I live 400 feet above sea level, I normally expect to get a bit more of a buffeting than those down in the Thames Valley - thankful we got off scot-free, but commiserations to all of you who suffered any damage or disruption.

Are There Any Admin on This Site?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 18:32

Good to hear something may be done about the idiots roaming the different threads. My daughter is seriously ill, and whilst she endures chemotherapy, my wife and myself are helping her and her two little children cope with everyday living. Gardening brings me much mental relief, and this forum, when used in the ways in which it was intended, cheers me up with some of the good-natured banter, and teaches me, an old dog who thought he knew gardening, new approaches to old problems. 

Most of the recent rubbish posted doesn't belong with a generally good natured, and well-intentioned forum like this - so would all those causing the discord, please quietly leave the room? Thank you.

Talkback: 10 ways to deter carrot root fly

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 01:48

This year I sprinkled chopped - up leek remnants, trimmed chive stalks, and clippings from several mint clumps, all around my three rows of carrots. Turned out to be the best carrots I've grown - hardly a sign of carrot fly on them! Carrot fly can supposedly smell carrots from a mile or more away ( not sure I believe that......? ), and yes, garlic, onions etc. are supposed to hide the carrot smell. The method I used this year cost nothing and seemed to work - give it a try next year!

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:29

Thanks KEF

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:16

My Dad was a marine architect in Devonport dockyard during the war - working out the quickest and most effective ways of repairing damaged warships and getting them to sea again as soon as possible. He and Mum were buried in their house for two days when it was bombed, and lost their six-month old daughter.

Father - in - law was on a cruiser,based mainly in Devonport, and he spent a large part of the war escorting merchant convoys to Murmansk in Northern Russia - his stories ( what we could get out of him! ), were horrendous.

Their experience and stories made me aware from an early age, of the debt we owe to them and their colleagues, and also the terrible things that happened in WW 1 - these times must never be forgotten.  We owe it to all the Servicemen and women, and civilians, from those days, that our children and grandchildren are gently reminded that their present pretty comfortable lives are there thanks to those previous generations.



Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 18:58

Hard luck GG - but a tetanus jab is something all gardeners must have ( and top up every ten years - I think ) - the risk in the garden or allotment is higher than most people realise. With you Brumbull regarding some of the other threads.

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 11:18

As you remove lower leaves, be aware that with the sprouts themselves continuing to grow, the plant could become top-heavy, and get pushed over in strong winds. If this looks likely, stake and tie any plants that seem at risk.

Had my first sprouts nearly four weeks ago - at the rate they're growing I will be lucky to have any at Christmas! Mine are probably so advanced because I repotted the seedlings several times, and left them in the greenhouse - they were big,healthy plants went they finally went into the ground, but it just reminds me that sowing and planting out needs a fine balancing act, and this time I probably jumped the gun a little - but so what, I'm eating them, and they taste good - and that's what it's all about!

Good luck with yours Chrinnie.


Posted: 21/10/2013 at 15:58

Think I'll be back here more often - some of the other threads make me feel that I've morphed back to childhood!

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