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Latest posts by Pentillie

MOB rants

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:13
GF - just got back from Cornwall, and have only just seen your post from yesterday regarding your parking problems. That would be me too! Sense and normal neighbourly standards say that's not the way to behave, but it's the only way to sort out some problems, and, be honest, after the initial guilt feelings, don't you feel much better?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 22:42
Very warm and sunny, with a strong, but not unpleasant wind. Soil at the allotment is lovely at the moment and everybody working like mad to get up to date with planting. Red kites are everywhere at the moment, dozens are floating over the house today, all peering down looking for lunch, yet rarely ever see any eating anything - although their favourite food locally, in the Chilterns, seems to be the dozens of kamikaze pheasants who wait for a car to appear and then walk out in front of it!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 23:38
Just watched 'The Royal Paintbox' on ITV - very inspirational and uplifting. I am an artist myself (when I have the time), and I found this history of the Royal Family artists so interesting, and Prince Charles was a great narrator - a real eye-opener, and Charles, with his obvious passion, seemed like a different person! More programmes like this please.

Compost bins - tips welcome!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 19:33
If you make your own wooden compost heap, you have three fixed sides, whilst the front has sliding planks. If you fix two vertical battens on both side uprights, you can slide the loose planks down and the front can be opened at will. If you only want the bottom few inches of compost, wedge the planks up with a brick or two.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 09:37
It's a strange world indeed, Verdun. I was on the Aldgate underground train blown up in London eight years ago, and I can truly empathise with the poor people caught up in the madness in Boston.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 23:00
Love the views Happy Marion! This Saturday I am going to 'my' castle, Pentillie Castle near St Mellion, in Cornwall, which is hosting another Pentillie Babes reunion day. The views from the terrace, across the Tamar, looking over to Dartmoor, are stunning, and your pictures have whetted my appetite for the coming weekend!
We Cornish are easily pleased - big views,good light,sub-tropical gardens - and a big, home-made Tiddy Oggie washed down by a pint of Doombar - easy to be happy when I'm back down there!

Brussels sprouts

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:37
Thanks Dove!

Compost bins - tips welcome!

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 16:32
I built a large compost heap at the allotment, measures 10ft x 15ft x 5ft high, using fence posts, infilled with pallet planks. It's split into three separate compartments, so each one is at a different stage of maturity. Everything from kitchen and garden,except very woody stuff, goes on it, and the non-current bins are covered in old carpet. In the autumn I mix in old straw scrounged from local farmer after harvest is done, and this helps everything to blacken up very quickly.
Heaps are full of worms, including several little slow worms, which I am careful not to damage, although they move pretty quickly
Try not to add leaves as they rot down due to fungal action - they should be given their own heap, corner or sack, and left for a year or two.

Brussels sprouts

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 10:36
All you Brussels sprout experts, I need some help! Over the last couple of seasons my Brussels have suffered quite a number of 'blown' sprouts, whilst all my other brassicas have performed brilliantly. I know that sprouts must be firmly bedded in the ground to avoid 'wind-shake', and I make sure the soil is well stamped on, and some of the taller plants I stake,but some of the plants still go astray. They are grown at the allotment, which is on the side of a south-facing hill, and I spread Growmore early in the season around the brassica beds. Plants are raised by myself from seed, and I have tried several varieties but the problem still occurs. Should I be using alternative fertilisers, or none at all? Any thoughts out there gratefully received!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 23:22
So slow today that most of the threads never came up, so I didn't bother. Went out to the allotment and got loads done - breezy, but sunny and warm, and I have got my first 'suntan' of the year; well,certainly windswept and ruddy!

Discussions started by Pentillie

To-do lists

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Window boxes

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Seed prices

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Lawn scarifiers and rakers

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Petrol generators

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Lost,stolen or strayed?

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Dangers in your compost

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Mind your own business

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Black spot on roses

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Brussels sprouts

Blown sprouts 
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Today I feel so happy....

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Horticultural plastics

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Fruit and veg ripeness

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Toadstools on lawn

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Sheep it or Slug gone

Feed and slug deterrent 
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