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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!

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Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:18
As the squashed tomato says, 'oops' - postings are now going through.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:15
Butterflies in the garden,including bright yellow ones - where did they all suddenly spring from? Spring is here!

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Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:13
That's all that comes up on this b....y website when I try to post on some of the forums!

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Posted: 13/04/2013 at 21:26
Squashed tomatoes all day long!

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Posted: 13/04/2013 at 18:10
Cannot post on 'Today I feel so happy', just comes back as a squashed tomato

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