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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 12:04
Yes, reminds me of days spent at my Uncle's farm in Somerset when I was a kid. Helping collect eggs, and his old mother making bread and churning butter, with me trying to 'help'! The smell remains with you for ever.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 14:03
Should have mentioned in my note yesterday that the wildflower beds at Stratford Olympic Park are superb, glorious - congratulations to the gardeners responsible.

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Posted: 30/07/2012 at 20:45
Had a rest from the allotment today as I was at Olympic Park in Stratford. Gorgeous day, walked miles and had a great time. Tomorrow,
weather permitting, will be a peaceful time in the garden.

Not all bad news in the garden

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 20:07
Fruit and veg this year are doing brilliantly,ex strawberries which gave me a couple of good pickings, but then faded away in the grey weather.Brassicas,potatoes (in fact, all root crops) are doing well, so whilst I moan about the lack of sun, I can't complain of the end results so far. Having my allotment on the side of a hill does help drainage!

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Posted: 10/07/2012 at 14:04
Saw the Olympic torch near Henley this morning, in showers, but sun is now out and I am off to the allotment to gather some Lady Christl potatoes,lettuce,spring onions,broccoli,carrots and a punnet of raspberries. They should keep me going for the next few days! Hope this weather lasts for the rest of the day!

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Posted: 08/07/2012 at 22:09
Lovely warm sunny afternoon in South Bucks - planted a row of January Kings this evening at the allotment, but with weather this warm and damp I will be eating them by the end of summer!

Toadstools on lawn

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 22:34
Can anyone give me some advice on how to clear swathes of small toadstools on my lawn(which is in full sun). I have swept and raked them clear but they reappear in a day or two. Short of digging up the areas involved, is there another solution?

Sheep it or Slug gone

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 20:55
Has anybody used the above, which are recommended as a slow fertiliser, but also has the added bonus of being an irritant to slugs and snails who apparently dislike the wool content of the pellets. Is it effective? Would welcome any comments.

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Posted: 19/05/2012 at 20:16
Fairly warm this afternoon in Marlow - greenhouse was very hot! No rain today either - is Summer on its way?

Problem Clay soil

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:31
Had similar trouble when I moved here 15 years ago. I solved the problem by, every year for about 5 years, buying 20 sacks of spent mushroom compost, costing on average ??2 a sack. This was laid as a mulch in the autumn and early spring, and gently forked in. With worms doing their bit the soil gradually lightened up,and now is in really good condition. I now add all old potting compost, and finished gro-bags as their relatively dry and powdery nature also help break up any clay still lurking. May not work everywhere but I'm happy with my soil now.

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