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When To Pick Corn?

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 21:50

Typing at the same time Obelixx

When To Pick Corn?

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 21:49

When the tassles turn brown I carefully peel back the top few leaves to expose the kernels just enough to test with a fingernail. If the liquid comes out clear then the cobs need a bit longer, if it's creamy then they're ready, if it's doughy and thick then they've gone past their best. 

Use them straight away, the longer they're left the less sweet they become because the sugars turn to starch. If you've got a glut then the next best thing is to freeze them straight away.

pet companions

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 21:17

 Floss is milking it, lots of cuddles are in order😁. She's been good so far, we have been doing some low impact training with her to keep her occupied. She joins me in the allotment and enjoys watching the world go by in the front garden.

pet companions

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 18:04

 Floss sporting a snazzy green Sheep motif bandage. She has a nasty cut in her pad and vet decided it didn't need stitches but would benefit from being bandaged, she's on a course of antibiotics and painkillers. Being a 'wally' Collie she can't understand why she's restricted to 10 minutes on lead walks😞. She's been very good though, no chewing of the bandage.

Cats and coffee

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 10:11

I would dispute that cats aren't controllable, it's just that most owners choose not to. 

Cabbage White Caterpillars

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 10:06

What size netting did you use Villaverde? Anything bigger than 3mm and they will get in, also if the netting is too close to the plants they just land on the netting and lay their eggs through it.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 15:59

Thanks GWRS, I think rotovating it in would work best. Sorry to hear about the shed issue Zoomer, hopefully the guy is reasonable and when he realises it will shade your plot he'll erect it elsewhere. Most sites have rules on such things, he may not be aware of the situation?

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 08:01

Hi Johnny, love BC, I was lucky enough to visit the Fraser River to fish for Sturgeon ( catch n release), the scenery and wildlife were fantastic.

Never thought about the air pollution from forest fires ☹️. You're right about the dust masks sold in shops, and with the trend for men to sport beards totally useless.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 19:11

Be interested to know how you get on with the green manure GWRS. I tried it a couple of years ago but wasn't that sure I got any benefit from it. As I can normally get a good supply of WRM I don't feel like experimenting.

Lots of picking, getting a bucket of runners and the same of French beans every couple of days. Loads of tomatoes, indoors and outside. I grow Lizzano outside and in 3 yrs it's been blight free, very prolific and a nice taste too.

Butternut squash have set well so should have a few to keep us going through the winter, great in stews and curries. Leeks, parsnips and celeriac already big enough to pull but with so much veg on offer these will be the winter mainstay.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 14:03

Fairygirl, I saw the report on Skye too. Such a shame that the island is being exploited like this. It's about 10 years since I went, it's a great place even in the inevitable ' weather'. We noticed that Glencoe was busier this year, I know it's always been a ' tourist's hotspot, but the amount of coach parties was ridiculous. Off the beaten track and even in the village it was fine but the lay-bys on the A82 were overflowing by midday! 

Sorry to hear you had to abort your hill walk but totally the right thing to do. If it makes you feel better I took my better half along Glen Etive with the intention of doing Ben Starav. We got to about 900 metres when her fear of ' exposure' kicked in, we were still a way from the ridge but she psyches herself out of some walks because as you know some ridges look like knife edges from a distance. So we sat down had lunch and came back down on a glorious sunny day. It will be there for another try. I don't suffer from 'summit' fever and the views were fabulous, but OH was so disappointed that I felt bad for her 

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