Shrinking Violet


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Any apples yet?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 19:31

Sorry to say, Gareth, but if you don't have fruit setting now, there will be no "late harvest". 

Ah, well - that's the way it goes!  Glut one year, famine the next.  We gardeners just have to go with the flow.

Any apples yet?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 18:54

Now you come to mention it - a very poor fruit set on my apple tree, too.  And I expected great things, given the absence of frost etc.  I can only assume that the insect pollinators had been adversely affected at the critical time.

Runner beans

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:39

Love that idea Lilyanne - I shall steal it next year!

David:  I'm with you on that one:  frozen runner beans are 'orrible!  French beans aren't too bad though.

What I do with mine is to cut them up quite small: runners, French and also diced courgettes (from the inevitable glut).  They are quickly blanched, open frozen and then bagged as a summer veg mix.  I also add some commercially frozen peas and maybe sweetcorn.  Sometimes a few broad beans, too.

In the middle of winter, it's a treat to have a few mixed veg.  They can also be chucked into a veg. soup.  Or defrosted and drained to be added to cheese and veg quiche or potato,cheese & veg pasties.  No waste!

 

 

 

Runner beans

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 19:06

I plant them two per cane - having sown the beans two to a pot in the GH.  They geminate quickly, I harden them off quickly, and then get them into the garden before they are too large (or intertwined) to handle.  Works for me.  Load of beans in the late summer, and neighbours have been known to disappear as I trot up the road with a "few" in my basket. 

Who pays for Things

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 19:01

SweetPea93:  WUM = Wind Up Merchant - usually best left to their own devices rather than responded to.

Bee in Bonnet or desire to create disharmony?  You be the judge!

Too early for beans?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:38

Here in West Somerset where it is very mild, I planted my hardened off beans (Runners and Climbing French) last week.  Even so, with cold winds, I fleeced them for a couple of nights, and they seem to be doing very well, even though a couple of the leaves show signs of cold!  

Employment Law

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:51

ACAS are incredibly helpful in all sorts of queries about employment law.  Check them out at www.acas.org.uk and follow the links.  You can phone them - and speak to a real person who will be very helpful.

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 21:47

I have missed AT this year.  Monty has come good, as they say, in GW - he seems to be at ease in his own garden, and it shows.  But he is rather out of his comfort zone, it seems to me, as a presenter. 

It's a few years since I last went to Chelsea - and agree that the crowds are a problem.  You see more of the gardens on TV than you do on site.  But the atmosphere can't be as good in your living room as it is at the show!

I remember buying a few plants at the sell-off, and they were disappointing.  Better, I think, to note what you want, and buy at the nursery or order from a reputable supplier.  After all, the plants at Chelsea have been stressed to perform for a few particular days, and by the time you get them home, they are even more stressed!

 

 

Wasps nest

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:22

When I had a nest about the size of a grapefruit in my summerhouse, I stood and observed:  wasps are fascinating creatures, and they would fly back, walk around the edge of the nest, disappear inside, and then re-appear to add to the "papery" structure.  Having established that there were about a dozen wasps. I got my vacuum cleaner, and as each one returned to the nest, I vacuumed it up, and waited for the next one.  (You will gather that this was not a speedy exercise!!!)

After a while, when I thought that most, if not all, of the wasps had met their demise, I vacuumed the whole nest, to find two nursery wasps inside, and cells of larvae ready to pupate.  These were easy to dispose of.

Job done.  Each year I keep a close eye on the summer house, and at the first sign of nest building, I destroy it. 

Hope this helps  -  a bit of time and care sorted the potential problem without chemicals or expensive pest-controllers.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 15:49

It's not often that you laugh at a funeral - but we did today at the funeral of a dear friend.  He loved (and had been trained in) all things horticultural, and his allotment was an example of perfection.  That probably had something to do with his career in the army after the gardening training.

The hymn that had us all smiling (including the Rector) was a spin on All Things Bright and Beautiful.  I don't know where the words originated - but I've told OH that I want this at my demise!  Hope it brings smiles to many faces - and there may be someone out there who knows from whence it came.

All things bright and beautiful

All creatures great and small.

All things wise and wonderful

The Lord God made them all.

 

But what we never mention

Though gardeners know it's true

Is when he made the goodies,

He made the baddies too!

 

All things spray and swattable

Disasters great and small.

All things paraquatable

The Lord God made them all.

 

The fungus on the goosegogs,

The club root on the greens,

The slugs that eat the lettuce

And chew the aubergines!

 

All things spray and swattable . . .

 

The fly that gets the carrots,

The wasp that eats the plums,

how black gardener's outlook,

Though green may be his thumbs!

 

All things spray and swattable . . .

 

But still we gardeners labour

midst vegetables and flowers

And pray what hits our neighbours

Will somehow bypass ours.

 

All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small.

All things wise ad wonderful

The Lord God made them all.

 

(Sorry about the double spacing - I can't seem to do it any other way)

btw the original hymn was penned in the nearby village of Dunster - so its inclusion today seems doubly apt.

 

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