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Talkback: Grey mould on soft fruits

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 23:57

Not impossible - http://www.winetrailwales.co.uk/temp/  I have enjoyed many's a bottle of Welsh wine and have a cellar full of superb English fizz going back 20 years. Just made a gallon of wine myself with a mix of greenhouse grapes and next year's vinyard vines currently in pots. There are some benefits to being an exiled Scot living in the soft South .

Camera Corner

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 23:41

Another rainbow

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What's this fatty?

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 23:33

Vine weevil. Not good. Not good at all. As you are lifting the tubers then the best course is to wash off all the soil and remove all grubs. Either squish them or feed them to the birds. Unfortunately if you found them in your begonias then they will also be present in other pots and you need to take action there too.

Runner Bean White Lady

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 16:31

I would harvest now before they rot and dry the beans indoors. I collected the last of my Moonlight pods yesterday which hopefully will give me plenty of seed for next year.

silly quotes

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 17:51

Face like a half-chewed caramel. 

Mushroom identification

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 22:45

Might be Smooth Parasol (Leucoagaricus leucothites) which is poisonous if eaten but not as dangerous as Death Cap. The Death Caps I have found have a sickly green cap and I don't think these are Death Caps. Dove's advice is sound though - leave them alone. 

Labels or forget

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 22:09

I was about to throw out a seed tray with what I thought were weed grass seedlings when I remembered that I had planted agapanthus seeds there . At least I hope that is what I have now. Either that or the weeds have become very regimented and now grow only in straight lines.

rotovator

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:47

Marazzini Ernesto (S.P.A) is the name of the company who made it. They are/were based in Parabiago near Milan in Italy. They would likely have used a commercially avaliable engine such as Briggs & Stratton but more likely an Italian engine. If you can  identify the engine then that makes the spares issue easier. Parts like carburettors tend to come from companies such as Zama and are easy to repair or replace.

I would think that they are much more common in Italy so a search on Italian eBay might give you some idea of second hand prices.

COMPETITIONS

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 17:43

Our household has been lucky over the years - two holidays to France, two hi-fi's, full set of ski gear. I dream about diving on the GBR though!

Agapanthus help please

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 21:18

Sounds like it is completely congested and needs splitting up. Probably safest to wait until March before dividing though. It can be done now and would probably be OK in Devon but in colder areas I would definitely wait till Spring.

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