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Oca Harvest December 2016

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 08:51

I don't know these vegetables at all. Are oca similar to jerusalem artichokes?

Interesting website BTW

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 21:40
Fairygirl says:

T'bird - The Adventure Show was on here last night. I think you might get it on catch up, certainly on iPlayer. It was covering the Glencoe Skyline race. Totally mental. Bidean, Aonach Eagach and over to Kinlochleven. I was knackered just thinking about it.  There's a Cameron McNeish walk thingy on soon too - think it's between Christmas and New Year, but I'll find out for you.

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 Oooh - ta Fairy

It's OH's b'day next week - watching The Adventure Show will do as an extra pressie. Am I tight or what? - but it's what we / he like(s) - so there you go...

Will have a look for the Cam. McNeish thing as well when the Christmas schedules are available on the planner. 

Most pressies wrapped. House nearly clean - time to put up the tree & other decs tomorrow - preferably accompanied by sherry, mince pies and carols (or gin, crisps and The Archers Omnibus my case...)

Have spoken to the local cat rescue place today. They are going to take some old duvets, towels and pillows off my hands tomorrow and I'll take along some cat food as well.

Please never just throw away old towels and bedding - many of the animal rescue charities can reuse them

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 10:46


Gentle hugs for Wonky (but not too close and while I'm holding my breath...) - hope you feel much better soon. I've only had 'proper' flu once and it completely wiped me out for about 5 days and then took another 2 weeks to feel fully recovered. Very different to the heavy colds some people refer to as 'flu.

Sorry to hear about your cousin Lesley. Life is short and precious.

Hope you can sort something out for your dad Chicky - very stressful for you. But I hope you enjoy Kew tonight - sounds great

Nice pic Pat.

.. and now I've forgotten everything else. Have a good one folks - more hwk and seasonal preps for me today. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 20:51

Evening - quite a few jobs done today but feet up now watching last night's M/chef

First - hope Clari is ok. The fact she was able to post on here afterwards makes me think she is probably ok.

Lovely cake Lesley - I'm relying on aged MIL to provide the cake again this year

Pdoc. Sorry to hear about your colleagues. Terrible news coming out of Syria nearly every day and it must all be much more real for anyone that's been there and experienced it first hand. As Dove said this morning, sometimes you just have to try to adjust your focus. What can you do to make those close to you feel more cherished? Your OH has had a rough year too if I remember correctly. Take some time to show her how much you care - it might help you to feel better.

Hope that doesn't sound too bossy - hugs for both of you.

Last edited: 15 December 2016 20:54:05

Aquelegia seedlings

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 20:54

I would only pot them on once the roots had filled the module. I wouldn't expect to see too much happening over the next month or two but, come March, they should gallop away.

The only concern I would have is how much they have already been affected by the fungus - but there's not much you can do about that now other than to give them drier, more ventilated conditions & hope for the best.

If they do succumb completely I would do another sowing in spring. Those new seedlings might still flower in 2018.

Aquelegia seedlings

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 17:01

In my experience they don't need to be protected from the cold which is why I would harden them off and move them outside asap (no plant will appreciate going straight from indoors to outside without some acclimatisation). Common aquilegias are tough plants and will seed themselves around quite happily if they like where you put them.

I would only vary this advice if you are growing / breeding particularly choice / rare / expensive plants -but even then they need to be cool with good air circulation & kept fairly dry in the dormant season.

Any of the fungal diseases can be caused by damp, still conditions so maybe you are overwatering - but maybe they just need better air circulation. I wouldn't water them at all once they're outside unless we have a really, really dry spell.

If they're only an inch or two high they are unlikely to flower spring 2017. I would keep potting them on over this next season until the roots fill at least a 3" pot and they should flower 2018. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 12:47

I just sound organised Clari... 

Aquelegia seedlings

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 12:03

Sounds as though there might be a bit of fungal growth going on there - perhaps damping-off.

Are they undercover or outdoors GD?

They are hardy little critters and better off outside IMO. If they're undercover I'd harden them off over a few days and then just leave them outside in a reasonably sheltered spot. 

Good luck 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 11:54

I only know how to do that in the document I am writing myself Clari - don't think you can do it easily for an article already published on the website.

Just had a HUGE W'rose delivery. I think we can safely say there is now enough bleach, toilet rolls, kitchen roll, tonic water, cat food etc etc to see us through to the middle of January. Our W'rose is in the centre of town so people use the car park as an extra town centre car park (just have to spend £10 in store). Very, very long queues to get into the car park for much of the day from now till they all go back to work after the New Year.

Visits before Christmas  now restricted to 2 more for fruit, veg, meat and dairy.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 10:37

Ha ha Liri.

For 'dumb animals' it's funny how we know when cats are 'not talking to us' isn't it? Mine's the same. And he sulks like a teenager when I stop him going on the beds.

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