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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 18:03

Hey, third today. Nice picture 4th panda.  Wondered what you looked like...ha ha

Been glorious here  today and so hot.  

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 18:01

Why try rooting In water Jer01?  They root easily in mpc with added grit perlite.

Lucischaves, you do t want those flowers....carefully snip them off.  You dont want flowering shoots for cuttings.  

In my experience the sooner pelargonium cuttings are taken the better the plant will be to overwinter.  I've taken my cuttimgs....2 weeks ago.  


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 17:25

Yep....well  I DO remember black n white minstrel show......and the song I sang with purple black face and hands was "mammy"

Since you are all 27 you will have no idea.  


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 08:37

Hiya gilly

Yes, two things.....stones or manure.  Carrots need nice deep light stone free soil.  I have grown all the hybrid new varieties of carrots but I now think the taste has more to do with how they are grown.  It's worth cultivating the soil well  (I use no dig system) and I do this with a three pronged cultivator scratching deeply into top 4 or 5".  I add my own 2 year old compost in autumn and it's this that's scratched in.  I add fish blood n bone in early spring.  Immediately after sowing I cover with fleece.  I now use Amsterdam forcing, early Nantes, and Mokum


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 08:27

Morning everyone.

Talking of paint "tan" I once put permanganate of potash in a new pool to neutralise the lime, etc before planting.  As always, I am a silly billy.  I stirred the water and realised it stained my hands but, thinking it was easily washed off, I applied it to be face and pretended to an assembled "audience" that I was a black and white minstrel. Great, great fun.......until,I realised it would not wash off.  Face and hands turned black, purple brown and I had important stuff to do later.  Took about a week before the "tan" wore off.  Ah!  Memories.

Sunny and warm here after some rain last night.  


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 00:14

Hoeing is the answer I think if you domt want to use chemicals. Removing leaves when you see them.  Tried digging but always tiny bulblets left behind that grow again.  Glyphosate works very well though


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 00:10

Oh, alrighty then..........

Maybe blackest can tell us if it's been hot n dry there over past 3 months.   If its been wet you guys may be correct.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 00:07

Always have great carrots.  Eat them like sweets.  Secret is good deep light loam, no stones, organic fertiliser, amd regular watering.  Not too much but regular.  Irregular watering causes many issues, in my opinion, splitting and tough roots being two of them



Lawn weedkiller

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 23:59

Resolva lawn weedkiller is too strong.  I use the spot weedkiller already mixed and the Resolva brand killed patches of grass.  The rest are fine


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 23:57

No, don't all take. Agree with chicky...if 50% take its good

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