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MOB rants

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 23:52

You don't have to tell him about your plan; just do it.  The trimmings can be put in rubbish bags or those large 'skip' bags, and put in his front garden.  It sounds like the less contact you have with him the better. 

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 23:44

Nutcutlet, Could it be a queen wasp.  I have seen hornets in the past and they didn't look like that, I don't think.

As to the top pictures, are you sure it was 2 inches long, that is mighty!

lettuce article in what to do now

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 18:30

Some people subscribe to the idea that lettuce will not germinate in the open ground when it is too hot.

It is easier to shade the seed in a greenhouse than in the open soil.  Discuss.

Also planting out  the lettuces will enforce sucession as the seedlings recover from planting out. And they can be fitted in wherever they are wanted, in a spare space.

The choice is up to the grower.

old freezers

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 11:49

Well insulated; can be used for vegetable storage. They can also be used for water storage as they are usually watertight.

Make absolutely, absolutely certain no child can get locked in it.  I know it's not likely but children play in the strangest places.

But be aware that it is by its very nature an ugly thing and it may have a better home at the tip with its refrigeration liquid professionally removed.

Raspberry, after fruiting?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 11:40

These sound as though they might, just might, be autumn fruiting raspberries.

If that is the case the old canes should have been cut to the ground in early Spring.

I think we need to know the variety to give correct advice.

Olive Bush

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 11:36

Yes, but not now.  Wait until the Autumn when the soil is moist and warm.  It is too dry at the moment.


Posted: 22/07/2013 at 00:43

When you have one fertilized pumpkin, remove all the others.  More experienced pumkin growers will tell you all about stopping the plant and what to feed it on, but perhaps will not give away their secrets.

Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 00:06

Peppers I just cut in half and freeze; don't bother with blanching.  Chillies I just freeze whole.  No blanching.

Fig Tree

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 23:54

In the autumn you need to remove every small fig that will not grow to maturity that year.  The figs that will develop the next year go into the winter in the topmost leaf axils about the size of a small pea. Really very small indeed.  Take a good look at the end of the branches when the leaves drop. 

The trouble is that fig trees have two harvests in warmer countries.  In the UK they only have one out of doors as they are really on the edge of their range.

Luckily in this country figs do not need to be pollinated, which makes home-grown figs so luscious - no seeds!

Butternut squash when to sow seeds

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 13:07

It is best to buy seeds for butternut squash.

I'm afraid you will have to bide your time until next year to sow the seeds.

Butternut squash is not the easiest to grow, as it needs a long season of good weather to mature.  If you are inexperienced, why not start off with courgettes, they are easy, sometimes too easy?  But all that family take up a lot of room so think what space you have for everything you want to grow, before you buy lots of seeds.

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