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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Best way to get rid of bamboo

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 23:42

If it's an invasive variety when digging up make sure you get all the roots. Roots left in the ground will regrow or migrate to other parts of the garden.

Runner Beans

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 23:27

Criss. I'm trying a new structure this year to train beans and peas up. 

Instead of the traditional upside down 'v' shape with the canes crossing at the top, I'm crossing them in the middle like a giant 'x', the canes are tied in the middle.

You don't get the congestion of plants meeting at the top. This structure is then reinforced with a rectangular frame at the top in my case a 3.5ft by 1.5ft frame made of wooden lats and a lat either side attached to the short lengths, in the middle, about 7ft long and driven into the ground about 1ft. The tops of the canes are tied to the light wooden frame.

The structure allows wind to flow through it better reducing the risk of it going over in strong winds.

white strawberries

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 22:50

I sowed a tray each of white strawberries and pineberries last year but don't think they were from Grow It Mag. Haven't kept the empty seed packets either and the labels blew away in the wind before they were planted out. One tray didn't make it so I'm having to wait to see whether the row planted out last year are whiteberries or pineberries.

One things certain though, judging by their leaves they aren't alpine varieties and none are in flower yet. GH strawberries are in flower as too are apline strawberries planted in the garden. 

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 20:09

The rock in the Atlantic looks quite nice, just google Isle of Barra.

May have moved some more people by mistake. What ever you do don't click on the flags on the map, me thinks they move.  

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:32

I'm on but when you hover over my flag, I live in the Lake District National Park , much as I'd like to, I really don't think so, I'm over the border in Lancashire, must have placed the flag in the wrong place how do you move it.

Oopps, sorry you guy's but I revisited the site and hovered over the nearest flag to mine which was 'elemental' me thinks I've updated 'elementals' site who now lives 'on a rock in the Atlantic!

Where are my vegetables?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 21:49

Some stuff likes to be sown in cooler weather, I sowed mooli outdoors and covered it with glass at the beginning of April, uncovering it on warm days, it's now uncovered night and day. It has needed to be watered but is looking like my best effort.  

Last year it didn't need any protection after germination and was sown at the end of March.    

Haven't been able to get small radishes to germinate outdoors yet, this year.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 21:00

Thanks for the advise, will keep going with the baking, watch this space. Every now and then I like to make a big pan of potato hash, hence the pie Q, left overs are usually frozen but are delish in pasties or with a crust on and eaten with pickled red cabbage.

Frank - I like the challenge of making bread without the machine. No probs with batter, can make yorkshires to die for, never fail to rise.    

Clear blue skies and the sun was out this morning at 7am with a chill in the air but forecast dull and wet later in the day, left the GH door and plastic GH. Did lots of potting up at the weekend.  

I've been spraying stuff with a garlic mix to deter slugs, not sure it works but it makes me feel as though I'm fighting to keep the population down    


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:20

Jo - it might be some time before I try making Focaccia again.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:53

Frank - I was, a little surprised, at how oily the bread got even just after one tbsp. Will try something simpler next time, what do you suggest... please don't say white or brown bread... It might be some time before I try scones again. Hadn't made enough pastry for pie so it was two small spinach and cheese quiches. The quiches were a huge success , the pastry wasn't soggy either.

Am I right in thinking pies can be made up and frozen before baking.  

 Sounds like a nice day with 21 for tea, hope they helped out with the washing up.

Wet and cold here in this part of the NW. Flowers loving it but veg beds looking water logged.      

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 23:31

Another wet day, rained for most of it.

Frank - on the baking front, not brill for the first attempt,my efforts have along way to go before I'll be asking others to taste. Looked through some cook books and settled for scones and Focaccia bread with pastry made up for a quiche and pie tomorrow.

Scones didn't rise as much as expected and the bread was a little hard on the outside. I'm not throwing in the towel just yet though. 

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