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by Odsox
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Chickens

No.
But a good plan is to move their run to different places over your garden so they naturally fertilise the soil for you.
Especially good to let them run over your vegetable garden in winter to remove pests and manure the soil equally all over in one go.
by Odsox
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Mysterious bulb plant
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Re: Mysterious bulb plant

I have Monbretia in two corners of my garden. Neither do they seem to take over You're lucky Ina. Here they spread very easily by the top corm breaking off in the wind and immediately taking root, or by the millions of seeds that they produce. It will certainly thrive anywhere with a mild moist cli...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Mysterious bulb plant
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Re: Mysterious bulb plant

Sorry, I have no idea.
It's a weed here and not many people try to find treatments for weed diseases. :lol:
It also affects bracken and probably spreads from one to the other.
by Odsox
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Mysterious bulb plant
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Re: Mysterious bulb plant

Yes I agree with Weedo, it's Monbretia. I'ts rampant here in West Cork filling roadside ditches and anywhere else it can get a foothold. It does look attractive though both in flower and when the fresh leaves emerge in early spring, although not so much in late summer and autumn as it suffers badly ...
by Odsox
Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 18
Views: 7735

Re: Pineapples

Just got around to looking up pineapple growing, an apparently they take 6 months from flowering to ripening.
So ready sometime in October.

Well worth growing for a quick crop :lol:
by Odsox
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 17
Views: 2348

Re: Seed saving

Saved seed onions.jpg Spot the difference :lol: Also rather maddening. I tried the white onion the other day, mainly because it had a flower stem that I hadn't noticed before, and needed to use it before the stem hardened. Well ... it is one of the non-tear ones, as in no problems slicing it, and i...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 17
Views: 2348

Re: Seed saving

I have just discovered a disadvantage of saving seed. I harvested my onions yesterday and realised that I have 2 distinctly different varieties, the golden brown skinned of the original and about 20% white skinned ones. Apart from the outer skin colour they are still identical, but one flower that I...
by Odsox
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: For saving money around the house!
Replies: 38
Views: 19238

Re: For saving money around the house!

For some unfathomable reason our shopping bill has gone way down. Since we self isolated on the 16th of March, our granddaughter has done our shopping and (of course) just bought the stuff on the list. But our weekly bill has at least halved, but we are still eating and drinking exactly the same as ...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Change of Lifestyle
Replies: 12
Views: 1310

Re: Change of Lifestyle

I am definitely making a point of saving as much seed as I can. Looking through the various seed company's online sites, just about all varieties are sold out. I have no idea if the commercial growers who supply seed are working as normal during lock down, but new seed might be in short supply next ...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Apples
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Apples

When they are properly ripe, James Grieve apples have a soft texture and Elstar are crisp.
by Odsox
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 12
Views: 774

Re: Growing runner beans

Yes, so do I (sort of). Brassicas I definitely don't grow in the same place until at least 3 years are up. Tomatoes on the other hand are grown every year in the same soil in my small greenhouse now for about 15 years, with no adverse effects. Also runner beans, I have grown them for some years in t...
by Odsox
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 12
Views: 774

Re: Growing runner beans

Up here we have enough trouble where my allotments are with a squadron of sparrows (so need to net) without tempting the mice and voles to eat before the peas even sprout. The "olde fashioned" non-eco way of stopping that Flo, is to wash the pea seed in paraffin as you sow them. I used to do that e...
by Odsox
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 12
Views: 774

Re: Growing runner beans

Thanks. If I soak Kelvedon peas in water overnight, will that help or hinder germination It will help, especially if the soil is dry. Don't soak for more than overnight though as they might start to rot. Also yes, you can sow runner beans in June for a later crop, although you have to take a chance...
by Odsox
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Probably a little late for rationing but...
Replies: 10
Views: 1157

Re: Probably a little late for rationing but...

We were all supposed to be skinny with the rationing in the war. Perhaps it was going from shop to shop buying things rather than ordering it all on line wot did it. It's too easy to get everything nowadays at the click of a button. Not in my case Flo, we had a butcher and a general grocer deliver ...
by Odsox
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 87
Views: 39618

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Harvested a few but the majority of my overwintered onions will soon be ready. Very pleased with these as they are from seed I saved last year, the first time I've ever saved onion seed for re-sowing. I'm also pleased that out of the 63 onions in the 2 rows only 1 is going to flower, so I can save s...