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by Christine
Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: First steps in buying some land
Replies: 9
Views: 2935

Re: First steps in buying some land

Re: looking for the 'right sort' of land, perhaps start by looking at what's growing/living on any vacant patches you identify, or on the adjacent patches.
by Christine
Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Bye bye PSB and Kale
Replies: 12
Views: 2420

Re: Bye bye PSB and Kale

Don't give up entirely on the PSB and kale, though you'll be waiting for both, as my PSB was broken down and stripped of leaves by the snow last Jan/Feb and did manage a small, late crop...
by Christine
Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Bye bye PSB and Kale
Replies: 12
Views: 2420

Re: Bye bye PSB and Kale

My allotment partner and I had pots of pak choi, kale and salad leaves on his greenhouse shelf (that's the bit we partner on) and during the snow, rats moved in (he identified the poo) and chomped the kale and pak choi - though not the salad leaves, so they weren't on a diet. We've decided to leave ...
by Christine
Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Chili help needed- deficiency, disease or pest?
Replies: 7
Views: 1418

Re: Chili help needed- deficiency, disease or pest?

It looks as though you've got it snuggled into straw - which you might want to remove until you identify or deter the culprit, as it's providing plenty of hiding places
by Christine
Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: New potatoes
Replies: 5
Views: 1369

Re: New potatoes

mmm - perhaps I'll try that (no polytunnel, but access to a greenhouse = that may well be a heap of glass after all this snow)
by Christine
Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Borlottie Beans
Replies: 25
Views: 4535

Re: Borlottie Beans

Odsox wrote:
contadina wrote:Both taste and texture are better when soaked.
I agree, and I can't understand why they aren't more popular as (in my opinion) they knock spots off haricot beans.
?
The packet I used had both names - Borlotti and Haricot - are they the same bean?
by Christine
Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Borlottie Beans
Replies: 25
Views: 4535

Re: Borlottie Beans

I grew them for the first time this year - what a result! they are delicious taken off the plant as soon as the green has faded from the pods and I added them to lovely lamb casseroles and Spanish-style bean stews. Unfortunately, the local squirrel helped itself to the ones left on the plants to rip...
by Christine
Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: New potatoes
Replies: 5
Views: 1369

Re: New potatoes

I had hoped to chit and grow the pathetic remnants of some new potatoes that did really badly earlier in the year and have them for Xmas, so I left them in the greenhouse and waited... and waited. They never chitted, just went green and dry. So what should I have done...?
by Christine
Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New Veg Patch
Replies: 18
Views: 3122

Re: New Veg Patch

Millymollymandy wrote:And ordinary radishes and coriander.
Does Coriander grow outside in your locale, mmm?
by Christine
Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New Veg Patch
Replies: 18
Views: 3122

Re: New Veg Patch

If you can provide a bit of protection - or perhaps get them started inside - then consider Mooli (a long large radish that you cook) and smaller turnips. I'm about to plant out the turnips I started indoors which is a bit late, because of an inconvenient holiday at the start of September, but I'll ...
by Christine
Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: horse manure?
Replies: 36
Views: 8118

Re: horse manure?

If everything looks ok, then it wasn't contaminated with the broadleaf weedkiller, so that's great!
by Christine
Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Wild Photo Competiton - vote
Replies: 24
Views: 11458

Re: Wild Photo Competiton - vote

I'm with you - that's a Goldfinch. The photos are amazing, though, and it's difficult to know where to 'spend' my vote. If I'd read the forum before I voted, I wouldn't have checked only one - which is a lesson to me not to be so hasty!
by Christine
Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 6100

Re: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

but not in time to save my broad beans, alas. Even with the assistance of the imports - the ones bought from Green Gardener - I've had to cut them all right back and stack them to let the hundreds of ladybird pupae mature. On the other hand, my runner and french beans are now blackfly free - hurrah ...
by Christine
Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Wild Photo Competiton win The Wild Life or Wild Drugs
Replies: 64
Views: 30974

Re: Wild Photo Competiton win The Wild Life or Wild Drugs

deb13b wrote:I don't think it's a prize winning shot tho ! I never win anything. But I love it, I was so pleased with it.
But then, most of us wouldn't bother to put our photos up if winning was the only goal!