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The Hen House / Re: Wood ash.
« Last post by rowlandwells on Today at 15:52 »
John your a wealth of information because I was going to say that we have a log burner and we don't burn anything but wood some tree wood and some reclaimed timber with many nails I firstly sieve the ash then use my old magnet I got out of an old radio to remove the nails because tractor tyres and nails don't really mix

after sorting the ash I bag it and it goes down the allotments mainly for my onion beds
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Dull and a bit chilly.  Was raining quite hard, but stopped now, feels very damp though.  Mrs Bouquet
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Brass monkeys out. Horrible drizzly rain at times too.
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A comparatively balmy 4C ::) with a 'feels like' of -1.2C.

Frequent blustery showers with some sleet in them.  :(

Can't say we don't need the rain though:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-46236792
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Grow Your Own / Re: Apple tree/codling moth
« Last post by Ivor Backache on Today at 12:28 »
Just wanted to bring this thread up to date with my results. Had an exceptional crop of apples from my 3 trees. Bought 200 bags 4" square self seal, and still did not have enough. Had a pheromone trap which caught a few, and made up some home made treacle traps which tended to catch everything. Thinned and bagged at the same time  when the apples were bigger than a grape.

Result..one apple with the codling grub and a good supply of eating apples. Still have about 30 to go. Corrugated cardboard traps on the trunk to catch the caterpillars on their way to pupate and found none in those. Having broken the link for the next generation I shall probably just have the bags for next year.
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It was 5C overnight but now down to 3C, with thick cloud and drizzle - really not nice at all  ::)
Forecast is for some sleet in with the rain today  :(
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And it's raining - really cold and heavy rain.
I need to go home (I'm on the plot) but I cycled today and it's too wet to cycle home!
Not only that, but I discovered my daughter has nicked my bike lights to use as a torch so I don't have any lights!
Sounds like you could be stuck in the shed for quite some time....

Cold, breezy, grey and the odd spots of rain. Could be worse.
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After an unseasonably warm and dey October, november has now hit home.
It's so cold today, weather app says 5°.
And it's raining - really cold and heavy rain.
I need to go home (I'm on the plot) but I cycled today and it's too wet to cycle home!
Not only that, but I discovered my daughter has nicked my bike lights to use as a torch so I don't have any lights!
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Strawberries are susceptible to the viruses potatoes can have. I wouldn’t worry for now, just keep an eye on them next year, if they seem to be healthy, take runners off them & start a new bed elsewhere. The thing with a new plot you aren’t going to know what was there the last couple of years anyway
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Also don’t plant where you’ve recently had potatoes or near to potatoes.
Eek!
that's exactly where the strawberry bed in my new plot is!
when I dug it over, it was full of volunteer potatoes.
What's the biggest problem, and should I move my strawbs now and put sometthing else there?

(I didn't plant the strawberries, they were already there. I just dug it over to get rid of the weeds and left the strawbs)
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