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Chatting on the Plot / Re: The punks annivesary...
« Last post by Aidy on Today at 23:10 »
my normal answer to that question is ... I pop a little blue pill   ;)
In the old days we used things like egg whites but now a hair spray called 4+4 just build it up and it sets rock hard.
Grow Your Own / Re: beans
« Last post by AnneB on Today at 23:10 »
I went a bit overboard with beans this year.  They all did well, but I watered and watered and watered.  I grow Wizard field beans rather than broad beans.  They weren't as good as normal, I put that down to the harsh late winter/ spring stunting normal growth.  Still got a decent crop though. The rest were all great.

Runner beans:   Black Knight.  Still flowering!  Not stringy unless large
Climbing French Beans:   
Cobra - got going early. Big crop, strimgless
Cherokee Trail of Tears
Veitch's Climbing Bean
Cosse Violet
Kentucky Wonder Wax - a lovely climbing yellow bean, completely stringless
Lazy Housewife
Snowcap - a very pretty bi-colour deep red and cream bean, very productive
Cara la Virgen de la Baneza Leon - late cropping and very tall, still waiting for the seed to form
Borlotti - only does well in good summers - so a good year for these.

The last 4 on the list were grown for dried beans to use in soups and stews in winter.

Dwarf French Bean: Hutterite Soup Bean (again for dried beans).

The freezers are full and people turn and run in the other direction when they see me coming towards them now!!

Chatting on the Plot / Re: Batten down the hatches! Storm Helene
« Last post by al78 on Today at 22:34 »
and then...Storm Bronagh brings potential for very strong winds on Thursday evening and overnight into Friday morning.

P.S. I thought storm Helene had been renamed Ali, but could have got it wrong  :unsure:

Helene was a former hurricane that became extra-tropical before moving over Ireland and the extreme west UK. Ali came after that hitting northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland. Tonight and tomorrow it is the souths turn for some poor weather (like we haven't had enough grot this week), but looks like the strongest winds will be overnight. Finally, there is another windy spell coming over on Sunday, quite a bit of uncertainty over how strong that storm will be. A nuisance for those of us with office jobs that we are about to have both weekend days soaking wet in-between dry days when I am at work  >:(.
Grow Your Own / Re: Green Manure vs no dig
« Last post by al78 on Today at 22:27 »
I'd also be interested to hear from anyone who has used green manure 

I bought two packs of it when I was at Wyevale the other day (they had the 50p per pack of seed sale on) with the thought of giving it a go and doing some beds no-dig and others with the green manure.  has some advice and there's more on the internet, but as said - personal feedback from others would be great to have

I've used it a few times and I can't say I've noticed any tangible benefit. I have used the overwinter varieties such ass field beans, tares and grazing rye. Contrary to what some people claim it doesn't stop the weeds growing. I have sown in on the assumption that it will keep the soil covered over winter but even here, it is patchy, when sown in September it just doesn't have enough time to get big enough to act as decent protection for the soil, and I find it tends to put on a growth spurt in early Spring, then becomes a pain in the neck to dig in, especially when it refuses to die and you are waiting to sow seeds direct. My soil texture seems to be improving more as I add significant amounts of horse manure ever year. The other problem with an overwintering green manure (or mulching with fallen leaves) is that it becomes a haven for slugs. I am going to try just the manure application this year.

Look at the current rain rate (mm per hour!  :ohmy:)
That's rather a flash system! Care to tell us about it?
Chatting on the Plot / Re: The Happy Birthday Slot
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Today at 22:25 »
Thanks all, rain didnt stop play at all, I got drenched busting up a newly dug bed, one that's being prepared for spring bulbs and meadow seed. Wanted to get it done while the soil is still workable. Good excuse to have a cheeky bottle of Weston's vintage in the polytunnel after to rehydrate though ;)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Clipping off a wire ?
« Last post by mrs bouquet on Today at 21:16 »
Thanks guys, that another job on tomorrows list.  Mrs Bouquet
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Clipping off a wire ?
« Last post by yorky on Today at 21:00 »
If normal scissors wont do it try your secateurs.
General Gardening / Re: Wallflower grown from seed
« Last post by yorky on Today at 20:53 »
Ideally you should always pinch the tips when they are about 4 inches high. They certainly will not come to any harm if you do them now.
Chatting on the Plot / Super Summer!!
« Last post by arh on Today at 20:38 »
Just an indication of the super summer of this year. The FIT payment was over 100 pounds more this year, compared to last year, even after being adjusted due to the price readjustment, (if one gets my drift).
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