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Growing in Greenhouses & Polytunnels / I need a polytunnel.
« Last post by miggs on May 20, 2018, 16:39 »
My plot at the moment is divided up into 4 large bed. The first bed as you go into the plot is basically clay/concrete. So today I have made the decision to put a tunnel on this bed and use the rest of the beds. The further down the plot we go the better the soil is.
As I have never used a tunnel before I am asking for advice on what to buy, where to buy. How much do they cost. I will probably be looking for a 4.5 meter tunnel.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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Grow Your Own / Re: What I did on the plot today 2018
« Last post by Offwego on May 20, 2018, 16:39 »
Spent most of the day on the plot
Planted runner beans
Peas
Sweet peas
Built an enclosure over the gooseberry bushes to stop the birds getting them
Built a frame ready for the butternut squash plants with sheep wire and timber
Loads of watering
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Grow Your Own / Re: What I did on the plot today 2018
« Last post by miggs on May 20, 2018, 16:32 »
Just got back after a couple of hours at the plot.
After hoeing a small bed, I planted the following, Mini Sweetcorn, San Mazarno Toms, French Green beans and a row of Mangetout.
Dug then hoed another small area of another bed and then planted another row of Mangetout.
I strimmed all the paths before I left.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: 6weeks
« Last post by mumofstig on May 20, 2018, 14:52 »
I don't like getting older but it is better than the alternative!  :ohmy:
Much better! Every day is a bonus - I started saying that when I nearly died after a brain aneurysm burst when I was 47. Now I only do what I want to do, and even then only do it when I want to.
If I don't want to do very much today, because something hurts, or I'm not in the right frame of mind, or I really do just want to sit, or read, than that is what I do  :D
My family have accepted that's just how it is now  8)
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Chatting on the Plot / Lasting power of attourney rebate.
« Last post by Goosegirl on May 20, 2018, 13:57 »
Whilst waiting for my OH to have a blood test, I was browsing through a Dementia magazine when this caught my eye. Did you know you can claim a partial refund if you took out a lasting power of attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017? Well, I certainly didn't so have just put in my application and should receive about 35 in my bank account. Here's the link: https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: finally hip operation in sight
« Last post by Goosegirl on May 20, 2018, 13:39 »
Lilyleaf - how's it going so far?
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: 6weeks
« Last post by Goosegirl on May 20, 2018, 13:35 »
Arrrrgh! The very thought of Botox, face-lifts and dermal abrasions, tummy tucks, breast implants, hair transplants, and any other type of re-sculpturing the human body sends shivers up my spine. If you really want to know how old someone is who's gone through all these procedures, look at their neck and the front of their hands - it's an absolute give-away! Be grateful you are still alive, that your wrinkles are just nets of wisdom, learn the fact that you are loved for what you are not for what you look like, and if you are true to yourself then others will be true to you. Two great examples are the Queen and Dame Judy Dench. Need I say more?
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: 6weeks
« Last post by John on May 20, 2018, 13:15 »
I don't like getting older but it is better than the alternative!  :ohmy:

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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Gardman
« Last post by John on May 20, 2018, 13:09 »
That's really good - some companies still believe in service.
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Grow Your Own / Re: hardneck garlic
« Last post by mumofstig on May 20, 2018, 13:04 »
That's perfectly normal just cut them off and eat them
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Before hardneck garlic bulbs (such as Elephant Garlic, Chesnok Wight, Purple Moldovan and Lautrec Wight) fully mature and are ready to be harvested, they throw out long, curly scapes- the flower head of the plant. Left to their own devices, garlic scapes would eventually produce tiny bulbs of their own, called bulbils. But because these divert food and energy away from the star attraction, we prefer to snip the scapes off, enabling the garlic bulb to increase in size - sometimes allowing them to grow another 50%! Happily though, the scapes don't go to waste. These tender green stalks are both edible and delicious, comparable in texture to young asparagus, with a delicate hint of garlic flavour. So if you are growing your own garlic at home, you can trim the scapes away freely, knowing that you are both maximising your garlic bulb's potential, and harvesting yourself a very tasty morsel to enjoy.
https://www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk/growing/blog/garlic-scapes-what-they-are-and-how-to-cook-them
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