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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Chelsea
« Last post by rowlandwells on Yesterday at 16:44 »
does  Chelsea need the chop :D there's just so many presenters falling over themselves to present us with the same boring thing over and over again who's paying for all these people I ask myself well its the good old licence payer of cause   :lol:

Our weather cheered up and we have had a lovely sunny and warm afternoon after all  :D
Grow Your Own / Re: Sweetcorn consigned to the compost heap.
« Last post by al78 on Yesterday at 15:28 »
I think you have hit the nail on the head there, but looking back, I don't think it was too bad a summer (but then I was raised in the very North West)!.  Also, I don't think I watered the plants as often as I should have.  Cheers,  Tony.

It wasn't just the summer. From April to August here in W Sussex we've had locked in weather patterns that have been detrimental to gardening. April was the frostiest for nearly 100 years. May was cool and wet, June was reasonable first half, appalling second half in the SE (four times the average rainfall in some places for that period), July was wet in the SE, August was the third dullest on record at Heathrow. Thankfully September has been dry and mild, a good respite.
Equipment Shed / Villiers mk12 coil backplane removal
« Last post by mitzygolf on Yesterday at 15:17 »
Hi I am renovating a Monro tiller with a Villiers mk12 engine fitted. I am going to have to fit a new coil but I'm having problems removing the back plate. I removed the four nuts that seem to be holding the plate on and tried tapping the plate off but it seems stuck fast. Is there anything else I should be doing?  See photos attached
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Spiders this year
« Last post by Growster... on Yesterday at 14:39 »
I try to chase them into a glass, then, when they're rattling around, I gently shake said glass so they can't climb out...

It usually works, they're gently tipped out onto the cill and they can find their own way out via whichever window they're guarding!

Harry gave me a funny look this morning, but I didn't see Harriet so maybe he's still on the pull...
Grow Your Own / Re: Blueberries
« Last post by pepsi100 on Yesterday at 14:23 »
As you say, I have got the coffee grounds now, so I'll just put it as a top dressing, cant see it hurting

Ive got a bag of sulphur chips in the shed somewhere

Thanks for your reply ;)
Grow Your Own / Re: Ripening sweet peppers
« Last post by cc on Yesterday at 14:17 »
Nothing in my garden room (double glazed and insulated roof) good sunlight as at the top of a hill. 2 died from fungal infection, the 3rd one looks like it may produce a few. Conservatory (faces west) plenty. Only short plants (3) I expect to be picking a few all the way to January maybe even February. No idea why they do far better in the conservatory. Through the winter I can understand as there is heat escaping from the house but they produce very early. Maybe June definitely by July.
Grow Your Own / Re: Blueberries
« Last post by JayG on Yesterday at 14:03 »
Organic materials produce weak acids as they decompose, but finish up more or less neutral - very few produce enough acid to make much difference to the soil pH, sphagnum peat moss being a notable exception.
(I use an annual dressing of sulphur chips to help keep the pH low in my blueberry patch.)

Seeing as you've already got them, you may as well use your spent coffee grounds as a mulch - when you get your blueberries into ericaceous compost they should be ok anyway.
Grow Your Own / Re: Strawberry container size
« Last post by Joe Hicks on Yesterday at 12:58 »
Thanks for the replies, very helpful and much appreciated.
Grow Your Own / Re: Blueberries
« Last post by pepsi100 on Yesterday at 12:50 »

What are your thought on adding coffee grounds to the soil for Blueberries ?
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