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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Spiders this year
« Last post by JayG on Yesterday at 10:59 »
Once they get in such places, they can't get out, because it's too shiny! When that happens here, I get said spider into a glass, and pop her/him out of the window next to a climbing jasmine, to get down again...

I used to pick up bath spiders with my bare hands and evict them until one ungrateful b*****d bit me!  :ohmy:

I use a cloth to pick them up now...  ;)
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Not yet sunrise here (before 6:00 AM) , it is 12C with clear skies. This follows a cold front that came through yesterday, first day of autumn.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Spiders this year
« Last post by New shoot on Yesterday at 10:32 »
Do you have venomous spiders over there (anything worse than a bee sting)?

I think he worst one we have is the false widow, but most people only get a bee sting like reaction.  There have been some reports about more serious symptoms and there was a mild panic whipped up by the media a few years back.  I was working in a garden centre at the time and we had customers shrieking and shouting about every spider they saw.  Meanwhile the weekend lads would look for false widows as they have skull like markings on their backs and they thought that was pretty cool  :lol:
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea 2021?
« Last post by New shoot on Yesterday at 10:26 »
"fruity" chicken curry..  nice enough but not really my cup of tea.

I am a bit unsure about fruit in my dinner as well. I love it to eat and for pud, but ...

Last night was pork loin steaks in a hm tangy sauce of balsamic vinegar and quince jelly with pan juices (disguised fruit I can cope with), plus plot spuds and veg  :)
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Spiders this year
« Last post by Subversive_plot on Yesterday at 10:22 »
Do you have venomous spiders over there (anything worse than a bee sting)? We only have 2 that I know of that can give a serious bite (brown recluse, and black widow). There is a brown widow too, but I've heard their bite is less serious.
My mother was bitten by a brown recluse when I was a child, it caused serious tissue necrosis and left her with a terrible scar.

Over the last few years, an invasive spider from Asia has become very common outdoors (Joro spider https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichonephila_clavata check out the gallery). Their webs are huge, tough, and the web silk has a gold color. I measured one web last year that was 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide, across our front door! It kept door-to-door salesmen away for months! Fortunately, the spiders are relatively harmless (don't tell the salesmen).
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A bit grey here and the breeze has a definite chill to it.  Feels autumnal.
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Bright and sunny 17C now, but the breeze is chilly, despite being from the West, forecast is for cloud this afternoon.
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Grow Your Own / Re: Strawberry container size
« Last post by New shoot on Yesterday at 10:13 »
John (site owner) has some advice here for growing under cover.

https://www.allotment-garden.org/garden-diary/6403/strawberries-by-the-kilo/

I usually have some strawberries in containers under cover for early crops and I would agree with his advice.  For the best results provide warmth, water and nutrients  :)

If you want to keep plants long term, you will need a few decent sized pots, but I find if you pot up runners and overwinter them in the greenhouse, they grow for a longer season and then fruit well the following year.  I  usually empty the containers out and start afresh with new runners, but I have limited greenhouse space so don't want permanent pots of them in there.  3 new plants per builders bucket is what I do and they are pushing each other out of the way by the next summer.
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Grow Your Own / Re: Garlic to grow now
« Last post by New shoot on Yesterday at 09:58 »
I bought this one last year and it did really well for me.  The bulbs supplied were a good size with plenty of cloves.  It got very little attention, just a bit of weeding and the odd scatter of fertiliser now and then.  I got a good crop of decent sized bulbs.  The cloves are a pretty good size as well.  I hate peeling fiddly little garlic cloves  :lol:

https://seedsofitaly.com/garlic-bianco-veneto-pre-order-for-autumn/

There is a picture of my crop in my diary here  :)

https://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=129333.msg1557216#msg1557216


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New Across The Site / Re: Equinox, Food Security, Gene Editing
« Last post by John on Yesterday at 08:40 »
I think the technology has huge promise but how it's used is the thing. And beware the unexpected consequence. 
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