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  1. Diesel currently 120.9/L around here.
  2. I know you have posted about this before Lauren, but it's clearly very frustrating. Do you have a good garden centre near you? Somewhere like a Wyevale who have trained horticulturists. If you take an affected plant along they will help identify the culprit and offer a possible solution. I have done this once, and they were very helpful.
  3. I think some zoos will give it for free. Marwell near Winchester used to. Very smelly apparently, but makes fantastic manure.
  4. Just had the first strawberries a couple of days ago. Delicious. Asparagus going well and stuff in the garden generally taking off. Sweet corn up. Trying the mini sweetcorn this year as they are meant to be good in stir fries. Pak choi ready for picking. A fantastic veg that grows so quickly, seed to finished plant in 6 weeks. Gerkin decided to develop wilt just after planting out, but fortunately I kept a spare. Current one looking healthy with 2 baby gerkins. We pickle ours and use some as fresh cucumber.
  5. Saw my first hornet a couple of days ago. That seems very early. Mayflower (hawthorn) still not fully out which is very late for these parts. Saw a magpie dive into a hedge and emerge with 2 sky blue eggs in its beak. It promptly ate one and dropped the second when it spotted me. By the time I got downstairs to inspect the dropped egg, it had gone. Guessing it may have been a robin's egg.
  6. It is still very light here at 9pm, and there is still light in the sky at 10pm, enough to be able to find your way around if in an unlit area. Should be lovely light evenings until at least 9pm for the next 2 months now. Great vidoes WH, thanks for posting.
  7. Very nice selection TM. What are you growing in the middle pots, celery or coriander, or perhaps somethign else? Are those leeks or onions in the lower right corner?My strawberries in thepolytunnel are turning red, so I'm hoping to have a few by the weekend. Seems incongruous have red strawberries and potential frosts.
  8. I don't count mine, but I always seem to get more than I thought I would, and they often seem very close to each other. Maybe each seed does produce 2 seedlings?
  9. Took a bit of a chance last night and didn't cover frost-sensitive plants. Low was 2.1C at around 4am, so got away with it! Going out for some grass cutting now before the rains come tomorrow.
  10. Sounds like you are doing everything right, so a bit of a mystery. I do find spring onions difficult and mine will germinate and stay small for ages, but they do eventually grow properly. Are you being impatient? The only time I find stuff like leafy salad and rocket grows slowly is when it is too hot. Not necessarily too dry, just hot and too much sun. A tip for coriander is to semi-crush the seed in a pastel and mortar before planting. Improves the germination rate and the final yield.
  11. HC john Innes compost should be fine. I've grown tons of tomatoes in it. I am at a bit of a loss as to why your toms are struggling.
  12. They are rather formidable looking. I don't think I've ever found a snail that large in my garden here. Let's hope the extra copper helps. Good luck!
  13. Could it be the compost? Have you sucessfully grown other seedlings in it this year?
  14. I'm not a tomato expert, but I do grow them every year. It sounds like yours are too cold. Considering you live in Scotland, they should really be either inside or in a greenhouse or polytunnel. I keep mine inside the house until they look big and strong in 3 inch pots - about 6 inches tall I guess. Only then do I put them into the polytunnel. Your porch maybe sheltered but I expect it is too cold. You could always try bringing them indoors onto a sunny windowsill for a week or so.
  15. Rise in oil prices not yet come through to heating oil, but price at the pumps is slowly edging upwards, just a penny every week or so. Prices at the pumps now about 4p/L higher than their minimum.
  16. I ordered them online from Thompson & Morgan. They are modern varieties that blossom later than the older types. I did have an 'Early Moor Park' local variety which used to flower in January. Not a thing from that, even in the run of mild winters, and it got killed off by the intense cold of Dec 2010. I know one variety I have is Flavorcot, but I can't remeber the name of the other tree.
  17. Planted out my tomatoes yesterday in the polytunnel. A couple were a touch frost bitten despite newpaper protection. A close inspection of my 2 apricot trees revealed 3 good fruitlets on one tree, and at least a dozen on the second. Could this be the year I actually get an apricot? Peppers and chillis out today, along with melon, squash and gherkin. Parsnips have done well, 16/18 have germinated on the first attempt. A total of 52 asparagus should be ready to cut this week. Mmmm. They are really thick spears too, so they have responded well to the consecutive years of heavy manuring.
  18. Maybe 30mm is too narrow. If you still have some copper left perhaps make the lower band wider. If they are large snails they will easily span 30mm. HC pleased to read you may have some damson fruitlets. Fingers crossed on the greenfly front.
  19. The amount of news coverage that will be given over to the latest royal birth. I have no objection to the birth being reported, but it's the incessant hypothetical speculations that accompany it that annoy me. And yes AJ, insomnia is a pain in the proverbial. I finally went to sleep at 4am last night, and that lasted until 5.24am. One of my worst nights.
  20. Are slugs and snails more of a town/city probelm? I used to live in Southampton and had a lot of issues with slugs in particular. For the past 16 years I've been living in the countryside surrounded by fields and to date have never had a problem with slugs or snails. In the warmer evenings, the grass is often littered with slugs, yet they do not attack any of the flowers, shrubs or veg, including yummy stuff like lettuce. Generally, we don't suffer with green or blackfly either. It's remarkably pest free. Surrounding fields are organically farmed (beef cattle) so it's not due to local pesticide use.
  21. There seems to be an uptick in quake severity in the past 8-9 hours or so. A few 6+ in Papua NG. http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com
  22. Of course, you guys had snow! Here it dropped to -2.7C during the night, and was below freezing from virtually midnight onwards. That's a lot of frost so not sure how the tree fruits have taken it. The stuff I covered seem OK, so I'll be doing the same tonight.
  23. Leave them be, the frost will have them. We have fruitlets set now and in their vulnerable phase. If we do get a -3 or -4C type frost most of those will be killled off. Will be out this evening and Monday evening to put fleece and newspaper over asparagus, potatoes, and tomatoes. Toms are easy as they are in polytunnel, asparagus and spuds are outside and so I need to secure the fleece or it will be blown away.
  24. I for one, and I think most gardeners will be with me on this one, am not hoping to see the very cold frosty weather that the models are predicting for the end of April. I'd be ecstatic if it was Dec to Feb, but not now when so much is out in the garden, the trees are in blossom and the animals have their young.
  25. How's your damson Hairy Celt? Mine are well into blossom now and fruitlets setting nicely. Providing there is no late severe frost, it should be a good year I think. Asparagus poked their noses through the manure today - 11 for starters. Can barely wait. I have two beds of asapargus (2 m long each), and they give us about 300 spears in a season. Lettuce ready for cutting and strawberries coming along nicely now, quite a few fruits in evidence and tons of flowers. My pollination attempts on the peach this year are looking distinctly iffy - haven't seen anything that looks like a set yet.
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