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Edible Plants / Re: No strawberries
« Last post by Vinlander on Today at 11:18:36 »
When I find undamaged bird netting isn't working the culprits usually turn out to be mice.

Cheers.

PS. My strawberries started well but now they are either small and hard or small and soggy (different varieties). I think the dry and hot weather is to blame (respectively). I hate watering strawberries with a hose because all the sweetness is on the outside of the fruit, but they are so few and so poor that I might have to.
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The Shed / Re: Touchy or what.
« Last post by galina on Today at 10:10:13 »
Let me get this right: somebody asks what you are planting, because they want to learn from an experienced gardener? - they look up to you for advice? - or just plain showing friendly interest?  And this is the response?  A confirmed case of 'Grumpy Old Man'?  Let's hope you''ll never need her help watering when you are on your hols.   :sunny:
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News / Summer solstice
« Last post by ancellsfarmer on Today at 07:22:37 »
Brilliant weather, overnight low of 3.7deg C!(http://www.crondallweather.co.uk/) Almost the last frost? or the FIRST of winter!
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Edible Plants / Re: No strawberries
« Last post by jennym on Yesterday at 21:23:47 »
You don't say what netting you're using, but I find debris netting the best. I secure two adjacent sides with cheap U pins, and put boards or bricks over the other 2 sides; these are the sides I pull up to pick from.
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Edible Plants / Re: No strawberries
« Last post by ancellsfarmer on Yesterday at 20:36:09 »
My raspberries are looking fine, had a couple of pickings already, but the strawberries - I just can't keep the birds out. I've pegged netting every foot around the bed, but still they are getting at the fruit somehow, so disappointing, I'm going to put the whole lot on the compost heap and go to Aldi if I want strawberries. Pah!
Tack your netting to a board so that the weight holds it to the ground. Assuming you can access on just one side, lightly bury the boards on the remaining sides. Roll up the unburied side to pick and then relay. Simples!
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Edible Plants / Re: No strawberries
« Last post by small on Yesterday at 14:59:10 »
My raspberries are looking fine, had a couple of pickings already, but the strawberries - I just can't keep the birds out. I've pegged netting every foot around the bed, but still they are getting at the fruit somehow, so disappointing, I'm going to put the whole lot on the compost heap and go to Aldi if I want strawberries. Pah!
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Recipes / Re: Blackcurrants
« Last post by AnnieD on June 20, 2018, 20:22:26 »
Thanks for all the suggestions  :icon_cheers:
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Edible Plants / Re: Tomatoes
« Last post by cambourne7 on June 20, 2018, 18:06:10 »
Thanks guys have shopped and cut back and uncovered some tomatoes :)

Just realised a small mistake which is that when i water the hanging baskets above the tomato plants there dripping onto the plants underneath so am just gerry rigging a carriet back under to catch the drips :)
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Edible Plants / Re: Bit of a shame
« Last post by cambourne7 on June 20, 2018, 18:03:14 »
Oh thanks good to know do i need to do anything with them or just thow into the freezer :)

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Edible Plants / No strawberries
« Last post by Borlotti on June 20, 2018, 17:56:27 »
Thought with all this sun and hot weather would have some strawberries, but no.  Picked some redcurrants to make jelly, what a pain that is.  Raspberries not too good either.  Found a few apples on one side of the Bramley apple tree which is good as thought it was having a rest this year after loads and loads last year.  Gooseberries doing well, and did some watering.  Plum tree looks ok, and the Coxs apple tree has apples on.
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