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  Topic: Can I help pollination of sweetcorn
PeterEnglish

Replies: 13
Views: 8560

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:48 pm   Subject: Can I help pollination of sweetcorn
Organicgrowingpains' black spots sound very similar to mine. I put mine down to overcrowding, too much rain, and lack of August sunshine, but still managed to harvest about 10 decent cobs that year, i ...
  Topic: Will these potatoes grow?
PeterEnglish

Replies: 5
Views: 3539

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:45 pm   Subject: Will these potatoes grow?
Making rude mother-in-law jokes will probably get both of us banned from the forum, but do you still have that old newspaper? There appears to be an interesting article about 25 rattlesnakes in a buck ...
  Topic: Garden Diary for Ireland
PeterEnglish

Replies: 1
Views: 2127

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:52 pm   Subject: Garden Diary for Ireland
Most of us are now seriously behind owing to the effects of Verge's poteen recipe and Simonj's lethal Pickled Moroccan Greyhound Thingies in Bombay Relish. Lion poo doesn't work.

All I can remember ...
  Topic: Allotment spy
PeterEnglish

Replies: 1
Views: 2029

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:01 pm   Subject: Allotment spy
I've been thinking about this post for a few days now, and I hope this isn't going to turn into a rant, but the only conclusions I can draw from the allotment situation near me (in Meath) is that:

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  Topic: Will these potatoes grow?
PeterEnglish

Replies: 5
Views: 3539

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:58 pm   Subject: Will these potatoes grow?
If she'd given you the same seed potatoes in April, I'd have said yes, but this is not the time of year to be planting seed potatoes of dubious origin.

If you want to keep in with your mother-in-la ...
  Topic: Irish poteen recipe
PeterEnglish

Replies: 11
Views: 80734

PostForum: Recipe drop   Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:23 pm   Subject: Irish poteen recipe
I notice, incidentally, that Verge's poteen recipe has nearly 12,000 views whereas Simonj's Moroccan Beet Pickles has some serious catching up to do!
  Topic: Irish poteen recipe
PeterEnglish

Replies: 11
Views: 80734

PostForum: Recipe drop   Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:19 pm   Subject: Irish poteen recipe
Three stone of brown sugar?

Where would the average, impoverished, traditional Irish peasant have gotten the money for three stone of brown sugar? And how did they make it before cane sugar and mol ...
  Topic: Barbarcly hedonistic BBQ sauce with Carraway Greyhound
PeterEnglish

Replies: 5
Views: 7161

PostForum: Recipe drop   Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:19 pm   Subject: Barbarcly hedonistic BBQ sauce with Carraway Greyhound
I'm not sure I'll be trying your recipe - my Bombay Sapphire is locked away for special occasions - but I definitely agree about the Yorkshire Relish. It seems to have a much cleaner taste to it. That ...
  Topic: Requests for Irish weather-lore, please!
PeterEnglish

Replies: 7
Views: 14303

PostForum: Irish Wildlife, Irish Wild flowers and nature gardening.   Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:39 pm   Subject: Requests for Irish weather-lore, please!
This looks like it's going to be big science project - I'd better buy the kids a larger scrap book!

Artalis, many thanks. It will be interesting to see how these proverbs stand up to local study. M ...
  Topic: Requests for Irish weather-lore, please!
PeterEnglish

Replies: 7
Views: 14303

PostForum: Irish Wildlife, Irish Wild flowers and nature gardening.   Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:44 pm   Subject: Requests for Irish weather-lore, please!
Mountainyman; from my garden, I can't see a decent mountain unless I point my telescope at the Montes Haemus (about 370,000 km away, just next to the Mare Serenitatis). My bit of Meath is flat. Very f ...
  Topic: Need Suggestions of Slug and Rabbit proof plants
PeterEnglish

Replies: 7
Views: 13342

PostForum: Irish Weeds & Pests and Diseases of the garden.   Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:18 pm   Subject: Need Suggestions of Slug and Rabbit proof plants
I don't know much about Lithodora, but from what I've just Googled, it's a beautiful plant; those small and delicate flowers are lovely. It seems to be related to the Forget-Me-Not family, so it might ...
  Topic: Need advice from raspberry-growing, wine-making gardeners...
PeterEnglish

Replies: 14
Views: 7590

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:07 pm   Subject: Need advice from raspberry-growing, wine-making gardeners...
Thank you Dinahdabble!

I've made plenty of yoghurt by leaving a pan of cows' milk and organic Biopot on the Aga overnight. It never occurred to me that I could do interesting things with goats' mi ...
  Topic: Need Suggestions of Slug and Rabbit proof plants
PeterEnglish

Replies: 7
Views: 13342

PostForum: Irish Weeds & Pests and Diseases of the garden.   Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 5:27 pm   Subject: Need Suggestions of Slug and Rabbit proof plants
I've only just spotted this post so please excuse the late response. Carladoyle1979, my sympathies to you. My brother died three years ago, and it's still hard to come to terms with the loss.

Mr Ki ...
  Topic: Requests for Irish weather-lore, please!
PeterEnglish

Replies: 7
Views: 14303

PostForum: Irish Wildlife, Irish Wild flowers and nature gardening.   Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:23 pm   Subject: Requests for Irish weather-lore, please!
I was in the garden with the kids this morning. I pointed out the swallows and house martins flying high, and tried to bet the kids their week's pocket money that it would be a nice day. Unfortunately ...
  Topic: Cat!
PeterEnglish

Replies: 16
Views: 50226

PostForum: Irish Weeds & Pests and Diseases of the garden.   Posted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:28 pm   Subject: Cat!
As the owner of five cats, the only 100% guarantee is the "barrier method" - twiggy sticks, netting, chicken wire, cloches, etc. With my own cats, I always have a few sheltered patches of we ...
 
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