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  Topic: How are your tomatoes doing? 2017
tippben

Replies: 45
Views: 28912

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:55 pm   Subject: How are your tomatoes doing? 2017
Tumblers in baskets doing ok, ones in polytunnel slower. No blight yet, touch wood.
  Topic: Storing curly kale
tippben

Replies: 6
Views: 4969

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:06 am   Subject: Storing curly kale
If you've a glut, try to blanch and freeze a little, then defrost and see what happens. That way, if it doesn't work, you haven't wasted too much. I also just leave mine on the plant until needed. ...
  Topic: Garden Makeover- absolute beginner
tippben

Replies: 5
Views: 4763

PostForum: Landscaping / Gardening Ireland, Overall discussion & Garden related News.   Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:40 am   Subject: Garden Makeover- absolute beginner
Yes, you could construct "French Drains" essentially a 2' deep trench with the bottom half filled with roadstone chippings. You do a herringbone pattern of side trenches to feed the main cha ...
  Topic: Broad bean question.
tippben

Replies: 16
Views: 12735

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:53 pm   Subject: Broad bean question.
Banana skin effect? Could it be that you've left the beans to get too mature, and the skins are starting to harden off? If so, you can dry the ripe beans and either use them as "fava beans" ...
  Topic: Productive Hedge
tippben

Replies: 8
Views: 6246

PostForum: Shrubs in Ireland ... Hedging in Ireland   Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:18 am   Subject: Productive Hedge
Make a fence 4' highwith wires spaced 8" apart. This will give you a Small gap at the bottom and four courses of wire. Then plant either a thornless Blackberry, a Tayberry, a Loganberry, Boysen ...
  Topic: Cats and Gardening
tippben

Replies: 14
Views: 9831

PostForum: Landscaping / Gardening Ireland, Overall discussion & Garden related News.   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:15 pm   Subject: Cats and Gardening
I have four cats. The only problem is, as you say, that they poo in my raised beds. Then they scratch it up. What I've done is made wooden frames covered with chicken wire. This protects new sowin ...
  Topic: Hummingbird Hawk Moth.
tippben

Replies: 2
Views: 3165

PostForum: Irish Wildlife, Irish Wild flowers and nature gardening.   Posted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:49 pm   Subject: Hummingbird Hawk Moth.
I saw one yesterday in my North Tipp garden, feeding on Scabious and Nicotinia. Anybody else see any yet? It'd be interesting to find out the most northerly sighting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki ...
  Topic: Privacy planting ideas
tippben

Replies: 16
Views: 11267

PostForum: Garden planning, prep and landscape design in Ireland   Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:42 pm   Subject: Privacy planting ideas
Willow could be great. You could weave a living two dimensional hedge in different bark colours for winter interest, as long as you prune regularly, and it's not near your house, drains etc.

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  Topic: Grass Identification
tippben

Replies: 6
Views: 4960

PostForum: Garden Photo gallery & Plant Identification area   Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:33 pm   Subject: Grass Identification
I "think" Yorkshire Fog, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holcus_lanatus I'm not great on grasses though.
  Topic: Horse manure in bags?
tippben

Replies: 5
Views: 4039

PostForum: Organic gardening in Ireland / Alternative and Sustainable Gardening practices   Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:03 pm   Subject: Horse manure in bags?
My neighbour is looking after a sick pony. As a result, I have access to lots of fresh, unadulterated poo. I've added some to my compost heap, but have no spare space for a manure heap. If I kept i ...
  Topic: Anyone any thoughts on using wind screen protection?
tippben

Replies: 20
Views: 12323

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:32 pm   Subject: Anyone any thoughts on using wind screen protection?
I know this derailing the thread a bit, but after clicking Blowin's link, I've a question. I coppice Hazel each year for pea sticks and poles. Then they provide kindling for the fire in the winter. ...
  Topic: Hardly a weed in sight
tippben

Replies: 9
Views: 5686

PostForum: Garden planning, prep and landscape design in Ireland   Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:47 am   Subject: Hardly a weed in sight
Hmm. I'm not convinced by them. I've used them on gravel drives and found them fairly ineffective. I was using it properly (giving the weeds a quick blast, then waiting for them to wilt, then hitti ...
  Topic: Crab apple advice?
tippben

Replies: 9
Views: 6622

PostForum: Irish Trees & other trees grown in Ireland   Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:57 pm   Subject: Crab apple advice?
I can't really see the split bark areas clearly enough to diagnose the problem (if any), but the verticals look like "water shoots". These are a stress response, usually to hard pruning, bu ...
  Topic: weeping willow tree
tippben

Replies: 17
Views: 13146

PostForum: Irish Trees & other trees grown in Ireland   Posted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:29 pm   Subject: weeping willow tree
Weeping willows grow absolutely fine in Ireland, provided that they are planted in a reasonably damp site - the wetter the better! The variety you are most likely to find is Salix sepulcralis, but th ...
  Topic: Grow lights
tippben

Replies: 5
Views: 4071

PostForum: Vegetable growing, fruit and allotments in Ireland   Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:10 am   Subject: Grow lights
I meant simulated daylight radiation.
 
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