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  Topic: What's killing our chooks?
sunnybankvines

Replies: 9
Views: 7453
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Mon May 19, 14 8:59 am   Subject: What's killing our chooks?
polecats - we have had local friends who have fallen prey to these ...
  Topic: Asprin for blight
sunnybankvines

Replies: 5
Views: 3010
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon May 19, 14 8:57 am   Subject: Asprin for blight
diluted milk has been proven to be effective against powdery mildew on grape vines too
  Topic: hen won't stop pecking her toes, please help
sunnybankvines

Replies: 11
Views: 4678
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Thu May 08, 14 8:38 am   Subject: hen won't stop pecking her toes, please help
she is / was a warren / isa hybrid moggy type hen. Actually I think we have been v fortunate - as this batch of 6 we have only had this first death and no problems to date - and that is 2.5 years - wh ...
  Topic: Greenhouse gap to fill?
sunnybankvines

Replies: 8
Views: 2726
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu May 08, 14 7:59 am   Subject: Greenhouse gap to fill?
how about peppers or aubergines ? taste nice with the toms
I grow a swiss chard in a greenhouse v successfully - a nice change from brassicas early in the season - but grow the white stemmed ones ...
  Topic: hen won't stop pecking her toes, please help
sunnybankvines

Replies: 11
Views: 4678
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Thu May 08, 14 7:26 am   Subject: hen won't stop pecking her toes, please help
She died in the night last night - thank-you for all your help.
RIP Constance and thank-you for your eggs - I hope your 'sisters' don't get what you had.
  Topic: hen won't stop pecking her toes, please help
sunnybankvines

Replies: 11
Views: 4678
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Wed May 07, 14 3:46 pm   Subject: hen won't stop pecking her toes, please help
no - no mites - and v healthy looking legs/feet otherwise.
I will try Vaseline - as it can't do any harm as you say. Thank-you !
  Topic: hen won't stop pecking her toes, please help
sunnybankvines

Replies: 11
Views: 4678
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Wed May 07, 14 2:45 pm   Subject: hen won't stop pecking her toes, please help
I have got a sorry hen with the same symptoms.
She s pecking at her toes at the join of her toes with the nails.
She doesn't have any raised scales on her legs (mites), and no sign of underfoot swel ...
  Topic: callousing cuttings v useful technique
sunnybankvines

Replies: 2
Views: 1735
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Feb 21, 14 2:47 pm   Subject: callousing cuttings v useful technique
yes - main thing is keeping the tops cools so they don't push shoots. Or you could just put pots in the propagator with vermiculite and compost and root with bottom heat - with the lid off. Not quite ...
  Topic: callousing cuttings v useful technique
sunnybankvines

Replies: 2
Views: 1735
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Feb 21, 14 2:10 pm   Subject: callousing cuttings v useful technique
Hi, something I had read about but not tried before.
When you want to root hard wood cuttings - in this case grape vine cuttings try callousing them first before planting.
A bit like pre-chitting s ...
  Topic: Wrought iron gate maker?
sunnybankvines

Replies: 5
Views: 3324
PostForum: Trading Post   Posted: Sun Aug 04, 13 2:31 pm   Subject: Wrought iron gate maker?
or a bit further away in Pontrilas ( between Abergavenny and Hereford)
http://www.peterdowney.co.uk/blacksmith.html
  Topic: Thinning grapes?
sunnybankvines

Replies: 5
Views: 2605
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Aug 04, 13 2:28 pm   Subject: Thinning grapes?
I have never tried to thin them - as more of the varieties in the greenhouse are nice loose bunches. And some of them in the polytunnels have such tight bunches I wouldn't risk damaging the fruit that ...
  Topic: Plums
sunnybankvines

Replies: 48
Views: 15790
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Aug 04, 13 2:23 pm   Subject: Plums
yes our big Herman tree is dripping ripe fruit too - and the smaller one too. Been picking for about 5 days now...
and it is a great non cling to the stone early plum - that is not as early as Methle ...
  Topic: Swiss chard or spinach?
sunnybankvines

Replies: 19
Views: 5520
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Jul 26, 13 10:27 am   Subject: Swiss chard or spinach?
chard - the white stalked varieties - I find the 'rainbow' has rather musty flavour in comparison.
I find it seeds itself like mad .... small leaves good in salads too..
Gratin - onion , garlic , cr ...
  Topic: Cheap ale
sunnybankvines

Replies: 2
Views: 40722
PostForum: Seasonal and Frugal Shopping   Posted: Tue Jun 04, 13 6:16 pm   Subject: Cheap ale
and Brakspears for 99p !
  Topic: Rabbit control
sunnybankvines

Replies: 17
Views: 3696
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Jun 02, 13 9:30 am   Subject: Rabbit control
our chief pest controller Belinda the cat would enjoy it for Sunday lunch !!!
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