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* Red Dahlia *

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Horse manure advice

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 21:51

I can get manure with shavings but was thinking about bringing some home when I poo pick the mix with spent compost for beans. How about tomatoes and tatties and courgettes.

Horse manure advice

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 23:31

I have access to lots of fresh manure from the stables, should I bag some and keep over winter to mix with spent compost for my French beans. 

what other veg could benefit from compost and horse manure?


will one winter in a bag be enough??

next years carrot

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 20:04

the perennials are fuschia, geyser, scabiosa, lythrum, coreopsis. Soon I will move the bread tray into my greenhouse, I'm just struggling for room as I keep planting!!! My dahlias I will lift after first frost then dry off and store in my conservatory till spring.

i love talking to real gardeners rather than just reading magazines!!!! 

next years carrot

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:14

It's addictive. I took cuttings about 8 weeks ago and they are all potted on into 9cm pots and in a bread tray to overwinter I hope. I have 40 lupin plants in the greenhouse potted on about 3 weeks ago. 


I have perennials just peaking thru the compost from seed. I also have 500 self collected pansy seeds and they are frantically growing to come out for winter interest.


except I have no idea what I'm going to do with my plants that I'm overwintering, replace losses maybe or put a stall at the end of the drive!? Never overwintered perennials in pots, so unsure if the foliage will die off or I should be trying to keep them going. 

next years carrot

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 18:45

Verdun your posts are always so intriguing. Are you a hobby gardener or is it a profession?

this year I saved some seed from a piccallo Tom but also bought 6 gardedead delight. Me being me I ended up with 6 delight and 6 piccallo filling my greenhouse. It was like a jungle so I kept taking out shoots and reducing leaves and they were forming brill trusses. But all green and not ripening. I moved the buckets out of my green plastic greenhouse and stood against the house wall and they were ripening within a week. 


My mum cursed me telling me that shouldn't be taking shoots and leaves off the g delights. Yet I got larger crops than her and the same on my piccallo vs the ones I gave her! So I still don't know if I was lucky or silly. It's was petersfield general purpose compost in a normal black bucket and I fed once a week after first fruit set.


shall I do that again next year or learn a different way to deal with tom's. I loved every minute of collecting the seed, splitting from pulp, drying, germination and then potting on 50 to keep and give away. Maybe I was lucky as again I could have easily collected duff seed!! 

next years carrot

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 23:16

Saying that my dad has routine and his carrots are dire this year and mine were fab. Sometimes stuff seems to just go right or wrong I am learning!!! Parsnips this year have not germinated well at all!!! Disappointing as I spent a little more on pelletted seed do I could space nicely at my farthers! 

anyone else have opinions on pelleteted seed???

Winter veg indoors and out!

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 23:13

Oh why does autumn come round so fast when I need to keep the veg bills down! I will miss my potterings after work!

next years carrot

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 23:26

I would say sand not fertiliser and sow direct and thin not toilet roll. I love the Nantes varieties and also I have tried Trevor and maestro. If you want a winter carrot I am trying giant flakk.


my carrots were dire year one in new soil so I'm not attempting it again in my bed. I have a seperate bed that has spent compost and sand mixed in to lighten soil and lower fertiliser as fertile soil promotes lots of top and smaller carrots I have been told. 

Winter veg indoors and out!

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 23:06

just desperate to utilise my space and save money on my veg bills!

Winter veg indoors and out!

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 22:15

Really?! I grew a brilliant climbing French bean this year called cobra, in a tug tub and canes! Tomato feed when they started to put beanS on. They are slowing now and I'm sad I love beans. Just not sure itho could grow them in the greenhouse/conservatory ! 

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