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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 ! 

Winter veg indoors and out!

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 21:50

My favourite veg is green beans (French) has anyone grown the dwarf ones in buckets over winter???

Winter veg indoors and out!

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:58

what do people grow through the winter. My raised bed is full now with winter carrots, cauliflower and cabbage. What could I grow in my plastic greenhouse (5ftx3ft) and an unheated conservatory??

Lets share ideas, recipes, and advice.

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 22:27

Sorry for delay in updating, been busy freezing goodies!!  Also making chocolate courgette cake, spiced apple sauce, tomato bread, sticky plum flapjack. Nom nom nom!!!!

Raspberries being shredded

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 19:01

My raspberries are being shredded there are caterpillars all over and the leaves just have the main veins left. They have fruited but will this Hurt the plant for next yr??

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