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Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 10:36

What a great idea. Having 5 beds means that you can rotate your crops, which is brilliant. You could start by getting some seed potatoes in one bed, carrots, peas , it may be a little late to plant Broad Beans for this year, but you can plant Runner and French beans in a month or so.

I recommend first that you get a good veg book, I use 'The Vegetable and Herb Expert' by Dr. Hessayon. You often see it going cheap in Charity shops.

Then you can either buy your seeds on line or at a local shop, places like Wilkinsons do seeds pretty cheaply and so do Pound Shops. The seed packets will tell you when to plant and how deep.

You will need to water the seedlings, and read the seed packets first as some seeds need a lot of warmth (a sunny window sill and a seed tray) to germinate.

Good luck with it, and we are all here to advise

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:05

...and bark...

Eggs, and cooking with them

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:03

FG, did you know that The Fens are East of Moooooordooor?

Can you please help me identify this plant, x2 photos attached, thank you

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:58

looking close up at the joints, I would say it may be bamboo. Someone else here will tell you more

Found lots of rubble under grass

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:52

Nickola, is this house a new build?

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:49


Eggs, and cooking with them

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:35

Oh Lordy, I remember isinglass; it was in a bucket in the shed, and my father said 'that is how we preserve the eggs'. This would have been about 1954, so it was used long after the end of the 2nd World War.(also in the film Oklahoma, they sing about 'isinglass curtains you can roll right down in case there's a change in the weather')

Remember that most people would not have had refrigeration; though even now I don't keep eggs in the fridge, but I DO know when they are past their sell by date, which they would not have known then.

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:26


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:25

I didn't get even remotely interested in growing things until I was about 35. My father and my brother were keen and semi-professional gardeners (in that they wrote about it) and as a child I felt bullied into helping, but I loathed worms and other creepy crawlies. So the ONLY job I would do in the garden was trim the edges of the lawn with a long handled clipper. That kept me a safe distance from the 'nasties'.

Miserable Gypsophilla

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:05

I have a few gyp in the garden; they never appear till much later in the spring, rather like teenagers who don't get up till lunch time

Discussions started by artjak

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Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Rubbish really 
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Any suggestions welcome 
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Best crop ever 
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More good guys

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Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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How to empty a bin 
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