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My first year in the vegetable garden

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:51

I have read that you can eat the turnip tops - cook like spinach perhaps? The leaves have to be young and if you want, apparently, the best from the turnips; harvest when between golf and tennis ball size. I guess if you are using them in a stew, cooked for some time, they could be larger.

I want to just slice and steam for a short time, so will be harvesting them quite small.

...and then again there is a carpaccio of turnip; sliced wafer thin, raw, with a dressing

The Perfect Gentleman

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:42

I don't know the story behind this thread, but I certainly agree with the above comments; there are really good people on this site.

edible or interloper?

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:40

A colleague of mine grew up on a farm in Brittany and has, I think, pretty grim memories of spending every spare minute of her childhood picking stones up in the fields...and then the plough would bring more stones to the surface for next years pickings...

My bird feeders are placed where I can enjoy watching...

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:32

That looks a little like French Sorrel If it is that, it is very invasive. Both my bird feeders: Sunflower Kernals and Niger Seed are germinating like crazy after the birds drop the seeds on the ground - just after I sowed a load of flower seeds; Ammus Major and Orlaya Grandiflora. I can't identify anything as don't know what my seedlings are supposed to look like.

I did some research on this last year and ALL seeds for birds are supposed to have been sterilised! Well, quite obviously they aren't.

Are you feeding the birds a mixture of seeds? I have found that each species of bird will simply discard any seed that is not to it's taste. I have less of a problem, but still a problem, just feeding 2 types of seed in separate containers.

never grown carrots and carrot fly

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:20

KEF; excuse me if you already know this, but parsnip seed has a very short shelf life; that may be the cause of the germination problems.

Busy, you will still need some height around the bed. The carrot fly does not fly very high at all. I normally grow them in big high pots; one year I had to grow them quite low down in a very large grow bag, so I placed canes at each corner and tied polythene on to them to a height of 60 cm. It certainly worked.

Aquilegia photo album

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:10

Yarrow, please tell me the name of that blue one? I think it is just wonderful

I had an Aquilegia; dark, dead purple; a sort of Lucretia Borgia colour. I dug it up and gave it to a neighbour who loves it!

So it is lovely to discover all these very beautiful ones.

Just getting started and had several garden thefts

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:00

OOOOh Pilippa; STD meant Standard Trunk Dialling when I did those signs

ID help please

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:57

Philippa, you may not need a new computer; somewhere here there is a technical thread I think, or you could message the people that run the forum; they have access to technical help. It may just be that you need to change some settings on the Control Panel. (I usually just borrow a 16 year old)

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:41

Maureen, that is so brilliant. I am just about to PM you

Today it has been 'help for flooded seedlings' day. All the little plants for the Somerset flood appeal are now hardening off in gravel trays. We have had so much rain and hail here today that I am just about to go out for the 3rd time to empty the water out of the gravel trays and mainly into my shoes

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Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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Well, I never knew that!

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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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