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Talkback: Growing your own Christmas dinner

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:56

Soft neck garlic, I plait and hang up in the kitchen; lasts until the next crop arrives; ditto with hard neck and elephant garlic, either tied up with string or stuck in a small vase.

Last summer, the last of the runner beans were pretty stringy, but I blanched and froze them. Last week I made them into soup; when cooked, blitzed them in the blender, then passed the puree through a 'mouli legume' (a hand mill for veg; about £12.00 and v, useful) this got rid of all the stringyness The soup was divine

Need advice on very small, boring garden!

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:46

Mike, I have heard quite a few elderly people say, 'Oh we can't be bothered with gardening; we've had the whole thing paved over'. They don't seem to realise that gardening would not only extend their lives, but extend the quality of their lives.

Fencing D, you do not say in the description that we forumatti can access, where you are in the UK (or indeed in the world). This could affect the choice of plants. The lovely old brick wall; is it quite short and is there an alley way beyond it? If so you may feel that for security and privacy you may want to put up some trellis there (not necessarily attached to the wall if it is fragile). Do you know the orientation of the garden? Does it face South?

Do you like a really modern style? That would work best in that space I feel. I suggest that you google small urban gardens and then come back to us for more advice once you have seen ways of dealing with the space that you really like.

Good luck with it, I'm sure it will look fabulous very soon

Daft thoughts

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:29

BB2

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:27

teatime smile

Tomato Feed - Yes or No

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:25

I agree with fidget; don't feed them 'till 1st truss is set. and that feed sounds ok.

Cheapish potato planting bags

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:24

If you live near a branch of The Range, they are selling (in King's Lynn branch anyway) ex large potato planting bags - 40x40x50cm (height) 2 bags reduced from £9.99 to £4.99 (though marked down on the packet to only £7.99) They are pretty large and have a velcro flap low down on one side so that you can rootle around for potatoes while they are still growing presumably.

Planting Advice

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 17:00

Please do not try to change the ph of the soil; you will be cruisin' for a bruisin' Much easier and more ecological to work with what you have, all serious gardening books advise this.

Daft thoughts

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:55

Edd, thank you for advice; I will be sticking a hair dryer up my nose later

About animals and language; I remember reading something a long long time ago (when pterodactyls flew over Hyde Park): a vet in Soho was able to recognise that a cat belonged to an Italian family because of the way it said meow! He then went on to say that all cats meowed in the accents of their owners.

I know my sister trained a friend's dog when she was about 17, in French, and that dog would only ever respond to French after that

Insurance cheque arrived, Polytunnel 2 , here we come.

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:17

Fidgetb, I saw that Keder at Ryton too, was very impressed; it looks smart and v. strong.

GArden design software, anyone used..

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:13

Seems like a good idea; specially since it's free Though personally I like the adventure of doing it all myself, I can see that it would be useful to some people.

Discussions started by artjak

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Just some pics that I took 
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