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Message from Mike

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:05

Best wishes to Mrs Fishy and Mike, thank you Amanda and Fishy for relaying messages.

Talkback: How to grow rockets leaves from seed

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:01

Rob, I sow Rocket directly into the ground, sprinkle a few slug pellets; a little water and then let them get on with it. This seems to work, I don't bother with seed trays.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:56

Lovely morning bump

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:55

Philippa, is Andrew the person running the plant creche? Could you pm me with his details please?

veg

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 19:21

Do you mean Purple Sprouting Broccoli? Or Purple Brussell Sprouts? Either way, they are both prone to attack by pigeons and snails. I have just planted out mine, after hardening them off by having them out during the day and in at night for a few days. I have sprinkled slug pellets around and covered them with netting (to also protect against the cabbage white butterfly whose caterpillars can eat a small plant pretty fast.

All this may make you think it is not worth it, but these precautions don't take long to put in place and the results will be delicious veg up till Christmas and beyond.

Both the plants mentioned above grow quite large and may need staking in a pot.

What plant is growing in my garden?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 19:14

For quick, bright colour, you could plant some Nasturtium seeds. There are some very colourful mixtures in the shops (Lidl has very cheap seeds), the earth is warm enough for them to germinate quite fast now.

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 19:07

Tuesday bump. I can't wait to take all these plants down to Somerset; hopefully will be going in 2 weeks time.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 19:00

Some of my plants, I don't know the precise name, but I think that is ok

Lidl Compost

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 19:02

Everyone who has had problems with this product, please complain to your local Health and Safety Dept or you Council.  Lidl should have checked every batch of everything that they sell, as should other large supermarkets. If there is a petro-chemical smell coming from this batch of compost, chances are that it is petro-chemical contamination.

It may be a good idea to keep some of this compost back in a sealed plastic tub, after returning the rest, in case Health and Safety wish to analyse it. Sorry to sound so serious, but it IS serious; you are about to grow veg for your families in this growing medium - it has to be safe!

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

Discussions started by artjak

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Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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