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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

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.

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