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Latest posts by artjak

How do you grow large garlic bulbs

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 17:49

treehugger, I have never heard of starting garlic off in modules! When do you do this?

I might try a few using this method

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 10:08

pansyf, yes 'Frog in the Hole' would be a good name for it. I haven't tried it, but am just about to do the rissotto. Do you want the Clafoutis recipe? It is from a brilliant book called Gorgeous Greens by Annie Bell.

Hello Star Gaze, I really liked Bressingham and it was just so lovely to see everyone.

blighty mam, you mentioned that your kitchen looked a bit bloody after pickling little Jack Russel appeared to have a bloody behind - I was worried, but on closer inspection she had sat on a black current


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 10:00

jo47, since it always grows in the same place, I had sort of assumed it is perennial.

It grows for me in very poor soil, shallow and very dry. Perhaps I should give it more of a sporting chance next time

How do you grow large garlic bulbs

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 09:57

cajary, I've also heard that about the cold weather...and vernalising is a new word for me, I looked it up and amongst other things it means to treat seed in a special way before planting, so shall def try the fridge idea.

Are garlic greedy feeders? I know onions need pretty good soil, perhaps it applies to all alliums.

How do you grow large garlic bulbs

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:42

I have been growing garlic for years; there are good years and there are bad years. The advice that I give myself is;

only grow from your own stock for 3 years, then buy in new cloves to plant.

I now only really grow elephant garlic (relative to a leek)

Plant in late October/ early November in healthy soil. Remove any flower buds in June (called scapes) and use them in stir fries or Pesto.

I have never fed garlic, just plant in good soil with home made compost and some organic chicken manure hoed in a couple of weeks prior to planting.

I don't always follow this advice, real life intervenes. My garlic does not always split into cloves, but it is still usable.


Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:32

My flax, (the seeds sort of fell into my hand a few years ago) has been very healthy for several years, but is dying back now, so will be saving seeds to sow again. The blue of the flowers is just stunning.

Making cement planter

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:28

Also youtube on Supatufa or just tufa...lots of instructive films with recipes.

Winter veg

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:24

I have just sown curly endive (does need blanching - that should be interesting) Kelvedon Wonder peas (ok for Autumn crop) went in about 10 days ago and are already sprouting, plus beetroot, lettuce, and a whole host of other stuff including Spring Onions, some cabbage seeds in the greenhouse, Winter Spinach, Turnips etc.

Depending on what part of the country you are in, I think one should aim for year round veg and that just needs a little research and some Horticultural Fleece.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:13

 The stars at the moment are hollyhocks. all sown from seed spring 2014. I'm not a big fan of red in the garden (too harsh for delicate English light I feel) but the 2nd pic is one vast h/hock plantation from one plant, growing in dry shallow soil, I have to kind of admire it.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:08

I'm thinking of using Sophie Grigson's Courgette Risotto recipe tomorrow. I also have a recipe for Courgette Clafoutis if anyone wants it.

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