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Parsnip Failure.

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 19:31

I sow Hollow Crown, Kings Seeds. They germinate pretty well.

Mice in the compost bin

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 20:22

We have always had mice in our compost at home and at the allotment. The only problem is the shock they give me when I disturb the heap. My husband did try humane traps but quickly got fed up. It seems that for every one caught there were more waiting to take their place!

spuds in ?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 19:21

Here in the NE we have had a week of frosts again so the ground will be far too cold. This year Easter is quite early so I will be planting sometime that weekend. I will be covering the bed with fleece just in case.

First Pickings 2015

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:06

Up here in the NE it has been dull and overcast for months so the early carrots I usually get from the polytunnel just aren't growing. Seems to have been a long winter but spring can't be fer away.

Does size matter?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 15:38

Thanks for the comments; I will experiment. Sorry for taking so long to reply.


Posted: 15/02/2015 at 18:59

All methods of composting will create liquid. If it isn't drained you can end up with a soggy smelly mess. Draining it onto a patio would be messy. I believe wormerys create liquid but have a facility to drain it off to be used as plant food

Plants to edge a bed to scare cats off

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 18:50

I have spent a fortune on cat deterrents over the years. Most scent off stuff including jeyes fluid needs regular applications. I did buy an electronic scarer but it doesn't have 360 degree coverage and the cats soon figure out how to get around it.

Does size matter?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 18:39

Anyone know if there is a minimum size for seed potatoes and does the size affect yield?


Posted: 03/02/2015 at 19:37

pH 7 is neutral. Most veg need a more alkaline soil. As Verdun says an addition of lime usually does the trick. B&Q sell it in autumn but I'm not sure about now.

Tomatoes and cucumbers

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:20

Just go for it. I did  in my polytunnel which doesn't get full sun all day. I grow toms on one side and cucumbers on the other (rotating each year) and have had reasonable crops of both.

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feeling smug

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not easy being wildlife friendly!

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tomato recommendations

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scabby potatoes

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sacrilege or what?

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will my orchid flower again?

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getting started

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