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spuds in ?

Posted: Yesterday 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.

Coffee in the garden

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:12

I have successfully used coffee grounds as a mulch on all plants that like acid conditions and even some that don't. I also add them to my compost.

Weighing fruit and veg harvest

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 19:15

I usually judge quantity of veg from my plot by how full the freezer is and whether I need to buy anything. I'm not sure I would photographs of some things, especially root crops as I have produced some funny looking stuff! All very tasty though.

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Does size matter?

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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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disappointing spuds

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tallish pond plant

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pea supports

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will my orchid flower again?

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chilli peppers

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getting started

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