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Growing onions with Simon

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 17:05

Another great video Simon, I have grown onions from seed Bedfordshire champion and also from sets Sturon and Red Baron, I found that the seed sow onion were much better than the sets as they had less instances of mildew and didn't bolt so readily. Last summer in the midlands wasn't great for onions as although it was very hot and dry which lead to bolting we then had a couple of periods of wet humid conditions which seemed to come at just the wrong time for the onions when they really needed to mature in dry weather. I planted two rows of overwintering onions last autumn and as I had some leftover I potted them up as you have shown just in case I had any failures of the ground planted ones. Both the ones planted out in the ground grew well and I have just planted the 18 pot planted ones into the ground together with the two rows planted in September.

I have bought sets for this year Sturon again and Stuttgart Giant which I will be planting into the plot in the next couple of weeks.

Regards barry.

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 11:49

Them "could I ask you who presently supplies your energy"? Me "yes that would be big John he comes around on his moped once a week, oh! you said energy, that would be British gas." Them "could I ask why you chose British gas"? Me "well I was looking for someone to supply me with gas and I live in Britain so they seemed to fit the bill." Them “ if I said that we could supply energy cheaper how would you feel"?  Me "I would feel the same but I would be getting my energy cheaper." Them "would you like to switch your energy supplier to us"? Me "no but can I ask who currently supplies your sarcasm and rejection because if you were to combine those two I could supply them both for the same price"? He hung up.

help please

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 17:54

Hi Brenda I haven't ever used raised beds but if I was I would use topsoil enriched with manure or compost I wouldn't think that the compost that local authorities provide would be ideal on its own for growing veg in as for one thing it would tend to dry out too quickly and I would imagine that it will not be top quality and hold quite a bit of woody material.

Greenhouse Preparation Advice

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 17:48

Hi Ben I have been growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in a greenhouse for two years now, I grow directly into the soil which I enrich with shop bought bags of manure which is mixed with mushroom compost. I don't use grow bags because my greenhouse is on an allotment and I fear that the bags might dry out if I can't get to my plot every day, the tomato roots go deep into the soil so I can miss watering the plants for a few days if the temperature isn't too hot. As the soil in the greenhouse is under cover the soil does get dry apart from around the edges, I was there today digging the greenhouse borders and the top of the soil was dry but moist deep down. This year I intend to try growing my greenhouse crops in bottomless pots which I will fill with grow bag compost this could give me the best of both worlds in grow bag compost and the roots can get deep into the soil for the water. 

Bell Pepper problems

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 17:31

I grew peppers last year for the first time and I too had this problem, one of the varieties was California Wonder.

Bindweed Roots

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:52

But if the roots are laying on the top you might as well remove them they will come up easily then there will be less to spray, the spray won't kill all the roots in one go so the more that you remove the quicker the job will be done in the long run. Obviously if removing the roots results in lots of broken roots then leave them where they are but in my experience the roots laying on the surface should lift out quite easily. good luck.

Bindweed Roots

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:27

Dig the roots out and compost them in a container in complete darkness it might take a couple of years to kill the roots completly but they will die eventually. When the remaining roots come into leaf apply glyphosate as recommended.

Composting in the tropics

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:29

Wouldn't the tropics have loads of bugs and beetles composting dead and dying vegetation all the time it's a nature thing.

Aluminium posts

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:13

There are more pathogens in the soil and compost it's a wonder man has survived for so long.

big allotment challenge

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 11:06

What a great bunch they were this year the little Chinese woman who used to dash into every challenge full of enthusiasm, and the slightly punk lady painter and decorator, wasn't the lady who burnt her jam from Sheffield too?

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