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Talkback: Growing your own Christmas dinner

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:57

Been growing  our own veg at Christmas for nearly 40 years. (And for much of the rest of the year too!).

What is this ornamental tree please?

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:55

Definitely one of the Malus persuasion. Only a few hundred to choose from!

Initial Seed Planting & Potting Up

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 17:53

And there is a danger that the compost which is not in use by the plants roots becomes waterlogged.

What perennials are ŷou currently obsessed about for next year?

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 19:54

For Heleniums look here


I intend getting more Geums if I can.


Posted: 20/12/2013 at 12:32

Sorry, was in a hurry.

Plant the leeks in a hole as described above. Then as the stem elongates out of the soil wrap cardboard round the stem and pile earth round it. That way you get the length of stem below ground and in the cardboard to be blanched and reasonably soil free.

OR. Plant the leeks as you would any plant and put a cardboard tube round and earth up. Keep adding cardboard tubes as the plant elongates until it is as long as you want it to be.

Not that easy to describe in words. Bet there is a Video of doing in somewhere on the Interweb thingy.


Posted: 19/12/2013 at 21:04

It all depends on how big a leek stem you want. Dibber and hole method produces a reasonable length, but Dibber, hole and cardboard tube produces a huge length of Leek, if that is what you want.


Posted: 16/12/2013 at 20:25

Bosch electric one. Found them very good. Chain sharpening is done with a round file, same file for the last 8 years, no trouble. Mechanic friend uses a Dremel Hobby thing to sharpen his. Not sure how though.

Daft thing, having a blade sharpened at the Hardware place is more expensive than buying a new blade.



Posted: 16/12/2013 at 12:04

Depends on how big ones garden is. The battery Vac best kind lasts about 20 minutes before needing charging. Not a lot of use on our half mile or so of paths. Ditto strimmers.



Posted: 16/12/2013 at 10:27

Well, we stripped the Shredder and the piece which has broken is not the expensive spiral cutter, but a piece which scrapes the base plate and pushes the cuttings out of the machine. £20 as opposed to £81 or £365 plus.

Sent for one and then we shall see if we can fit it all back together.

The leaf blower has a problem with the carb. so if I can find out the make of the blower I may well be able to buy the piece for that too.

Again better than well over £100 for something I use very rarely in Autumn.

Tete a tete daffodils in small pots from the garden centre

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 08:51

In a pot it does not matter about the deep planting and if you do not want them to last then even more so. You can replant them after flowering when you clear the container. Give them a good feed and then you will eventually get flowers on them in the garden.

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