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Tips Aubergines/peppers Chillies

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 15:25

Yes.- You can also use Rhubarb leaves the same way and/or Wormwood. With wormwood wear gloves during preperation as it can cause skin allergy (Other name is Absinthe)

More Peas?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 15:22

We only ever eat our peas in salads as seems a waste to cook just a few mouthfuls. Normally we eat pods and all in September because so young and not likely to get much bigger. One of the reasons I grow Mangetouts now, but they really don't like late sowing. Wondered if I could try Early Variety like Onward to sneak a decent crop in.

New Potatoes

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 15:18

Well! - 23 diddy potatoes which made yummy mouthfuls last night.


Posted: 24/06/2015 at 16:49

Yes I have planted mine out in Squares so not only is there no need to stake as they help each other but I can plant tagetes around edge to distract slugs and tansy to act as a deterrent to cabbage white butterflies because it smells evil when you rub it between your hands. Tall Poppies seem to have distracted the butterflies at present, but of course they won't last long - Very pretty though.

Tips Aubergines/peppers Chillies

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 16:45

Do I have to limit number of peppers or aubergines fruiting to get decent sizes?

Just in passing on the subject of tomatoes - Tomato leaves make an excellent strong insecticide against ants/mosquitos/leek moths & cabbage white butterflies. Put trimmings in plastic bucket add 3 times their volume in rainwater, leave for several days (fermentation starts the 3rd day) Filter when nice and smelly and pour over the soil around brassicas/onion family and ant nests. Not only does this brew act as a deterrent, but it also encourages strong plant growth. You could just chuck the leaves on the compost, but I prefer to make a 'Brew' and recycle. The biodynamic way.

New Potatoes

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 16:35

Have felt lots of weird shapes with Ratte. Potato Salad tonight so will let you know what I find in pot! Just in passing I tip pot into wheelbarrow then once I have removed goodies, I tip spent compost (minus haulm which tends to sprout again if any tubers left by mistake) around spare areas in veg plot.

More Peas?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 16:32

Never crossed my mind that they would even sprout!! Thought they would have been sterelized. I assume that you don't know what type they were?


Posted: 24/06/2015 at 11:41

I always transplant my brassicas up to first leaf,  neighbouring gardener says earth them up regularly especially cabbages to encourage hearting. Ideas please.

More Peas?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 11:38

Just finished my first peas sown in March Petit Provencal. Absolutely stunning crop. I have Kelvedon Wonder podding up now and Mangetouts are just climbing frames. Can I get another crop in this Season and which one would you recommend for a decent yield. Packets say sow throughout May/June am I too late to pop in another?

New Potatoes

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 11:33

My pot grown Ratte & Amandine Potatoes have not flowered but have died back. How do I know when to harvest. Do I still water them? Pots feel nice and heavy.

Discussions started by biofreak


Earthing Up? 
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More Peas?

Can I get another crop in? 
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Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 16:54

New Potatoes

When to harvest 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 17:05

Tips Aubergines/peppers Chillies

First Time Grower 
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When are green gooseberries 'ready'? 
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How to Succeed 
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Slug deterrant? 
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Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 18:13

Lost Seed Order!!

Has anyone else lost their's in transit? 
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 12:28

Cucumber Frames

How do I make maximum Use of one? 
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 10:21

How to get rid of Gorse

Roadside problem 
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Last Post: 10/02/2015 at 11:35

Are Gardening Magazines Overseas related to UK?

Carol Klein & Alan Titchmarsh in France 
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Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 14:50

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

True or False? 
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Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 14:29

Moving gooseberries

Will sawfly move too? 
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Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 07:57

Swiss Chard

New veg to try? 
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Last Post: 18/01/2015 at 15:48

Biodynamic Gardening

Has anyone tried it? 
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Last Post: 24/02/2015 at 14:58
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