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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 15:24

No and I chose a polythene covered one as high winds in the poplars nearby too great a risk to a glasshouse, the branches snap off all the time (I use them as bean and pea sticks) - Many moons ago I had a beautiful Alton Greenhouse in UK, Moved house and had to leave it behind as just could not dismantle it successfully. Did heat that with paraffin heater, but did not really benefit as out at work all the time and only got in it at w/ends. A waste really. I am really pleased with the poly covered ones here as green poly so shaded from Summer sun already and really sturdy frames plus bigger models readily available, much cheaper than UK. I paid the equivalent of £60 for 12ft x 6ft 18mths ago. New Covers £23

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 14:28

So glad it is supposed to warm up this week, desperate to get on outside if  the ground dries up enough. I'm interested to try sowing early peas in clumps of 5 instead of rows. Hoping I might find this a useful method of infilling between other crops that have not finished in time for me to sow fresh rows. No sign of peppers sprouting yet sown 14th Feb but all chillies/aubergines and toms now up in Kitchen. Greenhouse still only 12C - Daren't try anything in there yet, although Japanese Onions doing well in cold frame, and pot plants have over wintered well. Garden Centre starting Sales already - so off to get Bio seed compost/seaweed granules (for onions) and Ferramol this week.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 15:12

Great excitement - 1st Chilli up today plus ANOTHER aubergine! all from sowing 14th Feb, which is the earliest that I have ever tried. Glad nothing for me to do this weekend as exhibiting at Gastronomic Fair - Just spent all say making cookies/cakes and -yes-marmelade. - I tried the Lakeland one when I ran out last year. Lemon very good. Surprised about Seville Oranges, we seemed to have alot available this year. Opened 1st Jar of Violet Jam to add stickiness for almonds - Wonderful smell of Spring Flowers -JOY! - Looking forward to G/W and Monty tonight. Sun's just come out - going to walk Boots the Bengal and Dog. Wild Boar back in woods so will have to be careful as Hunting Season finishes this w/e and the wildlife gets braver. Saw 5 Roebuck this morning in back field. White rumps flashing as they sped over Meadow. So elegant.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 16:55

I thought it was supposed to be hardy?? I must admit, it tasted better after a frost like sprouts. - Re your fridge - Had you thought of popping over the border into France. We paid 495Euros last Autumn for a pretty good make at Darty- standard sort of price here.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 16:49

Orange (Seville of course! which I make with brown sugar only)/Orange and Ginger/Lemon and Lime/3 Fruit (Orange/Lemon/Lime). - Sell masses to the French - They always make theirs with sweet oranges or mandarines and wonder why it does not taste the same. As in UK, Seville oranges only available for a fortnight here, and then usually only available to the trade. As a patisserie I can get them fairly easily, but I am buying 50Kg at a time - so I'm a good customer in January!!! - Takes me a fortnight to boil the fruit down - then I freeze it and pull out a Kg at a time when I need it - add sugar and 20mins later it's all ready. Get 9 pots from each batch.

Just put greenhouse cover back on (new one has not turned up yet!) - Dreadful gales yesterday. Hope it improves. 1 more aubergine popped up this morning. Glad these seedlings are tucked up in the kitchen. Garlic doing really well in pots in greenhouse and parsley plus salads thriving. New Broccoli ready to eat. Tuscan Nero Kale going to seed - Tried eating seed heads - really tasty and stalks have re-sprouted - Have I found something new?

Miscanthus losing clumps?

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 16:41

Looked at all my Miscanthus today and don't think you have one - Sorry!!

Personal Profiles.

Posted: 02/03/2016 at 11:09

Hi HORTICO - I think that you are getting a really bad ride on this one. _ If you want more info and 'high minded' thoughts try my thread Gardening with the Moon - all biodynamic and serious commentators very very welcome.

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Posted: 02/03/2016 at 10:59

Obelixx - BioD Calender says avoid taking Willow Cuttings today 3rd March - Apparently it is to avoid too strong a sap current. Next date recommended 16th-18th March, Good luck! 2nd Water Melon sprouted plus tiny little aubergine popped it's head up this morning whilst I was making marmelade. Have split my seed packets up too, don't need to buy many this year, but temptation always there!! UK visitor gave me big assorted pack of bulbs last w/e - Great excitement - I love presys like this!

Miscanthus losing clumps?

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 16:48

Not sure this is Miscanthus, because mine has died back as usual and the straw like clumps left in place for creepy crawlies to hide under for the rest of the Winter. Anyone else know what this might be??

Personal Profiles.

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 16:43

I think if you are interested in joining the Forum with regard to any aspect of gardening  whatsoever, it just shows that you love the subject and it does not matter if you know or don't know anything. we are just a great 'melting pot' of folk who have an allegiance to nature.

Happy Gardening.

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