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Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:29

Ah - I thought it was strange as when I check my 'posts' comments are there but no email notification. I would love to answer threads sooner and I do look at my emails every day after I have finished in the office just to unwind. Please contact me!!!!

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:22

How about running a thread on whether any sayings or tips and wrinkles that seem really strange  work. We all know 'Red Sky at Night Shepherd's Delight etc' is normally accurate. Also gardening tips could be here based on companion planting. I know I go on about the French methods but they do have some interesting ideas like letting tomatos climb round runner beans - Brilliant crops from both every year and saves so much space.

Can't find any threads on the Forums relating to tips and wrinkles - Let's start one.

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:11

Just felt that I had to write and say that I picked up my Lunar Calender 2015 today and there is a brilliant article on Bio dynamic Gardening methods, which makes the whole thing so easy and down to earth. Not weird at all and incredibly likely to succeed. If anyone is interested I can explain the basic principals. Definately giving it a go now as ties in beautifully with Lunar Gardening.

Sprouting Broccoli

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:05

I don't touch the leathery bottom leaves, but the smaller one's make great stir fries. Picked my first sproting broccoli today - Never been this early, normally March. Perhaps I have done something right for once!

Regular contributers.

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:02

Oh dear - If we can't compare notes where would we be?? Living abroad I find the Forum a joy to mix with like minded folks. I hate computers, but have to admit to loving using this link to Gardeners everywhere.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 15:59

Just picked some spring onions and celery from the Potager - Still can't believe we are still eating salads. beetroot finished now apart from odd feeble leaf. Otherwise just admired spring growth. Hope it's dry tomorrow, weeds everywhere!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 15:55

Hi, Just had quick stomp round garden after hard frost this morning turning as usual this week to pouring rain. Picked first broccoli, noted penstemons still flowering and bulbs appearing everywhere. Still munching our way through outdoor spring onions and celery in potager. Joy of joys picked up 2015 Lunar Calender this morning and they have added a section explaining bio dynamic gardening cycles in suc detail that I am throwing caution aside and giving it a go. If any of you would like to know more about this, I can continue under the biodynamic gardening thread on the Forum and/or explain more here for Lunar followers.Getting my head around exact details which are basically quite simple (I think!!??) tomorrow.

Herewith Lunar Calender 17th - 27th January.

17th Jan - Leaf Day Prepare Asparagus Bed very 80cm make trenches 40cm wide and 25cm deep.

18/19/20th Jan - Fruit Days Place newspaper on bottom of plastic cases used normally to carry flower pots  to add insulation and sow aubergines/chillies and peppers. Water lightly and cover with glass lid if possible as opposed to plastic (Glass warms up better early in the season and allows maximum light through) Turn lids over every day to avoid condensation.

21 Jan - Root Day No gardening after 4pm but in cold frame or under cloches before this hour sow leeks in lines 15cm apart for harvesting June/July.

22/23 Jan - Flower Days Lining flower pot plastic boxes again with newspaper sow begonia semperflorens/geraniums and marigolds. Do not cover the begonia seeds but keep them damp. Under heat sow cauliflowers.

24/25/26 Jan - Leaf Days Do not garden before 4.25pm on 25th otherwise under heat sow lettuce and summer cabbage. All these can be put in cucumber frame once they have formed 2/3 leaves to plant out at the beginning of April for harvesting June/July. Cover Spinach/Winter Lettuce and Lambs Lettuce with fleece to protect against cold.

Go out and buy round as opposed to wrinkled peas NOW as on 27th in all regions sowing peas outside is recommended. Just forewarning you.

Don't forget to let me know if you would like me to explain the bio dynamic Calender details to start as from 1st Feb.

Happy Gardening


Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 13:49

Yes t'is me! Having proved that the moon method works and having read BioD Calender and accompanying booklet this morning, it does all seem similar to the Lunar Calender Gardening but taking into account stages of moon's path through the constellations. Holding down a 'real' job and getting to grips with this leaves me sticking with the Lunar Method as it refers to that all the time. I am tempted though particularly as obelixx has had success. I would love Gardeners World to run a piece on both methods - Perhaps we should ask for a series of articles????

Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 13:40

T & M's Sweet Aperetif beat everything hands down last year outside in base of old compost heap - Last one ripened indoors last week!

Roma excellent despite wet spring and for the biggies I found buying plants as opposed to sowing seeds best as someone else had given them the early start that they needed although yield just not enough for me BUT for taste :- Ananas and Canadian Peach (A white tomato) plus Chrissie Blue (Another really old type with red tinged deep blue skin. Stunning plant and really sweet

Swiss Chard

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 13:35

Gosh what a great response! Certainly will order some now BUT does it require special attention like celery, - is it best to start it off indoors or can it be sown direct outside. I normally start all seeds off then plant out seedlings in situ. Details on packets for Chard not that clear.

Discussions started by biofreak


Slug deterrant? 
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Lost Seed Order!!

Has anyone else lost their's in transit? 
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Cucumber Frames

How do I make maximum Use of one? 
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How to get rid of Gorse

Roadside problem 
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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


Moving Gooseberries 
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Last Post: 04/10/2014 at 18:13

Figs in Pots & Mulberries

What Soil? 
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Last Post: 04/10/2014 at 18:51

Greenhouse in Winter

What to plant/sow now 
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Insect Eating Plants

What soil to use 
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 11:39

Peach leaf Curl

Will fruit hold? 
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