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Cheap veg seeds

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:18

Lidl's great for old faithfuls ie kelvedon Wonder peas. But I agree about the amount you get. But there again how many sprouts/lettuce/toms do you actually need? Some of the varieties are totally different as they come from germany so an adventure can be had at little cost, and I can recommend the Cucumber Seeds from Lidl especially.

With only two of us I find myself with many packets of seed left over even with 2-3yr life! Still, I do have to admit to preferring to pay out for new F1 varieties as feel I need that guarantee of success. I find for a many items it is better to buy young plants/seedlings, although I have unwittingly bought in disease problems from unknown growers ie. Nurseries trading at Markets as opposed to Flower Shows.

Rose Pruning

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:09

Bearing in mind what a mild Winter we have had, I have hesitated to prune my roses, and they are romping away at all angles unchecked! Should I leave them in peace this year? The climbers are not included in this question as they are under control. It's the Shrub Roses and the Hansa

Potatoes

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 14:37

Great feedback! Did not know spuds liked seaweed - I thought that was onions and leeks only? Living by the sea makes this easier for me. Tractors passing all the time with trailers full of seaweed for the leek fields, Lots of us following with buckets to pick up leftovers in road!! Bit like the old days with horse p----!

Re alternative planting potatoes, I had a go at French organic recommendation for new method and it worked really well, so shall do again in rotten patch of land that needs using. Lay compost, sit potatoes on top, then add lawn mowings plus one more layer of compost. After this as soon as the potatoes show though and every time you mow the lawn, cover with lawn mowings and don't water. After flowering, pop your hand in and lo and behold out comes a beautifl clean potato ready for the pot. It did work in semi-shade. I'm not sure I would do it in full sun or full shade. I only used greengrocer spuds that had sprouted out of curiosity, but I shall try some proper seed potatoes in addition to the bags (By the way checked material on label this morning 100% polypropolyne - Do you think this will leak or sweat?)

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 15:32

That's a good one - any more ideas? By the way - just in passing if you download (FREE!!) Stellarium it is great for looking at the sky where you are at any time of night or day.

Potatoes

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 15:29

Muddyfork what sort of yield did you get?

I have bought hessian gravel carrying bags which take up to 65Kg. Just unwrapped one - Measurements as per I mentioned before and certainly manageable,

Pots have always been brilliant from Poundland as you say, but I have other cunning plans for them this year, to maximise veg plot space. I can line bags up along the hedge. Nice to know I can start in Marcg, I have always waited until Easter or as per the old gardening tip - Lilac Time. (When the first lilac flowers come out). Am going to try Belle de Fontenay this year for a change - Nearest taste I can get to Jersey Royals apart from Pink Fir Apple.

Re Maincrop - Just can't wait that long to tuck in, and really cheap here. Recommend Apollo - Fantastic Roastie and Baker. Not sure if it is available in UK though.

Swedes & Turnips

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 15:20

Um, seems I too will have to give up on this one, but how about my turnips? I've been growing Golden Ball because they are so much tastier than the standard whites.

Any tips?

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 15:18

I have a Pot Garden which includes some veg in Summer. The Potager is surrounded by herbs and fruit so no space there. Horizontal wires I had not thought of, not compaction of soil! Back to the drawing board I think, unless? - Thanks Mandy - can I intercrop Brussels with anything?

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 16:50

Now I know this may be crazy, but brussel sprouts (indeed all brassicas) take up alot of space for a long time. I have 60 or 70 large clay pots stored at the back of the garage doing nothing year after year. Could I (It's a big ask!) Could I pop the Brussels in a Large Clay pot of ordinary soil (so nice and firm) ,and grow them on in a group lining the veg plot instead of in it?? Playing with this idea as I really need to free up space, and I have grown potatoes really successfully in  pots before. I could fleece wrap the pots in winter to avoid cracking. Any thoughts?

Swedes & Turnips

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 16:44

Every year I sow these in my sandy/loamy veg plot, and every year all starts well.But I end up with swedes and turnips taking an eternity to grow, and puny little balls of admittedly tasty delights are the result. Am I doing something drastically wrong, or should I just give up and go to the Greengrocer? Instructions please!

Potatoes

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 16:37

Watched Monty Don grow potatoes in bag last Season, but don't know what size he use. Just bought myself 5 Builders Bags for £2 as cannot justify £15 for 3 listed in Seed Catalogues! Same material. same design, 60cm wide (2ft) by 90cm high (3ft)

Now I need to know how other's have fared with this method, and when and how I plant it up. (eg. How many potatoes can I put in each bag?) All suggestions welcome.

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