BobTheGardener


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Strawberry sticks

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 20:23

Rings a bell nut now you mention it - I grew chenopodium 'strawberry sticks' from T&M seeds about 10-15 years ago.  Can't say they tasted much of anything and haven't grown them since.  Maybe it's me, but those, tomatillos and cape gooseberries just seemed very bland compared to more traditional fruits.

Strawberry sticks

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 20:17

Ah, but the 'sweet tobacco' was yummy - shredded coconut coated with cocoa and brown sugar I think!

Talkback: How to make a comfrey feed

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:47

Hi Anthony, yes.  The more nettles you use, the higher the nitrogen content will be though so not quite so good for fruit but better for leafy things like brassicas.

 

Tomatillos

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:39

I grew them about 5 years ago in a cold greenhouse where they grew in pretty much the same way as tomatoes.  I didn't particularly like them though and found them to be a bit like unripe cape gooseberries (which I also didn't like much when I grew those) so won't be bothering with either of those again.

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 00:10

Heheh - of course - les meilleurs vin of the garden liquid feed world!

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:23

Hiya Verdun, I have a garden which is quite long and you can guess which end the comfrey bucket is placed!   The good thing is the smell does quickly go away when it's actually used.  I decant it into 2 litre pop bottles as soon as it's ready though so the smell isn't around for very long really.

But really, I think I've probably just got used to it more than anything!

how do you attach a photo on this forum as its not on any of the icons?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:06

 

 

 

Hi Paul, when you start a thread or reply you should see icons like this:

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Press the 'tree' icon (circled in red) and you should see this:

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Click Select (also circled) navigate to your photo then click it and finally click the Upload button. 

Tomatoes

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:38

Hi Tracey, yes I'd recommend growing several different varieties - as many as you can fit in really!  That way you are likely to get a good crop on at least some of them even if some succumb to the weather or diseases etc.  I always grow at least one blight resistant variety whatever else I choose.  Had ten varieties last year and although it was a slow start with the poor spring, the great summer meant all of them did well - quite a rare thing in my experience!

Puzzled by what I have read on leaf spot,please read my message if you can help

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:28

Leaf spot is just a description of a symptom.  Lots of different diseases cause spots on the leaves of many plants.  Many of the diseases which do this are fungal but it's not one particular fungus that causes all leaf spot.

Mulching a concrete apple tree!

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:22

Couldn't agree more - break up the concrete near the trunk so there's a few inches gap or the tree will strangle itself as the trunk continues to grow in diameter.  The only part of a tree that is truly alive (apart from the leaves, flowers and fruit) is a thin layer just beneath the bark known at the cambium.  The stuff we call wood in the centre of the trunk and branches is actually dead.  If the cambium get strangled all the way around the trunk , the whole tree will die.  This link explains it better than I can:

http://www.appleman.ca/korchard/grfting3.htm

 

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