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CROP ROTATION

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 18:59

Those all benefit from extra nitrogen so would ideally follow legumes if you have room left in the brassica bed.  Otherwise just fit them in where you can.

Gardener come.....

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 21:38

I run a team of technicians and IT professionals in a large university department. Gardening is my way of getting away from all of the modern technology and satisfying my inner Luddite who lives (just) below the surface!

Cranberry bush

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 21:28

Lingonberries are very similar in all ways but easier to grow as they need acid soil but not a bog!  I have a couple in containers of ericaceous compost and they are growing well.  Evergreen and the leaves turn a nice shade of red over Autumn/Winter.

Hardwood cuttings from apple

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:15

Grafting is your best bet, steephill, but you do need another apple tree to graft onto of course.

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:11

Even if they grow OK in pots (and I'm very dubious about that), they might be more trouble than they're worth, biofreak.  Brussels are very top-heavy and unless you tied them to horizontal wires or something they would be constantly being blown-over.

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:00

Hi all, the temperature results are in.  I left it a couple of days to make sure things had settled down.

With the probe placed in the sand and showing 25C, the temperature on the surface of a tray of compost placed on top of the sand and covered with a clear lid varied over a night and a day from between 15.5C to 19.5C (measured using a mix-min thermometer placed on top of the compost.)  Clearly, the air temperature in the shed has a fair effect on the compost temperature even though the sand is absolutely constant at 25C, so tonight I'm raising the sand temperature to 30C and will report back tomorrow.

Because I have a moveable thermostat probe, in order to keep an exact temperature in the seed trays themselves, I do have the option of putting the probe in the actual seed tray rather than in the sand below and will try that tomorrow night.

 

Flatworms?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 23:52

They prefer cooler areas, Verdun, so unlikely down your way.  They're not notifiable as far as I'm aware, but DEFRA are collecting info:

http://flatworm.fera.defra.gov.uk/

 

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 22:49

Thanks Daintiness!   I find gardening is really all about planning - at the very least it gives us something interesting to do in the winter or while it's raining!

Flatworms?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 22:45

GM, I have read that if you put a sheet of non-clear polythene (eg an old compost bag) on the ground and weighed down by stones, NZ flatworms will congregate underneath it.  If you want to photograph them to get a positive ID then you could try that - best to be sure as you don't want to be killing any of the good guys.

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 22:19

Hi Daintiness, I have made a lid using the same exterior grade plywood as the base so once I don't need the heat any longer it will be turned off, the lid fitted and it'll become just a normal bench (which I'll be growing peppers on, as it happens!)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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Oops!

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DIY heated propagator

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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

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Bilberry

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