BobTheGardener


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Onion bed preparation

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 18:57

I wouldn't give them any extra fertiliser at this stage, Colin.  Perhaps tickle in a bit of fish, blood and bone at the side of the rows when they are about golf ball sized, if you think they need a boost.  Onions are greedy plants but I've always found there's enough nutrients in manure to see them through.  Hope you have a great year in the garden in 2017! 

Onion bed preparation

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 17:54

Hi Colin, I start my sets off in modules in the greenhouse and then plant them out when they have good roots and the shoots are about 5-6" tall.  Each planting hole gets a handful of well rotted farmyard manure trowelled in and that's it.  All I do after that is water them if there has been no rain for a week, otherwise they can bolt.  Since doing this I've always had a great crop of onions.

Conservatory Yucca

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:46

It should sprout new shoots, Tim.  Also cut the removed stem into 6-8" long sections and leave them for a few days so the ends callous over.  If you then plant those in gritty compost (make sure you plant then the right way up!) those should root after a few weeks and then spout leaves after a few more.  I've never bothered to seal the cuts when I've cut them down in the past.

Confusing advice in GW mag

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:38

Wild ones are probably more resistant than the highly selected varieties we grow as our fruit trees, Berghill.  That's what I'd assume, anyway.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:10

Yes, I also use glue/grease bands on my fruit trees GWRS, mainly to stop ants climbing them and 'farming' aphids.  Here's to a productive year for everyone from me too.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 14:31

I normally net all brassicas Logan but didn't this time and got away with it.  However, woodpigeons have eaten most of the tops over the last few weeks, so will be netting them again next year as I love brussel tops.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 13:59

Yum, Logan, can't beat roast parsnips!


Just did the same and harvested parsnips, carrots (grown in polytunnel this year) and brussels for dinner. 

Confusing advice in GW mag

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 19:45

The caption is a mistake.  Never prune plums or any other stone fruit in winter as you risk them getting a fungal disease called silverleaf which can kill the tree.  Prune in summer.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 17:20

Apples are the easiest.  I also have pears but they don't crop reliably, cherries which need netting or pigeons scoff the lot (even when the cherries are still green!) and various plums, the best of which is a Japanese plum which crops in July.  Apart from the apples, all of my most reliable fruit comes from bushes rather than trees.

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 14:31

My father grew his runners in the same trench for several decades and always had a wonderful crop, so nothing to worry about with your beans!


Rhubarb needs lots of richness in the soil and space - I would only grow one plant in a 1x1m bed.  I think you'd be better off leaving it where it is and giving it a large quantity of well-rotted manure, especially as moving it would mean you would need to wait a year before picking any and 2 years before fully cropping it.

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