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Latest posts by BrummieBen

the pope

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 13:11

The pope can retire no problem, I heard he has loads of cash in his papal account.

Another Vitopod question

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 12:23

Yes I'm patiently waiting, although I think if I pace much more I'll wear the tiles out in the kitchen! My wife also can't wait for the light and temps to improve, so I'm outside not under her feet or trawling nursery and seed sites buying loads of things!

I do keep a diary, and as I have a 10'x12' greenhouse, I like to grow toms peppers and aubergines, with the rubbish summers we've been having, I'm trying to start that little bit earlier, but I have found that it is folly because most plants will catch up a few weeks in the main growing season anyways. The only way to truly get an early start is to have proper lighting and temp in the greenhouse, trouble is that makes your tomatoes very expensive to grow!!

slug pellets help

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 12:11

place seems rife with advertising!! There's that Tine bloke too, you know the one with the video that is used to induce comas..

On topic, I do use slug pellets, however, and this is the HUGE point, people use them like they are salting the roads!! This is NOT the way to use. I saw a report on WHICH? if I rememeber. It was testing all sorts of pellets, the natural ones, the not so natural etc. All were fairly effective, but in every case the main point they made was NOT to use too many. Basically they said each pellet should be 3-4" from the next. When you think about that, that's very few to cover quite a substantial area. I've been using this idea for last couple of years and have had excellent success and one carton of pellets easily lasts me a whole season. If you do use the not so natural way, at least this way you are minimising the amount you are using. When I sprinkled half a handful on 7' x 4' raised salad bed last year, my mum who has been growing veg for 50+ years laughed and said it was never enough, however we had great lettuce and leaves with virtually no damage. So it does work! And remember last year was mollusc heaven!

Overwintered failures

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 11:25

I tried my first autumnal sowings, nothing extravagant! just some garlic and onions, oh and replanted my elephant garlic from last year as they all made large bulbs size of a golf ball, so I'm trying the replant and let them have another season idea! I'm in Birmingham using raised beds, planted everything about early/mid Nov, everything shooting, mind you, had to go and replant half of the onion sets becuse they had pushed proud of the soil. Beds are all netted  with 15" height, (I have two cats and we have loads of foxes) so couldn't have been the birds. I was glad I did replant the onions because it was about a week before we had the heavy frosts then snow! My spring bulbs seem to be trundling into life, maybe there is hope on the horizon.

Another Vitopod question

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 18:08

google is thy friend, put in what seeds you want to germinate and you are sure to find the temperature range you need. A word of advice, something I found out the hard way, I'd wait a few more weeks yet, the daylight just isn't good enough, and your seeds will germinate, but they will be very stretched and straggly. (searching for the light)

I'm itching to get sowing myself, but I want good seedlings, not long drawn out flimsy ones!!!

Tasty and unusual fruit

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 16:48

loquat will be a waste of time in this country I'd think, they need to get quite large and they need 70+ temps to produce flowers, without flowers there won't be any fruit. I had one in my back garden for about 8 years, one that a previous occupant planted from seed like 10 years earlier. Despite living in the Midlands and it being in a sheltered spot never did anything but produce masses of leaves. And bear in mind that the leaves are huge and very waxy, even when they drop they don't break down. My parents live in Malta and people have loquats growing in their gardens, the fruit is very bitter, kind of made my mind up to remove the one growing at mine!!! Anyways best of luck!


Posted: 23/01/2013 at 14:19

you should count yourself lucky, last year my first earlies didn't arrive til end of march!! Also my autumn onions/garlic and tulips/daffs arrived last week of November. One of my resolutions is to buy my things when they need to go into the ground or slightly earlier, NOT rely on on T&M to deliver it late

Allotment Wars- BBC1 Tuesday 22nd January

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 00:12

As a relative novice, was eye-opening to say the least. The young chap in Manchester who was 'evicted' was a complete joke, what is the bets that a 'commitee' member's family member was going to take over the plot? I've never really understood 'competitive' gardening, seems far too much like The Arts, as in something is deemed wonderful by 'some' critic. What is the bets that all these show-winning veg taste utterly awful? I grow things to feed my family and my friends, also to enjoy the scents and sights of flowers.. quite how people can be so spiteful over gardening is beyond me. The people having their stuff stolen/wrecked/burnt, buy a camera and record who is doing it. The cameras these days can record 12 hrs easy and are very cheap, very small, and then you catch the people responsible. I'm sure the allotments shown are a minority, but I'm sticking my name down now, because I'm sure the waiting list has just shortened considerably!!!


Posted: 19/01/2013 at 10:59

thanks for the replies, I grew most indoors, but did have a basket and a pot outside, needless to say, the GH easily out performed the outside ones. With the last few summers we've had, starting to wish my whole garden was a GH!!!


Posted: 17/01/2013 at 19:03

I grew Sungold last year, and tried Black Russian (a heritage variety), I also grew Tumbling tom, red and yellow varieties. Due to the pathetic amounts of sun, the black russian produced fist sized toms but hardly ripened, whereas the sungold and tumblers did very well. I'm thinking with the abysmal sun count we have had the last few years, to go for Sungella which are a cross between sungold and tigerella which supposedly produce 'golf-ball' sized fruits, perhaps finding the happy medium between size and ripening?

Anyone else tried these, and also any suggestions on varieties that grow fruits about the size of a golf ball?

Thanks in advance

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anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

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This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Needing old mouse or vole nests

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trawling youtube for gardening 
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