David Matthews2

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Talkback: The best crops for flavour

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 21:11

This season started late caused by 'indifferent' weather; so I decided to pick up tomato varieties grown on in modules via GC: "Artisan Pink" and "Indigo Apple" took my fancy!! Has anyone any idea what they might turn out like as I've not come across either named variety before?? BTW: plants are doing well (utd); each one growing away in large poly pots in unheated greenhouse....

Last edited: 19 May 2016 21:16:03

what size module to grow runner beans

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 20:44

These Aeron Purple Star runner bean plants were grown on in an unheated greenhouse, then planted out end of 1st week of May. They have now climbed about 3 feet up a cane frame (erected at the same time). Fingers crossed, no frost likely now in coastal SW Pembs (just 30 feet above sea level).

*Troughs hold just five seeds, allowing plenty of root run into seived compost circa 15cm deep.

Last edited: 19 May 2016 20:50:27

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 19:54

Today I have mostly been 'mining' my Brown Gold from one of several 'Dalek' compost bins - somewhat sweaty work but well worth the effort! Riddled out the twiggy bits (& banana labels etc), ready to mix with equal quantities of Levingtons (or similar quality) bagged compost from GC tomorrow when MrsM & I head to town for dental appointments!!

*Tip: using a Garden Claw horizontally thro' the basal hatch speeded up the process of loosening the well-packed compost prior to shovelling it out!!


Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:49

Me too!! (see my avatar).

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 21:54

Potted on 6 tomato plants "Artisan Pink" then noticed that one of 6 tomato "Indigo ..." already potted on has drooped severely - hope it's just sulking & not a sign of disease? Kept AP's well away from other toms & bitter WNW wind jic. Hastily mowed grassy area ahead of gathering cloud & predicted rain approaching 6pm. Tidied up 'offerings' from various neighbouring cats....Rain stopped play!

Broad beans

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:49

Steve 309: I tried 'overwintering' "Aquadulce" about 4/5 years ago - semi-disastrous as I had to build an anti-snow frame/ cloche/ shelter [4' x 4' x 20'] against SNOW [3" fall] when the beans were in flower & I feared they would be snapped against solo canes etc already supporting them! * I did get a crop, but it was no earlier than other beans sown indoors in mid February. Hence my current practices...

Broad beans

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:10

Similar pattern of action to Marygold's: my 1st batch is now in flower in their 'cropping' position. The 2nd sowing is still in greenhouse - two seeds in 1 litre deep ex-yoghurt pots (Tesco). *I tend to plant out at 4/5 true leaf stage - else the root development tends to get too tangled for safe separation...Bunyard's Exhibition is the main variety - I've grown used to its habits!


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:33

VERY blustery NNW wind here, though mostly sunny: thus it's quite cosy in the greenhouse (unheated but reaching 25 C) - just watch out when you emerge!! *[Two lines of washing dried in record time, so not all bad! "It's an ill wind..."]. **Driving back from the Midlands yesterday it  was mostly sunny, + odd showers near Welsh Borders. Vital 'comfort stop' at Carmarthen GC resulted in a dozen 'ailing' half-priced tomato plants - so a rush to get their roots into some of my tasty compost; needed riddling to exclude odd twigs, wireworms & banana labels. Hasty watering of drooping early potato haulms in buckets 'cos it's apparently been quite warm whilst I was away...

Batty Bunch

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 20:24

I and various younger members of my family are quite batty in various ways as my avatar would indicate. Serious battiness is a strong genetic trait in my past as I was prone to standing in the middle of various rivers, wearing wellingtons, waders or even wet suits and SHOUTING instructions to the field study groups I was tutoring!! I put it all down to having been born young...

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:26

Wintersong: I'd be prepared to hazard a guess that your 'little warbler' might be a cock wren - they make a real racket, often from within the shrubbery! Any idea as to size, colour, (?picture would be good). If your situation is well-wooded you might be lucky enough to have a Garden Warbler visiting you? Happy gardening anyway!!

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