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Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:35

Sometimes if the carrots have been over-irrigated they have a poorer keeping quality. It's a fine judgement to irrigate enough to keep them growing and yet not too much to impact on the quality, especially when on light soil in a dry season.  The same goes for potatoes.

Brother says if his carrots didn't keep the supermarkets wouldn't take them and he'd be left with  carrots that would have to go for animal feed 


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:24

I've not seen the campaign re contamination of urban grown crops, but I am aware that there is a not insignificant number of inner city gardens, particularly those on former brownfield sites that show contamination (particularly lead) and I would really think twice about eating veg grown in them.  There are also gardens which have had such a large amount of dog and cat faeces on them that I wouldn't garden in them.

I've not had a problem with supermarket carrots keeping - I buy carrots from various supermarkets and our local farm shop and occasionally get given a bag by farming brother.  We keep them in the garage in the winter and in the bottom of the fridge in the summer for weeks at a time and the only time I've ever had any go slimy was when they were left in a plastic bag. 


Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:09

There's a shorter form of Verbena bonariensis called 'Lollipop' - the bees love it


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:01

Don't think so WO   But people only know what they know - they don't know what it is they don't know - and there's loads of bandwagons out there charging around banging drums - people are quite understandably concerned when they read some stuff that I've seen - I'm not a fan of Monsanto - but I think one has to look for empirical evidence rather than take notice of scaremongering - and throwaway remarks about supermarkets contaminating soil have to be challenged or we could have the gardening equivalent of what happened when The War of the Worlds was first broadcast - the internet has huge potential for such things!


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 08:17

Good morning KEF and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!    Have you got his bank card to take to the GC today?

Check your PMs

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 08:04

For a mini pond it's perfectly possible to collect enough rainwater - if you don't have a water butt (and why not?) then just leave a couple of buckets or bowls out - it shouldn't take long to collect enough rainwater during February Fill-dyke. 

Then get a jamjar and string and gather a jar of water from a nearby pond - it'll act as a 'starter' and although there may only be a very few mini-beasts in there they'll soon multiply.

Anyone a winner?

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 07:55

I won a prize in the Advent comp a couple of years ago.


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 07:30
Willowkitten wrote (see)

.... I thought: "Supermarket...I wouldn't put it past them if these are modified and could contaminate the soil if planted out". ...




Posted: 20/02/2015 at 07:24

Good morning all   I woke this morning coughing, sneezing and with a totally bunged up head!!!  Where did that come from???

Pdoc - it may well be worth getting a second opinion - good luck - cars are money pits

Hope everyone's going to have a really good day

Talkback: Planting snowdrops 'in the green'

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 07:13

Yes, it's illegal to dig up wild flowers. 

This may be helpful as it explains the legal bits

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