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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 06:50

Yes, please.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 06:42

Good morning , Dove.

I'm just catching up on Gardeners world.with a cup of coffee. My sleep patterns are totally screwed up at the mo.

Planning potatoes for next year

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 06:35

How much space do you have snowathlete?

I really think if you only have a small space, that potatoes take up a lot of room for the return.  5 potato plants will take up 1m by 3m. In that space you could grow enough kale to last all year with picking every week, or enough potatoes for two or three weeks.A row of runner beans in that space would give you three months of beans, lots to give away or freeze for winter.

Looking ahead to next year and getting organized

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 05:45

Now is the time to plan your seed order, and for soil preparation.

Looking ahead to next year and getting organized

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 05:44

Tender stuff always gets started under glass, beginning of may, planted out end of may, when frosts here should be done, this is all marrow family, cucumbers,runner and french beans, sweet corn.

Hardier stuff like carrots, beetroot, parsnips, go straight in the ground in March.

Kale and other cabbage family, and broad beans, start off under glass, and i plant out plants rather than seed, because I find it gives a better start, larger plants resist the pests better. They get started in March.

Looking ahead to next year and getting organized

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 05:38

Have you got a greenhouse?

My first sowings will be onion seed into the greenhouse between boxing day and new year. Onion sets are a lot easier for beginners with no glasshouse.

Parsnips and carrots can go straight in the soil in rows from march. Do not add muck or you get forked roots.

Potatoes go in from march, you can get the soil preparation done over winter, incorporate loads of compost or well rotted farm yard manure.

I have had good results with a courgette called black forest, far too many for us,  and ending up with three huge marrows when i stopped picking for a couple of weeks. Again these like a rich soil. You can grow on top of a pile of muck or compost.

I grow climbing french beans, sowing one seed to a three inch pot, under glass at the beginning of May, and planting out at the end of May. I grow runner beans the same way. I dont grow the dwarf variety, the slugs decimate them

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 05:27

My mum felt the earthquake that hit north notts on Tuesday night. The cabinet with the glasses in shook, and there was a bang. My mum and sister actually thought my dad had fallen out of bed and went to check. When he hadnt, my mum joked that they must have had an earthquake, actually thinking it was the usual mining subsidence, that often happens in the area, because of all the abandoned coal pit workings.

The Supernatural

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 23:26

OK.I'll try again.

My dad used to be a bus driver. One quiet night on the last bus from Nottingham to Mansfield, he picked up a regular at Newstead Abbey gates. The man went upstairs and he could hear him tapping his feet,above  the drivers cab. He didnt stop until he got to the depot.  As the man hadn't got off, he thought he must have fallen asleep and went up to wake him, except there was no one there.It wasn't until a few days later that he found out that the passenger had actually died the week before he picked him up for a final journey.....

My other half had a job as a volunteer, at the ironbridge gorge museum. He lived above one of the shops.They often heard someone moving around in hob nailed boots, but when they went to look, there was never anyone there. Whereas if you heard the rattle of a chain, you had to get a move on, because it meant the billy goat had pulled his stake out again, and would becoming up to headbutt you in the rear..

Marguerite (Margaritas)

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 23:15

 Hi, Carol.

I have taken cuttings off mine. If you want to overwinter them, they need to be in a frost free place with plenty of light. Last year a load survived in the soil outside, but that is a rarity. In a mild winter you may save them by putting the pot up against a wall, but it would still get hit by frost, but may regrow in Spring.

The Supernatural

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 23:09

 well I just posted a little story then it disappeared.....

Maybe I'll save it for tomorrow.

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