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Tips & hints

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 20:28

The only thing missing this year was the water. With the use of a hosepipe, I had bumper crops all round.

Potatoes like a lot of water. Beans set better with frequent waterings.

Herbs like a dryish, free draining poor soil.

 Are you growing in the soil or in pots.?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 20:20

Chucking it down here. I've been drooling over Gino di Campos lemons. Now he's onto mozzarella. Its all a bit summery.

 I think I might make Delias apple cake tomorrow.

More help needed with ID

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:59

The local garden centre had a patch of these growing to demonstrate . I thought it looked like a lot of cheap annuals, godetia, calendula at the time were prominent.

seed share

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:44

Thanks , Nut, I got my seeds today. Are you likely to be visiting son or vice versa soon.? Or when it dies down I can post the rootstock for the  Acanthus to you.

Saffron seeds?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:36

Saffron bulbs will flower and the stamens are harvested for the saffron filaments used as a spice.

Saffron seeds will have to grow into plants, die down as bulbs, regrow, flower etc as above.  You do not use either the bulbs or the seeds as a spice/flavouring, only the stamens of the flower.

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:33

Diddy, you can get Sear rock dust sold as Verve rock dust in B and Q. As recommended dosage is 1kg up to 5kg per sq metre, it depends on how much space you have got. You could have a sack and trial it, I decided that with the space I have, I know its nutrient low, I would go all in. The entire veg plot has been dressed. Next year the rest of the garden will get it.

How to clear field

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:51

If you put FYM down  after cutting down and raking off the nettles, then covered in black plastic, you could plant potatoes  in holes (or crosses) cut in the black plastic for the first year. Try looking up " No dig gardening". The black plastic will suppress any weed seeds, and the potatoes will happily grow through planting holes.

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:46

Also, this year I  gave the entire veg patch a good dressing of Sear Rock dust. (ordered by the tonne works out cheapest). I know its been a good year, but I have to say that in the 25 years I have been working this garden, this years veg have been the best ever.  The sweet peas that I grow in the veg patch have also been magnificent. I have been giving away sweet peas and veg to friends, relatives, workmates, and neighbours. I intend using it again. Its not a fertiliser as such, it just puts back all the micronutrients that get washed out of the soil over the years. I've started to put a sprinkle every six inches or so in the big compost heap used for maturing. The worms work it in, so when I use it for top dressing, the benefit gets spread around the garden.

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:39

gardenjeannie, you could use calcified seaweed aka Maerl (french name) to raise the pH of you soil. It adds lots of micronutrients at the same time. I always use it on my cabbage patch.  Its not to be confused with seaweed meal, which is dried seaweed ground up. Calcified seaweed looks like quite coarse bits of lime, but it takes longer to break down. I use to use Seagold calcified seaweed , which was dredged up off Falmouth, but The EEC stopped them and now the only source is french. (OK to dredge up the Brittany Maerl beds)

Buddleja davidii

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:41

I remember the Bakker catalogues. Bright pink pampas grass, and roses the colour of forgetmenots instead of dirty mauve. also they had perennial borders, all in flower at the same time,even though they flower at different times of year.


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