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Vegetable Seed Swop

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 08:37

The seed and plant swop thread is doing really well, but seems mainly to be flowers so I thought a vegatable thread could be separate as folks will be saving bean and other seeds just now.

To start it off I have Sweet Corn Mini Pop seeds (38) in original used packet viable up to 2015.

Talkback: Dealing with bindweed

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 13:36

I have used Glyphosate, bought from Wilkinsons about a month ago, on bindweed that was infesting the edges of the allotment fruit frame round my strawberrys and fruit bushes.  I covered the fruit with a heavy duty cover (an old boat cover) and sprayed the leaves.  Three weeks later all the bindweed has died back.  If it pops back up in the spring I will do the same again, but hopefully the killer has gone down into the roots.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 10:07

Does anyone want to try Sweet Corn Minipop.  These are tiny sweet corn cobs that you harvest when they are 4ins long and used in things like stir fries.  I grew them this year but husband didn't like them so I won't bother again.  Consequently I have 38 seeds left over which I didn't use and they are marked as sow by 2015.

Anyone interested?

cut back/ prune?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 09:48

You can tidy it up now and then in spring give it a hard cut.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 07:58

Oky doky Gardenmaiden - just PM me your details and they will be winging your way.

Plant ID quizzes

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 21:16

Oh no, I'm getting hooked - only 6/10 on houseplants.  But learnt where spider plants originate from.

Is it bedtime yet - I must stop now.

Plant ID quizzes

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 21:06

Just tried the fern one and got 7/10 - this can get addictive.

Plant ID quizzes

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 20:22

Ditto Victoria Sponge - I got full marks on the weed one too.  That says it all!

I'll try some other categories another night - great fun Bob

sweetcorn/ storing it

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 14:43

I have been growing and freezing sweet corn for years and when they are ready to pick I freeze as soon as possible.  I take off the outer leaves and tassels and pack singly in plastic bags, seal and freeze straight away with no blanching.  To cook get a pan of water boiling and then put the cob in still frozen and cook for 10 minutes.  To tell if a cob is ready for picking stick a finger nail into a nib and if the liquid comes out milky it is ready to pick, if the liquid is clear leave for a day or two and test again.  

Unwanted plants

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 14:31

How about a 'Garden Plant'  sale at your house.  Pot up any plants and price them and any that have to stay in the ground provide a spade/trowell for a 'dig your own'.  Advertise in your local shop if you have one or the newspaper.

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