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Alternative Gardening

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 20:27

I'm in the process of making a lasagne bed. I covered an area with cardboard and semi - composted stuff last Autumn. I've forked it over and layered it with cardboard and compost. I will plant it up with winter cabbage and kales. From what I've read, large transplants and enriched planting pockets are key.

Multi-lobed strawberries

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 20:57

Elsanta is poor variety for a home grower bred for shelf-life and to travel well. For home growing I think you can't beat 'Marshmellow'. Your plants are way ahead of mine,you must be in the south or growing under protection. Ugly berries? Who cares you've grown them!

Multi-lobed strawberries

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 20:49

Looks viral. The fruit is deformed. Is it an older strawberry bed? Are some leaves deformed/crinkly?

Oh dear what can the matter be?

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 19:58

Just discovered the same problem today. I usually have to thin as so much blossom sets. This year I have 10% of what is normal. My neighbouring plot holder has poor set too. Maybe I'll get a few superb apples....

Early onward peas

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 19:57

I think it's quite normal. I think it's called varigation.  Early peas aren't much troubled by poor weather.

tomato plants

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:42

I had a dismal crop last year of tomatoes last year, so this year I am trying Sub Arctic Plenty. I have them in a poly tunnel under fleece and they are romping away. The Super Maramande are having a grand sulk. Unseasonally cold here in Edinburgh.

Spring onion looking garlic

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 20:41

I grow Marco here in Edinburgh. I plant in October and lift in early June. They do look a bit pathetic as plants. Marco has a tendency to send out flower spikes, you can cut these and use them in stir-fries and salads. Keep the biggest cloves you harvest and re-plant in the Autumn. Garlic is said to aclimatize well.

Plum branches pointing down

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 20:12

Your Victoria Plum is behaving as it should, it has a weeping habit, bears heavily and is brittle. They don't really like to be pruned, if you must, then do it when it is in full growth in early summer. What is more important is thinning the fruit, I remove about half when they are thumb nail size. This reduces the risk of branches breaking and more importantly stops the tree from becoming bi-annual - loads of plums one year a handful at most the next.

onions seeds or onion sets

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:00

Never had much luck with sets, they tend to bolt I find. I multi-sow in modules in February, using multi-purpose compost with a bit of sharp sand. They then go in the cold frame. I don't thin and plant them out as one. This way you might not get show bench specimens, but you get usable onions which keep. You can of course thin them as they grow to use as scallions,syboes,spring onions...

Help what's happened to my Tomatoes?

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 19:30

Still plenty of time to re sow. Once you have pricked them out, give them good light and avoid drafts. I find a bit of fleece useful in the early stage after potting on - cuts drafts and stops sun scorch.

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