Green Magpie


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Talkback: The best crops for flavour

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 20:09

I agree with the choice of Sungold. They are sweet, with that aromatic flavour you only get with garden tomatoes. Like Dove up there, I love them straight off the plant, when the flavour is at its finest. And they seem to be quite resistant to blight. They are expensive F1 seeds, though.

Basil

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 20:03

On GW last Friday, Monty was gathering basil by the bucketload, and says he makes pesto to freeze. My only concern was the cost of the pile of pine nuts that would be required - they are really expensive now. I used ground almonds for some sort of pesto-like sauce once.

Rose garden mixed with edible fruits share same bed safe?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 19:51

Yes, it's pesticides you'd have to be careful about - things you might use against aphids or black spot. Many insecticides are OK for edibles as well as ornamentals, but most fungicides can't be used on food plants. Fertilizers don't contain anything toxic and won't be a problem.

Hi, I want to grow some veg, I have a small list & need advise on when to plant

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 22:46

Dordogne damsel, I'm sure you could get seeds from online suppliers such as Moreveg. But choose with care - it may be that things like swedes grow best in cooler climates.

Jay

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 20:52

I know a woman who eats fuchsia seeds. Mind you, she's a bit strange....

Winter onions sets...

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 20:48

Meant to add: garden centres  and seed stores will sell garlic, but we've had good results from ordinary kitchen garlic from a local greengrocer. Look out for Isle of Wight varieties, or possibly French, rather than(say) Chinese, which are less likely to do well in our climate.

Onion sets are available from garden centres etc from early spring. Small local traders (hardware/garden stores) often sell them loose so you can buy exactly the number you want, but sometimes you have to buy by the bag.

Winter onions sets...

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 20:41

October is about the best time to plant garlic. 

Most onions are started off in the spring, as soon as the soil starts to warm up.

Root Trainers for Sweet Peas?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 19:14

An alternative is to use cardboard tubes (toilet roll, kitchen roll) packed with seed compost. Then when it's time for them to go out, you can just put the whole tube in the ground, without disturbing the roots, as the cardboard will break down in the soil.

viburnum beetle

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:05

According to a clipping I have from GW magazine, by this time of year they've done their worst, and you may as well wait until the spring before spraying. But I'd keep an eye on them - I have just noticed some damage to my (enormous) viburnum and am watching it carefully.

posting seed

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:01

It's not the weight, it's the thickness that might be the problem. If you were posting, say, beans or pea seeds, the envelope might be too thick to go by normal letter rate and would need to be a "large letter". Otherwise, most small seed packets would be fine, as long as they're spread out (see Berghill's post above).

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