Green Magpie

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Leek Moth - I think

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 23:06

My leeks has what I think was Leek Moth a few years ago. It happened two years running - the leeks were chewed to shreds and totally unuseable. I did use a spray but it made no difference, so I just gave up growing leeks.

I think I will try a few next year and see whether the beasties have left the area. They didn't attack the other aliums, just the leeks. I do miss having leeks to use in the winter.

Blight free tomatoes

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 23:00

Another good one for blight resistance is Losetto, a bush- type cherry tomato, heavy cropper with good flavour. But I may try a few Crimson Crush next year.

Growing veg from supermarket

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 18:24

I've used shop-bought garlic with great success. I usually buy from a market or independent greengrocer, and I look for (preferably) Isle of Wight or French garlic rather than, say, Chinese.  Sometimes I just select my best bulbs and use them for the next year's crop, so I'm encouraging the process of natural selection. Works for me.

I always start my basil with a small supermarket pot, and straight away I plant it into a larger pot with some extra compost. It ends up really big and vigorous. The last one I bought was from Aldi for about 75p. It was small and floppy for a few days, and I thought it was a false economy, but it soon grew on into a monster of a plant, with huge leaves, and I am considering making some pesto to use it up.


Posted: 06/09/2017 at 22:22

I never water mine at this time of year. I don't think there's much danger of them drying out, and anyway the tomatoes will probably be fine. Once they have started to change from green towards yellow, they will ripen either on or off the plant.

If you have plenty of tomatoes, you could always split your risks: leave some on the plant and bring some indoors. 

soft fruit

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 10:52

I don't know about phox, but I certainly wouldn't put mint under soft fruit, it's much too vigorous and hungry.

soft fruit

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 20:46

Not sure about this; raspberries and blackcurrants tend to be shallow rooted, so anything planted for ground cover would be competing with them for water and nutrients.

Chemicals Used in Edible Plant Growing

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:44

By the time you get the plants home, plant them, grow them on and harvest them, any chemicals such as insecticide will be long gone. The products that are still available nowadays don't taint the crops for long.

Advice on carrots in containers

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:40

I have started harvesting some of my Nantes now, although I didn't sow them as early as yours. I am also pulling out and composting some of the tiny ones if they're growing too closely together. For eating,  I do the same as raisingirl advises: pull out alternate ones and leave the rest to get bigger.

What is this vegetable?

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:37

Looks like some kind of squash to me. I have no idea what variety, or how to tell if it's ripe.

Composting poison

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 15:20

As far as I know, you can compost all sorts of plants that would be poisonous to eat. You're not going to eat the compost, any more than you would eat horse manure or chicken poo, and yet most people will happily use these on food crops.

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