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Green Magpie


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No dig gardening

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 11:42

I have raised veg beds and I've never dug them in 9 years. I occasionally use a hoe, but more often a hand-fork just to turn over the surface and keep weeds down. Any day now we will unpack the compost heap and spread it around on the beds. In the spring I'll fork it in a bit more, ready for sowing and planting new crops.

I have no problem at all with carrots and parsnips as the soil is always loose and not compacted. Next year's carrot section has already been identified and this is the one place I won't put fresh compost this autumn.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 18:21

Great thread, I've noted down a few suggestions.

For me, the best crops/varieties were:

Tomatoes (outdoor): Sungold, especially eaten straight from the plant. Totally yum. For what it's worth, it was Gardener's Delight that split in my garden, while Sungold didn't. Also had a good crop of little cherry tomatoes from Losetto (bush variety, blight resistant).

Cobra climbing French beans, always good although not so vigorous this year (should have watered them more, I think). Seed is saved for next year.

Charlotte potatoes, very reliable and the tubers don't get affected by blight even if the tops rot away.

Courgettes: Spineless Beauty were scarily prolific. Four plants grew a humungous crop. Next year I'll try two of those and maybe two yellow ones.

What would I not grow again? Celtuce. Chicory. Salsify. Butternut squash - not really worth the space and effort for what was (for me) a tiny crop. And probaby not brassicas, although I get tempted and keep thinking this time they'll be OK. This year I tried kale, thinking it would be relatively free from caterpillars etc. I was wrong.

Clematis

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 16:23

Clematis can surprise you. I'd cut it back to ground level and watch what happens in the Spring - it may re-grow.

Nerines - so looked forward and so disappointed....!

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:59

Yes, don't give up. I have some long-established nerines and the leaves all die back before there's any sign of flower buds. They may flower yet, and if not this year, then next, as they'll have been building up strength in the bulbs this year.

Runners on new strawberry plants

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 08:39

Many thanks, one and all. I will take out the runners immediately - well, as soon as the rain stops.

Runners on new strawberry plants

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 08:17

They're Honeoye, which are a fairly early variety. I guess that reinforces what you're saying. I could always pot up the runners (some are already rooted) and find space for them elsewhere, I suppose.

Runners on new strawberry plants

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 18:06

In August I replanted the runners on my old strawberry plants, and also bought six new plants to put in a new bed. They're all growing well and looking healthy -  in fact the new plants are putting out runners and forming new plantlets already. Should I allow these to grow on into new plants, or remove them?

Protecting Chard and Spinach

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 18:02

I find chard to be as tough as old boots, and able to withstand hard winters without protection.

The leaves on mine are still being chomped to ribbons by caterpillar or something, as are my black kale plants. They're not netted but the birds are simply not cooperating by eating the beasties. I just hope the colder weather will soon reduce the insect population.

shallots

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 19:11

I keep mine until the spring - saves worrying about the effects of winter frosts/floods. They've done very well this year.

Squash Query

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 17:26

Thanks, I found that useful too. I have a single squash plant that I was given by a friend, who said it was a butternut squash, but so far the fruits are pale green striped (the largest one is about 4 inches long now). Is it perhaps not a butternut? Or do some squashes have stripes when they're juveniles, like some mammals? Can't be for camouflage, though, so I'm confused. I suppose time will tell.

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