Green Magpie


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Seeds

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 16:28

One way to test germination (and thus avoid wasting time and garden space if they turn out to be too old) is to try putting a few seeds on some damp kitchen paper. Cover with another sheet of damp paper and put them somewhere warmish and darkish. Keep them damp, check them every few days and if they show any sign of little roots or shoots, you know you've got viable seeds.

What not to grow

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 09:50

Yup, I had already dismissed celeriac because I can imagine how small and lumpy mine would turn out (plus, it sounds as if you have to start them in modules or something). And swedes - well, how many swedes can you eat? I buy one occasionally (most recently to have with haggis!) but not very often.

But, to be positive, I am going to plant my shallots soon. They always do well.

What not to grow

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 16:43

Every year I decide to try to grow at least one new vegetable, and I have to say I've been disappointed with my recent efforts:

Celtuce - bitter green leaves with no point or interest to them.

Asparagus peas - didn't thrive, stayed tiny and produced only a few, tough little pods.

Chicory - mine turned messy and slimy, and tasted horrible

Petit Posy, a sort of sprout-kale cross that turned out to have the worst features of both.

Scorzonera - long rope-like tubers that were almost impossible to dig out of the ground and tasted of nothing when cooked.

Now you'll be thinking it's just me, but I grow lovely carrots, tomatoes, courgettes, chillis, peas, beans, parsnips, potatoes and salads. I just can't seem to be successful with anything more unusual (unless you count the chilllis, or land cress). Perhaps they are unusual for a reason ...

Anyway, I am undaunted and this year I'm trying cavalo nero (black kale).

How about you?

Seeds

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 16:18

I can recommend two internet-based sources: Moreveg and SimplySeed. Both have a good range of seeds at very reasonable prices, and modest postal charges.

last years compost

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 12:52

I really wouldn't re-use compost for crops in the same family (like tomatoes/potatoes). Not only might there be diseases lurking there, but the compost will have given up most of the nutrients required by those plants. Even in open soil, most people avoid re-planting the same crops in the same place each year, and compost in pots runs out of nutrients faster than soil/compost in garden beds.

But you could try try some different crops or plants in the old compost (salad leaves, herbs, baby carrots, flowers, bulbs).

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 14:31

I would think that keeping one in a pot from the start would be differerent from trying to move one into a pot from the garden. You may well find its rootball is much too large for it to transplant successfully now. I suppose you've got nothing to lose by trying, but I have my doubts ...

Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 10:02

I've grown Maskotka a couple of times and was very pleased with them. Like everything else they struggled last summer, but they're a bush-type tomato, easy to grow, with small, tasty fruits. They are suitable for growing in pots and containers, but I just let mine straggle around in a raised bed.I'm planning to grow them again this year.

Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 16:51

Thanks from me, too, for that link on tomato growing. It looks useful and sensible, and I'm sure I'll be consulting it again soon.

Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 10:00

I was very disappointed with Tigerella when I tried them last year, but I was growing them out of doors and perhaps Tigeralla were disappointed with the weather! I aslo grew a few Legend (Chili Lover above) but they were a complete failure as they simply didn't mature and ripen (sulking again, I should think)When they do well they're enormous bush tomatoes. Sungold has my vote, and I'm also planning to grow Maskotka (bush cherry tomato) again.

Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 19:13

I found Sungold at least as good as Gardeners' Delight, and they seemd to resist the blight quite well too.

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