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Posted: 10/04/2014 at 20:42

Believe it or not I was picking curly kale today from last year's plant. It's started going to seed so I used the top as I would for sprouting broccoli, quite delicious steamed. I'll keep the plant going till other greens come on line. Kale's such a good stop gap at this time of year as it's so tough. Ever tried young nettle leaves steamed, full of iron.


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 11:43

I've answered this twice and it didn't get through, here's hoping! I find Autumn cuttings are easier simply because I can almost forget about them. If taken in the Spring, put them in the shade and don't let them get too dry. If the cutting is long cut it into bits and I always remove lower leaves. I do sometimes use hormone powder but usually only for soft cuttings. I take cuttings all year round, when the mixed hedge is cut I can't bear to see everything go on the compost heap. so off I go again. They make nice pressies.

Enjoy yourself!


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 20:22

I've just potted up 10 lovely pyracanthus  that I got from Autumn cuttings. Wonderful root systems. My bush is about 4 ft tall and I prune as needed. Will sell the plants at a charity sale in April. Just stick cuttings in a pot of compost and forget about them!


Broad Beans

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 09:47

Thanks Mike, I'll nip them out today and see how they do. Light still pretty bad...snow coming in.

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 21:53

I get bees in the greenhouse no problem and always have half my strawberries in there for early fruiting. I put them out over late Autumn /winter and bring them in in Feb...earlier this year as they were getting bashed with the gales. Good luck.Ps I grow autumn planted sweet peas at the greenhouse door which flower early and attract the bees in.

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 21:48

I use them in the greenhouse and they're brilliant for keeping the greenfly away. Who gives a damn what's in fashion, I love the old varieties, veg included often enough, grow what you like and enjoy it!

Broad Beans

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 21:44

Mine are in large tubs in a cold greenhouse and due to the low light levels this winter they're stretched and  are very spindly, about 3 ft high. I've staked and tied each one. I usually put them outside after the March winds, but should I ditch them and start again, or hope they'll get sturdier later.? I live in the highlands

How late is this 'spring'?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 08:24

NW bitter winds with winter squalls here in the west highlands. I took out about 50 bedding plants yesterday to harden off and planted a dozen or so. I shall go out and apologise to their bodies soon, and take the rest back into the overcrowded greenhouse. We'll all catch up soon tho, June will be beautiful!!!

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