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Peat free compost

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 01:00

Wow, so much information. Thanks everyone. It's clear I'm going to have to do something. I'll have a look for the brands mentioned tomorrow and dump the rest of my batch as a mulch round the gooseberries.

Chrysanth cuttings

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 00:55

Thanks all.

Parsnip failure

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 00:54

Thanks for the replies folks. I'll sow another batch tomorrow.

Chrysanth cuttings

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 23:03

The GW website encourages planting out chrysanths this weekend but my cuttings, in an unheated greenhouse, have barely started to root. They're about 3 inches tall and I was planning to pinch out the tips tomorrow. Should I really be putting them out now ? Should I start hardening them off ?

Peat free compost

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 22:47

I bought 2 large bags of peat free compost from my local DIY chain, the one that offers Diamond Discount on a Wednesday, and it's awful. I potted on pumpkins, courgettes and cucumbers last weekend in the greenhouse. I watered each morning before work but by the time I got home in the evening, and it's not been that warm, the stuff has dried out to a solid mass. 

I'm thinking of mixing it 50/50 with a growbag but does anybody have an alternative solution please ?

Parsnip failure

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 22:35

Everyone of my seemingly healthy parsnip seedlings have been eaten, either by slugs or snails. Is it too late to start again or shall I just re-use the bed for something else ?

Thanks in anticipation.

Potatoes at Christmas

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 19:54

Thanks Runnybeak. I'll put half a dozen in the garage and give it a go. The parsnips and sprouts are in and the carrots will be following in a couple of weeks.

 

Potatoes at Christmas

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 22:14

I remember reading somewhere that it is possible to save some seed potatoes for planting later and getting a crop ready for Christmas. I've just bought a big bag of loose Anya ( two quids from Wilko) and wondered if anyone knows the technique. I have them all chitting in a cool conservatory at the moment.

Many thanks.

Parsnips

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:12

That's odd Bob. They look to be 90% inedible to be honest. I like a nice chunky parsnip ideal for cutting into fingers and roasting. Thanks for the advice above. I'll try to get some in this weekend.

 

Parsnips

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 00:06

I note your comments Bob but I was planning starting a batch in 2 inch peat modules this weekend and planting the whole lot out after germination. If you think it won't work then I won't waste the pots.

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Chrysanth cuttings

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Peat free compost

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Parsnip failure

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Potatoes at Christmas

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Moving rhubarb

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Winter onions

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Baby figs

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Greenhouse glazing

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Suitable pots

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Geranium Lord Bute

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Replacing a rose

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Mulch question

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Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

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Thinking of buying

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Another tomato question

seed query 
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