Ivyhouse


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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.

Moving rhubarb

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 18:12

I have a rhubarb crown that does not seem too happy where it has lived for about five years. I must have had less than a dozen spindly sticks in that time so I'm going to move it to a new home. The bed is ready now but my neighbour says to leave it until Spring. Surely it would have more chance of establishing itself if I re-plant it now wouldn't it ?

Winter onions

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 10:52

I've just bought a pack of red winter onions to be planted in the Autumn. Would you say we are now in Autumn or should I leave it a couple of weeks.

Many thanks.

Baby figs

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 12:14

Thanks all. It seems such a shame to have to trash the crop but I do recall they all drop off over the winter anyway. Mine is a Brown Turkey but does anybody know which variety produces the small fruit suitable for poaching ?

Baby figs

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 20:18

Not 100% on topic but please stay with me. I recently had a dessert in my local fast pizza chain. Baby figs with Marsala and Mascarpone cheese. Absolutely divine. My fig tree is covered in small fruits about an inch in diameter and there is no way they will ripen now. If I soak them, poach even, in Marsala, are they likely to be edible ?

Many thanks in advance.

 

Pumpkins

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 20:22

My advice would be not to plant them out too early. I put 5 really healthy plants out last year on May 1st after a week of hardening off and they just stopped in their tracks. One got completely demolished by slugs so I sowed up some more which caught up within a month. I'l leave it until June 1st this time.

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