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Tomatoes and cucumbers

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 19:30

I have grown tomato, cucumber, peppers and chilled in the same greenhouse for years and always do well. I ventilated well in hot weather and never seem to have any problems

Carrots & Parsnips in Manured Beds

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:09

I always use paper and have never tried anything else because its so easy to fit it into a tub. I use the tubs you get with a chinese take away and always fit the lid and it works every time.

how to grow swede

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 14:05

Swedes dont like root disturbance. I sow mine in paper pots, three seeds to a pot and thin out to the strongest seedling. When big enough I plant the complete pot, hence no root disturbance and no spaces due to lack of germination.The paper rots away in the soil.

parsnips seedlings

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 13:13

It normally only takes a few days for the seeds to shoot so keep an eye on them and make sure the paper does not dry out. Good luck.

Carrots & Parsnips in Manured Beds

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:59

I start parsnip seeds on damp kitchen paper in a plastic tub on warm window sill. When a small tail appears that seed has  germinated and is ready for planting. This way you only sow viable seeds.

parsnips seedlings

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:35

I start my parsnips off on damp kitchen paper in a plastic tub on a warm window sill.when a small tail shows you know that seed ready for planting. Some people then carefully put them straight into the ground and some grow???them on in tubes for a while.???



Broad Bean feed?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:21

I always put some chicken manure pellets in the bottom of the holes when I plant out my broad bean plants. They always do well.

Cauli, sprouts and cabbages

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 20:22

Surely if they were outside at the garden centre they will already be hardened off and should be okay to plant out.

Parsnips in plugs

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 11:12

Hello Alan4711 Turnips can be grown in plugs at the time stated on the packet. The reason for starting things off in plugs, root trainers etc. is that you can grow to a reasonable size before putting them in the ground. This stops slugs etc eating your seedlings before they produce good growth. Also they can be started off with protection from any frost. 

Parsnips in plugs

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 16:55

You would be better off using root trainers or the cardboard inner of toilet rolls. Parsnips grow a long tap root fast and you should aim to get your plants in the ground before the root touches the bottom or they could fork. Also if using toilet roll inners you can plant the whole lot and there is no disturbance which parsnips dont like.

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