Laura Corin

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My first year in the vegetable garden

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 10:55




Fruit and Veg for a shaded spot

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 16:53
jatnikapyar wrote (see)

Wild Garlic thrives in shade

Yes - definitely.  We have wild garlic happily growing in the shade of a group of sycamores.

Fruit and Veg for a shaded spot

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 11:08

Chives and mint are meant to be okay in some shade.  I'd grow the mint in a pot though to stop it taking over.

Do you really need special seed compost?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 14:51

I've grown annual and perennial flowers from seed in the past, and always bought special seed compost.  This year, raising veg, I've just been using the green waste compost from the local authority to start my seeds of on the windowsill.  It seems to be sterile, but it's not at all fine and sieved.  The big seeds are happy (peas, squash) - no surprise there.  But I've also sown tiny chives and garlic chives in it, and they are coming up well too.

Is seed compost a con, or are there some seeds that really need the fine stuff?


Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:16

I grew Monarda from seed last year and it was really easy - they are now clumping up nicely in the beds around my patio.

Rotation with only two beds?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 22:34

I'm not planning on potatoes - my current thoughts are to have one bed for brassicas, the other for peas, carrots salads, beetroot and turnips.



Rotation with only two beds?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 22:16

Thanks, Dove.  I'll do my best.  If the growing goes well this year, I might put in another bed anyway.


Rotation with only two beds?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 13:23

I've just created two raised beds, each 4 feet by 4 feet.  I've designated one for brassicas and the other one for the rest.  I'm a bit worried that a two year rotation won't be enough to keep down pests/diseases.  Any experience?  I don't want to use less than one complete bed for brassicas, as I want to grow Chinese veg (Kailan, etc.) in addition to purple sprouting broccoli.



Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:09

I lived in China for many years.  Certainly when I first lived there - 1985/6 - night soil was collected by 'honey wagons' and put on fields.  It is said to be one of the causes of endemic hepatitis in the Chinese population.

If you are only spreading your own septic tank waste on the soil, I suppose that you are only likely to come across your own diseases.  Unless you ever have visitors using your loos.....

I have a septic tank and I'm not keen on experimenting with the contents.



Can I really plant these peas and carrots so early?

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 22:56

Thanks all - I'll put the cloches on but wait a bit - maybe start some peas on my window sill.


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Do you really need special seed compost?

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Can I really plant these peas and carrots so early?

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Digging a natural, unlined pond?

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Help me to love my peonies

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