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Wartime Farm

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 14:06

I can't imagine how frightening that must have been especially with speculation in the media about the German's capabilities. My family are largely from dockyard stock, all working and living around Chatham Dockyard at the out-break of war. Sadly though pretty much all of my relatives who lived through those times have since passed on, before I was old enough to ask any significant questions about what it was like or having any real understanding of what war actually was.

It's interesting to hear how those times affected normal people in their everyday lives and how they coped with things that seem so alien to us today.




Passion Flower

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 13:27

If they all opened at the same time the flowering season would be very short, I think I read somewhere that each flower lasts a day or so, so they prolong flowering by opening up one at a time over a longer period.

There probably is a way of increasing flowering though but it's interesting to note that a stressed plant will produce more flowers than one in particularly fertile soil. If you are feeding it, make sure it is a Potassium based feed, a feed with too much Nitrogen will produce lots of leaves but will not encourage flowering.

Hope this helps, the flowers are so beautiful.

Keeping cosmos

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 14:27

Lovely pics gardeningfanatic and Zona, I might see if I can add some myself later.

They're so easy to grow from seed I don't think it's really worth the effort trying to over winter them, especially if, like me, you have limited space.

Wartime Farm

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 19:33

Frank - I have enjoyed your posts so far, it's really good to hear the memories of someone that was actually there rather than relying on the programme to deliver anecdotal evidence of what war-time farming was like. I hope you continue to watch the series and that you carry on posting here as it progresses, giving us your real life insight in to a time I really hope no-one here has to experience again.

Regards, Leigh.

Sowing Winter Onions

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 13:19

Ah great thanks, I'll start them off today then on a windowsil. It saves me faffing about trying to net an odd shaped bed.

Sowing Winter Onions

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 11:28

Thanks for the help guys. Yeah, I have read that birds like to pull them up and chuck them about, assuming they are hardy (which I'm going to as I'm in the S.E.), would netting them off work just as well?

Wood pigeons, magpies and rooks have been the biggest problem with growing veg round here, pesky things. Thanks again.

Sowing Winter Onions

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 10:32

Hi, I've been given some onion sets to grow over winter but unfortunately all I know is that they are over winter onions, I don't have a variety name or any growing instructions.

Any general instructions on how to grow them would be greatly appreciated.



Posted: 09/09/2012 at 10:26

Assuming you have an autumn variety, yes you can. I have Aquadulce Claudia which I will be sowing in the next week or so.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 18:31

Another beautiful day here, and the blue box says the same for tomorrow. I sorted out a bed at the allotment for winter onions to be planted in tomorrow, and moved our compost bin which had been 'illegally' placed outside our plot, oops.

Turf stacking

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 11:23

I think Monty did a piece on turf stacking to make top soil/ compost either last week or the week before on GW. Might be worth looking to see if you can catch up on the bbc iplayer.

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