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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.

Aftercare of geums

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 20:51

It could be Pennine, I've just had a look around the internet but there doesn't seem to be much information about them online.

You could ask here by using this query form

I'm a big fan of geums too and think they are a much over looked little plant.

My sister in law keeps pulling them up as weeds, when she has done nothing about the dreaded himalyan balsam creeping in to the bottom of her garden.

Aftercare of geums

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 20:13

Which Geums are we talking about? My Mrs J Bradshaw and Totally Tangerine (I don't know the grown up name I'm afraid ) flowered for ages this year, Mrs Bradshaw is still going now although I'm hoping she'll set seeds.

I have two un-named much smaller Geums with little orange flowers on that haven't done at all well this year though.

What plant is this please

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 23:23
Hollie- Hock wrote (see)

Thanks for the interesting thread  I've been thinking of getting this plant for a while now.

Some of the seed suppliers have said that they need a peroid of cold in a fridge to get them going. Gary- Was this your experience? I'm all for growing from seed, I can wait to see a result, but can't be doing with the faff of having to put them in the fridge before they germinate. 

I want to grow them as they attract bees & butterflies.


I started mine in gritty compost in early spring (from seeds ollected the previous autumn) and did little else than watch them grow after leaving the seed trays in a shady corner of the garden. They pop up everywhere once you have them (which I like) and the bees, butterflies and moths absolutely adore them.

Once you have them you can either grow them from the seeds they produce or wait to replant their offspring (or both).

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