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Compost for sowing seeds

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 09:45

Hi All on this cold and frosty morning!  I have read several discussions on these forums on good and bad composts to buy.  My question is, does anyone out there use homemade composts using sifted garden compost  (and additives?) to sow their seeds and pot up in the greenhouse?

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 09:28

After reading a discussion on growing tomatoes and cucumbers together in a greenhouse, has anyone had success in growing outdoor cucumbers and if so, which variety?

Butternut Squash

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 10:55

The bacon, tomato and cheese idea sounds yum, Bob!

 

Butternut Squash

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 10:52

Look at the BBC Good Food website which is full of ideas.  Just type Butternut Squash or whichever ingredient you want to use up into the search slot and hey presto! (Great for courgette recipes!!) 

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 09:11

Thanks Pam and Bob. Yes 10 plants from the link you sent me.  That could do for the first time.   I  wonder what the opinions are about growing  the plants as opposed to the slips way?

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:11

Hi All

Thanks for your replies.  Your crop looks good LL.  Which variety did you grow and how do they compare taste and texture-wise to shop-bought ones?

 I am sorry to say that, despite my posing the question here, I never got around to planting sweet potato this year which is a shame as it sounds as if it would have been a good year weather-wise. But I am currently planning my allotments for next year so will plan to an area for them.  Is it a case of not planting them where potatoes have been grown the previous year?

 

 

Preparing bed for onions

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 22:01

I usually like to plant a batch of sets at the allotment at this time of year  I know the theory is that you don't gain anything by it and that both new year and autumn varieties harvest quite close together in the end but I hate seeing bare soil over the winter months,  But Bob's routine sounds rather good.  Only problem is, I have too many things on the go in the greenhouse at the beginning of the year.  I presume you are not talking about starting off with modules in autumn Bob?

Preparing bed for onions

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 21:46

I wonder where the "thou shalt not add manure or compost" theory came from then

To Manure or not to Manure

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 21:43

Thanks for that advice Fidge and Bob. I suspected that that would be the case.  I will certainly make some nettle brew next year but will be starting with growmore as per usual.  Would comfrey brew be ok to use later too?(anther one I intend to make)

 

Preparing bed for onions

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 17:41

Hi Daisy

In reply to your question I can only say that  based on that same advice I had read many years ago, I haver never planted onion sets where I have just manured.  I  usually plant them where I have grown lettuces, tomatoes,  spinach or brassicas which will have been manured/composted earlier in year or the previous autumn for those crops.That routine seems to produce a great crop of onions.  I might try planting them in a small patch of manured ground this autumn just out of curiosity to see what happens.

Good luck. Hope this helps

 

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