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Latest posts by Madeleine51

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

 

To Manure or not to Manure

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 17:25

For several years I have had really good brocolli harvests  by following advice to grow it in previous year's runner bean patch and to manure/compost in autumn. For rthe runner beans I usually manure at some point between winter and spring.

My question is, do I need to manure the bean patch again for next year's brocolli crop there or would the plot be good enough as it is without extra manure?

Many thanks

 

 

 

 

harvesting-butternut-squash

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 23:13

Thanks Bob and Lizzie. Re storing them indoors on windowsills, we have radiators beneath all our windowsills. Would that be too warm for them? I had wondered about keeping them in the garage but we have had mice in there that have nibbled at our potatoes in the past.

loving-this-series-of-gardeners-world

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 22:02

Just wait though until you see the new allotment series coming out which is being filmed right now and which is similar I believe in style to the Great British Bake off.

Something to look forward to methinks

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Sweet Potatoes

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