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Compost for sowing seeds

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:21

Thank you everyone for that.  Yes I have got some of last year';s seed potting compost which has been left out side so it sounds as if I might be best digging it in somewhere and starting again. I am tempted to try using my own sifted garden compost as an experiment and see how things go, bearing in mind I must keep an eye on the weeds that sprout too. I do hate disappointment though!

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 19:52

Sorry - been grannying today with little 2 year old which has been great fun  in the veggie garden at home with his little wheelbarrow and tool set.  Start them young!

Yes - Marketmore seems to be a popular variety and you seem to be tolerating the pips.  Cucumbers in Italy seem to have rather tough skins too and need peeling. Maybe most of them are grown outdoors too. I expect they still beat the shop bought ones. 

Will seek out La Diva, Pam. 

Will keep looking for other varieties.  What would happen if I grew a greenhouse variety in the garden I wonder?  Might be an interesting experiment. Anyone tried it?

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:26

Thanks Forester.  I will be very interested to hear of any successful varieties. I don't get up to the allotment every day ( assume they need watering daily if there is no rain) so I shall probably try some in the garden so I can keep an eye on them.

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?

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