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growing winter onions

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 11:15

Last week I dug my onion  patch (previously potatoes) and added compost. I read somewhere that onions don't like manure so have always used compost.  Anyway I lightly trod it over after composting, sprinkled the surface with growmore and gently raked it in. I intend to plant out my onion sets after the weekend so the ground has had a bit of a rest and the growmore has begun to activate.  I have done this several years running and it seems to work well. Hope this helps

COMFREY

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 09:14

Thanks Tom and Gary. Something new to try!

Ruuner Bean roots- a problem?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 09:10

So are you saying that I should not need to re-compost the ground until after next year's brassicas have finished but rely on last year's composting and the nitrogen from the bean roots?

COMFREY

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 19:24

Wow. Thank yous All!  It has lots of uses then.  I like the idea of an accelerator for compost heaps and liquid fertiliser.  Does it grow out of control do you know?  From what I could see at the allotment, it was just a small row with leaves growing to about 30 - 40cms.  The plot appears to not have been worked for quite atime so I imagine that unless someone has been helping themselves in the meantime, that would be the maximum height.

COMFREY

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 17:00

I have been offered a half size allotment nearer to my home than the one I am currently sharing with a friend  I don't anticipate having much of a harvest there next year as it is going to be a case of clearing and conditioning the soil - it has been neglected for several years.   Whilst I was surveying the site yesterday I noticed the previous holder had a row of comfrey growing at the back.  I think I read somewhere that it is supposed to be good for soil conditioning.  Can anyone please tell me how and when it is used. Does it need to be left and allowed to rejuvenate year after year or is it to be re-sown or something.

Thanks everyone!

Ruuner Bean roots- a problem?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 16:13

I will probably pull them out early new year to help with the consolidation of the ground. You know - loose soil poor brassicas.  I try to get the soil done for brassicas in autumn and leave it well alone until just before planting time so it is not interfered with. But I digress.  Thanks Geoff!

Ruuner Bean roots- a problem?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 14:04

Yes that seems to be them.  Thanks Geoff. Maybe they will help my brocolli next year if I leave the roots in the soil when I incorporate some compost for autumn digging over the next couple of weeks. What says You?

 

Ruuner Bean roots- a problem?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 13:51

I sowed the seeds myself and planted them Geoff. Regarding nitrogen nodules, I had heard that it is best to leave the roots in the ground for a while to increase the nitrogen but I didn't know how they go about doing this.  Could this be the nodules then?

Ruuner Bean roots- a problem?

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 13:33

Hi All

I am just taking a break for lunch after clearing away the debris from my runner bean patch and would like to know if I have a problem there.  When I lifted up one or two of the plant remains. I noticed there were what looked like seeds attached to the roots. They are round and sandy coloured. Does any anyone have an idea what this could be and if I ignore it or if it is likely to be a problem, how do I deal with it?

Many thanks

Madeleiene

Rampant raspberry plants

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:30

Thanks PennineP. Sorry for the delay in response.

Yes I saw the programme about pruning raspberries.  I have cut back this summer's fruited canes and started to remove any laterally growing pieces.  I rpobably should only have put in a single row rather than a double one so I have thinned them out.  Will keep an eye on them over the autumn winter months  and try to restrain them as and when necessary. Fingers crossed.

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