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Latest posts by Madeleine51

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 12:01

Thanks everyone. Don't know about becoming the "expert" but will give it a try. Growing them under black plastic has been mentioned. Will keep and eye out for more info.  Something to mull over whilst waiting for some outdoor warmth (Ha ha).  Oh to get going out there!

 

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 10:39

Hi All. Just been putting pen to paper and planning out my veggie beds for the coming year.  I am wondering about growing some sweet potatoes for a change.  I find they go really well in curries, with and without meat,  and my grandson likes them as mash instead of potatoes. Has anyone got some hints about how to grow them?  I believe they are not related to ordinary spuds so may require some other growing conditions. Any ideas?  Thanks

Veg Growing Plan

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 21:23

What soil do you use in your tarpaulin type bags for growing carrots?

 

Veg to sow in February...

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 12:15

What size tub do you plant your early carrots in John?

 

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!

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Harvesting Butternut Squash

Harvesting B Squash query originally posted on Talkback forum in error 
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Butternut Sqash

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Brassicas - to fertilise or not?

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Companion planting

Ideas needed for companion planting for fruit and veg 
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Extending the life of bamboo canes 
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HEATED PROPOGATOR

I have recently inherited a heated propogator which has no instructions.  
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Homemade Cloches

How I make my own mini polytunnels 
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What are people sowing right now?

Seed sowing in greenhouses in early Feb 
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Compost for sowing seeds

Does anyone out there make their own compost for sowing seeds 
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Outdoor Cucumbers

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To Manure or not to Manure

Runner Bean patch 
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harvesting-butternut-squash

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BROCOLLI/CALABRESE

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Lupins

To cut back for more flowers this year, or not? 
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