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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.

Rampant raspberry plants

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 20:59

Hi All

Two years ago  I planted a fresh row of raspberries at my allotment. I bought some autumn ones and was given several whipa of a friend's summer variety.  The autumn ones have grown ok but the others went absolutely mad at the beginning of this year and spread amongst my berry bushes as well as way into next plotholder's patch.  I could not believe how much they had spread along the surface of the ground when I went there in February/March this year. They grew to about 10 feet in height and despite this, the crop was sad. I am so embarassed about it.

SO does anyone know what I might have done wrong and what I should do.  I am sorely tempted to rip the whole lot up and start again.

Help!

Brocolli and other brassicas

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:52

I have grown my own brocolli successfully for several years now and always sow them in the greenhouse or conservatory rfrom seed.  The most important thing I have found is digging in autumn or early winter and then pulling any weeds out by hand in spring before planting so as not to destroy the ground and to keep the firmness there.  When I plant them they go in deep into a small hole and the soil is punched into place around the stems (sounds brutal but provided the little plants or not broken all will be ok).  This is to keep them in firm soil.  Apparently they don't like air around their roots and hence my digging/composting is done in autumn. I will see if I can get the calabrese marathon but so far every time I have looked for brocolli seeds,  the GC's have been out of stock. I wonder why 

I have some lettuces that are ready to plant out and more to follow later and I have to admit I am dreading putting them in the groung because of the slugs and snails this year. They are becoming quite athletic munchers and have been climbing my runner bean poles.  Even hydrangeas have been eaten, leaves and flowers too!  Will be sowing more beetroot, carrots and trying some more cabbages.  I only grow summer cauli's as I think the winter ones are in the ground too long and take up too much space for little reward.  So far my cauli's are large golfball size and looking as if they too are going to bolt.   Oh dear.  Perhaps I will have to buy frozen brocolli too.

 

Brocolli and other brassicas

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 17:16

  I think I could have done with that ant--ageing advice 30 years ago!  I wonder how long frozen is going to stay at £1.25 per kilo given that there is bound to be a shortage. Might try it though.  Cheers

Brocolli and other brassicas

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 16:03

I went to the supermarket today to buy some brocolli to put with a nearly bolting piece of cauliflower from the garden to make at broc & cauli cheese for lunch. All my brassicas have been loose and quick to bolt as I believe has been the case across the country.  But £2.97 per kilofor brocolli!!!!!??  

So with this in mind and hoping we have an Indian summer this year, I am going to sow some seeds now in the hope that we a better crop in a few weeks time.  I thought I might grow the earlier variety to see if I can get away with it.  Nothing to lose.  I do love my brocolli but refuse to pay that price.  Any more ideas?

 

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