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mushroom compost

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 19:19

Plants which like lime in their soil. Mushroom Culture has a lot of lime in it so the compost has a high PH. In the past I have used mushroom compost mixed in with soil 2 parts to 5 for Leeks and potatoes which like their growing medium to be on slightly acid. Hope this helps!


Posted: 15/04/2012 at 18:58

I have sown mine in 6" pots very thinly at the end of march and they are 4" high with 4 leaves. I have kept an eye on them in the green house and I did put the pots in large freezer bags so they did not get cold.


Posted: 15/04/2012 at 18:51

I grow mine up and in qrow bags(the small round type you fill yourself). I started them off as seeds in march last year and planted out in may. I fed them every 10 days and waterd them every day in the early morning. I had lots of courgettes!

Growing Pumpkins Vertically

Posted: 21/03/2012 at 14:10

I started my squashes off last week, and I always grow up! The varieties I use are Uchiki Kuri and Hunter (Butternut). My neighbor grew a variety called Mars, and he grew his in an old tin bath up thick blackthorn sticks! I used three myself as lanterns on All Hallows Eve.


Posted: 21/03/2012 at 13:40

As long as you don't put them in the same growbag/pot, or grow them close (and I mean like next door to each other). Last year I grew mine on opposite sides of the green house and it was fine. My green house isn't huge either!


Posted: 18/03/2012 at 18:00

No problem! they don't have deep root sytems so you should be ok. the only thing I would be concerned is the moisture level. Shallots need free draining soil so I would take a third of the bag out and replace it with sandy fine gravel. Of course you need to keep an eye on the watering so they don't dry out!

Raised bed depth

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 17:50

I have 3 beds each 10ft long and 4ft wide. They are made with old scaffolding planks from a builder. They cost £3 each. The depth is 10" and I used 4ton of topsoil and 12 75 litre bags of multi purpose compost thats 4 bags for each bed! I had fantastic results last year and I hope good results this year. I was told by a very experienced  gardener as long as you do not make them wider than 4ft you can make them any length you like. The width of 4ft is so you can reach the middle of the bed with ease.

Purple sage seeds

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 22:18

Purple Sage seeds. The only place I have seen them is a web site called Titherington Herbs. Hope this helps!

so the toms leeks and parsnips whats your plans for the weekend

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 22:13

This weekend I will mostly be sowing seeds in my little potting shed to go in my greenhouse. I will of course be accompanied by a large flask of tea and a portable CD player for my audiobook cd's.

Talkback: How to grow garlic

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 22:05

I grew garlic in 6" pots once and they were fantastic, but a pain because I had to water them so often. This year  I have set them in between my shallots and onions. A much better place to grow them. I hope to have large perfectly formed bulbs of garlic in September!

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