Mike Allen

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Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 22:08

To be honest.  Mike has skipped most of the replies. Somehow I feel that this is a bit of a tricky question.  Let's depart from the singular to the multipla.  So you have a plot.  You wish to grow provide as much as possible of your daily needs.  So top of the list.  Spuds.  Take stock. of the UK's populace.  Even the Welsh use spuds in their soups.  Potato and leek soup.  My friends the Scotties.  Haggis and tatties, tatties and whatever.  Without doubt. The humble spud must be top orf the list.  Now take stock of your sunday roast, whetherornot you eat in or out.  The sunday roast.  Meat, spuds, boiled and roast, followed by peas, greens (cabbage)  perhaps onions.  I think these are the basics.  OK in the case of cabage.   The world is your oyster,  Basic cabbage, cauli, Brocklie etc.  Onions, shallotts, leeks.  Definitely, carrots and when in season parsnips.  For the latter.  Parsnips are best after a frost.  Then fo a more valid pot.  The old favourite swede,  Several other veggies might be added.  But as starters.  I stick to the above.

Wisteria problem

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 21:50

If it is growing away merrily.  The problem has to lie elseware.  As that old timer used to say.  The answer lies in the soil.  Back now to the mystery of pH.  If you can.  Test the surrounding soil.  If my chemistry serves me correct. I would say that the lack of flowers is due to a deficiency of Potassium in the soil.

Will primroses grow in full shade?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 21:37

IMHO.  The main requirement for Primulacea is.  Moisture.  Not soaking but moist.

pea supports

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 21:33

Of course, plastic netting is so easy to use.  However. I grew up learning the hard way.  Take a stroll in the local woods or an area where there are bushes.  You will find loads of twigs etc no longer bearing leaf or bloom.  Even perhaps in your own garden, there might be twriggy bits lying around. Gather these up and then poke them into the soil between your rows of peas.  The same can be said for dwarf beans.  Trust me.  It works and it's free.

Need advice on Cauliflowers please!

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 21:26

If I may?  As already mentioned.  Caulies are about the hardest of this family to grow, well to grow to the point of finally getting a good harvest.  We all wish to attain perfectio for our efforts, but in this field, might I suggest.  Until you have trialed your expertise for a while.  Be patient with perhaps a smaller head, rather than plumping for a head of show quality.  Believe me, each will reward you.  one point I learned from my dad.  Who was just an ordinary guy with a plot.  Make use of those long leaves.  Fold them over to protect the head.

Monty's box hedging

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:44

I think I had better avoid replying to threads dealing with TV programs/personalities.  Michael me boy, says I to myself.  Let's hope and pray that other TV progs are ever mentioned.  Casualty, Corrie, East Enders etc.  I can understand how viers become so involved with the screen in the corner.  My wife used to watch most of the regulars.  She having been an avid follower of the hospital series.   I sometimes sadly ask myself.  I wonder what her thought were, on the way to heart surgery?  She never came back.


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:32

Perhaps I have mentioned this before.  Fuchsias are among the easiest of plants to propagate. Taking cuttings.  No need to cut just below a leaf joint.  Even the smallest piece of stem can be used.  If running short on material.  Take atypical cutting, stem with at least two leaves.  Cut the stem in half lengthways.  You now have two cuttings each with a single leaf.  If you find getting cuttings to root in water, ok, but honestly, they do root well in the usual way.  If you want to experiment.  Sometimes parts of the plant might get damaged.  Just sever it from the main plant, even if it now looks like a seperate plant, stick it in a pot.  Due to lack of space, I often stick cuttings around the edge of the pot containing the original.  Should you wish to try growing standards or haf standards.  Select a shoot that has three leaves at the tip.  Don't ask me why three leaves are better than two, as I have produced standards using two and three leaved cuttings.  I have to admit.  The three-leaved cutting does tend to get going faster.

Which annual and perenial seedlings should be 'pinched out'?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 00:39

Much depends on choice.  The annual basically has a very short life cycle.  The seed is sown, it germinates, it grows.  If it were possible to get inside, what might be called it's brain.  Here I am.  I must grow.  I must flower adn set seed.  Then my task is over.  There is however a variation in annuals grown or started off inpots containers et on the windowsill.  We all know how quickly and leggy these seedling develop.  So to pinch them out will, firstly slow them down, and atv the same time, enable them to develop side shoots etc.  Thus in the long term giving more seding prospects.

The perennials.  Have similar inbuilt plans,howeverthey have this added furtherance of life.  Here we the gardener wish to have the best.  Strong healthy plants,bushy full of flowers.  Our intervention therefore is to pinch out, to stop upward growth and direct  it to go where we want it.

Monty's box hedging

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 00:24

Hey guys!  It is a tv program.  Please step out of cloud cuckoo land.  Let's be realistic.  Our dear friend Monty, is just a plant.  He is on scene for a short while.  He's working for a living and following the script.  Had that been my box hedge.  I wouldn't have gone throough the motions of cutting it down, burning in in small portions and then being faced with the task of grubbing out the roots.  TV companies.  Where do you get your directors from?????

Found lots of rubble under grass

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 00:40

Althuogh it probably isn't much consulation, but.  Have you ever watch some of these TV ventures across the British Isles?  It really is amazing as to how little depth the soil covering is in general.  This of course isn't much help to you.  When members post, saying that they have a slope in tghe garden.  I am always suspicious, what's beneath it all.

What is your intention?  Have you prodded around to see if the whole area is on top of rubble?  Please give yourself a bit of time.  Carry out a few checks, how far out is the rubble etc. Please get back and let us know.  We are here to help you.

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