Latest posts by NewBoy2

Questions about growing sweet corn

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 15:34

Hi Chris

Sow seeds straight into well prepared  soil

Make a diamond formation with the pointed end facing the prevailing wind direction much like the set up for ten pin bowling. The plants will have the best chance of being pollinated

You obviously know how to grow sweet corn but its just a matter of luck if you get a good harvest

Make a detailed note of what you do and when and what the soil is like etc and then next season you can be even better

Potatoes are the easiest and sweetcorn and one of the most fussy...........bit like children

Good luck and good eating

PS...........please dont start a sentence with so


Buying Roses

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 15:13

I apologise if I have asked this before friends

I have a South facing flower bed about 7 foot by 18 inches and I want to plant a couple of .....

Small Red roses with many heads and to grow about 4 foot high max

Strong scented if possible

? Any suggestions please 


Posted: 16/03/2017 at 15:14

I have 2 types.........Black Beauty and Bianco

? Which are bushy and trailing types please friends

Last edited: 16 March 2017 15:14:41

Growing sweet potato

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 14:52

The same as normal chips..........depends how much you normally use

I also like Bubble and Squeek with SP s instead of normal spuds

Growing sweet potato

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 10:50

Peel and cut into chip shapes and boil for 15 mins and then fry in olive oil with some chilli powder

!Chilli Sweet Potato Chips " are good

Bird Box

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 10:47

Ive moved it so it faces away from the sun

A blue tit was investigating 2 days ago so I hope he / she can now find it

Its on a fence post 5 foot above the patio with a clear flight path and no over hanging foliage

Thanks friends as usual

Growing sweet potato

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 15:29

Agree with Bob........small tubers grew

However I gave a potatoe to my Community Garden and they grew large ones in their polly tunnel so I suppose me just chucking bought tubers in the ground and hoping was not enough TLC

Bird Box

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 15:26

I have a bird box and it faces South.

A friend says it should be positioned so the sun does not make the chicks over heat and die in Spring / Summer

? Any thoughts please

Edging Tools - University Project Help

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 12:02

Edgers are one of the last tools you use after you have dug and weeded and manured and sown and weeded and harvested and etc etc

Allotmenteers use wooden boards to mark borders

Edgers are more for gardeners than Allotmenteers

University Project - improving gardening tools

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 11:59

Go and ask people at your nearest allotments and take a pen and paper to write down what they say

1.It depends what season it is

   January till February...............Digging and soil preparing time

                                               Chillington Hoe ( Destroyer of Worlds )  and Spade and Forks


   February onwards...................Plant tending

                                                Hoes of different sizes

                                                Hand forks and trowels

                                                Watering cans 

   Anytime.................................Shears for cutting down Green Manure and hedging

                                                Wheel barrows of different sizes




I have had some tools longer that I was married and they are dependable and dont argue !!

2. Not a relevant question

   Its like asking a hospital surgeon what medical instrument he wants to start with

   A Newbie needs whatever he needs for what he wants to do first

3. No ............they all work well  if the  operator works well !!


Good luck                                        

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