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Posted: 21/11/2012 at 11:09
artjak wrote (see)

Had loads of Swiss Chard last year (welcome Pepperted) but thought I would follow M. Don's advice and grow Winter Giant Spinach - well the seeds have been in for weeks and nothing has happened; is there something about growing spinach that I ought to know as I do seem to have big problems with it.

 

It is all in the preparation Artjak, the bed needs to be deeply dug with plenty of well rotted manure dug in then dress the top with granular fertiliser. Winter Spinach is more often called Spinach beet, you only use the leaves which taste like spinach.
Sow in late July or August for a winter crop in a sheltered sunny site and thin out when the first shoots show then thin out again to about nine inches apart when they grow taller, the thinnings can be eaten.
The summer crop should be sown in March and progresively sown for a continuous crop, this needs to be out of full sun as it will run to seed so a shaded spot will do nicely.

Frank.

Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 17:44

Ted do not know where you live Geoff lives in the far south I live in the north east one foot in the north sea so I would lift them Geoff would probably leave them.
Gardening advice depends on where you live.

Frank.

Potted Chrysanthemums

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 15:11

Lift them with a large root ball and pot up in a large pot then if possible put them in a green house or a sheltered spot. Do this before the frost gets them. If in a greenhouse you should have flowers until Christmas.
When the flowers are finished keep them fairly dry under cover then next spring when they wake up take cuttings and keep potting them on.

Frank.

carrot root fly

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 15:03

This happens if you plant in the same ground as last year.
Carrot root fly lays its eggs in the soil near carrots and they overwinter usually flying in June but can also have a second run in August. There are sprays for use against the late flight although I do not like them.
Rotate your crop well away from last years or do as I do plant in pots and lift them high, still cover them with mesh and water carefully although Carrot fly are supposedly low flying?

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 14:50

Damp dour not at all sunny, well that was me out of the shower this morning, Stockton's weather much the same as I felt then.
A visit to the Super market I found masses of snow shovels on sale?
Do they know something we do not???

Frank.

Garden design project needing some help!

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 13:29

Harriet, it is not just about water conservation it is also about your own particular garden. The garden I grew up with was very productive although under it was pure sand, the top with a couple of hundred years of cultivation being manured yearly had around three four feet of good topsoil although water went through and it became quite dry in hot summers. We had very large water butts at all down comers from the house stables even the pig pens, it was needed as we only had one water tap in the house. My Father taught me to water only the plants and not the whole garden in general as people do with hoses now. A drop of ammonia in the butts for watering plants kept them clean but animal drinking water was kept tightly lidded and sealed, it did go a bit green although any one having drunk water from a ships fresh tanks will know it is drinkable.

Where I live now it is an under strata of brick clay and was dug out for years for brick making. This means the water strata is quite high and water will lay there the local gardens tend to flood. I am on the top of a hill so it is all downhill plus on moving in I dug some deep sink holes with runaways so although with very high rain fall I get the odd pond it is not as bad as some.
Plants do not need water as often as the old house and living in the North East with plenty of water plus the unused facility at Kielder we do not appear to be able to give the stuff away. A year or so back a couple of miles from me they were filling water tankers 24 hours a day and running it into Yorkshire, their reservoir's were dry.
What we are saying is water depends on where you live, as an engineer I can see no reason for not running water pipes down country, filling rivers that could be pumped on South to where it is needed. We once sent coal from this area to London so why not water tankers or is that too simple.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 12:56

Jo with you today staying in, Daughter is in Lisbon but I am still scurrying around cleaning up in case she gets back early.

Stockton.
Damp cold windy, I could hear a tapping on the window and looking out there is a Pauls Scarlet climbing rose fully formed and open, as it is against the wall it probably has a micro climate, it put a smile on my face. Plus a big rise in my industrial pension and the PDWP saying they are putting a lumper in my bank, I am beginning to love Christmas.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 10:43

The lawns are white, it is very cold, the sky a clear blue in all directions.
The trees are a lovely rainbow of colour although the leaves are getting less by the minute. So you could say Sunny Stockton.
Winter for a gardener is best cold Artjak it gets rid off some of the nasties that plague us after a mild winter, lets get it over and start gardening again.

Lamb roasting slowly, Roast spuds, plenty of veg with Yorkies.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 23:34

"Ah" Posh, Thomas Hood also wrote the "The song of the shirt" you could say a dirge against industrialised labour, also known for his comic poems.
Glorious day here on Teesside I had to cross the Styx to the Borough side a bit duller then back up into Durham lovely sunshine the woods at Wynyard in beautiful technicolour, the fields with a slight mist rising as I cane back and the sun setting in the west striking colour off the clouds.
I went to see Alfy the terrier who never left my side whilst at my daughters, "oh" did I say also visited to see said daughter. Alfy wanted to come back with me, he knows his friends.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 10:30

Stockton on Tees part cloud mainly sunny quite warm.
Frank.

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