Rainwater Fanatic

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Bolting pak choi

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 17:01

I stand corrected.

Bolting pak choi

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 06:19

Hi Mairimac,

Last year I started my pak choi off in the greenhouse and transplanted it into position and had the same problem. I have since read that it really does not like being transplanted and so have sown directly in the soil this year. It comes up pretty quickly and so I would suggest that you start again with some direct sowings. It is certainly not too late to start again.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 13:42

I am definitely with Lindsay on this one - New Horizon peat free has always proved extremely reliable for me and I really like the peat free aspect. 

I needed some 'emergency compost' last week and ended up buying a bag from one of the big brands (possibly Tunstall?) and it had something printed on the bag along the lines of ' Yes, we do use peat, but do not take it from anywhere environmentally important'. To my mind, it is all environmentally important and so peat free for me.


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 11:51

I dug out some bamboo last year and it was an absolute killer. I ended up breaking my spade in half. The only way I could do it was to buy something which I think is commonly known as a 'Fencer's Grafter'. It is like a long handled all metal spade with a narrow head. It is the thing that contractors use when digging holes for fence posts.

It set be back about £30 from the local fencing supplies place. I think you will struggle to find one at a garden centre or DIY store. It is however almost unbreakable and so worth considering if you want to keep your other tools in one piece.

It was however still incredibly hard work and so, unless you are up for a challenge, it may be worth scanning the classifieds in the local paper. Lots of brawn and little brains required.

Garlic - progress report

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 15:15

It could of course be the type of garlic that you are sowing Bf206. This year I bought 4 different types from The Garlic Farm which I sowed in pots in the greenhouse in October (I think). I have Albigensian Wight, Early Purple Wight, Iberia Wight and Solent Wight. Although they were all treated exactly the same, the Solent Wight was far more scrawny than the other 3, and still is after a couple of months in the ground.

If you have used cloves from the supermarket, they may not be suited to our climate and will struggle to perform really well. I otherwise agree with Zoomer that it is still far too early to tell. 

garden /allotment tilling

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 07:46

Hi clogerhead,

I bought a Mantis a couple of years ago and have never regretted it. It is not to be confused with a full blown rotavator which will plough through even the toughest of virgin ground, but it is excellent at quickly getting a half worked area into a fine tilth ready for planting.

The first few times I used it, it brought all the stones up to the surface and some of these did get stuck between the tines(?) and needed unblocking, but after a few passes it was a piece of cake.

I also bought the lawn scarifying attachment which may well be worth considering if you have lawn area.

Help - Total Beginner

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 11:45

It is a really good idea to get to know the other allotment holders. I have always found most allotmenteers to be very generous with their advice to newcomers. Good Luck.

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 11:36

It looks like I am in a very small minority, but we encourage squirrels into our garden. Admittedly, if they were chewing the house to bits I might have a different view, but we get hours of enjoyment watching their antics. The cat also really appreciates having these visitors who she regards as playmates, although the feeling is not reciprocated.

Taking a gun to a squirrel does in any case seem a bit extreme. I thought we gardeners were a gentler bunch.

Potato Blight - which potato to grow

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 18:19

I haven't grown it yet myself, but it appears that the new kid on the block for incredible blight resistance is Sarpo Mira. Definitely worth checking out.;

All I want for Christmas is...

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 14:38

Some green fingers please.

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