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Vegetable Seeds

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 09:52

In the past I picked up cheap seeds from all of the above but this year I've hit the real seed company, a bit more pricey but really interesting varieties and you can harvest seeds from the crops as they are not hybirds, all their seeds have gone crazy with life so far with virtually no fails on the things I've put into individual pots such as peas, cucumbers etc.  Nice company to deal with, I've also joined seed sharing websites such as seedy pen palls and have received a great package from them in return for seeds i just wouldn't have used, who wants 2 thousand carrots?

Can I really plant these peas and carrots so early?

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 17:28

You could do it with hot beds, double dig (dig a spade down trench, air it with a fork at bottom of that to essentially loosen two spade depths) a trench and put lots of manure into the bottom then cover with the next trenches soil...as the manure rots down it will produce heat, (you may have seen them steam) if you put a cloche on that you might be ok even on the cost of southern Scotland, I used to have an allotment in Newcastle and this worked so well i could plant about an month a head of other gardeners it keeps the frost at bay and that is your real enemy...if you start things indoors still harden them off though. It has been a very mild year so reckon peas will be fine but carots are another matter as they should be in a less rich soil.

 

good luck

Seed swap

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 15:01

You can find my email address on my website  www.randommike.com its on the bookings page, dont really want to just write it here or the web spiders will start spamming me stuff. anyway knock me on an email if you have some seeds to trade all it will cost is a stamp each. I also joined seedy pen pals which is a seed exchange site not a dodgy internet dating site honest...

mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 14:50

perhaps it just stops them smelling you? or makes em slip off when they land? who knows but i defo works for me

How do i find out if we have any hedgehogs?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 14:48

yes i thought it was a person first time too, so much noise for such a small chap.

 

How do i find out if we have any hedgehogs?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 10:14

a little before dusk you will hear them, noisy buggers they are. I was amazed to discover what was making all the racket and you can follow them if your still and quiet they have bad eyesight, down wind works best for this. I used to hear one go past lots of evenings if i was reading my book in my hammock after pretending to tend the garden. 

Physalis Little Lanterns

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 10:11

I've not had too much luck with them but the stock i got was from a pound shop so that might be why, I've seen them growing in the Black Swan art center quadrangle in the middle of Newcastle upon Tyne, they seem to like it there and look really amazing on mass. Perhaps it is the reflected heat from the large sand stones around them the brick wall behind or the fact that they back onto a pottery studio and the kiln might kick out the heat and help the cause.

mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 15:26

try Avon skin so soft its what everybody in Scotland uses on the islands where the midges are buggers. Like the idea of the fish is it possible to use something else. Not a gold fish as herons get em really fast due to the lack of camouflage and it might be good to be able to eat it eventually?

Seed swap

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 18:06

hi I've just started a new allotment plot, have got seeds winging there way to me and wondered if anyone wants to swap part packs of seeds as I will have far too many of some and none of the other. 

Im not sure of what numbers im going to have spare of each but will be loads of some does anybody want to swap for anything not on the list. I have no green house as yet but might make a basic plastic sheet one as we have a no glass rule.

                       : PeHA - Hatif D'annonay Early Dwarf Pea
Item Name       : PeOs - Oskar Very Dwarf Early Pea
Item Name       : PeTE - Telephone Tall Climbing Pea (Maincrop)
Item Name       : BtWH - White Albino Beetroot
Item Name       : BtSA - Sanguina Beetroot
Item Name       : KASU - Sutherland Kale
Item Name       : RBCz - The Czar Runner Bean (Butter-Bean Type)
Item Name       : SSPB - Patisson Blanc Patty-Pan Squash
Item Name       : CeRR - Reselected Giant Red Red Celery
Item Name       : OVHo - Dragon's Tongue  (Ho-Mi-Zee) Mild Mustard Green
Item Name       : OVSi - Tsoi Sim Japanese Flowering Shoot  Leaf Green
Item Name       : OVWe - Welcome Tsai Tai Chinese Flowering Shoot Vegetable (Red-Stem)
Item Name       : OVSA - Santoh Round Leaved Yellow Pak Choi
Item Name       : KATS - True Siberian Kale
Item Name       : CuGe - (Gergana) Cucumber

all from real seed company so you can get the seeds back from the crops

then from other sources i have

 

Rocket

LETTUCE - MIXED LEAF - MESCLUN MIX    
SORREL - RED VEINED 

WELSH ONION (ALLIUM FISTULOSUM)

GARLIC / CHINESE CHIVES 
LEEK - ZERMATT    

PHYSALIS - CAPE GOOSEBERRY - 60 Seeds    
SWEET FLORENCE FENNEL (FINOCCHIO)
SPROUTING BROCCOLI - PURPLE EARLY
  
CARROT PURPLE - DRAGON

WINTER RADISH BIRRA DI MONACO - MUNCHER BIER
PARSNIP - GLADIATOR F1
SQUASH - BUTTERNUT - HUNTER F1    
ITALIAN CAULIFLOWER - ROMANESCO OTTOBRINO   
CABBAGE - RED DRUMHEAD   
ARTICHOKE ITALIAN – VIOLETTA CHIOGGIA
SPINACH - PERPETUAL

       

 

   

Talkback: Jerusalem artichokes

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 16:05
I found they did well even in shade infact historically they were planted in places that were no good for other crops, the only difference was the tubers were a little smaller, they are so very easy to crop and just a few bits thrown back made them come back each year. I've heard they are hard to get rid off but apart from the farting i love em. although early medieval writers were more scathing on the subject.

"which way soever they be dressed and eaten, they stir and cause a
filthy loathsome stinking wind within the body, thereby causing the
belly to be pained and tormented, and are a meat more fit for swine
than men."
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Seed swap

veg seeds for exchange, just ordered but as always will be too much of a good thing 
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