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Ask Alan

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:41

One of my greatest joys is to go to my veg patch and pick fresh produce that will go straight into the kitchen, its a great feeling which never lessens.

Could you ask Alan what are the things that give him the greatest joy from gardening?

Beetroot - Choggia Pink

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:36

I would always direct sow, dont be too impatient, if the soil is still wet and cold wait for a while, you can sow right through till early summer. If they get checked they are more likely to bolt so best to wait for the right conditions.

Choggia is a great variety, really nice grated raw in salads.

Growing flowers in my veg plot?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:31

Young peas straight from the pod are one of the joys of growing veg, to be honest once they are cooked they are no better than frozen but most of mine dont reach the pan as I cant resist eating them raw.

I always grow a few flowers, sweet peas for cutting and a mixture of annuals to attract the pollinators to the garden.

New Allotment, advice please!!

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 18:26

Congrats on getting an allotment.It's a great time to start with Spring on the way. First thing I would say is to take things one step at a time and not to try and grow everything in your first year or two. Pick the veg and fruit you love to eat and grow them first.

Its always nice to have veg throughout the year so grow some winter stuff such as parsnips, leeks etc.

The tools I would'nt be without are fork, spade, rake, hoe and trowel, a garden line to help get straight lines when sowing is a useful addition too.

Good luck and the taste of fresh veg makes all the work worth while.

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 20:43

Thanks Bob, Zoomer, modules it will be.

recommend a spade and/or fork

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:42

There are big variations in the quality of stainless steels so go for a brand where they guarantee their product. The better ones will last a lifetime if looked after, I prefer wooden handles but its more about what feels right.


greenhouse advice

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:35

Have learnt from painful experience that you need to secure them very well. If you can bury the bottom of the plastic in the earth that helps. If its on hard standing I have resorted to fixing ground bolts to the concrete and tying to the frame.

The frames wont take a huge battering but generally if a few measures are taken to secure them they do pretty well.

I have 2 types one is the Gardman which has a great frame but the cover is very fragile, Gardman will replace the covers if they rip though.

The other is from FeelGood UK, they do various types to suit all budgets, I bought the budget variety, the frame is a little flimsy but the cover is great.

With both types be careful with the zips as they can rip too.

Nowhere near as good as a glass greenhouse but easy to move and you dont need a proper base.


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 19:25

Will be having a gander at the gardening stuff tomorrow, the plants on offer look great value too.

Onions sets in modules

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 17:58

Has anyone tried the same system for shallots? Was hoping to get them in the ground direct but its still a bit "swampy" for planting or sowing of any kind.

chilli peppers

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 08:32

What methods do people use to store their chillies, we have tried drying and freezing both work ok, have seen chillies in oil in the shops, has anyone here had experience of this method. We grow ours indoors on the windowsills so tend to grow the small compact types.

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