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Latest posts by scroggin

pea supports

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:45

I agree with Mike, you can nearly always find some twiggy branches, if they are pressed 6" into the ground and intermeshed they form a great frame for peas to grow up. I have seen them used on all sorts of sites exposed and sheltered. The trick is to weave them together aid stability.

Need advice on Cauliflowers please!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:36

A lot of gardeners manure the plot in the autumn and lime it in the spring so there should be no problem with liming it now. They dont advise doing both together as they can counteract each other.

Broad Beans - Aerial Protection

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:10

Feel for you Bookertoo, I only have to net my cabbages and thats mainly to keep off the butterflies.

Never had problem with pigeons taking broad beans, the sparrows have a liking for pea shoots but I tend to grow them in the poly and transplant so dont get that problem any more.

who is sowing what this spring?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:05

Only sown a few salad crops directly so far and they are in the raised bed that I warmed up with a fleece covering, have a lot of brassicas in modules and onion and shallots in modues too in the polytunnel.

As its forecast to turn cold again next week will probably wait till April now before any more direct sowing, then it will be parsnips, beetroot, carrot and some mange tout peas.

level garden = drainage?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 21:29

It will also depend on aspect too, if it sits in shade for much of the year then I think you will still have a problem with moss.

Levelling on its own wont help drainage if the soil itself becomes waterlogged, you may have to add grit, sand etc or provide a soakaway.

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 11:47

The same is true about the cost of carrots but nothing beats the flavour of fresh pulled carrots and the fact that you can pick them as thinnings when they are so tender.

If I did a cost analysis I'm not sure I save money by growing my own veg, but that is'nt the reason I grow my own, I'm sure thats the same for a lot of people on here?

cultivating soil

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 11:18

If you have dug to a foot deep I would wait a couple of weeks for the soil to settle and then rake it again. Depends what you want to sow and plant but the soil is still cold so waiting a while will give it chance to warm up.

Covering the exposed area with plastic will help speed the process.

Need advice on Cauliflowers please!

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:01

They're members of the brassica family so treat the soil as you would for your cabbages, liming the plot also helps control clubroot.

Fruit and veg growing

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 18:44

No reason why you cant grow runner beans in bags so long as you keep them well watered. I would put around 4 per bag, they are heavy croppers so that should be plenty. I presume you're growing them up canes, if so they need to be in a sunny but sheltered spot. There are dwarf varieties but have never grown them myself, french beans would grow well too.

Favourite vegetable to grow?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 18:16

Nicely put artjak, the OH says I had better steer clear

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