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When to direct sow the following outside

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:46

They're hardy annuals but as with any seed they will germinate better when the soil has warmed up, they are all quick growers so unless you're thinking of covering them with fleece or cloches I would wait a couple of weeks.

As the day length increases the soil will warm up so should be good around Easter.

mothers day flowers

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:39

You might be able to force some freesia bulbs indoors, they were one of my mums favourite flowers.


Posted: 29/03/2014 at 16:43

Its normal to wait until the first truss has set before feeding

feeding leeks later in the year?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 16:08

I dont feed mine, they are planted in ground manured the previous autumn and then watered well untill established. I make sure they are kept free from weeds and though I dont get show stoppers they are good size table leeks.

There has been a problem in some areas with leek moth which has a devastating effect on leeks, maybe this was the cause.

Strawberry Spinach?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 16:01

Thanks Dove, I'll be interested to see how they turn out for him. At first I thought he was a couple of days early on an April 1st joke

Talkback: A new allotment

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 15:12

I would be careful using a rotovator if the patch is covered in perrenial weeds, it will just chop up the roots into multiple bits and you will have more weeds than when you started.

Just do a small patch at a time and try and get out as much weed as you can, if its perrenial weed, either burn it or bag it and take it to the waste recycle centre.

Anyone planted out their sweet pea seedlings?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 15:06

Planted mine 2 days ago, they were well hardened off having been in the cold frame without the top on for a couple of weeks.

Dont worry if they take a while to get going when you plant them out, it's always a gamble with the weather and they may sulk for a few days but then they will shoot away.

Strawberry Spinach?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 12:45

Has anyone ever grown this? One of the other lads on the allotments is trying it for the first time this year?

Apparently it is an heirloom plant, the leaves can be eaten as an alternative to spinach and it produces small berries that have a faint strawberry flavour

chilli peppers

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 08:38

Read the article too, might have to visit Hyde Hall later in the year when they are having their Chilli Weekend.


Get if off your chest.

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 19:21

Potters, develop 'sharp' elbows, works wonders

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Weather for the week ahead, Brrr!!

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New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

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