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Latest posts by scroggin

Spindly Brussels sprout seedlings

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 21:31

I germinate all my brassicas in a polytunnel or cold frame without heat, when it comes to thinning I would do this quite early .

I use general compost for the brassicas and it works fine for me, I start them in modules then transplant on to 3" pots. It gives me strong plants with a good root system that grow straight away when planted out on the veg patch.

Spring soil.

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:46

Very apt desciption Mrs G, mine looks just like that too. At least things are improving and that I'm hopeful the soil will be workable when I need to start planting out in a month or so.

Okay to place water butt against house wall?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:34

Hi Pariate, my rain traps came with the water butts so not sure where you can buy them individually. I bought 3 when we were being faced with the "drought" in 2012. They were on offer from South East Water. I have had a look on Amazon and they have a few that are similar to mine, if you search under "water diverter" there are a few to choose from.

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:21

I think its unlikely there will be a gardening programme thats purely "how to" and still have it occupying a peak slot on a Friday evening.

Personally I look forward to the programme and it signals the start of a new gardening year.

Spring soil.

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:05

Yes you're right Verdun but as I am only digging the bean trench I am not compacting it, I will add compost and manure to the trench and then backfill. I tried hoeing a few weeds to test the soil on an autumn dug patch to see what its like. I wont be walking directly on the soil for a while yet.

Spring soil.

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 17:47

Managed to dig my trench for the runnerbeans, we have  clay soil and it is still very heavy.

Tried preparing a short section of autumn dug ground for seed sowing bur still too sticky, needs another week of dry weather I reckon.

Okay to place water butt against house wall?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 17:38

Personally I have never used the type you have shown, the one I use has a horizontal feed pipe, if the butt fills then the water then simply flows over a weir in the raintrap and continues down the down pipe. Without seeing the internals of the type you have its difficult to comment but I'm sure it will be fine if its set up right.

Cant see why you would need a damp course, sounds like he's touting for work?

A quick visit to Kew

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 08:21

Hi Mike, I visit Wisley quite often and like you I have never seen the groundstaff in deep conversation with members of the public.

Thanks for the heads up on Kew, I was thinking of taking my better half as she is a keen photographer but its an expensive and long day so maybe stick to Wisley where we get in free as RHS members.

I do like Kew but its a pain driving there and a long drag on the train from here in Kent.

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.

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How many?

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Allotments-Raised beds or traditional planting?

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Favourite vegetable to grow?

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