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Posted: 28/05/2014 at 22:33

If you have room for them in GH/polytunnel I think you stand a better chance of getting a decent crop.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 22:25

I've never tried growing aubergines outside, I would say it's still early to have them outside. I would suggest growing them under cloches, at least until the weather warms up.

Harvesting onions

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 12:59

For spring grown onions it helps the onions store better if you wait till the stems fold over naturally. Generally winter grown onions dont store so there is no problem picking them as you wish, but they will still but on quite a bit of bulb if you can wait a month or so?

Rhubarb from seed

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 12:55

What variety Lyn? Mine are Glaskins Perpetual and I got them online for 95p a packet.

I know what you mean by watching them grow, but I've just got back from a week away and they have grown noticeably in that time

Rhubarb from seed

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 11:00

Took on another allotment plot this year which has given me the room for a 'proper' rhubarb patch.

I did'nt want to pay for established crowns and my existing plants arent yet ready for dividing so I decided to try growing from seed.

So far very impressed with the results, germination was good about 90%, no special requirements, they germinated just fine in an unheated polytunnel sown 3 to a 3" pot. they transplant ok too.

From mid April sowing I have 10 plants about 3" across. I expect it to be 2 to 3 years before picking but the seed is cheap and I already have a rhubarb patch so not in a hurry.

If anyone is thinking of increasing their stock I can recommend it as a viable alternative to division and a lot cheaper than crowns. Plus I like growing from seed

Garden tattoos? Or generally cool and interesting tattoos?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 23:24

Nifty tattoo SweetPea, it would be a sad world if we all looked the same would'nt it


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 21:25

Mrs G the normal method for planting is to push the sets gently into the soil leaving the tips of the set showing. I grow mine in modules and then transplant with half the bulb showing and they do just fine.


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 21:08

They normally make quite a bit of top growth before the bulbs start to swell, they will continue to grow right through to August so pleny of time yet.

Allotment flowers

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 19:48

For those of us lucky enough to have an allotment, how many grow flowers aswell as fruit and veg and for what reasons?

I grow sweetpeas at the end of my runner bean trench and some annuals to help attract in the pollinators. I also love to see the splashes of colour dotted around the plot.

My grandad who lived nr Sheffield always had gladioli and chrysanths for cutting flowers for my grandma, to this day glads are one of my favourite flowers.

Runner beans

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 19:30

I love that 'treasure hunt' for the beans when the foliage is in full summer growth and the mass of flowers really sets off the allotment. I grow one per cane normally 8" apart. So long as there is plenty of organic material worked into the soil and they are kept well watered and fed then 1 or 2 beans per pole does'nt really matter

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Good year for sweetcorn?

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What's cropping in your veg patch?

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Rhubarb from seed

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Allotment flowers

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Weather for the week ahead, Brrr!!

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New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

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How many?

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Strawberry Spinach?

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Favourite gardens to visit?

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Allotments-Raised beds or traditional planting?

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Favourite vegetable to grow?

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