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Latest posts by SFord

Can I grow beetroot in a container

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 14:21

Yes Lavender you can, however if you want them to grow to full size rather than eating as baby beets you will need lots of pots for a half decent harvest.  Dont forget you can also eat the young leaves - I blanch mine like spinach before eating.

Veg patch set-up

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 14:18

I took over my allotment about this time of year a few years ago and the first year I just grew quick crops from seed such as lettuce, radish, munchen bier (like a radish but you each the seedpods, not the roots), peas sown for their shoots and herbs such as basil, corriander.

If you buy small plants in from the garden centre you could have beans (runner/french), sweecorn, leeks.

Good luck with your plans!

When to plant out dahlias

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 15:38

I have sown dahlia seed this year - Bishop's Children - and germination has been really successful.  I have kept space on my allotment for a cut flower bed this year (for dahlias, cosmos and the small/patio sunflowers (yellow and red variaties).

Have been hardening them off outside during the day for the past week or so and will start to leave them out at night after the weekend (weather permitting) - complete with defences against slugs and snails and hope to plant middle of next week.

PS - I live in Cornwall, so fairly mild

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 11:20

Called Abbie (or Babs for short)

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 11:19

They definately do!  We got her as a rescue about 10 years ago. When we got her she was very, very thin with no fur on her body (she had pulled it all out herself, through stress, they thought).  She did have a few 'issues' such as having to follow you everywhere (our friends were even followed to the toilet and 'watched' when they came round!) and she didnt like closed doors very much.

Saying that though, she was very much a people person and loved everyone.  She was also so good with our springer spaniels, especially our newish springer who we got from a puppy.  She was getting on a bit and not as quick on her feet so did get stepped on by him a few times but she used to let him wash her from top to tail.  In exchange, he used to let her wander up to his bowl when he was eating, he would stop eating and step back, wait for her to have a nosey and only start eating again when she wandered off.  She was definately in charge!

We always said we would get another cat.  As I work in a school, we will wait until the summer holidays to get one so I can be around whilst they (am hoping for two!) get settled in.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 11:03

Looks like it worked.  Will try and find some pics of her incubating some chitting potatoes and keeping the garlic warm!

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 11:02

Thanks - Will try it

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Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:23

Would love to post a photo - but not sure how to.  Instructions would be appreciated!

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 14:28

I lost my cat about 8 weeks ago and she was a real garden fan (only in fair weather mind you!).  She was 19 and sadly had cancer so had to be put down.  At her age I was convinced that she would go to sleep one summer under one of her favourite plants and pass away in the best way possible - in the sun.

Even though she was tiny, she was very fierce and chased out all other cats.  I have now noticed that the neighbourhood cats are starting to come into the garden again and use the borders as facilities.  I didnt mind my own cats doing it but not keen on being used as the local public loo! 

She was also very keen on sitting on our potatoes which were being chitted (like a hen with her eggs) and also took great pleasure in sunbathing on top of the garlic we had harvested and were drying out!



Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 08:07

Mine also suffered from Aphids when in my conservatory this winter.  And there must have also been a snail somewhere (although I looked for one, I couldnt find one) as there were a few nibbles!

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