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re- what to grow next year

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:29

I've planted a thin line of Jerusalem artichokes around my greenhouse as a natural line of shade - they can be cut to height, grow very freely and you end up with something to dig out and eat at the end of summer. Never needed to support them and have never had a problem with the supposed problem that has given then the nickname Jeruslaem farti-choke. They taste a bit nutty and can be added into mashed potato. Growing fewer runner beans and more climbing French beans - wonderful variety of types and colours, very good croppers and even when quite long they are fully edible and tasty whereas runner beans get tougher the bigger they get. Dahlias dotted around the allotment are easy to grown and provide a nice burst of colour and being perennial are excelelnt long-term value for money.

Talkback: How to make a comfrey feed

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
I can also recommend using rhubarb leaves either on their own or in with comfrey leaves to make an excellent natural and free fertilizer - again the smell is horrendous and almost makes me retch but the effect on plants is remarkable.

The rhubarb soup also has the added benefit of scaring off a number of bugs (probably the smell!).

I make mine in an old dustbin with lid which I found in a skip.
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