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Are these edible?

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 19:21

Not many mushrooms around at this time of year. It might be Spring Field Cap - Agrocybe Praecox. Found on rotting woodchips. Not poisonous but bitter tasting apparently. Don't ever eat wild mushrooms unless they have been clearly identified by at least two experts. So no don't try to eat them.


Posted: 24/04/2013 at 22:44
Scotland is a big little country with lots of micro climates. Where abouts are you? Conditions on the balmy West coast can be very different from the chilly North East for example which might influence suggestions. Those unfamiliar with the country might have seen some of the Beechgrove programmes which should give an idea of how variable it can be.

Large polytunnel and beds and no clue where to start

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 22:27
You will find that nettles are probably all connected. They spread by runners, thick yellow roots running under the surface. When you start to dig them out you will be able to trace these runners and remive the worst of the problem. It may take a year to remove the weed problem though. I would suggest trying potatoes in the outside beds as these can out compete a lot of weeds. Inside the tunnel I would go for glyphosate then dig over the soil.

Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 22:18
How about a series of connected watering cans working on the syphon principle? Could even be all filled in parallel from a horizontal trough. That could be an easily expandable system, just buy more watering cans. All rights reserved, you read it hear first. Unless I saw it somewhere else of course

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 22:09
A real trip down memory lane for me. I watched it regularly back in the 80s despite living in a flat in the centre of Glasgow. Hearing the old theme tune made me quite homesick. And the presenters are still the same! Wonderful!


Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:55 has useful info. Scroll down the page until you fine the section on harvest mites.

Cherry tree

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 23:21 has some info on this problem. This is very common problem unfortunately.

Strange broad bean

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 17:45

Spot the odd one out! One of my broad beans has come up yellow rather than green. I'll grow it on to see what becomes of it but has anyone else ever had this happen?



Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 22:26

That looks like a solid piece of kit but it is a bit small . Every one regrets not getting a bigger greenhouse. You could try your local paper/Gumtree/Freecycle to find a better, cheaper (even free!) greenhouse.

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