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Intercropping and square foot gardening

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:51

Personally I'd divide the area into 4 and just plant 4 different varieties into each of the 4 squares. 

If just one bag is the only area available to you I would only grow stuff which is expensive to buy in the shops, which you can harvest nearly continuously and which is lovely to be able to use extravagantly. So I would grow herbs - perhaps chives, coriander, parsley and dill - they will all tolerate the same sort of conditions. Or you could go for ones which prefer drier / better drained conditions such as rosemary, thyme, oregano etc

With the exception of the coriander and dill I would buy in some plants in to ensure an early harvest. One supermarket parsley plant will divide very easily and give you 3 or 4 plants which is plenty. Same with thyme. Coriander and dill germinate quickly from seed.

Another expensive supermarket purchase are salad leaves and you could have perhaps 2 squares of leaves, a square of beetroot and a square of radishes.

Within each of the squares you could sow (thinly) half the area now and the other half in about 4 weeks. Beetroot and radish leaves can also be added to salads. Most salad leaves (lettuce, rocket, mizuna etc) can be treated as 'cut and come again' - so cut a few leaves and the plant will regrow new ones. Maybe 3 or 4 times per plant. 


Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:32

Isn't there a garden at Chelsea this year with lots of plants used to produce dyes and a tapestry style backdrop made from wool dyed with said plants?

Quite on-trend Muddle-Up 

A friend has a jumper made from spun cat fur 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 11:51

Morning everyone.

Hugs for Kitty and Mynx and all those suffering with insomnia. I don't have insomnia but I do have a cat who likes to wake with the dawn and expects catering within an hour of waking...

Have just booked tickets for a Blues and Beer festival in a couple of weeks time. It's an outdoor event so fingers crossed for sunshine. Added bonus that it's within cycling distance so we can sample one or two local ales.  

Off out to plant out some herbs then a trip to buy some pelargoniums for the front pots.


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Posted: 25/05/2016 at 18:52

Those dandelions are so clever and they look simply amazing in your garden Fidget. Very green with envy here.....

Lovely sounding lunch Dove - could eat any of those dishes - bit hank marvin' just now 

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Posted: 25/05/2016 at 16:51

Afternoon all - quick pop in to say Hi.

Hazel - re updates with iPad. If it's OSX 9.3.2 you are not alone... Not sure if there are any quick fixes yet. Some people have had their iPads completely locked with this update and apparently Apple are talking about replacing them because there is no answer. Think that applies to iPad Pros only - but how dreadful if you have important work stuff on there. Hopefully people using them professionally have everything backed up elsewhere....

SGL - re OH and Chelsea - You gotta love the simplicity of boys' minds haven't you? 

Pinch and zoom on mobile devices

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 16:43

Don't have to find my specs  now before I sit down with my iPad ....

Thanks team - that's sooooo much better!

Last edited: 23 May 2016 16:44:47

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Posted: 23/05/2016 at 08:36

Morning everyone

Quick pop in - office day today - so need to get skates on.

We had heavy rain last night which the garden needed so no complaints on that score. I put weedkiller on the drive yesterday pm - but it had been down for about 9 hrs before the rain came so I'm hoping it will have had time to start it's work - the drive is green at the moment - consequence of having a drive at the bottom of a slope which tends to flood when it rains hard and all the seeds from the road and hedgerows get washed onto it 

Well done to DD - I am certain I couldn't run that far - cycle yes - run no 

Dove - Hope you get into your garden later on - certainly sounds as though you were busy this weekend. I couldn't begin to contemplate moving my shed - would be a 3 day / 4 man job 

Hope everyone else enjoys their day. I will watch a bit of Chelsea tomorrow / maybe day after then will no doubt lose interest as per. Herb garden sounds interesting....


Last edited: 23 May 2016 08:37:04

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Posted: 22/05/2016 at 17:23

The only boat cruising we do is the very occasional charter of a sailing yacht.

Total number of people on board - 2.

Eating arrangements - during the day - on deck - beer. olives, hummus, bread, fruit. Evening - cheap taverna at the end of the boat or curry on board.

Clothes - dirty T-shirt for mucky jobs, clean T-shirt & shorts for evening, oversize shirt for stopping sun burn. No swimmie - it's quiet where we go  No jewellery, no dresses, often no shoes.

Entertainment - singing along with iPod, snorkelling, reading, watching inexperienced sailors mooring up, exploring sleepy villages. "Tattooing" dozing hubby 


On a cruise ship with 1000 others - hell on earth!

Have put weed killer on drive this pm - first day for ages with no breeze - no rain forecast - big black cloud now sat over house -  - fingers crossed it passes on by.

Last edited: 22 May 2016 17:24:47

Progress update

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 17:02

Strange that I can see how useful a "Go to last viewed post" would be but I don't remember that we had that function on the old site. But I guess we must have done because so many people have mentioned it - obviously a trip to Specsavers is overdue 

I tend to just go to "Latest Posts" and then (if it's a long thread) I jump to "Last Post" & work backwards.

It's how I did it before so (now that Page Numbers are at both top and bottom of the page) I can use the forum more or less as before.

Can't wait for "Pinch & Zoom" to be restored for when I'm using the iPad though. Sounds like it'll be here soon 

Colours for me are pale sage background and off-white in the text boxes. Tool bar is a pinky stone colour - same on all 3 devices I use to access the site.

Last edited: 22 May 2016 17:02:51

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Posted: 22/05/2016 at 08:40


Cat has started a new trick of waking at 5am and then coming to curl himself round my head & purring his head off while nuzzling my ear. Cute - but not conducive to getting enough sleep.

OH can sleep through just about anything, anywhere, anytime. 

He has paid the price though - on more than one occasion he has awoken to find a freshly applied 'tattoo' (childrens' transfers) or a bit of artwork where I've drawn on him. 

Well a girl gets bored listening to snoring at 1am... 

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