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Onion seeds

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 10:43

I was told that i should sow my Globo onion seeds early. Did that on 3rd January and they are sitting in my greenhouse, on the allotment - doing nothing!

Should i bring them home to warm up? Do others sow this early?



Posted: 20/10/2015 at 16:43

I love cauliflower cheese!!!


Posted: 20/10/2015 at 09:30

When i prepared the cauli for dinner last night i discovered two small lodgers! There were tiny snails living deep inside ...

We ate about one third of their home and No i didn't mention the previous lodgers to my other half! 


Posted: 19/10/2015 at 16:26

Thank you folks for your messages and help.

Yes, they are expensive to buy but i do like a cauli now and again. So think about Boron and also a sunscreen for them. They go pale pink when almost newly grown so i shall have to grab them more quickly rather than hope they will grow bigger.

As well as putting my query on line i also sent Marshalls a couple of photos of the appearance of the top and underside of the caulis. They came back today saying that they have "gone over" and that i should have harvested them sooner. 

The good news from the Brassica cage is that the Brussels are doing ok as pea sized buds - but they are coming! Hurray!

Thanks again - great result on my query. Val


Posted: 19/10/2015 at 11:00

Am looking for advice here please.

My cauliflowers have been a bit hit or miss this year. They are Mayflower from Marshalls. They are tending to go pinkish on the surface but when i cut into them in the kitchen they are often disgusting - black discoloration and not edible even after a good soak and wash.

Is it the weather, an infestation or me?

Thanks for reading.



Posted: 05/11/2014 at 10:27

Very often I leave them in the ground and chance it! When the top is cleared away and dry they get a generous cover of straw held in place with a piece of enviromesh, itself held down by metal tent pegs at each corner. If dahlias need to be divided or moved then yes, dig them up, dry out and store as advised.

crop protection

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:23

We have had a brassica cage for two years now and a fine mesh does keep out the cabbage whites. My other half made the frame from Harrods poles etc but it has sunk into the ground this year. Means I have to bend all the time - rather tiring. We also grow our sweetcorn hidden in the middle to discourage local badgers from attacking and stripping our lovely cobs before we can get to them.

The first year we had our allotment the badgers took 15 of the 16 cobs we were planning to harvest!

The new compost heap

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:12

I think the idea of the hotbin composting (made of black polystyrene) is a good one - but agree with Minos that they are far too expensive.

Glen Lyon Raspberries

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:06

Have I missed any information on raspberries and pruning? I have Joan J which are autumn fruiting and taste great. I know I am to cut them right down after Christmas.

Then I also have inherited a row with a label saying Glen Lyon which I think are summer fruiting. These have responded by growing up and right out of the cage that is supposed to protect them. Most of the canes are a nice smooth brown but I am unsure how much to prune them! Not too many green ones at all. If I cut the brown canes right back then I get no raspberries next year? If I don't, then they grow through the roof again. Mmmm.

Allotment advice

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:13
  • Yep, all good advice. Get into the digging and use a little bit of your space to pop in some garlic for next year. Don't forget to mark the ends of your row with sticks or labels.
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