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Camera Talk

Posted: Today at 13:00

Should DavidK be reading this, come back.  Need advice on choosing a camera.  Miss your pics too 

Grow for Great Britain

Posted: Today at 09:13

Grow for Great Britain Aym? 

I grew up with veg and fruit in the garden.....seemed the most natural thing in the world.  Chickens too.  Even, true folks, kept a PIG.  Joey was his name and I remember some of the neighbours didn't like it.  Sad, sad day when Joey was taken away.  Loved Joey and always thought he was a pet not a meal ticket!!   

We can never really be self sufficient.  I grow apples,,pears, blueberries, peaches, currants, gooseberries etc., plus summer veg crops.  I keep the ground fallow over winter but a return to growing a few sprouts, leaks etc. would be good. 

I think we need to think about growing more food ...some think it is too much like hard work or is not really financially worth it but a few beans, tomatoes and a small fruit bush can make us a tad more healthy.  Delicious too 

ok aym!  Your thread so what do you "grow for Great Britain"?  

why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: Today at 08:54

Don't forget to mention Chris GD. 

What was that name again?  

why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:35

Couple of things Moominmama

do you rotate your planting?

do you replenish your soil?  Do you feed? blood and bone is good

do you sow too thickly?.......go for monogerm varieties

beetroot can suffer if sown too early and soil is too cold.....sow later

young seedlings can get battered by wind and rain....try covering with suspended fleece or light polythene until they are a couple of inches tall

don't let the seedlings dry out....careful not to overwater too...those spongy seeds rot easily

finally, apply dilute seaweed spray ....beetroot is a maritime crop.  Seaweed is a natural feed for them 

hope this makes a difference.

beetroot grows well here...near the sea.  lovely nutritious food all summer so well worth the effort 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: Yesterday at 20:53

Logan, just noticed your post about wallflowers.

most of mine are growing away in veg patch.  I dig them up with a good rootball to plant where I want them during November. this way wallflowers are big specimen plants maybe 60 cm tall and wide.     Dug up with intact rootball they do not notice the transplant at all .

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: Yesterday at 20:47

no flowers, keep dry now but watch out in early spring for signs of growth then start light watering.  Quite fun really getting the dahlias off to an early start.  Makes a difference to the quality and length of flowering.   Most of mine fill 5 litre pots by mid June and ready for immediate impact in the garden. 

Japanese anenome / peony

Posted: Yesterday at 20:40

Derekp,,do nowt.  Leave them 

a scattering  of pelleted chicken manure in spring....not too close to peonies though and not too thick

HELP Non flowering Hydrangea

Posted: Yesterday at 20:33

A decent dose of potash Dave ....not the miniscule amount in tomato feed.  Hydrangeas need more substantial quantities

worked a treat on non fruiting gooseberries a few years back and haven't looked back since 

potash is easily leached from the soil 

i would mulch too with dried manure 

Last edited: 27 October 2016 20:35:56

Feeding hedgehogs

Posted: Yesterday at 19:56

Yes, I am very worried too.  Been told those little hogs need to be found urgently or will die.

Angie can you try and find them or contact local vet, police station or RSPCA centre? 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: Yesterday at 18:20

Not much time to garden but I did add a couple of perennials and imperata red baron ( now large from springtime division) to revamped border.  

Looks like I've volunteered myself to sort out nephew's garden too....  not big..prob less than 50 sq metres so a couple of hours.  

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