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What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:15

I'm in Hester's camp.

Small is not necessarily sweet. Carrots are not the sweetest for me untiltil they are 3" long....not the tiny thinnings that are supposed to be so good.  Lettuce too.....mine frow quickly.  Beetroot as well. Runner beans are best when 6 or 7" long.....not when smaller and not those huge things that have been missed when picking.

I once grew what I  jokingly called " crowbar" carrots.  Holes made with a crowbar and filled with fine sieved soil and composf and fish blood and bone.  2 seeds per hole. One seedling removed.  Carrots were whoppers and.......delicious.  (I must do this again )

However, Hester, I do like "sweet" but sweet and full size.  

I'm not convinced by the rapid obsession for raised beds the experts are pushing now. Yes, if soil is heavy clay, etc.., then raised beds are necessary but in most soils raised beds are not needed.  Often soil and compost are imported, the beds dry out too quickly, and growth is often forced.  Better to improve the garden soil

Astrantia Addict

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:23

I think shaggy is an old,variety. Want,this one too,

I'm going to cut out another border this autumn for astilbes, astrantias,,acteas and mix some more grasses there too.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:19

Yes fishy nice that.

 This is,turning into a must read thread 

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:03

Your poems paint a very vivid picture fishy.  Can almost sense actually being there .............

Is it too much to ask fishy to post more during this anniversary year? 

Japanese Anenomes

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 18:48

Ah!  That's interesting Forester.  

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 18:46

Lovely fishy.  You have a real talent there. Another ?  

Astrantia Addict

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 18:42

Ok, beaus mum.  Will do.

Knautia thunder n lightning on my list too now.  Possibly one of the nurseries nearby will have it. Already have a spot in mind. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 18:38

Fabulous photos.  Way out of my league 


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 18:35

Great Punkdoc.  Think we have similar styles sometimes 

How do you separate these Daisies

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:46

Sillee me.   Too much haste.  Yes they do look like shastas.  (you all spotted my deliberate mistake ). So. Divide them.  

Thought they were white argyranthemums .....well,,wot do I know?  Just a simple cornishman 

Jetmorgan, Chelsea chop is when vigorous  potentially leggy,late summer plants are cut back to,produce sturdier called because this is associated with Chelsea show times.  Late or mid summer chop is for plants that flower all summer but wane a little now.  Cutting back now energises the plants to produce fresh foliage and buds to flower into autumn. Actually I do that to shastas too....just done .

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