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Which varieties for 2014

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 17:37

Newboy hiya

Well I grow salad veg these days and not too much over winter.

For carrots I used to try the latest hybrids but now back to the old tried and tested Early Nantes and Chantenay.  Just as tasty and far cheaper. Beetroot Bolthardy.  For,spring onions I prefer varieties like guardsman instead of white Lisbon.  Lettuce, well I like little gem and saladin.  Runner beans will be Mergoles....the best tasting stringless variety in my opinion.  Tomatoes mean gardeners delight and Shirley.  Ailsa Craig for good mild onions.

I try something different each year when considering peas but I like the early Little Marvel.  Delicious.  

To get the soil in good condition is the most important ingredient in growing good veg.  To be aware of what each crop needs too.....e.g. Don't put your carrots in freshly manured soil.  

I try to grow as organically as slug pellets around my "eatables" and organic fertilisers like fish blood and bone, no chemicals for pest control (fleece for carrots fly and pea maggot) 

I practise no digging too.  After the initial deep dig years back I simply add compost, manure, mushroom compost, seaweed etc to the soil in autumn and scratch it in in early spring.  For carrots though I do "scratch" a little deeper with a 3 prong cultivator to about 8" or so to produce excellent unforked and eaten raw produce. Runner beans too have a trench liberally filled with garden compost every autumn.

Nothing like your own garden produce Newboy.  Enjoy   (this has made me anticipate those delicious summer treats )


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 11:49

Now -  on the desktop - I can see your pink dream car James  

Riddle me

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 11:45

no James.  I am right.  cos Im cornish and never wrong.  ha ha.  will now log on to your blog for a mo

KEF   you are right. it is wrong   I guess not the cleverest riddle in the world  but





Posted: 13/12/2013 at 09:14

Just poked my head around the corner to read your blog James for first time.

Like it a lot 

Dont try too's fine as it is, in my opinion

Riddle me

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 09:11

The bellboy simply keeps £3 James.

What word is always spelt wrong?  

I could get Imto this but old brain is only just getting into gear

Does anyone recognise these

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 08:50

Definitely vine weevil grubs.

Thoroughly clean your begonia corms.  Wash and thoroughly dry them off.  Any with obvious damage to the corms are best discarded.  I,keep them then in paper bags until late winter and then place in shallow trays.  


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 08:26

Morning everyone .....warm, cloudy n damp here 

KEF, so then, we are getting an idea now of what we may look like.......KEF is 6' tall with bandy legs 


Fox gloves

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 20:22

Hiya break 23

I intended splitting one of my plants......ideally during the summer but they were still in flower.  I would certainly not do it now....wait until spring.  My only concern over winter is wet.  Cold wet soil might be a problem


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 20:15

Gilly......hmmmmmmm!  Yum yum about swimming?  Shouldn't affect the knees 

Plant support

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 20:10


Bamboo canes are still the best support for foxgloves and delphiniums.  

I went to my local steel fabricators for metal supports.  Ask at B & Q or hardware shops

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