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Posted: 27/12/2015 at 12:48

Some sunshine now but just noticed tall blue...unnamed... iris in flower.  This is early .  a couple of groups of this iris were initially to flower with daffodils.....timing often doesnt work out despite a mixture of early and late daffs but, for sure, no such combination this spring 

Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 12:40

Before you get too carried away folks I'm sure Slevin is looking to grow good quality produce.  If daylight is as low as I think it could be Slevin will struggle.  Trial and error with just a couple of cheap things at first.

Slevin, see how summer goes..  Let us know.  If all else fails you can have a beautiful, albeit no food, garden 

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:54

So you would recommend it then obelixx? 

Football season - 2014

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:51

Ranierii.....Prob mis great too.  Been harshly treated by premier clubs, was it Chelsea?  So much arrogance with premier league players but guys at Leicester seem more grounded.  

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:35

Always as much sun as possible....taste better 

Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:25

Morning Slevin

a kitchen garden needs as much sun as possible generally.  

Lettuce would be fine.  Beans, both broad and runner, should be ok.  Garden peas too as well as autumn and winter crops

rhubarb should grow there.  

Herbs will not enjoy shade at all generally.  Light level rather than direct sun is more important.

My own garden is mostly in full sun so maybe not the best to advise here.  Hopefully, there will be some who garden in similar conditions to yours Slevin who will add to my comments but it is surprising how adaptable plants are.

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:11

I thin carrots to about 2.5 cm but my "crowbars" were spaced 15 to 20 cm apart Logan

I prob grow slightly differently to most people I think.  I use a home made long handled rake-like tool to draw 4 rows 7.5 cm apart.  I grow beetroot, spring onions and carrots this way.  A gap then between each group of 4 of 37.5 cm.  

Carrots must be thinned though Logan.  If not they will be small and forked.  thinning is a job I hate, I must confess.  Painstaking and boring for me but absolutely essential.  carefully make sure the carrots you want are not disturbed then water them.  This helps mask carrot smell (Carrot fly) as well as settling carrots in.  Cover with fleece.  

When sowing try to do so sparingly......seed is so small so not easy but less thinning then required.  (I actually thin carrots twice) 

have a go Logan.....certainly worth growing 

Football season - 2014

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 09:52

I think they will win the Premiership or qualify for europe Bob.  there is no stand out team.....a pretty mediocre league now .  Would love to see Leicester as champions 


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 07:52

Morning folks

just missed a heavy shower so had dry walk with dog

very dark morning.  Promised a dry warm ......well 15

Apart from back probs Pat sounds like you had a good day and nice to see where your father was born . Hope bush fires are less threatening now 

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 20:15

Tootles, I regulsarly grow excellent carrots....ok, boastful maybe but true.  I live on carrots in the summer 

I omce grew, what I called "crowbar carrots.  Started off as a but of a joke

I made deep holes with a crowbar to make tapering holes some 5cm wide at the top.  I used a mixture of sieved soil, sieved compost and a a tad of fish blood and bone and poured this into the holes.  I sowed 2 carrot seeds in each hole to leave one seedling. They were watered well and gave an additional seaweed spray or two.  That summer those carrots were huge.......I don't mean those useless roots that exhibitors go for but edible (and delicious) carrots.  

No, not gritty soil Tootles...this will make them fork. fine, stone free, lump free root run is essential

as I said earlier, I grow good carrots anyway on my sandy loam and have not since grown those crowbar carrots.

carrots need consistent watering.....dry and wet will cause splitting.  Keep them growing.  

I don't know why your carrots took so long to make anything....time wise you gave them a long enough growing season

I would also use fleece or nematodes to control carrot fly

good luck

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