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How often do you buy seeds and it's NOT what the packet said?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 14:55

Cress is a brassica, and you wouldn't let that grow so big before you cropped it.  Most salad leaf mixtures are brassicas.

Sow the other packet, but harvest the seeds as soon as they are big enough to put in a salad.

I still think the fault lies with you not the seed company.  I think everybody is too kind to tell you; or they are not gardeners.


Posted: 15/06/2014 at 11:04

rebecca, how can you grow something but never try it!!??  Elderflowers have great affinity with gooseberries.  There are many recipes for using gooseberries, sweet and one or two savoury.  

Get out there today and pick some.  Cook something with them.  And taste them.

French beans

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 20:42

One of the best crops to grow.  It's impossible to get decent beans in the supermarket and greengrocers are not much better.  Try and track some down, even if they crop in September.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 20:38

sometimes they curl because they're happy!

French beans

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 18:28

What seed company was it?  Some sell hopeless seed at inflated prices.

Talkback: Urban foxes on the allotment

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:11

No the fox did not massacre them.  It's just the nature of the fox.  If you had left the bodies where they lay the fox would have come back to collect them over time.  

Having lived and worked in the country for many years, I find it hard to smile benignly on people that encourage foxes. Or badgers. 

Nettles & Butterflies

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:02

Examine the nettles and you will probably see the caterpillars or eggs.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 13:05

You will always find cover - at a price.  We went with Saga when we went to Australia last year.  All the other companies made everything very complicated.

Suppose to be salad but..

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 12:59

I think you should have harvested the leaves weeks ago.


Sorry, but the fault lies with you not the seed company. You have allowed them to grow too large.

Poorly Courgettes

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 12:55

Sorry KEF you are putting the cart before the horse.  There is always a baby courgette before pollination if it is a female flower.  The male flowers obviously have no courgette behind the flower.

Poor pollination is always a problem at the start of the season until the males and females plus pollinating insects get in sync.  If it is a good summer you will be giving courgettes to anybody that doesn't run away fast enough when they see you coming bearing a carrier bag.

Anyone for courgette and chocolate cake?

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