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Any sprouts expert in the house? (pic)

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 23:27

Back in the 70s when I was a teenager, there was this disabled guy that I  used to see around the villiage, and chat with. He was very much in to spud bashing, pea picking and sprout picking. Regarding the sprouts, he used to say that the sprout picking season was when the frost was on them, as they would basically just fall-off  the plant when touched.  

Any sprouts expert in the house? (pic)

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 16:14

If sprouts seeds are sown in the spring, does the plant produce sprouts late in the same year? If so, I am guessing that will be around October/November in the North of England?

 Also, I am just curious as to what benefit the actual sprout is to the reproductive system of the sprout plant?.

Any sprouts expert in the house? (pic)

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 04:42

If the only option for these sprout plants is to put them on the compost heap, there appears to be nothing to lose then by trying, except 10 minutes of my time.  If I want to sow more seeds in the spring, that option still remains.  

Any sprouts expert in the house? (pic)

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:54


I sowed some seeds in the spring and transplanted in to the small square pots (in the photo). As time, and all the other jobs went on, the sprouts got left behind. I am unsure what to do with them (now I have the time to do something) I have potted all 21 of them up in to 1 litre pots (also in the photo).

If I keep them in the pots for the time being, will they be able to go in the garden next year, and which month? I can put them in the ground now if any experts on here think it is a good idea, but now is the time for harvesting them, not planting out?? I’m basically trying to salvage them. Any thoughts?

How to tell when Garlic is ready to harvest?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 13:54

I planted the cloves last October, so they have been growing for about 10 months.. The green stalks/stems have now developed what look like swells or buds a few inches from the end of the stalks. I am guessing that these are flower buds, but as they are not on the very end of the stalks I can not be sure. Is this stage the time to harvest, and if not, how much longer do I need to wait?



Posted: 31/05/2014 at 14:08

Keith, at the moment I am trying a “garlic remedy” against aphids that I read about on the internet. I acknowledge that your aphid infestation is too great for you to contemplate spraying. However, the following may be ok once your ladybirds have got the problem under control. Also good for when it is not “ladybird season” 

It is also a method of aphid control that I shall use on my indoor plants. Being an ugly bloke, there is no woman around to complain about the garlic odour in the house. 

Method:One complete medium sized garlic bulb. Remove the skin/peel from all the cloves (segments), and chop them all up as if you were going to use them on a sandwich-so not too tiny. Put them in a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 6 or 7 minutes. Allow to cool. 

Using a 4 inch dia mesh sieve (40p from Wilkos) and a similar sized funnel, pour the cooled garlic liquid into a suitable container. Fill a spray container with the liquid when you are ready, and off you go

Note 1 Save the garlic pieces from the pan, and scatter around the base of plants that are worst affected.

Note 2: Aphids dislike being near Nasturiums or Chives. It is helpful to grow these in the vicinity of the aphid problem. (A spray made up from Nasturiums & chives may also prove beneficial). 


What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 16:33

Ok, I will try the pellets in a jar on it’s side. How does the beer trap work? Is it basically an "almost" empty beer can on it’s side , similar system to the pellets in a jar?



What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 13:14


Went in the garden after dark creeping along the border with a torch on two damp nights. (Normal behaviour for me according to the young woman who lives on her own next door).

Managed to find (mostly) slugs and one or two snails on both nights. I have since put down quite a few slug pellets. All may be ok now, but was also thinking of putting a line of salt along the edge of the border. Is this a good idea, in respect of that the salt will eventually enter the soil when I next dig the border over?

I`m not sure what effect salt has on plants, but I heard that where sand is concerned we should always use horticultural sand (as opposed to building sand) due to the salt content. Any thoughts?

What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 15:31

Thanks guys for the prompt replies. Torch ready! (Bird food in the morning)

What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 12:42

Last week I put about 30 marigolds in a border along the lawn. Something has eaten 11 of them down to the stalk. The ones that are left appear to be all ok. I have inspected some of them with a magnifying glass and cannot see any insects on them.

Could the problem be mice, rats birds or something else?


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Discussions started by young codger

Any sprouts expert in the house? (pic)

What to do with young sprout plants 
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How to tell when Garlic is ready to harvest?

Seeking advice about the right time to harvest. 
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What`s eating my marigolds?

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Last Post: 01/05/2014 at 17:12

Bottle propagator (see photo).

DIY propagators-cheap & effective. 
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