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Aubergines in a greenhouse

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 22:06

I grow toms, chillies, peppers aubergines and small cues. A guy on the neighbouring plot also grows grapes in one of his GH's.

Like Pepperted I use the GH to keep sown seeds in Spring, before planting out.    

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 23:18

Not posted for a while so have been catching up on everyone's postings. 

Good luck with your new plot davessat, keep posting your progress. Sorry to hear about the mindless vandalism GWRS, enjoy your jollies though. Gg, can't wait to see the inovative ways you are going to use pallets on your plot. I look at a pallet now and think, they are free and the things which can be done with them is only limited by the imagination of the person getting them 

Nice to read everyone else's postings too..

I've been  busy digging over the top of the plot, laying paths and preparing that bit for next yr. I flooded the strimmer and me thinks the spark plug got damp, which was a blessing, as I realised the weeds were just being kept down and I wasn't really progressing the top of the plot.

Spent a nice hour or so on the plot today with a friend and 3 children picking veg, they gathered toms, cues, peppers, leeks, kale, runner beans, courgettes, 2 pumkins for halloween, dahlia's, sweet pea, a huge sunflower and herbs  

Aubergines in a greenhouse

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 21:58

My chillies have done really well too, peppers still mainly green although I've had a couple of yellow one's. 

The aubergines I sowed didn't do well, only flowered but the two bought plants did ok, one produced the biggest aubergine I've ever seen

How to make leafmould

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 21:08

My votes with black bags or recycle bins. I used recylce bins for last yrs leaf mulch and gave the contents a good stir every couple of months, it was ready to use approx 12 months later. Three boxes reduced to one. 

This yr I made a heap on the allotment and they were slow to rot down so I've started adding them to the main compost as a 'brown'.

Leaf mould is one of life's wonders for me, it can take up to 2yrs to rot down in bags or  a heap yet is gone before the first snow if left under tree's!  

Talkback: Herbs for shade

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 21:56

Blue bells do well in the shade although their show is in early summer and short lived.

preserving tomatoes

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 22:03

Hi, greenjude, hope you don't mind me joining your thread, I'd also like to know how to dry toms in the oven and how long they keep.  I do make chutney's, sauces etc... but am always looking out for new ways to preserve.

I'm sure someone will come along soon and post helpful advise

Corn on the cob

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 00:19

jane a - Me thinks you are trying to grow far to much in too small an area for plants which need more room to grow. My advise is not to be so adventurious next yr. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 00:10

Gardengirl, look forward to seeing your shed, just watched the video link. I gain inspiration from the pallet thread you started .

Pat, this maybe a silly Q but is it currently Spring in NSW, one of my brothers lives in Aderlaide. When we have snow at Christmas, it's their summer.

As our growing seasons do not co-inside I'm looking forward to hearing about your plot over our winter months. Are the temps similar in NSW to the UK, in Spring etc...and what do you plan to grow...I'll soon be saving seeds and am preparing to put some ground to rest with mulches for the winter and like GWRS thinking about jobs to do in the Winter...which maybe... is your summer... 

Potato leaves

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 00:57

All good advise from above and just to add, blight can be a problem for many growers, by planting 1st and 2nd earlies along with main crop spuds you increase your chances of producing a good crop of spuds. The latter keep longer altough I've had 1st and 2nd earlies which are good into December if stored in the dark after being dug up.

I'm happy to be wrong but I'm given to understand high humidity levels  over a three day period are the times when you crop is most at risk. 1st and 2nd earlies mature sooner than main crop and although these can still be caught by blight the spuds underground have grown sufficently to produce a reaonable crop.    

Hope this is helpful when growing spuds next yr

compost bins

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 22:47
I don't put weeds on my compost but dry them out and burn it or take them to the tip.
Grass cuttings go in but not couch grass or any grass with roots still attached.
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