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growing brassicas

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 23:33

I have quite loose soil in shallow beds and find with calabrese and sprouts they grow better if planted in a shallow trough firmed in with your foot around the base and then earthed up as they grow.

They then develop a deep root system which prevents them rocking to much in wind. Both will bolt if rocketed by the wind, burying down about 6'  for sprouts is about sufficent.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 23:07

It's rained here in the NW, on and off for most of the day. Garden got a good soak, it was fine when I got home so sowed more seeds. 

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:08

Just to add to all the good advise and if you want a garden which is four seasons, consider evergreens which bring colour during winter months, there's nothing nicer if you wrap up warm than to sit on the patio on a crisp, sunny winter's day.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 22:29

Hot and sunny again here in the NW, how much longer will it last . 

Everything in the garden has put on growth and looking lush so on the strength of that I've sown more veggies and was thinking of starting next years strawberries off.

spraying veg/fruit plants

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 22:12

I don't use any sprays apart from home made remedies. Birds are encouraged into the garden and we seem to have reached a happy compromise this year, the veg they can't have is all netted although cabbage white butterflies have squeezed through the netting which is a pain. 

Last year there were at least 4 different varieties of bee's in the garden, which I thought quite respectable for a small plot. I confess to using slug pellets but not in huge quantities. My worst problem this year, to date are lilly beetles. There are lots of spiders, woodlice and worms this year but not many ladybirds. I only learnt last year what their larvae looked like so may have squashed a few ., was quite suprised at how different they look to ladybirds but then caterpillars don't look much like butterflies             

spraying veg/fruit plants

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 23:56

I'm no expert and happy to be wrong but most of the stuff we buy in supermarkets is sprayed with insecticides before harvesting and arriving at our door. 

What is the spray you are concerned about?

 

Dahlias

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 23:27

Your dahlia will recover and flower, make sure you have nipped off the tip though and the plant isn't still infested with aphids.

Taking off the tip encourages side growth and although your plant may flower later it will have more flowers and be a bushier plant.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 21:17

Zoomer starts to think about all the straweberry cheese cake coming her way

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 21:08

Here in this part of the NW it's been hot and sunny. Looks like rain now.

Picked my first strawberry of the year, it was ever so yummy,must stop myself now from picking any more until there's a bowl full.

Shall wing the sunshine to you Ww ready for 16th.

Premature potato furtling...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 22:25

I find the norms a heaped colander full. sometimes the colander is over flowing, when harvested to full term, from 5 spuds planted in spud bags. Your tiddly spuds given a few more weeks would have grown a lot more.

Spuds aren't ready until the foliage starts to die back, usually this is after they flower but some varieties I've grown haven't flowered.

If impatient, you can dip your hand in the bag and have a feel about to pick out some big spuds but I wouldn't advise it until the foliage is dieing back as you could damage the under grounds roots running to the spuds.

When the spuds are ready you can leave them in the bag and just pick the  amount you need.     

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