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Ask Alan

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 21:33

...and which Q's are going to be answered will be shared shortly...

Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 20:22

 word of warning about builders bags, water your plants and it pours out of the sides. I built a portable raised bed with the cloth nailed to a frame to grow some deep rooted veg in, mooli. Not a good plan... but you can get cheap spud bags from Wilco which last for ages I've some 5 yrs plus old and still as good as the day bought.

I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place, having always grown spuds in bags, in the back garden, would have started planting out at the end of March but I've got an alotment now and first year growing...you can pick bags up and put them in GH if there's fret of frost but you can't pick up a rasied bed and carry it home......I'm happy to wait till April...   

Strawberry beds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 19:55

Edd my egg supplier is under strict instructions, no poo and if I get there before they're collected I get to pick my own 

Excessive cost of seeds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 19:38

I find it amusing, the excessive number of seeds in some packets, for instance, even with a huge allotment are you really going to sow 2000 carrots when advise tells you to put two seeds in each hole

Strawberry beds

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:53

 I'd be a tad bit reluctant to eat strawberries which had had bird poo on them too.

Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 22:18

Can't beat BB's approach but I used two approaches, in the back garden made raised beds with treated decking planks, they've last about 5 yrs and will need replacing next year.

On the alottment I'm making raised beds out of broken down pallets, no cutting they are simply the width of a pallet and some either one length or two pallet lengths, with stakes in the corners and a wood preserve on the wood.

Thanks to BB I now know how to make the paths and use up the plastic originally covering the plot.  

Planting First Earley Potatoes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:52

We had a frost this morning and I was scaping frost of the car wind screen yesterday, me thinks I'll wait a little longer before planting out, it's tempting though. 

Baby corn confusion

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 23:45

I've grown sweetcorn and am trying a mini pop variety this year which can be grown in rows rather than in a rectangle, this variety doesn't need wind polination which is why they can be grown in rows. It's an F1 variety called minipop bought from moreveg - online, for 20 seeds.

Mini pop needs to be picked early. I've picked big sweetcorn early in the past and it's edible but needs to be picked before the grains swell and when the tassels just show. I'm hoping for at least, 6 - 8 cobs per plant based on experience of growing big sweetcorn but expect more mini pops per plant, not a huge amount and if you only have four plants, you may need to consider growing more plants.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:33

Angela, with a good mix even a black darlik can get hot in the summer.

Pallets

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 21:15

WOW, you did well Grdengirl, to get the nails out of the blocks.

Tried the brick method today, it's slightly easier, the flag stone I was using broke though . Looking forward to seeing the pics of your finished project

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Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing lillies.

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