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vegtable charts

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 19:57

The guides are good for information like sowing times, germination and cropping times. I just clicked on a couple and french beans are easy to grow, aubergines a little trickier, the information for these is correct. I've put the charts in my favourites as a guide

Growing veg, is relatively straight forward and as you learn you realise things like feeding the soil and crop rotation is necessary. You also learn a load of other stuff too. 

The weather can sometimes determine whether a crop does well in a given year for instance my beans and pea's liked all the rain we had last year and did well but may not do as well in a dry year without regular watering.

Where you live  in the country and in which country you live can also determine what you can grow more successfully for instance grapes can be grown outdoor down South but probably not in Scotland.

Pests and diseases will also effect the growing fruit and veg. You do need to be vigilant. Prevention is always better than cure, for instance keeping down the slug population, for these you need an arsenal of defences and netting some veg from birds and butterflies.

It's all good fun though and well worth the effort. Home grown fruit and veg usually tastes far better than anything bought in shops. It's not flown half way round the world either to get to your plate, in my case just several ft down the garden path... and you can grow stuff not bought in the shops, not many sell yellow courgettes.   

Happy growing.

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 22:46

Love your seating arrangment holie hock. 

Bunny, the two seater arrangement I'm thinking of is £90, I thought that was reasonable. It doesn't look treated though, I was thinking of using linseed oil on it  if it fits in the space. Ideal for a place to sit, having a break from gardening with cuppa or relaxing in the evening with a good book and glass of wine 

 

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 22:23

I've some tubers bought and some saved. Should tubers be planted now and kept indoors then? The destructions which came with the bought dahlias says plant in April?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:35

Lovely blue skies, sunny and bright here, reached a staggering 9C although first thing the ground was white with frost and the car wind screen neeed scraping.   

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:17

Would love some permanent seating which can stay out all year and like the idea of a two seater arrangement made from logs with a table in between joining them. I've my eye on one at a local nursery, must take a tape measure next time I'm there to see if it will fit in a space between the shed and flower bed.

Talkback: Seed Club - early seed sowing

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:36

Malope which were only sown on Sunday are already showing. Dianthus and Snap Dragon not showing yet. Chillies, Aubergines and leeks also sown but not expecting them to show for at least another week or two.

Recycling things to use in the garden

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 00:15

I use egg shells mainly In GH pots and on the GH bed as one defence againt slugs and snails but egg shells also add a little calcium to the soil.  .

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 00:03

My back garden is like a Doctor Who's Tardis.

There's a small patio which has a shed and bike shed  to store stuff in, either end. Without them the area would be quite large but the space which is left is big enough for a round table, four chairs and bar-be-cue, conveniently, the size of a gazebo for those rainy days when entertaining, and wide enough not to knock over pots. This furniture all folds down and can by stored in the bike shed but it is hard wood and usually stay's out for the duration of the summer where you could breakfast, lunch and tea, if the weathers was fine, and look out into the garden.  

I've then an asortment of fold aways seats which come out if numbers exceed four when entertaining and pots are moved to the path, and I've a sun lounger if I'm feeling really decandent to catch the summer rays.

The patio and main path is tarmac with in laid stones, not everyone's first choice but friends children can chalk on them, draw pictures, play hop scotch and notes and crosses when they visit, and the rain washes the chalk away when they've gone. The patio area is also large enough for a paddling pool once furniture is stored away.       

Seed swap

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 22:52

Well done Dave.

I'm holding off sowing my seed swap seeds a few more weeks, can't wait to start sowing the dahlias though. I have trouble getting tubers to start growing again, I've about six saved tubers and two which were bought a few weeks ago. Have far more success with seeds.   

Talkback: Early seed sowing

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 22:43

I couldn't wait, cleaned the GH over half term, got the window sill propagator out on Saturday and by Sunday it was full of chillies, aubergines, leeks and various hardy flower seeds

I read some where, chilli seeds can take up to 3 weeks to germinate so it could be mid March before seedlings start to appear, last year I started sowing this coming weekend so I'm only a week earlier..

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