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Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 22:03

I like sweet potatoes but haven't grown them, according to the T & M website they like warm growing conditions preferably in a GH or polytunnel, well worth a look. Keep us informed, you could become our resident overnight expert on growing them  

Feedback to Questions/Answers

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 21:40

I can only get one anagram. I'm working on the extra b , it will come eventually .

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 21:32

I enjoy all the one's grown in my garden, so much so, most never make it to the kitchen. They're fairly bog standard one's though - Pea's Early Onwards, Sugar Snap, mangetout - Delikata and for the first time last year - Purple Pea.

Apart from the latter the others grew well from seeds sown early March, must be the soil and being sheltered but pea's and beans do really well in my garden. We had a couple of very chilly nights too after they were planted out mid April. The latter fared better from seeds sown in April and planted out when the seedlings were ready. Pea's Early Onward and the Sugar Snap variety me thinks were frost hardy.

They were ready to pick early July, as I was eating them before I went on my  jollies, very tasty

Talkback: Growing chillies from seed

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 19:58

I sowed two varieties of chillies yesterday, a week earlier than last year and probably  to early but I couldn't wait.  

Paper pots versus what?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 19:48

I've a window sill garland propogator. Last year seeds were sown straight into the 7 small trays and when seeds germinated the tray was taken out but I found there was then a wait for the seedlings to develop their true leaves before they could be potted on and the small tray could be used again.

Now I could have bought extra trays but this year I bought some 3cm module trays (me thinks about £1.99 from Wilkinsons) and cut them into blocks of 6 modules, these fit snugly in the trays and are an ideal size for sowing small quantities of seeds. The plan is, when the seeds germinate, the module blocks can be lifted out and replaced with another one straight away. They also use up less seed compost and the module can eventually be potted on with less disturbance to the roots.....that's the theory.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 18:14

I tend to buy the compost which works for the plants I grow and produces best results and it has peat in it...admittedly something of a laid back approach.  

JAB's seed and cutting compost is very good and has a reduced peat content. I've tried a soil based one and to let it get a little dry is a mega mistake, it went like concrete in the propagator   

A local Nursery is selling bags of moss peat! Silly Q...I read the link....but is that the same as the peat we are told not to use...what is moss peat...is there a difference in peat's... or is the planet in trouble no matter which one we buy! 

Runner & French Beans

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 22:01

I grew Painted Lady and Scarlet Empire last year both very good.

Grew a few varieties of french beans too, the best one's were Bean Cosse Violette - purple podded and Bean Neckargold Organic - yellow podded.

I'm trying Yard Long Beans  - red noodle, this year in the GH and outdoors to see where it grows best. Beans are usually grown outdoors but this one likes warmth and we were sadly lacking in sun last year.

Choosing chillies

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 18:47

I'm trying Hungarian yellow wax for the first time this year, not quite on your list, it's described as fairly hot.

I can't eat chillies which are really hot and have found Apache and Cayenne eye watering when eaten on their own but palatable in dishes, usually one or two chillies is sufficient to put some heat into the dish. Apache is the better cropper, one plant produces enough chillies when dried to last until the following crop is ready, of course  it depends how many chillies you eat and how hot you want your dishes to be.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 18:18

No danger of being snowed in here, it stopped at about 3pm and hasn't settled.

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 14:04

We have snow and it's coming down fairly thick, wouldn't it be a shame if I can't get the car of the road for work on Monday

Well Bob, that'll teach you not to erect a GH near a tree! Checked out the cost of a replacement Max-Min thermometer - £16.99  in plastic green, not a hint of brass, might be more economical to get a weather station, at least they come with instructions as to how to change the battery   

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Growing grass paths...

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Td immunisations...

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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

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Weeds in the GH....

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Little gems...

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Veg seeds to sow now...

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Using mushroom compost...

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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

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Sowing parsnips....

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Lidl fruit tree's....

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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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