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Posted: 12/08/2013 at 22:55

ZG - Ever the optimist and up for a challenge .Can't go wrong, if planted in bags in ample time, put them in the GH by the end of September and give them some TLC at night in October with wrap and fleese. 

Can't beat home grown spuds, I'm currently going through Red Duke of York. 

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 22:23

I tried Verve again this year, got a couple of the really big bags. A lot better quality than last year. No nails, plastic or big peices of wood. Nice black crumbly stuff and the GH plants have done well off it.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 22:10

Dry but cool here today. I'm hoping the weather warms up again, I sowed bienniel seeds afew weeks ago and they are ever so slow in growing.


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 22:05

I netted the brassica's, but didn't just get butteflies under the netting, those that couldn't get under it laid their eggs on the flowers, there isn't one sunflower leaf without holes in. At least if they just go for brassica's I know where all the eggs are 


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 00:41

I'll give mine a good water too and a mulch.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 23:43

Hi ,Sally good luck for next year.

'Top hat' has put on some growth this year. I've decided not to prune. Netting is a good plan, my cat has reached the winter of her years and chasing birds isn't on her agenda.

Let us know how you fair.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 22:53

I'm enjoying this years series... Nigel has become a fixture...LOL, about the compost area. ..I agree it is about the size of most peoples gardens  but composting is important in the grand scheme of gardening .

I can't wait to see how Monty's tom trial is getting on in the GH. My tom plants are buckling under the weight of fruit on them.    


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 21:56

 a kneeling pad certainly saves getting your knee's dirty and I like the look of the one's with supports, could you get one that looks and acts as a seat when turned the other way, no one would know what it was for then...just thinking ahead for when I'm 27 .   


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 21:40

This will be my 3rd year trying to grow spuds for Christmas. First year I planted far to late and the plants didn't have enough time to grow. 

Last year the bags froze in the GH and didn't defrost until February  I suspect the compost in the bags was too wet, as I'd kept up with summer watering when I should have slowed down. The spuds were good to eat through. 

Spuds for Christmas, ideally, should be planted, the latest, at the end of July, so get them in quick if you haven't already planted them. I'd also advise putting them in a sheltered spot when the temp starts to drop rather than wait for a threatened frost, the cold weather and decrease in light slows down their growth, 1st earlies take longer to mature than the 12 weeks for summer grown one's.

Good luck and happy gardening


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 21:11

I grow a few varieties and found these good last year...

Runner beans -Scarlet Empire and Painted Lady both good croppers.

French beans - Goldfield, Neckaronigon, Neckargold Barlotto Linua Di Fuoco and a purple podded one but can't remember what it was called. Picked early they were all good on taste and not stringy. Some cropped better than others and having coloured pods made them easier to see on the plant to pick.. 

This year, the runner beans haven't started producing pods yet and French have been slow, I only started picking them last week.  

I'm trying three new one's this year. two varieties to dry the beans, but none are doing well.    



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