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Posted: 26/12/2012 at 21:54

Colin - No one likes to be wrong, so I checked, about the French Marigolds, they do kill knot-root nematodes - one of the bad guys which are detrimental to plant health.

 Along with the link supplied by Dfa - Bob Flowerdews book ' Organic Garden Basics' has a few pages referring to to companion plants and beneficial planting. He says French Marigolds also deter whiteflies  

Growingspuds for Chistmas...

Posted: 26/12/2012 at 20:38

Ate my Christmas spuds today, ever so tasty.

T&M have a growing guide for spud growing, which includes Christmas spuds. August is the right time to plant them apparently. If anyone is interested, they also have a special offer of free P&P, ends tonight at midnight and some spuds are £2.99 for 20 tubers, works out at 15p each, that's if the offer includes spuds.

 

TV

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 22:09

And if you can't wait till Spring martymowe, Monty does a regular spread in the Daily Mail each Saturday 

TV

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 22:02

And I second you Maggie...Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all...

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 21:34

I grew kohlrabi more successfully this year after realising it sits on the ground rather than half buried in soil like turnip, kept wanting to earth it up the first year grown.

Azure Star is a red variety and Delicacy White, grows green, I'd recommend both, can be sown as early as February but April sown seeds produced the better crops here in the NW.  Doesn't seem to mind the wet weather either.

TV

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 20:41

I didn't bother looking after hearing most of the programmes on the BBC this year are repeats...but...the Queens speech won't be a repeat and then there's always Freeview and Sky  for those spending Christmas and New Year here in the UK   I'm going to Tenerife on 28th for 11 days so don't plan to watch much TV.

Talkback: Frowing cacti from seed

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 20:22

I've only about half a dozen cacti now which I 've had for years, in 2011 after growing them in the GH for the summer, must have over watered them because six plants caved  in over the course of that winter and went gooy inside.

Mine get vey little sun and are grown indoors, some on a window ledge which only gets sun the last hour in an evening during the summer and the other plants get no direct sun at all.

I'm no expert as mine seem to thrive from neglect. They have never flowered although they sometimes have what look like dead flower heads on them. Yours could be pot bound and may need potting up,I'm happy to be wrong though.

If you do pot up, only pot up one pot size, I've found they grow better in smallish pots.

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Posted: 23/12/2012 at 19:38

French marigolds grown next to toms ward off aphids. Basil with toms is supposed to improve the taste. Grew both and I didn't have a big problem with aphids in the GH this year and the toms were ever so tasty.

Garlic grown next to veg wards off aphids, as does coriander and mint,. Chevil is supposed to ward off aphids from lettuce although I've not tried that one.  

Tansy - a strong smelling plant is supposed to deter ants, not tried that one either.  

Nasturtiums are supposed to be a magnet for caterpillars and are good grown next to brassica's, the jury's still out on that one, I grew both this year, although the nasturtium was several feet away from the brassica's and a path in between, the brassica's were covered in caterpillars and not one on the nasturtiums.

I've grown cornflowers in troughs next to my veg beds and they've attracted aphids.  One of the nice things about planting in troughs ot pots, once infested, you simply move the trough or pot away and the problem goes with it.

Seed swap

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 19:09

Hi, Joyce.

You could try testing your seeds to see if they are still viable. When it's time to sow, sow a few on some damp kitchen paper, preferably in a small propagator, if not cover the container with cling film and pop them in a dark cupboard, providing it's warm enough, if they start to sprout, they are viable. 

Good luck 

Grow it and eat it

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 22:37

And the Jan edition told us how to cook kohlrabi...how strange is that  you may get a programme which combines the two sooner than you think happymarion, keep scribing.

I think it's an excellent idea. Some veg's are so under rated. Kohlrabi's nice stuffed with peppers and beetroot delicious hot with a sauce, courgettes sliced length ways with cheese as a filling is also a nice supper. Then there are all the herbs and spices which we grow and add taste to many a bland dish.

The idea deserves at least a one year trial run of programmes.

I'd suggest, with two teams, one male/female to look at whats growing well that week/month, in the allotment/garden and who go out to see real people. That team then choose the vegs/fruit to be cooked. Another team, male/female cooks,  are then challenged to make something from the vegs/fruit chosen, but, instead of producing just two dishes, extra dishes are brought on at the end of the programme, prepared earlier, to say this veg/fruit can also be cooked like this...and then they all sit down together and have a jolly good time tucking in.  

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