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best seed potatoes to grow

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:22

Leggi - they are selling out fast. Try 'Simply Seed', they still have some left and the xmas collection has four varieties. 

Brocolli and other brassicas

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 20:50

Calabrese, Marathon is ever so easy to grow from seed, the slugs haven't seen mine yet and it's just begining to show some green heads. The packet says it can still be sown in July. I grew broccoli last year from seedlings donated by a group of students working in the local allotment, a few plants produced an excellent crop, be watchful though caterpillars love them.

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 22:24

After watching GW on iplayer tonight and the bit about sowing vegs, check your seed packets and sowing dates, I'm adding to my list of things to sow this week - kohl, swede, carrots and mooli. 


Posted: 22/07/2012 at 22:00

Thanks for the link Dovefromabove- my plants aren't very big, can't imagine they would support fruit that size, it's a nice thought though. Apart from toms and cues, most other plants I grow in the GH only grow to dwarf sizes.

best seed potatoes to grow

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:52

Leggi - It's best to plant 1st earlies for an xmas crop. These come to harvest quicker than 2nd earlies or main crop. Depending where you live I would advise to plant them no later than this month, they will die back at first frost which can be as early as October/November in the NW. Planting in bags/troughs give best results as these can be moved to a sheltered spot should a frost be forcast. When the foilage dies back leave in bags till xmas eve.

This will be my 3rd year trying, I'll be throwing in the towel if I don't get any this time. Last year the bags froze and I couldn'tdig them out till after the New Year. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:20

I've found watering a problem this year, despite all the rain some pots hardly got any water, particularly the spud bags, the neighbours must have thought me potty watering after a shower. 

Fairly warm here today reached 20 but very cloudy and looking like rain most of the day. Didn't stop us going down to the splash park followed by a bar-be. Friends little boy is being tested for autism, he has some perculiar mannerisms. I love him to bits, it was quite amusing watching him run round the splash park after his sister, he came back bone dry, he hasn't yet worked it out the whole purpose of going there is to get wet.


Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:01

The variety is Black Beauty, Italophile, in anticipation I got out some Greek cook books today for recipe's,  the fruit on the bought plant has lost it's shinyness, so, guess I've missed the boat with that one. It was about golf ball size, I'll wait for the others to get about the same size and pick whilst shiny. 

Disappointed with strawberries...

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 23:15

Sounds like they are an aquired taste, and so won't give up just yet after only the first year. I'm going to pot up the white and yellow strawberries seedlings. If they survive to being planted out will probably go ahead with a new strawberry patch for next year but alot can happen between now and planting out time. 

Has anyone grow pineberries.   

Potato blight soil

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 22:49

If only one sack of spuds has been affected , for peace of mind I wouldn't use the compost in it again, it would be different if the spuds were in open ground but they aren't. Measured up against the cost of new compost or using old which has blight affect spuds in - take it to the tip    


Posted: 21/07/2012 at 22:39

Yes, I sowed some in June but the packet say's they can be sown in July, this being the last month to sow not sure when they'll flower though the packet say's May to October! Not grown them from seed before, sorry I can't be more helpful.  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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GH tom bed...

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