Latest posts by Zoomer44

It'll soon be Christmas...

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 21:14

This was going to be the year I grew spuds for Christmas...planted them in ample time to grow and, they were looking good 3 weeks ago...so disappointed... went on my golllies, left instructions to water the spud bags but friend thought they were late spring planted one's and when they started  to wilt didn't water them, I've tried to bring them back to life but they are beyond saving

What could I say, she was so pleased there was a late spring bag of spuds to pick... and on a positive note the cat was well fed

Are other posters growing vegs for Christmas. How well are they growing? I'm thinking of throwing in the towel with spuds, this has to be the 3rd or 4th yr trying,  me thinks I was never meant to grow them .

Veg seeds for next year...

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 20:34

I'm saving pepper, chilli, toms, peas and runner/french bean seeds. Was also going to try and save aubergine seeds, that's work in progress though, the one's labelled are just getting bigger with no sign of them going dull in colour and dying... and something has taken a nibble out of one

I like to try different coloured veg, so in France bought white, yellow and purple radish, those were in a bargin pack, white turnip and a new variety for me - beetroot Cioggia, it's red and white striped in the middle. I've also got burpees golden although it didn't do very well this year and detroit 2, a very reliable cropper.

Toms - prune noire, a black Russian variety and Abergines - Violette longue hative but need to work out whether they will grow into tall plants and need to go in the GH bed or a pot on the potting bench, the distructions are in French   

What are other posters saving by way of seeds or planning to buy...   



Posted: 25/09/2013 at 20:03

Will look out for CN seeds for next year.


Posted: 24/09/2013 at 22:13

Italophile. I planted mine out late..ish but started them off in modules...me hopes they will be ready to harvest late October. I was thinking will they store in the ground to be picked through the winter if not how is the best way to store them.

On the topic of over winter vegs...silly Q...but is there any veg which can grown to be left in the veg bed and then picked over winter.

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 21:56

 Zoomer goes off to check when the next high tide is....

Gathering fallen leaves is also a winner with children, I offer a treat to the one who can put the most leaves in a bin bag...erm.. maybe that should be on the tricks of the trade thread... 

Are your comments updating?

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 23:34

Control and F5 has been working for me.

seed share

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 23:29

 I can't do links to the internet.


Posted: 23/09/2013 at 23:26

Thanks nutcutlet everything froze about 9.30 for me so caught up on Beechgrove and GW


Posted: 23/09/2013 at 23:03

I'm also growing Celeriac, 2nd yr for me, not to successful last yr, the plants didn't get watered regularly and bolted. This yr they are looking good, will remove the outer leaves, uncover more of the root and carry on with the watering.

I was growing Celeriac as an over winter veg, can some be left in the ground and picked later?

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 23:26

gj, it's not a fool proof way of keeping slugs and snails at bay and doesn't kill them but after watching a programme a few years ago where a guy was growing, if I recall, hosta's and started spraying in March and had the most amazing plants with not a nibble taken out of the leaves, I spray early.  

If you decide to make seaweed feed, it's usually good to bottle up after about 6 wks and the stuff in the bags can be spread on you beds. I put it on the bed in the GH and had a really good crop of toms this year. I dilute down to half a litre milk carton measure to a full watering can but using a full milk carton occasionally doesn't seem to do any harm if you miss a feed. I feed weekly.

I used to dive near St Abbs in my youth, not sure if that's near you but kelp grows to several feet high and seals use it to hide in. Don't want to preach but don't pick fresh seaweed the stuff washed up is good enough for the garden.

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