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Pictures of your best looking veg..

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 21:16

 I can't do pictures... well done everyone though, very impressed it's a nice feeling when all the hard work pays off  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 01:27

I did not mean to be disrespecful Frank and acknowlegde what you say, when I holidayed in Cyprus friends where statationed on the base. I drove along the green line, the cutains were still billowing in the hotel on the beach and tables and chairs were still set outside  peoples houses as though they had just left that day. The following year I visted the Turkish side and listened to what it had been like to them.

I've had some fabulous times with friends in the armed forces but equally it's difficult when they return from active service, both for family and friends, and I mean that most sincerely.   

Raised Vegetable Beds

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 23:04

I paid £7.50 for recycled scaffolding boards.

Scaffolders can't use them if they are and safety.. so you might get them cheaper if you contacted a scaffolding firm direct 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 22:39

Rain and more rain today, in fact it's rained most of the week here shame it doesn't rain in the GH. Lost count of the number of times flower seedlings have been water logged in their trays.Hope there's a break in the rain tomorrow. 

All this talk of Cyprus... its a lovely island especially at this time of year.... Many years ago we went to Santorini, another nice island. Legend has it, that's where the lost city of Atlantis was. Diving around the island was excellent, remember seeing my first turtle there, in fact the only turtle I've ever seen swimming wild, fabulous creatures.       

Raised Vegetable Beds

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 21:53

My first raised beds were bought off the internet.

 I was pleased with my purchases as at the time although later realised the materials could have been bought at a fraction of the cost at the local DIY store or reclaimed material place on a local industrial estate.

Scaffolding planks look ok with wood preserve on although I've only used these around the GH as a frame for the base to sit on.

My raised beds are made form decking planks, painted with wood preserve,not as durable as sleepers but don't look any different now from the day they went down several years ago. The most recent bed cost £7.50 to make, think it's about 6t by 6ft but only one plank in depth any higher and I'd have lined it with plastic to preserve the wood.


Posted: 24/08/2012 at 00:15

Frstly your containers are to shallow to produce a reasonable crop.

New spuds grow off the stem of the growing foilage and if most of the foilage is above the level of the soil you won't get many spuds, a deeper pot means you are earthing up for longer and the plant takes longer to reach the surface or the point were it wants to flower . The plant in August will think due to the heat and light it needs to reproduce so it will flower, earthing up slows down this process because the plant hasn't produced enough foilage above the ground to think it's being threatened.

Put it down to experience, you can't stop them flowering, wait for the foilage to die back then pick your spuds. Plant in deeper pots next year or plant a little later and see how near Christmas you get this is third time lucky for me.

Other poster may have a different view.    


Posted: 23/08/2012 at 22:53

 Never known Christmas spuds to flower  4 wks after planting, spring planted one's don't flower that soon...fair to say that's a tab bit unusual. Could be due to the tall is the foilage, can you post some pictures.

August in your garden...

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 21:58

Hi, gardeningfantic,

If ever on the Isle of Wight Osbourne House Gardens is a must. Thanks for posting the pics.   

Buying spring bulbs online

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 21:40

I've always taken advantage of the special offers in GW mag who usually use T & M- although not spring bulbs, their lillies have all grown and been excellent this year despite the weather. Also purchased gladioli and they wouild have done really well if it wasn't for caterpillars eating their leaves   

Bulbs like daffs, crocus and tulips I've purchased locally from GC, wilkinson's, Aldi and Lidl - you can see the bulbs and there's no P & P.      

Mine have mostly been planted in pots. Planting at the right depth improves the chances of the bulbs growing. FB and B mixed in the compost at the bottom of the pot also helps, along with perlite and a good watering at the time of planting. They are then put in a spot out of direct sunlight and forgotten about until bulbs start appearing in the garden-usually crocus first and then all the pots are brought out from their winter hiding place.

My spring bulbs did really well this year.  

Gw subscription

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 20:42

I find it a good read but like bookertoo can see why it would become repetative after few years, I've been getting it for 2 - 3 years now. I've found it well worth the cost just for the special offers, love the middle section and the bit which tells you about someone elses garden....actually there's not much I don't like 

Money well spent - Jem    

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