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Growing Garlic Questions

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 20:26

I've previously tried garlic bought from a local farm shop. The bulbs were usually small and rust was a problem.

I've gone for five different varieties this yr bought from Robinson's Mammoth Onions. Their onions are huge so hoping for a good harvest next yr of garlic. 

Bought chilli and pepper plants from them this yr and had a very good crop.

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 20:14

Have you tried crispy kale, cooked in the oven for a few minutes, it's a healthier alternative to crisps, nice seasoned with either sea salt or paprika. Children love them...

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 19:16

I've still kale and chard to pick over winter. Leek's and broccoli haven't grown sufficiently to pick now,but may put on some growth in the spring.

What is an all year round garden?

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 23:19

I've only a small back garden but planted with the idea there would be some green during the winter months.

There are a couple of variegated shrubs which keep their leaves and the hedge stays green throughout the year. I've a couple of clematis which flower during the winter months, although only one has ever flowered in December.

I take pleasure in our countryside at this time of year, which is certainly like an all year garden. The season changes are a necessity to allow plants to die back, build up stores for an explosion of regrowth and colour in Spring. 

For me it's about interest and I enjoy the seasons,  for me seeing the die back in autumn herald's the coming of winter, I enjoy the garden covered in snow, the uncertainty that some plants might not get through adds to the pleasure when they start to flower.

Last edited: 06 November 2016 23:28:35

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 22:37

Had a lazy day, back at work tomorrow ..😞

Will only be able to go to the allotment at weekends now, got a list of winter jobs to keep me busy though.

Monty Don is giving a talk in Preston next weekend, couldn't get descent tickets though the ones left were on row w...

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 21:16

No probs, Gg. Not sure how long to leave the seeds to dry, they've been on a window sill for about a week. I 've eaten one with no ill effects...😀

Went to the plot yesterday and did lots of little jobs. Also turned over another bed ready to cover ...the end is in sight.

Keep going rosemummy, initially it is hard work but it does get easier. After weeding I covered beds with cardboard, muck then black plastic, then left the worms to do the rest. It's easier to dig out perennial weeds this time of year. 

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 21:57

My worst three...

Squash, they just didn't grow.  I put them in the ground and they sulked for weeks, a few leaves and no flowers.

Brussels, grew but slugs ate the sprouts.

Fruit trees were also disappointing although this was only their 2nd yr and I think I over pruned them. Two produced apples but only enough for a couple of pies.

Mini pop  did well. Every seed germinated, 40 plants 6 ft high each with 3 to 4 cobs.  Currants, strawberries, rubarb, pea's and beans all produced gluts.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 18:13

Gg. Yes they are edible, it's a dark green pumpkin with pale green stripes. 

Didn't go to the plot today as it was raining. Went to a local GC. Bought some shallots.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 22:58

Went to the plot for an hour or so. What a difference the clocks changing makes.

Planted out more garlic, spare onions planted in pots are already showing shoots. Early purple wright and thermidrome still to plant. 

Prepped another bed for the spring and covered it. Ever so pleased I've been able to get more muck we still haven't had a delivery. 

Went for a walk down the track, some of the plots have been worked. Had a chat to one plot holder, she doesn't think there's going to be a muck delivery and will e-mail the committee. 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 19:56

Back from Aberdeen today, it involved lots of eating and drinking, looking forward to the green gym and a good work out on the plot...😉

Hoping to finish preparing the bed's for next yr over next few days.

Enjoy your jolly, GWRS..

If you guys want any seeds... I'm saving... dwarf beans,  a couple of french/runner bean varieties and Pumpkin - Chinese Lantern... in the veg department.

Also three chilli varieties...those are for cooking but the seeds should still be viable.

It'll be a .few weeks though before any are ready for sending.

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