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tool-of-the-day

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 21:56

 a kneeling pad certainly saves getting your knee's dirty and I like the look of the one's with supports, could you get one that looks and acts as a seat when turned the other way, no one would know what it was for then...just thinking ahead for when I'm 27 .   

winter-potatos

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 21:40

This will be my 3rd year trying to grow spuds for Christmas. First year I planted far to late and the plants didn't have enough time to grow. 

Last year the bags froze in the GH and didn't defrost until February  I suspect the compost in the bags was too wet, as I'd kept up with summer watering when I should have slowed down. The spuds were good to eat through. 

Spuds for Christmas, ideally, should be planted, the latest, at the end of July, so get them in quick if you haven't already planted them. I'd also advise putting them in a sheltered spot when the temp starts to drop rather than wait for a threatened frost, the cold weather and decrease in light slows down their growth, 1st earlies take longer to mature than the 12 weeks for summer grown one's.

Good luck and happy gardening

whats-your-favourite-green-bean

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 21:11

I grow a few varieties and found these good last year...

Runner beans -Scarlet Empire and Painted Lady both good croppers.

French beans - Goldfield, Neckaronigon, Neckargold Barlotto Linua Di Fuoco and a purple podded one but can't remember what it was called. Picked early they were all good on taste and not stringy. Some cropped better than others and having coloured pods made them easier to see on the plant to pick.. 

This year, the runner beans haven't started producing pods yet and French have been slow, I only started picking them last week.  

I'm trying three new one's this year. two varieties to dry the beans, but none are doing well.    

 

 

new-to-all-of-this--need-help-please-

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 22:14

 Was going to let Verdun or archiepem explain double digging seen as they suggested it first...but here goes...

Dig a trench the length of your plot two spades deep (I only dug down one spade) put the soil in a wheel barrow and take this soil to the other end of the plot and forget about it for now.

You'll have a trench the length of your plot approx 1ft wide two spades deep. Half fill it with your chosen fertiliser, muck or mushroom compost and then dig another trench next to the first, using the soil from this trench to fill up the first trench, by piling it ontop of the muck/mushroom compost.

Repeat this until you get to the end of the plot. Use the soil from the first trench, which you've forgotten about to fill the last trench.

Hope this is helpful...it's hard work but well worth the effort... 

start-of-a-weekly-blog

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:47

Good plan

new-to-all-of-this--need-help-please-

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:18

Looks like you've put in alot of hard work. Good advise, double digging the area and putting in lots of compost will prepare the ground well for next years veg plot.   

It's surprising how much veg and the varieties you can grow in a relatively small space. If the garden gets alot of sun and the hedge on right and tree don't shade the area too much then you are on to a winner.

Grow veg you and your family like to eat and try lots of different varieties the first year because some will do well and others won't. You won't mind one or two failures if you get sucesses too. You'll also learn what grows well in your soil and location.

Ideally 4 veg beds allow you to rotate veg but I get by with 3.

If you are thinking of fruit, autumns the time to plant. Rubarb would do well near the tree. Gooseberry and currant bushes would also do well there. I have fruit bushes in an area 1ft by 10ft, shaded by a GH and was pleased with the crop this year. Be mindful of planting rasberries. They put out runners under ground and in a small area may start popping up in the veg beds.

Happy gardening     

two-problems-with-my-honeysuckle

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 20:47

Can't answer your Q but my honey suckle doesn't do well where ever it's planted. I get black spots on mine, yellowing of leaves and poor flowering. In fact a rambling rose and clemantis has black spots too, both planted close by  unless there's a cure mine's heading for the compost bin and garden in the sky...  

faqs

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 20:39

There's a 'How to.... section which I found helpful when first joining.

I don't think there's a need for a FAQ section either, it's good to talk, share knowledge and idea's even if Q's are sometimes repeated.

gardening-gloves

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 20:26

I have a selection of different prs to protect my nails, having nice nails came before my interest in gardening  and a manicure becomes an expensive waste if the following day your varnish gets chipped or you break a nail after a day in the garden

I have a strong rubber builders pr if doing anything heavy like moving flags or shifting gravel, also handy if cutting down brambles or anything prickly - haven't had cause to wear them for a while. A green wooly pr with rubber grips on the palms if using big garden tools, like fork, spade, rake etc..They're handy when the weathers cold too and a couple of washable thinner prs when using hand tools, potting up or planting out. They're also handy when delving into spud bags and are probably used the most.

I think a good pr should fit your hand well, give protection and allow you to do the task in hand which might mean having a few different prs.. 

 

home-grown-potatoes-taste-really-nasty

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 23:55

If it's not storage, I'm not sure what the problem is, Blueberry. I was thinking some sort of rot had set in after harvesting.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Winter veg... 
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

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Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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