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Strawberry variety ideas?.

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 21:03

The four new one's I tried are - Pagasus, crops June. Cambridge Favourite, crops June. Honeyoye, an early variety and Rhapsody, mid to late variety.

If you can't get down to the allotment to regularly pick them, the problem could be the starwberries are already slightly over ripe when you are able to pick. I've found shop bought starwberries soon go soft and need to be eaten the same day, probably becasuse they've been on the shelves a few days already.

Why not take two containers down to the allotment and put the firmer one's in a seperate container, these should last longer. 

    

 

 

 

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:04

I wasn't going to grow ornamental gourds again. Last years had loads of foilage but no gourds, this year - Snake gourds, I don't think even made it to the planting out stage or died soon after.  

...but bought some children's seeds at Kew - Russian Dolls - to grow next year...how hard can it be...  

Strawberry variety ideas?.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:32

I grew four new varieties this year, will post there names tomorrow, if they still have their labels, it's too dark to go out now.

I tend to eat mine on the day picked but these were firm strawberries so would have thought they'd last a day or two. Can't say I've grown a strawberry which didn't taste nice

Alpine strawberries are an aquired taste though. I grew white strawberries this year but left them on the plant too long so they were a bit soft.

Gardening Book ideas for Christmas

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:28

Propagation by Aura Garden Guides is a good one. Cheap, at less that £5 it covers a range of plants in respect to propagation, also has several growing charts for seeds from veg to annuals, biennials, perennials and houseplants.  

I find it a good reference book, just been reading about hardwood cuttings again and when to take them.

I've also Herbs in the same series but there's well over a dozen different guides.

Autumn colour

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:09

David, Enjoy your day in the Lakes, I'm sure you'll get some fabulous pictures. Lovely place to visit in all the seasons.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:00

Dry this morning but rain for most of the afternoon.

Some mornings it's been a tad bit cold here, noticed the dahlias starting to go over today.

Cold frames and greenhouses

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 22:14

Hi, Garden Girl,

I've oftern thought what was the difference and like you have limited space, from advise given there's little difference and in part it's about personnal preference. 

I started off with a plastic four shelved GH, it was cheap and cheerful, good for growing stuff on and ideal for a few tom plants and if I didn't have green fingers little lost.

A  cold frame to me is something which sits on the ground with no shelves in it, although you can get stand up ones, which have shelving, but are expensive. If you can build one like HH then that's fab.  

Turned out, me thinks I do have green fingers and now have a GH but still have the reliable plastic four shelved GH and really rate them but would like a nice cold frame to replace the plasic GH  as it's become a permanent feature. .   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 20:52

It's been dull and wet here and the forcast doesn't get any better for the rest of the week.

Can't get out in the garden now during the week as it's dark when I get home but have saved up some jobs which can be done in the GH this weekend.

 

    

No dig gardening

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 20:21

I did something similar to obelixx, on one of the beds last yr.

Read somewhere courgettes like well manured soil so covered one bed about this time with some rotted down manure, covered the ground with a weed membrain instead of cardboard, weighted down with stones and when it was time, cut crosses in the fabric and planted out the courgettes. They romped away all summer, no weeds or pests not even mildew on the leaves, just but slug pellets on the membrain so no slugs either.

Best crop of courgettes I've ever had.

It's now planted up with a new strawberry patch and has bienniels in. Didn't need to weed just turned it over with a hand fork.        

No dig gardening

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 00:02

Forgot to say the beds are no more than 1mtre wide and never walked on so the soil isn't compact.  

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