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Would members be interested?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:02

Mike just get on and do it, you don't need posters permission, you'll soon know if posters are interested as it will promote discussion, if it doesn't lets not have an inquest into why no one posted on the thread or why they did .

 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 20:50

Me thinks it's a matter of different growers taste.

I usually start picking veg small because I'm keen to start eating what I've grown. If I wait too long there's a glut. Wouldn't say there's a huge amount of difference in taste but then most stuff get's something else added when cooked. Even roasted veggies get drizzled with a little olive oil.

For me, different coloured veggie's add to the pleasure of growing my own and often can't be bought in the shops. 

Different coloured beans are easier to see on the plant - yellow, purple and red/cream - they all turn green when cooked and they all taste good.   .

White strawberries are best picked early as it's difficult to know when to pick them, leave them to late and they go seedy.

I also grew a mixed seed bag of radish this year in white, yellow, red and purple in between spud rows, they were picked early before the foilage of the spuds hid  them. They tasted better than bigger radish, ever so peppery.  

A mixed beetroot pack of seeds grew red, orange and white/red when sliced, didn't notice much difference in taste though.

White tubular swede is very nice and not at all difficult to peel if picked young, the biggest was about the size of a hand. The smaller swedes had not been nibbled by soil pests either so sometimes there are benefits from picking early.

Strawberries

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:43

Hi, AEE,

Are you growing them in pots or the ground. It's a tad bit easier if in the ground, the new plants nearer the mother plant are your best one's and can be pegged into the ground to root and then once rooted the runner cut and the new plant grows.

If in pots, the runners trail down the pot and can't be pegged into the ground, there are things you can do in this case.

Need a bit more information about whether they are being grown in pots or the ground

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 23:15

Have a nice day, to far for me.

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 22:40

I over winter any biennials which aren't quite ready to plant out in there. If you grow sweetpea's, depending where you live in the country, these can be started off end of September/October time and will survive even the most harsh winters without heat.    

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 01:44

 Me thinks Holker Hall and Gardens are still a good day out...goodnight...

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 18:25

Visit to Holker Hall and Gardens...

If anyone is out this way I'd recommend a visit...despite the rain it's a good day out if you like history and gardens. Very child friendly too, although we were on a child free day, plan to return with children in tow before they go back to school. Children under 16 go free and the play area is well out of the way if you don't have children. There's also an indoor and outdoor picnic area. 

They are in the 2 for 1 entry guide and there's a discount for the gardens.

We didn't get to walk round the gardens due to the rain so no pics but had some lovely views of it from the Hall. There is a nice Food Hall and Gift Shop, both a tab bit expensive but good places to buy gifts. Good selection of books regarding gardening, preserves and cooking. 

There is also a plant fair on 31st August which is free entry.  

short sweetcorn

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 17:05

Hi, Forester, I think we are growing the same mini pop variety from moreveg ditto mine are like yours but had a peek at the tops and there are flower heads just coming through. They've been planted in a rectangle but can be planted in rows.

Sweetcorn being grown on other plots look to be small plants which I'd have expected from mini pop but from experience of growing big corn on the cob I'm not expecting a crop until late September/early October this far North so thought they were on track   .

Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 16:47

Welldone you guy's, a big pat on the back. What's also nice is acknowledge from the editors...and if not an OBE... then an invite to the Queen's garden party would be most appt.  

Brambles and weeds

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 16:36

Good point nut. If the bottom of the bramble has few leaves then you would need to cut it back less and leave more showing above ground. You can also score the stem and paint into the cuts. 

   

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