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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.

broccoli-destroyed-by-caterpillars

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:27

Agree with what has been advised especially the netting but even with netting me thinks the cabbage white can smell brassica's. I had cabbage white butterflies which got under the netting this year, those which didn't get under the netting laid their eggs on some of my flowers.

Leave a plant outside the netting and let them lay their eggs on it. Still check for eggs and squash, but it might save your main crop from caterpillar invasion. 

broccoli-destroyed-by-caterpillars

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:26

Agree with what has been advised especially the netting but even with netting me thinks the cabbage white can smell brassica's. I had them under the netting this year, those which didn't get under the netting laid their eggs on some of my flowers.

Leave a plant outside the netting and let them lay their eggs on it. Still check for eggs and squash, but it might save your main crop from caterpillar invasion. 

broccoli-destroyed-by-caterpillars

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:23

Agree with what has been advised especially the netting but even with netting me thinks the cabbage white can smell brassica's. I had them under the netting this year, those which didn't get under the netting laid their eggs on some of my flowers.

Leave a plant outside the netting which you are happy to lose and let them lay their eggs on it. Still check for eggs and squash, but it might save your main crop from caterpillar invasion. 

home-grown-potatoes-taste-really-nasty

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:02

Which variety did you grow blueberry, how have you stored the spuds and were did you store them. I'm guessing but it could be a storage problem.

Alan - I've had similar problems cooking Charlotte spuds. People rave about them but I can't cook them, tried everyway, they are bland, the skins flake off when cooking even when steamed. Gave up with Charlotte a couple of years ago.

Agree with Bob, there are so many different varieties. I'm still experimenting after several years of growing in bags. Red Duke of York are one of my favourites. I'm growing Duke of York for Christmas.     

basic-secateur-information

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 22:22

Why not buy both, I've about 5prs of secateurs, as I keep losing them and then find them several weeks later. You can't have enough prs of secateurs.

Now, pink handled one's are almost impossible to lose and prs with a loop allow you to hang them on a hook in the shed. It doesn't matter if they are anvil or bypass, if you can't find then you can't use them...  

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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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