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Colin Robinson replied to Colin Robinson's discussion super tom
"I agree about the proneness to problems, Mark. Blossom end rot is much more prevalent on beefsteak…"
1 hour ago
Colin Robinson replied to Colin Robinson's discussion super tom
" Good taste, firm flesh, not many seeds. "
1 hour ago
Mark Willis posted a photo

31 Aug Harvest

31st August harvest.
2 hours ago
Mark Willis commented on Richard Walton's group Chilli-lovers Group
"This is "Ring of Fire", which was supposed to be my main crop for culinary purposes. They…"
2 hours ago
Mark Willis commented on Rozzie's group Tomato Lovers Group
"Big beefsteak variety "Dynnye". "
2 hours ago
Natalia Lopes replied to Natalia Lopes's discussion New veg/fruit
"They look beautiful. Thanks Jade."
7 hours ago
Jade Hwang replied to Natalia Lopes's discussion New veg/fruit
"cape gooseberry is sweet with a touch of sharpness.  You could buy a package of fruits from…"
10 hours ago
Jade Hwang replied to Colin Robinson's discussion super tom
"well done, Colin!"
10 hours ago

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super tom

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Colin Robinson 1 hour ago. 5 Replies

I've been growing tomatoes for years and like to try new varieties each season. This monster weighs in at 884g (nearly 2 lbs in old money) and the variety is Pineapple. It's the biggest I've ever grown by a good 200g. I never set out to grow these…Continue

New veg/fruit

Started by Natalia Lopes. Last reply by Natalia Lopes 7 hours ago. 6 Replies

What new veg/fruiy/type have you grown this year? Would you reccomend them?Let me start, on my never grown before list;1 Blue danube potatoes - brilliant color and great for roasting2 Patty pan - high yield ok taste (maybe I need to pick them…Continue

Caterpillar ID?

Started by Trevor Alun Davies on Monday. 0 Replies

Found this colourful chap on my runner beans the other day, any one got an idea what he will grow up / metamorphose…Continue

Red Onions

Started by Mark Willis. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies on Sunday. 9 Replies

I am thinking of growing some red onions next year, and I have never done this before, so I would welcome any advice I can get. I am particularly interested in growing the long red Tropea onions like these:…Continue

Diatomaceous Earth

Started by Phil. Last reply by Phil Aug 24. 6 Replies

Does anyone have any experience of using diatomaceous earth for flea beetle control?Any information would be much appreciated.Continue

Totally Tomatoes

Started by Mark Willis Aug 6. 0 Replies

If you like tomatoes - growing, them eating them etc - then maybe you should visit Stephen Shirley's "Totally Tomatoes" event at Victoriana Nursery Gardens in Challock, Kent. It lasts a whole week! This year there will be at least 163 different…Continue

Casablanca spuds

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Mark Willis Aug 6. 1 Reply

Any other growers out there in veggie land grown Casablanca potatoes?I got 15 tubers at our local potato day and duly stuck them in the ground. They are a first early but can be left to grow on and produce a large crop. Anyway, I lifted the first…Continue

golden trusses

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Mark Willis Jul 27. 1 Reply

This lovely truss of 'golden sunrise' tomatoes was so heavy (770g) it broke away from the stem.  I just hope they all ripen fully. Strange, but I've had three or four trusses break from the parent on various plants this year due to weight of fruit.…Continue

Autumn/winter veg recommendations

Started by Aidan. Last reply by Anne Sawhney Jul 26. 3 Replies

Im going to order seeds and I would appreciate some advice about which veg is best to grow in polytunnel from August onward.So far I consider Kale, Spinach, Radish, Rocket.Other recommendations appreciated and seed supplier, I consider Tamar…Continue

Spent mushroom compost

Started by Aidan. Last reply by Colin Robinson Jul 24. 5 Replies

I have access to some spent mushroom compost and some very well rotted, 10+ years, cow manure. Im not sure whether to mix both together or layer them in the raised bed. Is it possible to plant directly ie seeds or seedlings into the mushroom compost…Continue

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Not Gar's last chorus bu Adew

Posted by Gareth Howell on July 29, 2016 at 8:55 0 Comments

I have been picking the brains of the Ukveggardener experts for a good three years now, but family events earlier in the year, lead me to Andalucia for the winter months, hopefully, to avoid the worst of the British weather.

Perhaps I should report my progress or lack of it, during this year.  I am basically a fruit grower. I am going to pick chestnuts in Spain soon,but my enthusiasm for apples, pears, and grapes also is unabated. I got three grafted vines from Vic, last year, but…


Drying out the alliums

Posted by Lee James on July 23, 2016 at 21:57 0 Comments

The recent blast of inferno-like conditions has hit us at a rather handy moment, as we've hoiked up all that remained of our autumn-planted allium crops and got them in the shed drying out. From past experience, autumn-planted onions don't store anything like as well as their spring-planted counterparts…


First real harvest of 2016

Posted by Duncan Seth-Smith on July 7, 2016 at 22:06 3 Comments

I have ofcourse harvested lettuce, radish and Swiss chard but today I harvested my peas. They were in a raised bed 2mtr X 1 mtr. I sowed them closely in four rows. This year they have produce 2.5lbs of peas. I don't know whether this is good or bad. For me it is great because last year the mice ate the seeds and I produced zero lbs.

in Praise of Globe Artichokes

Posted by Jade Hwang on July 3, 2016 at 10:00 0 Comments

For those who were waiting for Flaming June and feel cheated by the soggy June we just had, fret no more. There has never been a Flaming June month in UK and will never be.  You get a couple of hot days or one week of sunny days here and there during British summer, that's all !


Disappointing weather aside, there is one vegetable that will never disappoint and…


8 Delicious Recipes for Surviving a Rhubarb Glut

Posted by Nic Wilson on June 25, 2016 at 12:20 0 Comments

It’s June, the weather is warming, there’s been plenty of rain (!) and the rhubarb is looking on top of the world. From the small knuckles of underground potential, huge forests have grown in a few short weeks and now, in a Jurassic corner of the…


Consider Shallots

Posted by Jade Hwang on May 22, 2016 at 18:00 0 Comments


I started growing shallots two years ago and I love their easy growing habits.  Shallots are in the onion family and can be grown like onions.  The difference is that they are smaller in size and they have the mild, sweeter taste.  They also store better than onion.  Once lifted and dried you can keep them over a year. 

I bought …


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