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James Carter posted a discussion

Potato storage

We got our potatoes up in a few sessions over the last few weeks, and today when I was putting some…See More
58 minutes ago
Colin Robinson posted a discussion


Never had this before but my current crop of leeks has grown up...and up....and up but all the…See More
21 hours ago
Duncan Seth-Smith posted a discussion

My Growing Review part 2

I have a 10'x4' leanto greenhouse and this year I planned to grow four types of tomatoes,…See More
Sue Gollop liked Duncan Seth-Smith's discussion My Vegetable Growing Review part 1
Gareth Howell commented on David Hinckley's group Fungi Foraging Faction
"David knowns his fungi hunting facts. today is thoruhgly warm and wet! I had some useful little cep…"
Mark Willis commented on David Hinckley's group Fungi Foraging Faction
"I'm pretty sure this is a Cep / Porcino / Penny Bun (Boletus Edulis) "
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Potato storage

Started by James Carter 58 minutes ago. 0 Replies

We got our potatoes up in a few sessions over the last few weeks, and today when I was putting some of the latest ones into one of the earliest bags I found that some of them have already gone rotten. Can anyone tell me why?Typically, we dig them…Continue


Started by Colin Robinson 21 hours ago. 0 Replies

Never had this before but my current crop of leeks has grown up...and up....and up but all the plants are refusing to put on any girth. The result is about 60 very tall and thin leeks which are very susceptible to wind damage. I've grown the same…Continue

My Growing Review part 2

Started by Duncan Seth-Smith on Thursday. 0 Replies

I have a 10'x4' leanto greenhouse and this year I planned to grow four types of tomatoes, Tigerella, Black Russian, Roma vf, Marmande. I also grew some along an west facing wall and on a south facing patio.The Black Russian were a disaster producing…Continue

Tags: garden, Vegetable, Chilli, Tomatoes, Fruit

Mini Bell Peppers

Started by Duncan Seth-Smith. Last reply by Duncan Seth-Smith on Sunday. 2 Replies

These were a trial this year and I got one relly vigorous plant the others are a bit dwarfed. I think it was the dreaded infected compost.The vigorous plant has produced a lot of fruit and I did try one when green but I was not impressed. The…Continue

Tags: free, seeds, peppers, bell, min

Brussel Sprouts recovering

Started by James Carter. Last reply by Mark Willis Sep 25. 2 Replies

Back in spring, we planted out a load of brussel sprout seedlings, but they all got attacked by something and lost their leaves. I left them in, though, in hopes they might recover, and they are indeed growing again, so I'm wondering if there's…Continue

My Vegetable Growing Review part 1

Started by Duncan Seth-Smith. Last reply by Jade Hwang Sep 24. 5 Replies

Well this could be good and bad, so I will start with the seven 3mtr x 1mtr Raised beds. The first bed has Brussels (Evesham Special), Kale (Dwarf Scotch) and Rainbow Swiss Chard. All under netting and all have/are doing well. We have been cutting…Continue

Caterpillar ID?

Started by Trevor Alun Davies. Last reply by Duncan Seth-Smith Sep 22. 2 Replies

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

Herbicide contamination in commercial compost

Started by Mark Willis. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies Sep 22. 3 Replies

This is a subject dear to my heart, since I have suffered at the hands of contaminated compost for the last 3 years! It is a very widespread problem, but not one which many people understand - or even know about. The ill effects of clopyralid…Continue

Spanish Hanging Tomatoes

Started by Mark Willis. Last reply by Colin Robinson Sep 19. 1 Reply

A friend gave me some seeds for a variety of tomato called "Tomates de Colgar",…Continue

Decisions, Decisions - Peas

Started by Phil. Last reply by Sue Gollop Sep 14. 8 Replies

Any advice/opinions on the best pea for Autumn planting? Obviously, I'm after the best balance of hardiness, yield and taste, but am finding it hard to choose which variety will be best.Continue

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Late season scorecard

Posted by Lee James on September 25, 2016 at 20:19 0 Comments

We've been neglecting the plot again. Not full-on Fritzl-level neglect you understand, but certainly enough to alert the authorities, assuming that there were any authorities that paid attention to neglected…

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…


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