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Gareth Howell replied to Gareth Howell's discussion Greenhouse mildew and condensation
" Interesting air flow requirements! Uni Florida"
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Gareth Howell replied to Gareth Howell's discussion Greenhouse mildew and condensation
"So....Air is heavy. The air over every square foot of floor area in a greenhouse weighs about one…"
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Claire Tilley commented on David Hinckley's group Fungi Foraging Faction
"Sounds like this will be an interesting group. "Shaggy Inkcap" also very good to…"
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Fungi Foraging Faction

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Global warming and Gardening

The UK has been battered by a number of storms over the last few weeks, it seems funny that we have…See More
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Mark Willis commented on David Hinckley's group Fungi Foraging Faction
"Here's a contribution to get the Group started, David. "Shaggy Inkcap", one of the…"
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"Not able to dig allotment too wet!"
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Greenhouse mildew and condensation

Started by Gareth Howell. Last reply by Gareth Howell 42 minutes ago. 4 Replies

I've completed my lean to green house such that I am getting plenty of condensation, for the time of year, on the outside of the panes. That being so why should there be any worries about "mlidew" on the plants when the wetness is on the…Continue

leaving beetroot in the ground

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Mark Willis 18 hours ago. 1 Reply

I know the received wisdom is to lift beetroot in late autumn and store it in sand/peat over winter but I left a late sowing in the ground over winter and lifted some golf-ball size roots today. They were perfect baby beets and so sweet in a…Continue

This weeks 'TOP OF THE POTS' potato Variety survey results

Started by David Hinckley. Last reply by Colin Robinson yesterday. 1 Reply

As a lot of you know, I was intrigued to know which potato variety was the most popular for home production.So I thought I would just ask. Quite a few of you have replied, loads more have just viewed. (nothing from Stephen yet)Come on, please don't…Continue

Poppy seeds available

Started by Gareth Howell on Wednesday. 0 Replies

I have once again got plenty of about 12 varieties of Poppy seed available including Escholzia but no Himalayan blue, for the sake of a stamped addressed envelope to me on  snail mail address request to my inbox.There are a good many hybrids sold by…Continue

One branch of my cherry tree is in blossom!

Started by Jade Hwang. Last reply by Gareth Howell on Wednesday. 1 Reply

I doubt it will yield any fruits with no bees around ;(Continue

Quantity or quality in the garden?

Started by Gareth Howell. Last reply by Colin Robinson on Saturday. 1 Reply

Last year's efforts with broad beans and tomatoes in my plot, made me think how far we are influenced by consumerism to produce as much as possible, rather than just what we really need for some tasty lunches.  I wasted my broad bean crop, which was…Continue

Lime Tree

Started by Sussexmouse. Last reply by Gareth Howell Feb 5. 4 Replies

Our Lime Tree is 5 years old and looking sad but has decided to fruit. Maybe it…Continue

Worms hiding under the lid

Started by Sussexmouse. Last reply by Gareth Howell Feb 5. 8 Replies

Lots of worms gather together under the edge of the lid of my plastic Compost Bin. I keep wondering why ?  They look pink and healthy and the compost itself has plenty of worms in it.  It is a mystery to me. There must be a reason why ? Continue

Starting an Asparagus Bed - Any Recommended Suppliers?

Started by Darren Turpin. Last reply by Gareth Howell Feb 4. 7 Replies

My first big allotment project of this year will be to establish an asparagus bed. This is obviously going to be a long-term investment, so I want to make sure it gets off to the best possible start. I'll be weeding the chosen section carefully,…Continue

Tags: planting, allotment, asparagus

Is it too late to spread horse manure on my veg patch?

Started by James Carter. Last reply by Gareth Howell Feb 4. 12 Replies

I've just dug over my veg patch and was pondering adding some horse manure. There's plenty of places to get it fresh locally, and I was thinking of spreading it across the patch to let the worms pull down over the next few weeks, but is this…Continue

Tags: spread, manure, horse

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Global warming and Gardening

Posted by Michael on February 11, 2016 at 20:44 0 Comments

The UK has been battered by a number of storms over the last few weeks, it seems funny that we have been have more since the Met Office decided to start naming them. But you only need to go back to the winter of 2013-2014 to see a similarly stormy winter pattern.

 Overall the weather has been very mild for the time of year. I've had to de-ice the car in the morning a lot less then I would of a couple of year ago. I think it’s ridiculous to deny the fact…


Hampshire Potato Day(s)

Posted by Mark Willis on February 4, 2016 at 7:33 0 Comments

Every year, round about the end of January, a 2-day Potato Day event is held in the Hampshire town of Whitchurch, giving an opportunity for gardeners and allotmenteers to buy from a huge range of seed potatoes - plus other items like peas and beans - at very attractive prices. Having discovered this way of getting potatoes, I don't think I'll ever go back to Mail Order.…


Composting with Coffee Grounds

Posted by Michael on January 26, 2016 at 9:00 2 Comments

I’ve had a few questions at work about coffee grounds and composting. People are interested to know if and how they can use coffee grounds in their compost. So hopefully this will help answer some of those questions.

First of all coffee grounds are a very good addition to your composting efforts. They should be considered a "green" or nitrogen source. 

While it is widely thought that they are acidic it has been shown that most of this acidity is…


Green Manure

Posted by Michael on January 20, 2016 at 6:30 1 Comment

I always think that when I start to dig in the green manure on the allotment in January, that its the start of the gardening year. its one job I don't mind doing, there nothing better on a cold crisp day then get warmed up by digging.

The Hungarian Gazing Rye before I started to dig…



Posted by on January 2, 2016 at 12:27 2 Comments

Ive germinated some pepper seeds which I took from some normal supermarket bell peppers but have read mixed information on whether these will eventually fruit or not.
Has anyone done the same- and what sort of luck did you have...

End of season allotment scorecard

Posted by Lee James on November 25, 2015 at 18:58 4 Comments

This was the scene at the allotment on Sunday, when our attendance managed to neatly and happily bisect a couple of squally rain showers. For shame: I haven't written anything veg-related on here since July, and in truth our attendance of the plot in real life over the last couple of months has been scarcely any more regular. The…


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