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My tomatoes are (finally) ripening now, despite a severe dearth of sunshine. Mindful of the fact that slugs and snails enjoy wet conditions, I put down a few slug pellets in the containers in which my tomato plants are growing.I haven't seen any…Continue
We have started digging up our potatoes 2 plants at a time and leaving the rest in the ground until needed. The foliage had died down. Should we water the remaining plants ? We don't know if the Potatoes could get bigger or just rot ? advice…Continue
Harvested a good crop of shallots, Gloden Gourmet and Red Sun, in July. I've had them drying, with plenty of air for about a month. Came to use some Golden Gourmet today, only to find some have rotted at the neck. The Red Sun seem ok. The same thing…Continue
That's it, I've made 16 jars of jam and I refuse to make any more no matter how good the wild blackberry harvest is. After clearing out the preserve cupboard I'm making a fresh start and trying to be sensible. Previously I've jammed, pickled,…Continue
I grow lots of basil, to make pesto. But this year it is being attacked by caterpillars. I have found a couple of green ones on a plant, but I can't seem to find the small ones. Which means, by the time I find them, the damage is done!The question…Continue
I have planted rocket and dill for the Autumn. I've had French people here who wont eat Rocket more than occasionally because they think it is the same as pis-en-lit (Dandelion/pee in your bed). it does have the same acrid, and very pleasant taste…Continue
How can I limit weeds coming in with fresh Horse Manure ?I have easy access to free Manure from local stables, but fear the weeds this brings in will wipe out the benefits of the manure.Would longer storage at home before use help .... but if so,…Continue
Earlier this year I noticed one or two cabbage white butterflies around so I dutifully put netting over the brassicas. Since then I haven't seen a single one so where are they all. It hasn't been a great year for insects in general but no cabbage…Continue
Have any forum members managed to successfully grow red onions from sets? Having heard that they were tricky I decided to try for myself so I planted some Red Baron sets in spring. Today I noticed that most of them are going to seed. They are no…Continue
Thee sequence of events, pollination excellent, water very inadequate has produced an apple crop which is ready to pick now instead of last week in August, which is prolific but short on size. Small apples. Waiting for them to plump up, with the new rains in the last couple of days may be the answer.
After some discussion here about Celeriac planting last spring time, I took the plung and I now have about 30 healthy looking celeriac plants in tidy, well weeded rows. I tested…Continue
I am not moaning I know I am very lucky to have a south facing garden but..... all my cut and come again lettuce have bolted, as has the rocket, little gem and coriander. I wonder will lettuce grow in the shade as there is a strip alongside the shed. Will give it a go and plant up some more later.
In other news my cucumbers have put on a bit of height, I am harvesting courgettes, sugar snaps and my runner beans have flowers on. The Scarlet Emporor are in front of St George but…Continue
This site has always been about growing quality vegetables however, this post has a change as I am branching out into Exhibition Sweat Peas.
The Sweat Peas came about when I was at the Southern Vegetable Championships and the Sweat Pea Show was next to the Veg Show. I was fascinated at the size, fantastic scent and quality of the flowers and when I inquired how the grower achieved this, I was told that it is exactly the same as how I grow my normal peas, except they go for the flower…Continue