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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
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
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
Harvested my garlic today, as it was beginning to be affected by rust. Very disappointed as it was probably my worst garlic crop ever. Only three medium size bulbs, many very small, and lots had just rotted off. Having said this, I remember last…Continue
Hi Everyone,I have just joined the forum, couldn't find an "introductions" thread, so I will say hello here!I have recently purchased a poly tunnel 6m x 3m and I am in the process of setting it up. Im keen to try the "no-Dig" technique to set up the…Continue
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
A day spent picking rasps, strawberries and blackcurrants, most of which went in the freezer to be made into jam later. Strawberries have been disappointing this year but the blackcurrant harvest is a bumper one...again. One of the plum trees has a…Continue
My broad beans are coming to an end and I shall be cutting down the plants but leaving the roots in the ground. I know they have nodes (?) that fix nitrogen in the soil, but when does this take place? Only while the plants are still growing? The…Continue
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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 …Continue