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A neighbour has just given us two HUGE Marrows. Anyone got any good ideas for how to cook & eat them?We already have a favourite stuffed-marrow dish which sees one half of a big marrow filled with spiced minced beef and the other filled with…Continue
I have what appear to be millipedes in my veg plot which is basically a raised bed in a fabricated box, 6' x 3'.They are of various sizes, the smallest being white in colour and larger ones a brown colour. The largest ones are still only 1 or 2cm in…Continue
I purchased a dozen "crowns" to discover that in fact they are plug plants which will need to be potted first to survive, and then repotted in this boldly claimed effective system of growbags.I am attracted to that method on account of bunny…Continue
I've had great success with kale this year , virtually pest and trouble free , I've been harvesting for weeks , making kale crips, as an appetiser , and steaming and freezing other leaves , reading up on the health benefits, I'm looking forward to…Continue
I have now got started on my Autumn project of moving soil either out of the garden entirely with a skip, or mixing it to create better soil. I have got a natural bed of thick clay, almost good enough for pot making, and a load of top soil which I…Continue
Its that time of the year again, seed catalogues arriving ,some seeds already purchased. Like most gardeners can hardly wait to start sowing for next year, Seed trays sterilised and seed compost purchased. First planting will be Shallots on the…Continue
I struck about 20 lavender cuttings and some of them actually started to flower on top of the cutting straight away, but it may just have been death's agony causing the flowering.Some of them have taken root deeply, and I have moved them in to…Continue
A few years ago a guest speaker at our gardening club told us the way he prepares his onions for storing, have followed his advice and the onions do seem to keep longer when stored. His first advice was to go easy on nitrogen this can lead to thick necks and neck rot. The day the onions are lifted the necks are…Continue
I like to check my ph every year, for onions I send a sample to a lab tell them what I wish to grow and they send full details ph, NPK salt residues, for the rest of my plot I bought a soil testing kit it does the job but did not have enough to test all my plot.PH meters are a bit iffy unless you spend mega bucks so…Continue
Probably too far away for most of you (I am in west Wales) but my local fruit tree nursery are selling off their stock of perry pears for £3 each, 2yr old and older by the look of them. Website Applewise for more detail. I picked up one each of Berllanderi Green and Welsh Gin, on vigorous rootstock so I felt two were enough!