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Gareth Howell posted a discussion

Asparagus agony. Am I unlucky?

I got two ways of growing Asparagus,1) two year crowns in gro bags2) a dozen plugs from a…See More
3 hours ago
Trevor Alun Davies commented on Mark Willis's photo

Broad Beans

"Those are looking well, Mark. They're about twice the size of my Bunyards Exhibition."
23 hours ago
Blicky replied to Blicky's discussion Carrot Seed Re-selection
"With regards to the Leeks, do you not shock the leek into producing pips?"
mike wright commented on Rozzie's group Tomato Lovers Group
"All except the "roma" from mate in pub now planted up, the weather is so dry I have had…"
Gareth Howell commented on Pat Corbyn's blog post Newbie
"Interesting comment about return on investment in compost, Pat.  It is seed and potting…"
Gareth Howell replied to Blicky's discussion Carrot Seed Re-selection
"I'm just taking leekseeds, but poppy selection is only a question of natural competition, in…"
Blicky posted a discussion

Carrot Seed Re-selection

At the end of last year, I took my best Carrots and set them to seed.I selected them by the…See More
Blicky replied to Blicky's discussion Growing Cucumbers
"Cucumbers love the humidity and grow much better in high humidity conditions. This is why it…"

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Asparagus agony. Am I unlucky?

Started by Gareth Howell 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

I got two ways of growing Asparagus,1) two year crowns in gro bags2) a dozen plugs from a merchant.I thought the plugs were well and truly dead, and was about to give up in disgust, when a green foliage tip appeared about a month ago, so now I know…Continue

Carrot Seed Re-selection

Started by Blicky. Last reply by Blicky yesterday. 2 Replies

At the end of last year, I took my best Carrots and set them to seed.I selected them by the longest, fattest, best colour and best condition and then laid them flat on the green house floor and covered with compost. They started to grow just a…Continue

Growing Cucumbers

Started by Blicky. Last reply by Blicky yesterday. 10 Replies

I had to clear all the staging from the greenhouse this weekend to make room for the cucumbers. Ithen sat them in 25 ltr pots filled with a multipurpose compost, mixed with some vermiculite to hold the moisture. I then tied one cane upright and…Continue

Leaf short on one potato plant - help please!

Started by Last reply by on Monday. 7 Replies

I have a potato plant, Desiree, whose leave shave become very short and curly. It started a few days ago and now has become widespread in the plant though not yet among its close neighbouring pots. What could be the problem?

Is mint as invasive as everyone says...??

Started by Alderandash. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies on Monday. 5 Replies

Hello! I haven't been here for ages, but you guys have always provided good advice, so I thought I'd pop by with a question about mint...I was wondering about planting a few mints in open ground - am I mad?? There is lawn at the front (so any…Continue


Started by Pat Corbyn. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies on Monday. 1 Reply

I have 2 big blowsy flowers on my courgette plants, happy dance.Continue

check your onions

Started by Colin Robinson on Sunday. 0 Replies

My overwintered onions are starting to thicken up nicely but I noticed today that two of them had bolted so I nipped out the flower stalks. I guess it's the cool weather that's caused it so it might be worth everyone's while keeping an eye on their…Continue

Anyone use comfrey as plant food?

Started by Alderandash. Last reply by Alderandash on Sunday. 9 Replies

I'm growing Russian comfrey for the first time this year. I bought crown…Continue

Tags: 14, Bocking, mulch, comfrey

Space in the kitchen?

Started by Gareth Howell. Last reply by Gareth Howell on Sunday. 2 Replies

I've got about 1 cubic metre space in the kitchen, which is light and airy throughout the year.What can I do there with seed growing now, which I cant do outside?Continue

Where is everyone?

Started by Blicky. Last reply by Sue Gollop May 22. 6 Replies

I appreciate I haven't been on here in some time, but I have been watching for the past week and the forum seem pretty quite compared to how it use to be. There seems to be just a small handful of people commenting Where is everyone and why is it so…Continue

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Garden Blog

Posted by Gary Pearson on May 17, 2015 at 22:17 0 Comments

Busy ole day, tomato plants bought a fortnight ago today, 2 gardeners delight, 2 alicante, been potted up in builders buckets, canned and side shoots taken off, growing well noticed a yellow flower forming this morning on one delight, also sowed purple sprouting broccoli, some Brussels, and some primo cabbage, finishing off with some kale, couldn't sow them any earlier has i shall only be able to plant out after i dig my early potatoes, carrots coming well but still waiting for parsnips to…



Posted by Pat Corbyn on May 15, 2015 at 12:50 2 Comments


I am new to this site and also relatively new to gardening. I live in Gloucestershire and have a courtyard garden i.e. decking and gravel and I grow in self watering troughs, pots and trugs. This suits me as I have limited mobility because of rheumatoid arthritus, there are only two of us in the household so I don't have to grow a huge amount of anything. I started last year with the usual suspects and found that I adore home grown tomatoes,…



Posted by on May 10, 2015 at 16:46 10 Comments


So.........We have just bought a house with a large garden ( woop) which at the moment seems to be full of daffodils, which now wont flower until next spring- i find them completely useless as most of the year they are just green leaves- weeds......great for the wildlife but makes you look like a…


An update from the Forest despite this VEG UNfriendly weather

Posted by on May 9, 2015 at 19:42 9 Comments

May 9th 2015 19:30

Its crazy how as a childless( so far) 29 year old, one gets quite attached to things which with think need our care, be that a bunny rabbit, a beloved old and decrepit teddy bear, or in my case my veg! I had to leave my poor babies unattended last weekend, and hoped that they would be OK. I should have prepared more in retrospect and built them their own…


Late April update on May 1st

Posted by Duncan Seth-Smith on May 1, 2015 at 21:01 1 Comment

This is where I am in this part of Lincolnshire. my asparagus is ready for the first harvest, my strawberries are just starting to flower, outside lettuce and radish started to put on growth and then the cold weather arrived, I have marigolds, beetroot and Swiss chard about ready to transplant, they are already hardened off.

Ornamental poppies are at second leaf stage, bizzy Lizzie and delphiniums have not germinated.

My courgettes are progressing quite well but the squash has not… Continue

1st blog ever!

Posted by on April 29, 2015 at 18:49 4 Comments

So my first blog. So many things to say since I have been sowing and caring for my little babies since February! Thank goodness I now have uk veg to vent my excitement instead of boring my work colleagues more than work itself!!!

So far I no particular order of success/death rate... Tomatoes, of many types, Corgettes, runner beans, broad beans, french beans, mange tout, sweet peas, sprouts, poppies, echinops, rosemary, butternut squash. Beetroot and leeks showed… Continue

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