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This year I have had a good crop of carrots, but quite a few of them split open and were unuseable. Does anyone know why this happens? Also, another question for the carrot-growing gurus: is it OK to grow carrots in the same place repeatedly? I…Continue
And in the middle of the night it seemed like an earthquake and disaster had struck.The whole wall collapsed with far too much heavy soil behind it to stand the strain, far too few pillars to hold it up, only half a leaf of bricks. I blamed the…Continue
Well, that's the last of the greenhouse tomatoes picked so now I have to to clear things out and make way for some overwintered crops. Most years the toms last well into November and in mild years I've had home-grown in December but this has been a…Continue
I've just acquired a few potato onions (I probably shouldn't be as excited about this as I am), but I'm not sure if they should be planted in the Autumn or Spring.Google suggests either is possible, but I thought I'd do well to check if anyone else…Continue
At this time of year it is usually raining in Dorset, but we have been quite short of rain only about 3" since April; enough for some modest to good crops but not enough warmth or moisture for any fungi at all really in the wild, where I usually get…Continue
Quick question... I bought a very small (unheated) greenhouse this year and it's been absolutely fantastic. At the moment though I've got some kind of fuzzy grey mould galloping through it at quite a pace - infecting just about everything (though…Continue
Why is it that whilst Endives are hugely popular in Europe, they are very under-rated in the UK? Although they are available in abundance in every supermarket in France, I find it almost impossible to buy an Endive in England - unless it is chopped…Continue
The chillies in question are Ember explosive. I have 3 pots grown from the seeds ( kindly given by you know whom) but hesitate to pick them. It seems silly but same with the fact that most people will happily eat a chicken but not a song bird,…Continue
I shouldn't have been surprised that my very good neighbor started his pheasant shoot today.... the 11th. Two startled birds squawked across my garden in sheer terror. But it was only another moment in a marvelous garden bird day. A buzzard was…Continue
I have agonized for ages about different methods of turning the compost heap to keep it brewing nicely. I just can not afford big rotating barrels but I started putting it all in 25 gallon barrels without the turning mechanism. It got damp and did…Continue
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…Continue
Today we picked the last two sweet peppers in the greenhouse. The pathetic crop of chillies were picked yesterday. It was my own fault I bought the seeds from an online website that used foreign supplies.
I have now planned next year and I have ordered the seeds from a supplier on eBay that I have used before and the results have always been good, and the prices are half that of seeds in major retailers.
My main issue this/next year is to stay with my plan and not keep adding…Continue
Hi guys, here are numerous tips that we swear by in regards to cultivation. I hope some of you find it useful. I am sure you will.
COPPER WIRE - Copper wire is a great solution for repelling slugs and snails from climbing up your plants. Twist a section of copper wire around the base of the stalk ensuring the wire doesn't actually touch the plant so as to give ample room for growth. As this is a very…Continue
The one thing I have not done is to consider rebuilding the lean-to greenhouse all the way along where it was before the thatch got burnt down a few years back. I just left the foundations thinking i might one day do something. There they are.
I suddenly discovered the little less than perfect Halls Europa Mk.II 84 lean-to the other day and it arrived
within a couple of days. It ain't easy to assemble, just like Meccano.
I suddenly realized that I have the…Continue
There is always something in the garden that I am not quite good enough to do, and it is at times like that I need help from somebody to do it better. Just as I was pondering the complexities of lean-to greenhouse erection today, a savior came along in the form of a former employee, looking for a little paid employment. The one things he is good at...... precisely what I am not! Drills, rawl plugs, screws, and wood! He has even offered to put up a Swift box 5-7me up which I was…Continue
If you happen to have an abundance of ripe chillis, and don't know what to do with them, why not try making Harissa?
It scores heavily in the Effort-to-Results stakes, and produces a tasty and versatile condiment. Also, it doesn't have to be so hot that it burns your tongue, because you can tone it…Continue