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As a not for profit Community, UK Veg Gardeners is here to help vegetable gardeners meet each other, share ideas, and gain inspiration.

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Whether it's a book about how to get the best from your plot, a specialist tome, or a fab cookbook…See More
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Gardening With Children

Gardening with the younger members of your family really can be fun - and teach them a skill for…See More
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Terry Wells replied to Mark Willis's discussion What to do with all those Marrows?
"You can also not make the hole in the bottom but stand it in a bucket/container and when it…"
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Trevor Alun Davies commented on Richard Walton's group Chilli Lovers Group
"Have been saving lots of seeds this year, so looking forward to swapping, or giving away some…"
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Brassica cage

Moved into next years position ,will leave the ground uncovered and hoe off any weeds as they…
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Trevor Alun Davies replied to Mark Willis's discussion What to do with all those Marrows?
"I remember my mother used to stuff them with sausage meat and good old sage and onion stuffing, and…"
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Terry Wells commented on Richard Walton's group Chilli Lovers Group
"Hi Mark, I have been intrigued by the Aji Limon so yes a seed swap would be a good idea, I have one…"
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What to do with all those Marrows?

Started by Mark Willis. Last reply by Terry Wells 5 hours ago. 4 Replies

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

Asparagus

Started by Gareth Howell. Last reply by Jermy Nation 17 hours ago. 3 Replies

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

Pests or pals

Started by Stephen Forbes. Last reply by tony southall yesterday. 10 Replies

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

Nero Kale

Started by Stephanie Cousins. Last reply by Stephanie Cousins on Sunday. 6 Replies

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

Do you mix soil?!

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

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

What is this fungus?

Started by Lynn Howarth. Last reply by Gareth Howell on Sunday. 10 Replies

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Have you grown Samphire

Started by Duncan Seth-Smith. Last reply by John Gaskell Oct 18. 3 Replies

I am thinking about growing samphire in an old sink. Has anyone grown samphire either marsh or rock samphire and if so have you any tips?

Tags: chard, cabbage, apples, samphire, Beetroot

ITCHY FINGERS

Started by tony southall. Last reply by Gareth Howell Oct 17. 1 Reply

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

Lavender cuttings

Started by Gareth Howell Oct 9. 0 Replies

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

NITROGEN FIXING NODULES

Started by tony southall. Last reply by tony southall Oct 4. 3 Replies

Does anyone leave the roots of their legume plants in the ground in the hope that they will carry on fixing Nitrogen ?Continue

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Pottering in the October sun

Posted by Duncan Seth-Smith on October 11, 2014 at 18:30 4 Comments

The sun came out so I decided to do some tidying in the garden. The lawn was mown , well I used the mower to hoover up the leaves.

Then into the veg garden to tidy up a bit. The radish , now 3" long and nibbled by mice were pulled along with weeds. I still have lettuce and cabbage in the new strawberry bed so the strawbs and their runners are still in place.



I have removed the netting and dried it ready to be packed away until next year.



This years bed of spinach and… Continue

Just a Few Last Jobs …

Posted by elaine rickett on October 9, 2014 at 22:23 4 Comments

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I set myself the task of clearing the courgettes and planting out the cavolo nero kale.  Let me tell you – those courgette plants are vicious brutes when you are working amongst the leaves and stems – my arms were cut to ribbons.…

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PREPARING ONIONS FOR STORING

Posted by tony southall on October 9, 2014 at 12:42 1 Comment

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…

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PH TESTING

Posted by tony southall on October 8, 2014 at 13:08 0 Comments

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…

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Perry pear trees

Posted by Terry Wells on October 6, 2014 at 8:17 0 Comments

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!

Downsizing and Tidying Up

Posted by Lee James on October 5, 2014 at 20:57 1 Comment



A couple of weekends away, like the ones we've had recently, are all it takes for things to get unruly in allotment land. We spent a few hours down there today harvesting bits and bobs and having a well-needed tidy. There is an extra…
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