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Jermy Nation replied to Mark Willis's discussion Do mice eat tomatoes?
"I have very cute voles that enjoy my ripe toms in the polyT,  like you I left a nibbled one on…"
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Jermy Nation replied to Mark Willis's discussion Do mice eat tomatoes?
"I have very cute voles that enjoy my ripe toms in the polyT,  like you I left a nibbled one on…"
5 hours ago
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Mark Willis posted a discussion

Do mice eat tomatoes?

My tomatoes are (finally) ripening now, despite a severe dearth of sunshine. Mindful of the fact…See More
7 hours ago
Blicky replied to Sussexmouse's discussion to water or not
"As Colin has said, they won't grow without the helms but I would dig them out and store them…"
20 hours ago
Blicky replied to Trevor Alun Davies's discussion Neck Rot in Shallots
"Trevor, it is Botrytis It is a common disease with all types of the Onion family I dried over 150…"
20 hours ago
Mark Willis replied to Colin Robinson's discussion no more jam!
"Our hedgerows are full of bounty just…"
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Colin Robinson replied to Colin Robinson's discussion no more jam!
"I've used sloes in the past, Mark, but I find if you put too many in the mix you get a very…"
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Do mice eat tomatoes?

Started by Mark Willis. Last reply by Jermy Nation 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

My tomatoes are (finally) ripening now, despite a severe dearth of sunshine. Mindful of the fact that slugs and snails enjoy wet conditions, I put down a few slug pellets in the containers in which my tomato plants are growing.I haven't seen any…Continue

to water or not

Started by Sussexmouse. Last reply by Blicky 20 hours ago. 4 Replies

We have started digging up our potatoes 2 plants at a time and leaving the rest in the ground until needed.  The foliage had died down.  Should we water the remaining plants ?  We don't know if the Potatoes could get bigger or just rot ?  advice…Continue

Neck Rot in Shallots

Started by Trevor Alun Davies. Last reply by Blicky 20 hours ago. 4 Replies

Harvested a good crop of shallots, Gloden Gourmet and Red Sun, in July. I've had them drying, with plenty of air for about a month. Came to use some Golden Gourmet today, only to find some have rotted at the neck. The Red Sun seem ok. The same thing…Continue

no more jam!

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Mark Willis 20 hours ago. 4 Replies

That's it, I've made 16 jars of jam and I refuse to make any more no matter how good the wild blackberry harvest is.  After clearing out the preserve cupboard I'm making a fresh start and trying to be sensible. Previously I've jammed, pickled,…Continue

Caterpillars Eating Basil

Started by Trevor Alun Davies. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies Aug 20. 14 Replies

I  grow lots of basil, to make pesto. But this year it is being attacked by caterpillars. I have found a couple of green ones on a plant, but I can't seem to find the small ones. Which means, by the time I find them, the damage is done!The question…Continue

Veg planting for the Autumn

Started by Gareth Howell. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies Aug 20. 1 Reply

I have planted rocket and dill for the Autumn.  I've had French people here who wont eat Rocket more than occasionally because they think it is the same as pis-en-lit (Dandelion/pee in your bed). it does have the same acrid, and very pleasant taste…Continue

feeling fruity!

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Gareth Howell Aug 8. 6 Replies

Looks like it's going to be another bumper year for soft fruit. This is today's pick of gooseberries and my few bushes have so far given me almost 4kg of fruit and not finished yet.…Continue

Horse Manure & Weeds

Started by Nigel Fuller. Last reply by Gareth Howell Aug 8. 4 Replies

How can I limit weeds coming in with fresh Horse Manure ?I have easy access to free Manure from local stables, but fear the weeds this brings in will wipe out the benefits of the manure.Would longer storage at home before use help .... but if so,…Continue

what happened to the cabbage whites?

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Colin Robinson Aug 2. 8 Replies

Earlier this year I noticed one or two cabbage white butterflies around so I dutifully put netting over the brassicas. Since then I haven't seen a single one so where are they all. It hasn't been a great year for insects in general but no cabbage…Continue

red onions from sets

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Gareth Howell Aug 2. 13 Replies

Have any forum members managed to successfully grow red onions from sets? Having heard that they were tricky I decided to try for myself so I planted some Red Baron sets in spring.  Today I noticed that most of them are going to seed. They are no…Continue

Blog Posts

Tomato ID if possible please.

Posted by Jermy Nation on August 29, 2015 at 20:26 0 Comments

Three tomato plants were given to me earlier in the year from someone who had been given them by someone else & passed on the surplus (…

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Tomato ID if possible please.

Posted by Jermy Nation on August 29, 2015 at 20:26 0 Comments

Three tomato plants were given to me earlier in the year from someone who had been given them by someone else & passed on the surplus (…

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Apple crop is ready but where is autumn?!

Posted by Gareth Howell on August 14, 2015 at 14:33 2 Comments

Thee sequence of events, pollination excellent, water very inadequate has produced an apple crop which is ready to pick now instead of last week in August, which is prolific but short on size. Small apples.  Waiting for them to plump up, with the new rains in the last couple of days may be the answer.

After some discussion here about Celeriac planting last spring time, I took the plung and I now have about 30 healthy looking celeriac plants in tidy, well weeded rows.  I tested…

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June is here but where is Summer?

Posted by Duncan Seth-Smith on June 18, 2015 at 17:21 1 Comment

June 8th

A typical mixed summer. One day too hot and the next cold and wet. The veg garden is beginning to show signs of summer. Beetroot, is growing despite the ducks cropping the leaves, parsnips..what parsnips. Carrots just showing. Broad beans and field beans growing well,plenty of flowers.

French beans were looking good but have now turned yellow and could all die.the brassicas, cauliflower,broccoli, and particularly the curly kale are doing well. Swiss chard has been cut once… Continue

Almost south facing back garden

Posted by Pat Corbyn on June 16, 2015 at 14:00 4 Comments

I am not moaning I know I am very lucky to have a south facing garden but..... all my cut and come again lettuce have bolted, as has the rocket, little gem and coriander. I wonder will lettuce grow in the shade as there is a strip alongside the shed. Will give it a go and plant up some more later.

In other news my cucumbers have put on a bit of height, I am harvesting courgettes, sugar snaps and my runner beans have flowers on. The Scarlet Emporor are in front of St George but…

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Sweet Peas

Posted by Blicky on June 13, 2015 at 20:41 2 Comments

This site has always been about growing quality vegetables however, this post has a change as I am branching out into Exhibition Sweat Peas.

The Sweat Peas came about when I was at the Southern Vegetable Championships and the Sweat Pea Show was next to the Veg Show. I was fascinated at the size, fantastic scent and quality of the flowers and when I inquired how the grower achieved this, I was told that it is exactly the same as how I grow my normal peas, except they go for the flower…

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