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Robert commented on Richard Walton's group Chilli-lovers Group
"I grow a smallish variety of sweet pepper Trevor but the Fen freeze we experienced recently…"
17 hours ago
Trevor Alun Davies commented on Richard Walton's group Chilli-lovers Group
"Just an afterthought, anyone tried overwintering sweet peppers?"
18 hours ago
Trevor Alun Davies commented on Richard Walton's group Chilli-lovers Group
"Have trimmed back some Cayenne, Nosferatu, and Aji Limon, in an attempt to over winter. The Aji…"
18 hours ago
Robert commented on Richard Walton's group Chilli-lovers Group
"They look happy Mark, good luck with them.  I too brought two super fresno plants into the…"
19 hours ago
Mark Willis replied to Mark Willis's discussion Why do carrots split?
"No sign of any rotting or discolouration. I'll go with the general consensus that splitting is…"
21 hours ago
Herbwise Organic Solutions replied to Mark Willis's discussion Why do carrots split?
"Were the roots also rotten and discoloured Mark? It looks like some type of aspergillus mould. The…"
22 hours ago
Herbwise Organic Solutions commented on Herbwise Organic Solutions's blog post Tips&Tricks
"I believe you colin, some animals just don't care and aren't intimidated.  It…"
22 hours ago
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Why do carrots split?

Started by Mark Willis. Last reply by Mark Willis 21 hours ago. 7 Replies

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

Disaster struck!

Started by Gareth Howell Nov 9. 0 Replies

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

last tomato

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies Oct 24. 3 Replies

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

Potato Onions

Started by Lisa M. Last reply by Jan Willetts Oct 23. 2 Replies

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

Does anybody grow mushrooms/fungi?

Started by Gareth Howell. Last reply by Gareth Howell Oct 20. 2 Replies

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

Greenhouse basics

Started by Lisa M. Last reply by Gareth Howell Oct 20. 11 Replies

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

In praise of the humble Endive

Started by Mark Willis. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies Oct 17. 2 Replies

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

How to use chillies that look too pretty to eat?

Started by Jade Hwang. Last reply by Mark Willis Oct 17. 4 Replies

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

Time for the garden birds!

Started by Gareth Howell Oct 11. 0 Replies

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

A Cork screw!

Started by Gareth Howell. Last reply by Gareth Howell Oct 7. 3 Replies

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

Blog Posts

End of season allotment scorecard

Posted by Lee James on November 25, 2015 at 18:58 0 Comments

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…


Now in Planning Mode

Posted by Duncan Seth-Smith on November 13, 2015 at 21:01 0 Comments

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…



Posted by Herbwise Organic Solutions on November 8, 2015 at 22:00 2 Comments

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…


Planning light?

Posted by Gareth Howell on October 29, 2015 at 16:55 0 Comments

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…


Chris de Burgh or Paradise?

Posted by Gareth Howell on October 27, 2015 at 18:16 4 Comments

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…


What to do with an excess of chillis

Posted by Mark Willis on October 17, 2015 at 10:17 0 Comments

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…


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