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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
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
Lifted some Carrots todayHad some really cracking ones and I'm very pleased with the resultsHere are some of my rejects which will make great eating.There is no waste growing them how I do for exhibition, as the carrots are so large, that I need…Continue
I dont know what out geographical spread is, but it rained as much last night as it has done in the last 2-3months, about 0.2 inch.(!!) ie very little.How has it done at your place? I'm in south Dorset.Some years we only get dew and yet it is enough…Continue
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
I started my Chilli and Peppers on February 6th, and gradually moved them to the conservatory then the greenhouse. Today I have seen the first tiny flower buds. How far advanced are yours? If you have fruit already how do you do it?Continue
Hi all,I was wondering if anyone could identify and advise on a problem with my fathers tomato plants that I haven't come across before.Basically, most of his plants appear to be shrinking and curling - despite being in seperate pots/differing…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
My efforts with garlic over the last three years have been desperate, but we have had two rather hottish years,
2013/2014, so perghaps i am not to blame. This year, I dag out one bed to discover to my pleasure that there were a couple of hundred small garlic seedlings, which i had not dug out from last year, so I replanted them formally in a different bed.
They have done all right since February but now the wind has damaged many of them in such a way that I think the whole…Continue
Last year I made a deep trench and filled it with comfrey leaves-then I piled the soil back over it. After about 2 weeks I planted my runner beans and climbing French beans over the comfrey leaf 'pit' and I have never had such a splendid crop. Going to extend this to my strawberry patch next year when I move the bed. I make lots of smelly comfrey liquid feed-I just love this plant
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…Continue