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We got our potatoes up in a few sessions over the last few weeks, and today when I was putting some of the latest ones into one of the earliest bags I found that some of them have already gone rotten. Can anyone tell me why?Typically, we dig them…Continue
Never had this before but my current crop of leeks has grown up...and up....and up but all the plants are refusing to put on any girth. The result is about 60 very tall and thin leeks which are very susceptible to wind damage. I've grown the same…Continue
I have a 10'x4' leanto greenhouse and this year I planned to grow four types of tomatoes, Tigerella, Black Russian, Roma vf, Marmande. I also grew some along an west facing wall and on a south facing patio.The Black Russian were a disaster producing…Continue
These were a trial this year and I got one relly vigorous plant the others are a bit dwarfed. I think it was the dreaded infected compost.The vigorous plant has produced a lot of fruit and I did try one when green but I was not impressed. The…Continue
Back in spring, we planted out a load of brussel sprout seedlings, but they all got attacked by something and lost their leaves. I left them in, though, in hopes they might recover, and they are indeed growing again, so I'm wondering if there's…Continue
Well this could be good and bad, so I will start with the seven 3mtr x 1mtr Raised beds. The first bed has Brussels (Evesham Special), Kale (Dwarf Scotch) and Rainbow Swiss Chard. All under netting and all have/are doing well. We have been cutting…Continue
This is a subject dear to my heart, since I have suffered at the hands of contaminated compost for the last 3 years! It is a very widespread problem, but not one which many people understand - or even know about. The ill effects of clopyralid…Continue
I have been picking the brains of the Ukveggardener experts for a good three years now, but family events earlier in the year, lead me to Andalucia for the winter months, hopefully, to avoid the worst of the British weather.
Perhaps I should report my progress or lack of it, during this year. I am basically a fruit grower. I am going to pick chestnuts in Spain soon,but my enthusiasm for apples, pears, and grapes also is unabated. I got three grafted vines from Vic, last year, but…Continue
The recent blast of inferno-like conditions has hit us at a rather handy moment, as we've hoiked up all that remained of our autumn-planted allium crops and got them in the shed drying out. From past experience, autumn-planted onions don't store anything like as well as their spring-planted counterparts…
For those who were waiting for Flaming June and feel cheated by the soggy June we just had, fret no more. There has never been a Flaming June month in UK and will never be. You get a couple of hot days or one week of sunny days here and there during British summer, that's all !
Disappointing weather aside, there is one vegetable that will never disappoint and…Continue
It’s June, the weather is warming, there’s been plenty of rain (!) and the rhubarb is looking on top of the world. From the small knuckles of underground potential, huge forests have grown in a few short weeks and now, in a Jurassic corner of the…Continue