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Gareth Howell posted a blog post

Not Gar's last chorus bu Adew

I have been picking the brains of the Ukveggardener experts for a good three years now, but family…See More
17 hours ago
Mark Willis replied to Colin Robinson's discussion golden trusses
"Well Colin, of all the "tomato problems" you could have, that one is probably the least…"
Colin Robinson posted a discussion

golden trusses

This lovely truss of 'golden sunrise' tomatoes was so heavy (770g) it broke away from the stem.  I…See More
Anne Sawhney replied to Aidan's discussion Autumn/winter veg recommendations
"I couldn't help but notice you've got a lot of brassicas there, which will delight any…"
mike wright commented on Rozzie's group Tomato Lovers Group
"Decided to bin my only Black Russian, it was late going in, very spindly and no sign of flowers…"
mike wright commented on Rozzie's group Tomato Lovers Group
"Sungold made it now, ripening in the conservatory, bit straggly plants but fruit looks OK, maybe…"
Colin Robinson replied to Aidan's discussion Spent mushroom compost
"Aidan, don't rely on the fact that it has lush green grass on it as a sign it's…"
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golden trusses

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Mark Willis on Wednesday. 1 Reply

This lovely truss of 'golden sunrise' tomatoes was so heavy (770g) it broke away from the stem.  I just hope they all ripen fully. Strange, but I've had three or four trusses break from the parent on various plants this year due to weight of fruit.…Continue

Autumn/winter veg recommendations

Started by Aidan. Last reply by Anne Sawhney on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Im going to order seeds and I would appreciate some advice about which veg is best to grow in polytunnel from August onward.So far I consider Kale, Spinach, Radish, Rocket.Other recommendations appreciated and seed supplier, I consider Tamar…Continue

Spent mushroom compost

Started by Aidan. Last reply by Colin Robinson on Sunday. 5 Replies

I have access to some spent mushroom compost and some very well rotted, 10+ years, cow manure. Im not sure whether to mix both together or layer them in the raised bed. Is it possible to plant directly ie seeds or seedlings into the mushroom compost…Continue

Disappointing Garlic

Started by Trevor Alun Davies. Last reply by Lee James Jul 23. 8 Replies

Harvested my garlic today, as it was beginning to be affected by rust. Very disappointed as it was probably my worst garlic crop ever. Only three medium size bulbs, many very small, and lots had just rotted off. Having said this, I remember last…Continue

Raised beds in polytunnel

Started by Aidan. Last reply by Aidan Jul 21. 8 Replies

Hi Everyone,I have just joined the forum, couldn't find an "introductions" thread, so I will say hello here!I have recently purchased a poly tunnel 6m x 3m and I am in the process of setting it up. Im keen to try the "no-Dig" technique to set up the…Continue

Red Onions

Started by Mark Willis. Last reply by Anne Sawhney Jul 20. 5 Replies

I am thinking of growing some red onions next year, and I have never done this before, so I would welcome any advice I can get. I am particularly interested in growing the long red Tropea onions like these:…Continue

harvesting fruit and preparing for winter

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Mark Willis Jul 18. 5 Replies

A day spent picking rasps, strawberries and blackcurrants, most of which went in the freezer to be made into jam later. Strawberries have been disappointing this year but the blackcurrant harvest is a bumper one...again. One of the plum trees has a…Continue

Bolting Lettuces

Started by Trevor Alun Davies. Last reply by Colin Robinson Jul 15. 1 Reply

Problems with lettuce this season. Trouble with germination earlier on, think that was temperature. Now the ones that are maturing, are bolting straight away.

Nitrogen and Legumes

Started by Pam Meyer-Bothling. Last reply by Colin Robinson Jul 10. 4 Replies

My broad beans are coming to an end and I shall be cutting down the plants but leaving the roots in the ground. I know they have nodes (?) that fix nitrogen in the soil, but when does this take place? Only while the plants are still growing? The…Continue

Redcurrant problem

Started by Sue Gollop. Last reply by Sue Gollop Jul 10. 2 Replies

The leaves of my redcurrant are lumpy and blistered - they seem to have been invaded by something!  Any ideas, anybody?I have tried to load a photo but it…Continue

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Not Gar's last chorus bu Adew

Posted by Gareth Howell on July 29, 2016 at 8:55 0 Comments

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…


Drying out the alliums

Posted by Lee James on July 23, 2016 at 21:57 0 Comments

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…


First real harvest of 2016

Posted by Duncan Seth-Smith on July 7, 2016 at 22:06 2 Comments

I have ofcourse harvested lettuce, radish and Swiss chard but today I harvested my peas. They were in a raised bed 2mtr X 1 mtr. I sowed them closely in four rows. This year they have produce 2.5lbs of peas. I don't know whether this is good or bad. For me it is great because last year the mice ate the seeds and I produced zero lbs.

in Praise of Globe Artichokes

Posted by Jade Hwang on July 3, 2016 at 10:00 0 Comments

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…


8 Delicious Recipes for Surviving a Rhubarb Glut

Posted by Nic Wilson on June 25, 2016 at 12:20 0 Comments

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…


Consider Shallots

Posted by Jade Hwang on May 22, 2016 at 18:00 0 Comments


I started growing shallots two years ago and I love their easy growing habits.  Shallots are in the onion family and can be grown like onions.  The difference is that they are smaller in size and they have the mild, sweeter taste.  They also store better than onion.  Once lifted and dried you can keep them over a year. 

I bought …


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