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Mark Willis replied to Trevor Alun Davies's discussion Dwarf French Beans
"Trevor, I have stopped growing Dwarf beans now. I found their yield poor in comparison with the…"
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Stephanie Cousins replied to Trevor Alun Davies's discussion Dwarf French Beans
"All my beans were late runners ! this year , do to no fault of their own, something with feathers…"
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Stephanie Cousins replied to Stephanie Cousins's discussion Dried Blood fertiliser
"Thank you Colin I think I'll keep the dried blood for adding to the compost heap , Happy…"
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Colin Robinson posted a discussion

cheap MPC

If any of you are close to north Cumbria/the Borders there's a great source of cheap MPC at the…See More
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Colin Robinson replied to Stephanie Cousins's discussion Dried Blood fertiliser
"As Trevor says, nitrogen will promote soft leafy growth and that's not really what you want at…"
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Stephanie Cousins replied to Stephanie Cousins's discussion Dried Blood fertiliser
"Thank you Trevor, I hadn't thought of potash, but it certainly makes more sense , after my…"
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Stephanie Cousins commented on Stephanie Cousins's photo


"Harleguin is a longer fruit , I halve them , remove seeds , and microwave for about three minutes,…"
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Dwarf French Beans

Started by Trevor Alun Davies. Last reply by Mark Willis 54 minutes ago. 5 Replies

Not having had a lot of luck with dwarf French beans in the past, could any one suggest some varieties that they have had success with, please.Continue

Dried Blood fertiliser

Started by Stephanie Cousins. Last reply by Stephanie Cousins 2 hours ago. 4 Replies

Does anyone use dried blood for nitrogen ? I have some Italian ( Romanesco Cauliflower , they are about three feet tall, would it be a bad idea to feed dried blood at this stage , they are starting to form evidence of a crop.

cheap MPC

Started by Colin Robinson 10 hours ago. 0 Replies

If any of you are close to north Cumbria/the Borders there's a great source of cheap MPC at the moment. William Sinclair (producers of the J. Arthur Bowers and New Horizon compost ranges) are closing down their Bolton Fell peat works and are selling…Continue

keep's only August

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Duncan Seth-Smith yesterday. 18 Replies

I know the harvest is now in full swing but that's no excuse to stop sowing for a supply of healthy home-grown veg through autumn and winter. This weekend I've sown summer and winter radish, spring onions, beetroot, chinese cabbage, mizuna, chard…Continue

Veggie disasters

Started by Stephanie Cousins. Last reply by Duncan Seth-Smith on Friday. 8 Replies

My swede and cauliflower were a disaster this year, I've decided they are not for the novice to grow , help?


Started by david ford. Last reply by Duncan Seth-Smith on Friday. 4 Replies

A friend has given me some borage seeds to sow on the plot for next year, I thought the plant would be nice for the bees and also when I have a glass of Pimms, any special precautions I should take growing this plant on a small plot?Continue

To pick or not to pick ?

Started by Sussexmouse. Last reply by Colin Robinson on Friday. 3 Replies

I planted about 20 tomato plants but only this one has produced Tomatoes. I feel tempted to pick them now but maybe not ?  What would you do ?  Is it worth leaving them on the plant any longer ?…Continue

My Leeks are bolting

Started by Mark Willis. Last reply by Colin Robinson Aug 26. 4 Replies

Help! Some of my Leeks have decided to flower. They have put up "scapes", just like garlic. I am not experienced with growing Leeks, but I presume this is bad news... What should I do? Advice please!Continue

a good year for french beans

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies Aug 26. 4 Replies

It's been a very good year so far for french beans and they just keep on producing. Mind you, the recent cold nights might set them back a bit. I've got three bags full in the freezer so far and here's a pic of another lot waiting to be frozen.…Continue

Thefts at allotment are nuisance, any solution

Started by Jade Hwang. Last reply by Gareth Howell Aug 23. 5 Replies

Half of my sweetcorns were gone yesterday, others had their beetroots, marrows, pumpkins rasperberries taken. It is dishearted that the fruits of months of hard work could vanish overnight. There are a couple of usual suspects who are of dodge…Continue

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August, the last day,

Posted by Duncan Seth-Smith on August 31, 2014 at 19:32 0 Comments

The last day of August is here but it has been good this year. This August we have seen two grass snakes in the garden, a first in eleven years, of course they could have been here all along, however I have also seen a couple of dead ones and a couple at the edge of a bean field while driving the pony and carriage.

The seven buddleias I planted have been covered in butterflies and they are just on their second flowering with Red Admirals taking full advantage. This year the herb… Continue

Tomato Glut - Passata

Posted by Duncan Seth-Smith on August 29, 2014 at 23:00 0 Comments

Last year we had an excess of green tomatoes and we converted them to chutney. This year we have a glut of ripe toms so the first recipe that came to the ipad was Passata.


We like pizzas and spag Bol, lasagne etc so I thought I would try to make some.I used a recipe from the BBC because they rarely let you down.

The first batch looked a bit runny and thin so I reduced it and…


Bank Holiday Beanfest

Posted by Lee James on August 26, 2014 at 20:19 0 Comments

A couple of hours were wrested from a busy bank holiday on Sunday morning and spent among the crops and weeds. After a storming July, August has been decidedly nippy, with wild talk of frosts in those sheltered rural areas that seem so…

A glut of cucumbers = cocktails!

Posted by Life at 139a on August 26, 2014 at 18:29 0 Comments

Well it would wouldn't it?! I've four cucumbers that needed picking and despite salads and crudités we're not really making a dent in our stash. And there's more to come too!

With the weather turning salads could be a thing of the not too distant past so as I'd chopped my mint down too I opted for these cucumber and mint vodka-based cocktails. Very good too

Now I'm on the lookout for a recipe to pickle the smaller ones that are still growing. Do you have a reliable… Continue


Posted by PaulMonkhouse on August 21, 2014 at 14:30 2 Comments

BOTH 7 Tasty Vegetables To Plant In August Ready For Eating This Winter

Growing vegetables is something many people don’t consider because they are unaware of exactly when to plant certain vegetables during the year to get the best results. The variety of new meal ideas and healthy supermarket alternatives offered to your family from growing vegetables in the garden is fantastic. With autumn already creeping up on us, this month is the perfect time to start growing if you want to bring home-grown food to your kitchen table this…


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