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Jan Willetts
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Jan Willetts's Discussions

Home made compost for acid loving plants.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Willetts Jan 11, 2013. 4 Replies

Does anyone know how to make compost suitable for acid loving plants- I don,t want to use peat as its for an environmental group project. Recycled and handmade are their keywords! If possible I want…Continue

Tags: compost, blueberries, peat-free, plants, loving

Feeding the birds.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Shirley Feb 5, 2012. 5 Replies

I really worry about the birds when its this cold. I make sure they have several drinking stations round the garden and defrost and top them up every morning. I don't buy bird food anymore due to a…Continue

Tags: balls, fat, apples, birds

Parsnip Perfection?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blicky Oct 15, 2011. 5 Replies

Well at least I got some to germinate this year and grew them to a reasonable size, but perfection is  far from an apt description of the end result. Some had rotted in the ground, most were stumpy,…Continue

Tags: parsnips

Bitter cucumbers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jade Hwang Aug 17, 2011. 10 Replies

I've grown some lovely cucumbers this year, both outside and in the greenhouse. But they are bitter-or at least the first two were, the third one seems ok. The variety is telegraph improved. Has…Continue

Tags: improved, telegraph, cucumber, bitter


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Jan Willetts liked Stephen Shirley's group Gardening With Children
May 4, 2016
Jan Willetts replied to Lisa M's discussion Potato Onions
"Walking onions will need to be in the raised bed, the tops bend over with little bulb lets on and they root in the ground where they touch it. Plant them a handspan apart. I have never heard of potato onions , will have to google them !"
Oct 23, 2015
Jan Willetts replied to David Williams's discussion Northampton Seedy Saturday in the group Seed Swaps
"Looking forward to this, I think this is at the Looking Glass theatre. Saved some seeds from the garden especially for this, including fennel and lovage."
Nov 24, 2014
Jan Willetts replied to Alderandash's discussion New school Gardening club - ideas and advice welcome! in the group Gardening With Children
"It's not too late to put in some spuds, they can be harvested after the summer hols. Strawberries and peas are always popular and never make it back to the classroom. Beans and sweet corn could go in the giant garden too. If youhaveaccess to…"
May 14, 2014
Jan Willetts received a gift from Mark Henshaw
Nov 9, 2013
Jan Willetts replied to Sue Gollop's discussion Pickling onions
"Soak them in salt water before you peel, softens the skins and cuts the sulphur level down!"
Nov 2, 2013
Jan Willetts replied to Mark Henshaw's discussion some thing eating my onion leaves
"Probably slugs, they seem to like raised beds. Try checking with a torch after dark, if it is slugs you will need a slug pub. Or some organic slug pellets."
Oct 30, 2013
Jan Willetts replied to Sue Gollop's discussion Pickling onions
"We pickle large shallots as I always grow too many. You can buy pickling onions to grow, not sure if you would plant them now or in the spring."
Oct 30, 2013
Jan Willetts left a comment for Shena Cooper
"Hi Sheena, sent you a Facebook friend request, saw you on The Field Facebook page for Northampton."
Oct 28, 2013
Jan Willetts and elaine rickett are now friends
Oct 27, 2013
Jan Willetts replied to Sussexmouse's discussion Oh dear what is this ?
"I have lavenders growing under an apple tree, hoping the smell will deter aphids but attract bees. Under a yew tree where nothing grows, I have encouraged a skirt of ivy, looks quite nice, just need to stop it attempting to climb up in the tree. I…"
Oct 17, 2013
Jan Willetts replied to Sussexmouse's discussion Runner Bean Trench
"I find trenching good for beans, it means I can dispose of kitchen waste over the winter when the compost heaps are maturing and the wormery is slowing down. means I can save my precious compost for use in the spring. I have to keep each bin full of…"
Oct 17, 2013
Jan Willetts replied to Debi Williamson's discussion Feeling cheesey???? in the group Preserving and cooking!!!
"Is mozzarella a cooked cheese? Not sure what would happen to the herbs if cooked. Think I,ve seen some little cheeses preserved in oil with added herbs somwhere."
Sep 9, 2013
Jan Willetts replied to Debi Williamson's discussion Any one started this years fruit making marathon yet? in the group Preserving and cooking!!!
"I have made several batches of jam so far, strawberry and black currant mainly. I kept some gooseberries in the freezer to add to the strawberries because they are high in pectin( I dug up the gooseberries to make way for more red currant , white…"
Sep 9, 2013

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Another Souper Saturday.

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 19:09 0 Comments

Saturday's soup called for the sacrifice of two of my small butternut squash to make spicy butternut squash soup from Louisa's recipe over at The Really Good Life. Using my own onions and chilli made it very special too. The butternut squash produced useable sized fruit this year. Last year they went in too late. Sizewise, most weigh about 1.5lbs, with one huge 6lb specimen. Will have to pinch out side shoots more religiously next time. Pulled up most of the big beetroot from the plot and… Continue

Cob walling and rocket stoves.

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 13:16 2 Comments

Saturday was bright and sunny-perfect for a spot of cob-walling with my local environmental group. A derelict garden between some garages has been rescued from total decay and is an environmental garden, with rescued grape vines, apple trees and a wildlife pond as well as examples of permaculture/forest edge planting. There's a composting loo and a roundhouse built from salvaged items. This year we are building some permanent walls from cob and wood, also some straw bales planned for the colder… Continue

A proper bonfire!

Posted on November 5, 2010 at 22:39 0 Comments

At last an excuse for a proper bonfire! As the village bonfire party kicked off at six tonight I reckon it will burn all night due to the two silver birch trees we had felled. In spite of keeping the trunks for logs, there was loads of stuff left to donate to the village pile and plenty left for our own effort. The wood ash will go on the new strawberry patch, and the bonfire site(now minus weeds) will be covered with old carpet until we can afford to do our next project( a mid garden seating… Continue

RHS 3 Results are in !

Posted on October 30, 2010 at 22:50 8 Comments

Can hardly believe I passed the practical exam! 64.50% overall for the three papers. I just squeaked over the line on my plot work with 50.43% (50% needed on each section and 55% minimum overall to pass). Reckon that final rake over to remove my footprints must have been worth it! I was completely unable to do the third lot of digging and seed sowing as my back was really hurting so I lost out on thirty points completely. At least I won't have to do it again. The potting shed was an ok… Continue

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At 23:20 on August 31, 2010, Rozzie said…
Thanks for the welcome! I currently have 3 varieties of chilli growing indoors at the moment :) Certainly looking forward to a winter harvest to put in lots of cosy curries to keep us warm :p
At 16:59 on September 25, 2010, Craig McKnight said…
Thanks for the comment Jan, and also for the kind words about my blog! It started off as a way of me recording the progress on my allotment, but it has mushroomed from there.

The ginger beer is brewing at the moment, and should technically be left for another week to brew, but I think I might open up one of the smaller bottles to check how it is getting on .... purely for research purposes of course :)
At 22:04 on October 23, 2010, Una Bee said…
You're welcome, it's my favourite blog ever! :) Thanks for the gift. :)
At 7:38 on November 2, 2010, Grahame Long said…
I have sown some chantenay
At 17:12 on November 2, 2010, Grahame Long said…
So what have u been growing this year then
At 10:17pm on November 03, 2010, Carrie Gault gave Jan Willetts a gift
At 22:19 on November 3, 2010, Carrie Gault said…
you sent me a ribbon ages ago when we didn't have internet access - here is a nice one in return, with my thanks ;) It's a month early for AIDS day but never the wreong time to raise awareness, eh? x
At 11:28am on November 15, 2010, Louisa @ The Really Good Life gave Jan Willetts a gift
Hi Jan, thanks for the kind words & I'm glad you like the soup! The Black Rocks will be slightly darker than normal brown eggs and the buff should lay white eggs, which will be exciting! -louisa :)
At 11:58 on December 31, 2010, Sarah Rideout said…

Hi Jan


Just to wish you a very happy new year, hope you were able to extract the christmas lunch from the ground! 

Talking of extraction, have you seen the outrageous peat discussion?!

Best wishes, Sarah

At 17:56 on December 31, 2010, Blicky said…

Yes, I met him at a veg show this year

I have been admiring his work for some time

He lives just outside Northhampton

When we spoke, he said he was just off to China to show them how to grow

Despite him being dyslexic, he is a very knowledgeable bloke and his talk he gave was excellent

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