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Parsnips Seed. Chit or Not?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blicky Feb 14, 2013. 11 Replies

I'm looking to be sowing my first Parsnips at the end of this month.  these will be into deep boxes with prepared indivual stations. The stations will have been cored out using a 3 inch down pipe and…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Shirley Aug 15, 2012. 2 Replies

I've had the odd run in with these little furry creatures this year.  In the spring they ate a tray of my Globo onions, 6 pepper plants and started on my garlic before I trapped 4 and moved them the…Continue

What Have you been up too Feb 12

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fred Hogg Feb 29, 2012. 45 Replies

Well the weather has been bright but cold up here with temp down to -5 last night and forecast to go to -8 tonight.  Been in the greenhouse making sure heater is working and thermostats are OK.Lets…Continue

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Well this is  my sixth season growing veg in my garden.  I now have 10 raised beds 1.5 x 4.5 mtrs and 5 beds 1.5 x 3 mtrs plus another area approx 4 x 10 mtrs.  I also have a 12ft x 8ft  and two 8ft x 6ft green house  .  I have become interested in showing veg and joined the National Veg Society (NVS) in 2012.  My aim for 2012 was to bench veg at the Scottish Branch show (NVS) at Kelso, unfortunatly this did not pan out. I did however have a sucessful show season at a number of local shows.  I am more determined than ever to get produce ready for the Scottish NVS show which is being held at Dundee over 3 days 6th to 8th of September.   

My main show veg will be potatoes, stump carrots, shallots & cauliflowers.  Again I will be trying , Parsnips, Onions from set & seed, Blanch Leeks, Beetroot and Celery.  It is hoped that I will have a poly tunnel erected this year 20ft x 10ft and it is my intention to have Onions, Blanched Leek and stump carrots in this area.   

Up Date.  I managed to bench at the Scottish Branch show and secured two 3rd places from 3 entries so well pleased.


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At 21:04 on January 29, 2012, geoffrey dunstan said…

H i john, i see what  you mean  about your stump  carrots i might try them my self next year, this year i am trying the exhibition strain in the long carrot class to see if i do improve . Last year i used the new intermediate strain ,i am not going to say they were bad but i think i did not use the right mix so we will see what happens this year. all the best. 

At 21:10 on January 29, 2012, geoffrey dunstan said…

Hello again john, i should also mentioned that i also used sweet candle stump carrots and to be honest with you considering i grew them in pop bottles  they were very good. I will still grow them in my pop bottles and see what the results will be with a different mix. geoff

At 11:43 on February 7, 2012, garry west said…

Hi john,

Thank you very much for your comment i was wondering if you had any tips for growing long carrots and parsnips such as what type of fertilizers to be added as i seem to be having a dismal time with those so any tips would be very much appreciated thank you , garry

At 21:18 on February 9, 2012, garry west said…

hi john i see on a discussion about greenhouses and polytunnels that you dont have a polytunnel i got my one of the local council with the cut back the council got rid of some of the work force and now get plants brought in from abroard so didnt need polytunnels  so i called in and just asked they said yes as long as i picked them up i got 3 mine is 50feet by 20 and gave the other 2 away   Talk to the parks manager all the plant pots get thrown away in a skip i got loads every one down allotment loved them 

At 8:39 on April 5, 2012, Blicky said…


You have some great photo's of some real quality veg

It is clear you are a very good grower

I look forward to seeing your stuff on the show bench this year

At 12:12 on December 1, 2012, Stephen Byrne said…

Impressive stuff, John. I won the novice's cup at my allotment show this year, but I was the only entrant in a lot of the categories! Haha.

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Running Out OF Space

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 10:10 0 Comments

This was taken this morning and as you can see I've had a fairly good germination of my "Globo" onions (blue) plant label with a near 100% take.  I'm delighted with this as prior to purchasing my variable control propagator I had struggled to get my onions etc to germinate well.  The "Matador" shallot seed (Red) plant label has not germinated as well with only 18 out of 30 cells having a seedling in them just now.  I'm not to…


Onions, Shallots & NoSDA Meeting

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 14:53 6 Comments

As previously posted the newly formed North of Scotland DA (NoSDA) held its second meeting on Thursday 30th of January.  There was again a splendid turn out with 19 people attending.  John MacKay from Golspie gave and excellent talk slide show of some of the local shows along with pictures from the Nationals at Dundee some years ago. John then gave a talk on growing parsnips.  This was followed with a Q & A session where the…


Onions,Shallots,Leeks & First Show Schedule

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 19:20 2 Comments

Onions,Shallots,Leeks & First Show Schedule

Well pushed on this week and sowed my Globo onion seeds and I'm trying some Matador shallot seeds as well.  The Globo onions are for the under…

North of Scotland DA (National Veg Society)

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 8:05 0 Comments

Not a lot happening with my plot at the moment.  Leeks are still ticking over and are starting to grow on after repotting them.  They are now on 10 hrs of light per day.  This is probably a lot less than some growers but I had a really problem last year with all my leeks running to seed so I've decided to take things a bit slower this year.  I will be on leave over the last week in January and I hope to constuct new beds and sort out my growing mixes then.

On Sunday we had the first…


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