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
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
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…