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January 2014 Blog Posts (22)

Onions,Shallots,Leeks & First Show Schedule

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…

Added by John Martin on January 29, 2014 at 19:20 — 2 Comments

"The People Potatoes"

"The Peoples Potatoes"

I had time to wander around around today as it wasn't so busy

I visited a great stand belonging to Alan Wilson, author of "The Peoples Potatoes"

Take a look at one of his favourite potatoes and read more here…


Added by Blicky on January 26, 2014 at 21:02 — 4 Comments

Hampshire Potato Day

I attended the Hampshire Potato Day yesterday. For me it was a real eye-opener. The range of potatoes, onions, garlic, peas, beans etc was amazing. You could buy potatoes either in bulk (eg. 2Kg bags) or individually at 17p a tuber, or £1.50 for 10. So flexible! This is the best way to do it for someone like me who doesn't want to buy a huge quantity. I must day I was sorely tempted to buy far too many potatoes, simply because of the sheer wealth of varieties on sale!

But for me there…


Added by Mark Willis on January 26, 2014 at 13:28 — 1 Comment

The first signs of growth

Last summer I had decided a Rhubarb plant somebody had kindly bought me would be potted up and left in a sunny spot on the patio. I wasn't expecting a great deal from it the first year but the fact that it barely grew at all and never showed any signs that it was likely to…


Added by Sam Richards on January 22, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Just resting; waiting...

Our first package of seeds has arrived, plus I still have the flu!!


Added by Carrie Gault on January 22, 2014 at 11:53 — No Comments

First Sowings of the year

What a lovely Sunday it wasdown South and to make the most of it, I was out in the garden all day

I sowed my first seeds of the year, also

I had some company though

It's surprising just how tame the birds are in my garden especially the Robins

To see what I sowed, how I sowed and propagated, click here…


Added by Blicky on January 19, 2014 at 20:34 — 1 Comment

Getting Organised

Well January's half way through and it's about time I started getting organised on the veg plot!

Added by Damo on January 19, 2014 at 12:24 — No Comments

Over-Wintering chilli plants

There has been some discussion recently on the Chilli-Lovers group about over-Wintering chilli plants, so I thought I might share this with a wider audience...

The received wisdom is that one should prune the mature chilli plants very severely, before bringing them indoors for the Winter. For those of us who do not have a heated greenhouse, the best place to keep them is on a light windowsill, preferably near a central-heating radiator. Then it is just a question of keeping them…


Added by Mark Willis on January 17, 2014 at 12:32 — 2 Comments

New Chicken Coop

Hi. I've not been on for a while but hope everyone had a good Christmas. Just wanted to let you knlw that I got a chicken coop for Christmas and am going to be getting chickens in 6 weeks or so once spring in nearly here and it's a bit warmer.

Did you get anything exciting?

Added by Adem Djemil on January 15, 2014 at 11:50 — No Comments

3 posts this year already :)

Goodness I forgot all about this place, sorry fellow UK VEG Gardeners! Well here I am again, 'hello'! I've been writing away and going to try to write much more this year. I'll upload my first of the blog posts of 2014.

Hope everyone is well xx

Looking both ways -

Apples and Whisky…


Added by Carrie Gault on January 14, 2014 at 20:08 — 3 Comments

North of Scotland DA (National Veg Society)

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…


Added by John Martin on January 14, 2014 at 8:05 — No Comments

In praise of Endives

Do you remember the Endives and Chicory about which I wrote a short while ago? They really are my favourite Winter salad items!  Doesn't this look appetising??



Endives are not easy to grow - well, not as easy as Lettuce, for instance. They have a habit of bolting if the conditions…


Added by Mark Willis on January 12, 2014 at 18:34 — No Comments

Allotment Dispair

There has been certain areas of Salisbury realy effected by the recent floods

These allotments haven't been affected as bad as this since 1952 and my fellow allotmenteers must be devestated

Read more here…


Added by Blicky on January 12, 2014 at 17:01 — 3 Comments

Miniature Broccoli "Matsuri"

I know that many members of the forum grow broccoli, so I thought I would just put in a word about a miniature variety called "Matsuri". It stays very small compared with other varieties of the Calabrese-style broccoli, so it is well-suited to growing where space is limited. I have grown it each year since 2011, and have found it to very consistent, though slow to mature (probably because I have grown it as an Autumn / winter crop rather than a Spring / Summer one). It doesn't seem to…


Added by Mark Willis on January 11, 2014 at 18:48 — No Comments

To pot on or not

Well here we have the root structure of one of my Leeks. As you can see there is a fair amount of healthy white roots starting to bottom out of the pot.  The pots they were in were 7cm square pots so I've moved them up to 1/2 litre pots.…


Added by John Martin on January 9, 2014 at 16:12 — No Comments

Results from my First NVS Show

Well I had a great day at Dundee today @ the Scottish Branch NVS Championships.  This is the first time I've been at a "Big" show.  I was absolutely shocked when I picked up two third prize tickets.  One for my "Globo" onions less than 250 gms.  this was out of 18 entries and was the bigest class at the show. …


Added by John Martin on January 9, 2014 at 16:10 — No Comments

Mud, flowers & rabbits... the garden in January

A look at what's happening in the garden for the Garden Share Collective -

Added by Sarah Smith on January 4, 2014 at 20:26 — No Comments

Winter Salads

Further to the recent discussion concerning Winter salads, here is a link for you to a blogpost about Endives, Chicory and Radicchio:




Added by Mark Willis on January 4, 2014 at 14:20 — 2 Comments

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