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February 2014 Blog Posts (19)

It's That Time Again

The sun has started to shine more, the birds are singing, and a young ( Hem, hem ) man's thoughts turn to preparing for the coming season, when he will be overwhelmed by the verdant growth in his garden.

              So yesterday thoroughly scrubbed the greenhouse and left it closed up overnight to imbibe the beneficial fumes. Today, opened it up to dry out. Meanwhile, repotted the blueberries and fig. Replaced the rotting wood on some of the raised beds, noticing that the frame…


Added by Trevor Alun Davies on February 26, 2014 at 20:23 — 6 Comments

Potting Up

Looking at the root system on my shallots, it was time to either plant out or pot up

I decided this year I wasgoing to grow them in pots and not plant out

Read more to see detailed method of potting up. click here…


Added by Blicky on February 23, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Two weeks later in the north west?

How much difference does where you live make to planting?

Having moved from North London to the north of the Lake District 9 miles from the sea, I am constantly being told that everything is two to four weeks later up here, however my feeling is coming round to the fact that there is not that much difference, being on the west side we have the warmth of the jet stream and from late march until September we have ever increasing hours of daylight. A down side is frost but North London does… Continue

Added by Robert j nicols on February 17, 2014 at 9:05 — 2 Comments

Spuds You Like

Its that time of the year again when thousands of seed potatoes start appearing in Nursery's, Garden Centre's and Hard ware stores. There are also the many potato days taking place up and down the country where there is generally a much wider range of variety's on offer. …


Added by David Williams on February 16, 2014 at 15:49 — No Comments

a new start

Managed to snip a few chives for a lunchtime sandwich today. Not much I know but chives are always the first 'new' crop of the year. Each autumn I split off a clump, pot them up and overwinter them in the greenhouse. February is normally when they first start to show new growth but they are well up this year, almost a month ahead of last spring, in fact.…


Added by Colin Robinson on February 15, 2014 at 21:55 — No Comments

Get those shallots in

If you havent already, it'stime to get those shallots in

Read more here…


Added by Blicky on February 15, 2014 at 17:57 — No Comments

Still Harvesting?

Are you Still Harvesting? click to see how mine is lasting so long…


Added by Blicky on February 14, 2014 at 18:54 — 1 Comment

Love birds - National Nest Box Week

It's Valentine's Day's also the start of National Nest Box week, run by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) as a way to help garden birds. This year, I'm going to put out two new nest boxes, and have a go at taking part in the BTO's Nest Box Challenge with my family …


Added by Alderandash on February 13, 2014 at 13:24 — No Comments

Diabetes and the allotment plot

When diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in February 2013 I was advised to consider lifestyle changes and put on Metformin tablets for the foreseeable future I was considered overweight but not obese.

I am happy to say that after losing 13 Kg over a period of 7 months my GP has taken me off the medication for a 3 month trial period and I will mange on diet alone until my next HBA1C blood test. Blood sugar is now measured over that period as it is a much more reliable method of measuring…


Added by david ford on February 12, 2014 at 14:30 — 6 Comments

Signs of life in the veg plot!


The rhubarb is on its way... I think this is Timperly Early (the labels got lost a while ago). Not much else in…


Added by Alderandash on February 11, 2014 at 14:39 — 5 Comments

Large Onion Attempt

Large Onion Attempt

Read the latest update of my large onion attempt…


Added by Blicky on February 9, 2014 at 20:22 — No Comments

Winter Leeks

Added by Robert on February 8, 2014 at 22:04 — No Comments

Running Out OF Space

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…


Added by John Martin on February 7, 2014 at 10:10 — No Comments

The Great Escape

Since the flooding incident a couple of weeks ago at the bottom of the garden the ducks have realised, to their delight, that next door has a fully flowing stream in their garden.

After a bit of investigation I've found that the dry stream bed running alongside my veg patch is…


Added by Sam Richards on February 5, 2014 at 22:15 — 2 Comments

Onions, Shallots & NoSDA Meeting

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…


Added by John Martin on February 4, 2014 at 14:53 — 6 Comments

Chitting potatoes


Following on from Darren's fine post about chitting for those of you aiming for the showbench, I have an offering on the same subject for the perhaps less ambitious growers, who just want their potatoes for their own consumption. I grow my spuds in containers of various sorts, and have had some…


Added by Mark Willis on February 3, 2014 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Time to Chit

Time to Chit

From selecting your favourite varieties, to preparation and chitting

Yes you are seeing it right. I am washing spuds. Click here to find out why and read more…


Added by Blicky on February 2, 2014 at 19:14 — No Comments

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