I don’t normally go in for the growing food that you can’t eat but on this occasion I will make an exception, I am growing a variety called hundred weight. I have done a bit of research on this variety and got a bit worried at the size they can get! But hopefully it won’t be too big. I started by digging a large hole about 2ft wide and 2ft deep my soil in this part of the allotment where I plan to grow it isn’t that great so needs a lot of help to get it going, I filled the whole…Continue
Added by Stacy Drury on May 31, 2013 at 20:12 — No Comments
Not me, the plants. It's amazing what a few days of decent weather can do to things. After what seems like months of sulking everything is romping away now.Continue
Added by Damo on May 30, 2013 at 20:29 — No Comments
I think I have. After I lost the first lot of seedlings to frost in the greenhouse - I re-sowed, and I re-sowed BIG TIME. Far more than I need, far more than I have ever sown before. I normally plant about six for the greenhouse and three for outdoors - that is plenty for us, enough to eat fresh, cook with and freeze. But for some reason I got a bit carried away and have grown more double that, they have all taken and are growing well - and I can't bear to get rid of the surplus - so,…Continue
Added by Robert on May 29, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments
Without wishing in any way to draw the interest from Ukveg growers website blogs, the enterprise of LILI has caught my imagniation for some years with regard to the desire for many to return to a rural and working self employed way of life, without being in the thrall of large farming enterprises themselves.
The work LILI and others are doing is different but similar to Stephen's website work so you might be interested to read these two Web pages and follow their…Continue
Added by Robert on May 25, 2013 at 22:11 — No Comments
Exactly 1 month to midsummers day and the temperature in Eastbourne today is 7c can anybody beat that? apart from the broad beans all my other plants on the plot are bewildered.
Nettles seem to be loving this cold wet weather, we have loads of them on our plot. Time to make some Nettle Soup!…Continue
A bit of sunshine, a bit of rain and a lot of grey skies this week. Sunday was glorious and I managed to catch up on a lot of gardening jobs. There is so much to do at this time of year that it is hard to know where to start. A lot of things are ready to be planted out - I have already planted some brassicas - cabbage, broccoli - and yesterday the runner beans went out at the plot, covered with fleece and liberally sprinkled with slug pellets, just in case.…
Added by Robert on May 22, 2013 at 13:56 — No Comments
...apple blossom time, although it's a bit late this year. This might be a good thing as there's plenty of blossom and plenty of insects about so things are looking good for an excellent harvest.Continue
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Today in the south west we have got the first good fruit pollination day since 2011.
It is 60*f, and warmer would be better still.
No prime bee swarms this year; it is just a little too late. good swarms perhaps.
I have not noticed a good prime swarm year for many years, but I am not involved any more.
Added by Gareth Howell on May 16, 2013 at 10:14 — No Comments
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We had the first of the new potatoes today - nearly a fortnight later than the last two years but not surprising given the cold spring.Continue
I had a great time there on Thursday. I've done a round up of blog posts I've found over the weekend giving you a flavour of what there was this year.
Here's a view of the auricula theatre display in the Flower Marquee to tempt you over...…Continue
Added by VP on May 12, 2013 at 16:59 — No Comments
Added by Robert on May 12, 2013 at 14:27 — No Comments
A bit of a rant on the new law the EU enforced that prohibits the use of non-certified seeds.Continue