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October 2014 Blog Posts (10)

purple sprouting

this year my veg seem to have gone mad beetroot like footballs ,parsnips gone down out of sight using a spade down the side to get them out must be about 2 foot long good eating but the tails are too long ,as for the sprouting it should be ready next year but most of it has flowered weeks ago and yes it is the late one i have tried eating it but does not taste right had big carrots this year i thought i had beaten the fly but no he has attacked with vengeance can,t wait to use enviromesh for…


Added by steve heath on October 30, 2014 at 8:10 — 3 Comments

My garden plan

My garden is not big (about 10 x 10 metres or so), but I get a lot of produce from it. Recently some readers of my blog asked me to write about what I have been growing in it this year, so I have described it in this post:-



Added by Mark Willis on October 26, 2014 at 19:46 — No Comments

Pottering in the October sun

The sun came out so I decided to do some tidying in the garden. The lawn was mown , well I used the mower to hoover up the leaves.

Then into the veg garden to tidy up a bit. The radish , now 3" long and nibbled by mice were pulled along with weeds. I still have lettuce and cabbage in the new strawberry bed so the strawbs and their runners are still in place.

I have removed the netting and dried it ready to be packed away until next year.

This years bed of spinach and… Continue

Added by Duncan Seth-Smith on October 11, 2014 at 18:30 — 4 Comments

Just a Few Last Jobs …

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I set myself the task of clearing the courgettes and planting out the cavolo nero kale.  Let me tell you – those courgette plants are vicious brutes when you are working amongst the leaves and stems – my arms were cut to ribbons.…



Added by elaine rickett on October 9, 2014 at 22:23 — 4 Comments

Perry pear trees

Probably too far away for most of you (I am in west Wales) but my local fruit tree nursery are selling off their stock of perry pears for £3 each, 2yr old and older by the look of them. Website Applewise for more detail. I picked up one each of Berllanderi Green and Welsh Gin, on vigorous rootstock so I felt two were enough!

Added by Terry Wells on October 6, 2014 at 8:17 — No Comments

Downsizing and Tidying Up

A couple of weekends away, like the ones we've had recently, are all it takes for things to get unruly in allotment land. We spent a few hours down there today harvesting bits and bobs and having a well-needed tidy. There is an extra…

Added by Lee James on October 5, 2014 at 20:57 — No Comments

Who else grows Chicory?

Here in the UK Chicory and its cousin Radicchio appears to be not very popular. You occasionally see the ball-headed red ones in the shops, but that's about all. Why do we not like it? In the rest of Europe it is much more popular, and widely available - as indeed are Endives. Maybe most Brits find it too bitter?



Added by Mark Willis on October 4, 2014 at 14:13 — 4 Comments

enviro mesh

earlier talk from me regarding carrot fly ,cabbage root fly etc ,well i have recently bought from amazon some mesh from agralan some mesh for£31and some change it measures 6x3.6 i have not measured in feet inches but i now have 2 of these nets and they cover quite a bit of ground it does not need support it is very light and tough  sold as to last 10 years and i recon it will so if anyone is looking for mesh i suggest you have a look it sure looks and feels value for money against the flimsy…


Added by steve heath on October 3, 2014 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

October is here - What now?

My update for October begins in the greenhouse. I have violas growing along with lettuce,cabbage and cauliflower. Outside I have foxgloves, delphiniums and polyanthus ready to be planted.


The apples on our young trees have been great, we did not think we would get any until we saw the amount of blossom last spring. Now I just have to get the winter pruning correct.

It has been so mild that I still have lettuce and radish growing in the salad bed, carrots are still in the… Continue

Added by Duncan Seth-Smith on October 3, 2014 at 11:15 — 2 Comments

September Roundup

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Well, another month bites the dust – and what a month.  Best September for a long time don’t you agree.  I have…


Added by elaine rickett on October 1, 2014 at 7:48 — 9 Comments

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