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Vegetable breeding

With the encouragement of Magic Cochin I thought I'd write a bit about vegetable breeding. If you want to see what I've been up to in greater detail, the additional pages on my blog - will give you more.

I won't try and say it all - you'd nod off! This time I'll do tomatoes. I didn't find it terribly easy when I did my first tomato cross 2 years ago. Since then I've been prescribed reading glasses! You…


Added by Kath Middleton on August 22, 2010 at 19:42 — 3 Comments

500 bloggettes and what have we learnt?

It's a war out there. That's what.

We (and by that I mean our plants, but they are so much a part of us that it may as well be our very human selves that I speak of here) are attacked constantly from all sides and there is no platoon 'watching our 6' no, we have to have sharp wits about us and fight tirelessly in each of our battles. We have so many enemies, so many opposed to us growing and eating our own. They come from underground and eat the roots, there is the…


Added by Carrie Gault on August 22, 2010 at 18:31 — 6 Comments

Cucumber and apple harvest. Yay!

Today, Ive picked chillies, cucumbers, and apples. The chillies and the cucumbers are first timers for me.
The cucumbers are growing really well and one plant is now taller than I am. There are six small fruits on it, and they're expanding by a few centimetres every day…


Added by Melinda Que_Linda on August 22, 2010 at 15:30 — 6 Comments

On Blight Watch

The welcome drop of rain over the past few days combined with the continued flannel-like humidity has put me on blight watch in my garden and up at the plot. I have a number of tomato plants here at home, plus quite a few maincrop varieties of potato up at the allotment all in a potential state of vulnerability. At least my wuthering and worrying has been calmed down a little by the discovery of a really useful website called…


Added by VP on August 22, 2010 at 10:00 — 6 Comments

I Need Some Advice ...

I need some help with this one; I'm growing these squashes in my south-facing front garden. Currently got about 5 of these and they are getting quite large (size of a small football). Can someone tell me what it is called as I've lost the original package. Also, can I eat it? Not a problem if I can't…


Added by michelle on August 21, 2010 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Seed saving

Decided to gather some seed heads and keep them to feed the birds later in the year. Mostly flowers but some onion flowers too. Might even let a few things run to seed for the birds as well. I know some stuff is poisonous to humans, eg aquilegias, but don't know if its safe for birds. Do they have cast-iron digestive systems, I know they eat yew berries for example, or do they just ignore stuff thats not good for them? I do leave seed heads on some plants over winter, but I need to do some… Continue

Added by Jan Willetts on August 19, 2010 at 23:51 — 2 Comments

Don't mention the lettuce

I planted lettuces in the ground for the first time this year and was

astonished by how much better they grew than in pots or grow bags.

Flushed with my success and thinking of salads to come I re-sowed under

the bean tripod when it went in, thinking to transplant the seedlings

into a new home when they came up. Except they didn't come up.

Undaunted, I assumed that my slapdash sowing style (chuck 'em at the… Continue

Added by Emma on August 19, 2010 at 9:18 — 3 Comments

I love beans

I love the fact that a crop that will glut in the summer can be used much later and you don't have to do anything apart from lay them out to dry and stop them from going mouldy. We eat them in salads, stews with other veg or meat, and pureed with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs as a dip. I sow my dwarf french for drying in early May under cover and plant out late May/early June where I am on the North Norfolk coast.

Added by Trish le Gal on August 19, 2010 at 8:56 — 11 Comments

Lavender Pekin Bantams

Little Lucy and Isabel, two of my Lavender Pekin Bantams, especially for 'Threadspider'.



Added by Sue Hall on August 17, 2010 at 10:56 — 1 Comment

Riddle Me Ree

You may have seen in my Guest post for Fennel and Fern that I spoke of my life changing experience with this borrowed soil riddle made from an old drawer.

Well I say life changing, maybe more soil changing.

You see we have stones...oh, so many stones.

We take buckets of stones to the tip every time we go and we have lost count of the amount of… Continue

Added by Clairetweet on August 17, 2010 at 9:21 — 6 Comments

Lavender Pekin Bantam Eggs


Added by Sue Hall on August 16, 2010 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Seed Saving

At this time of year the garden is starting to run to seed - I don't do a lot of dead-heading, I just let it do it's thing. It means I get a lot of volunteer plants (mostly flowers), which is fine, but it also means that I get to collect a lot of seed from my garden.

It's actually very early in the seed saving…


Added by Emma Cooper on August 10, 2010 at 17:20 — 1 Comment

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