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by poppingjay
Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: The origins of biodynamics
Replies: 7
Views: 1240

Re: The origins of biodynamics

Excellent, I will look forward to reading this :)

Thanks for posting.
by poppingjay
Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Britain a "Third World country"?
Replies: 10
Views: 1944

Re: Britain a "Third World country"?

I like the wording of the Guardian letter Alan. It just shows what a tolerant people we are to let the Pope get special treatment from the Queen and our Government. It might be austerity Britain, but we can still spend (waste) vast amounts of money on people who don't seem to have any idea, or won'...
by poppingjay
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Any idea what variety this BRIGHT ORANGE tomato might be?
Replies: 7
Views: 1170

Re: Any idea what variety this BRIGHT ORANGE tomato might be?

I'm growing these and they look as you described them... they're doing very well :) 'Orange Banana' Tomato A fine heirloom tomato - orange and slightly bent! A plum type, so good for making rich orange sauces, but quite sweet and juicy - so also good raw in salads where it adds a great colour. Fun f...
by poppingjay
Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.
Replies: 44
Views: 4799

Re: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.

Only vaguely related I know, but how do you get living from not living. Or in other words the life must have emerged from inanimate matter which is logically speaking impossible. There are plenty of theories to explain this: start your reading here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenesis#.22Primo...
by poppingjay
Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.
Replies: 44
Views: 4799

Re: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.

Only vaguely related I know, but how do you get living from not living. Or in other words the life must have emerged from inanimate matter which is logically speaking impossible. I for one am quite happy to review my definition of inanimate because at a microscopic level everything is just energy wh...
by poppingjay
Tue May 18, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: wobbly brassicas
Replies: 15
Views: 2136

Re: wobbly brassicas

I've had a similar experience, my cabbages and cauli plantlets are fine but my sprouting broccoli, calvo nero and sprouts which were doing well suddenly started to look very poorly. I had a poke about and they seem to had just rotted off at the root, which makes me think over watering even though I ...
by poppingjay
Wed May 12, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Cucumber help?
Replies: 8
Views: 1584

Re: Cucumber help?

I have three 'exploding cucumber' plants that I've raised from seed, in fact they germinated quicker than the normal cues. Today they're looking very sorry for themselves and I can't fathom what might be wrong with them? Looks like I'll have to resow now which is a shame because they were doing so w...
by poppingjay
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Jerusalem Artichokes
Replies: 7
Views: 1467

Re: Jerusalem Artichokes

A tad late Popinjay, but bung 'em in anyway. Think about positioning as they can grow ten feet high and can become quite invasive! They tend to becoame all straggly / untidy if left unsupported. A good variety is Fuseau as this is less knobbly than others. You will discover why they are called 'pha...
by poppingjay
Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:37 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Jerusalem Artichokes
Replies: 7
Views: 1467

Re: Jerusalem Artichokes

Would now be a good time to plant jerusalem artichokes? I've never grown them before and my friend brought me some round a couple of days ago, I've eaten some and I though I'd plant the rest. Any tips would be most welcome :)
by poppingjay
Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Planting densities in raised beds
Replies: 14
Views: 3472

Re: Planting densities in raised beds

High density planting here, sides of beds used no boxes http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2865701754864235132# In raised beds you dont need paths between rows as long as you can reach into the middle, this saves compaction, check out this video. I thoroughly enjoyed watching that, thank you v...
by poppingjay
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Round courgettes
Replies: 8
Views: 1862

Re: Round courgettes

I don't know why but I find it difficult to get my head round the concept of round courgettes. I'm quite happy to grow yellow tomatoes and purple beans and carrots but somehow round courgettes don't excite me. I think it may possibly be the way I cut vegetables for cooking - round things somehow ju...
by poppingjay
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Why no English Parliament?
Replies: 32
Views: 4450

Re: Why no English Parliament?

It's not as though any of our politicians take the slightest bit of notice of us anyway. Would you care to vote for the blue public school boy or the red career politician madam?...... :)
by poppingjay
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Surferal's PolyShed
Replies: 11
Views: 3174

Re: Surferal's PolyShed

I'm a bit short on advise but that is a most brilliant construction :D
by poppingjay
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Manure management
Replies: 2
Views: 918

Re: Manure management

I do it Brenjon, if the well rotted manure was mixed into the compost just put it on top and plant in it, beans and brassicas should be ok,and you are right no root crops. The latest thinking is no-dig is better for fertility of the soil especially when combined with mulching. http://www.no-dig-veg...
by poppingjay
Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Millefleur tomato
Replies: 4
Views: 1610

Re: Millefleur tomato

I'm growing these too....I was expecting something smaller for some reason? but they are rocketing away merrily in the polytunnel!

Mine are the fetching yellow variety :)

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