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by vegpatchmum
Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Harvest bits and bobs
Replies: 98
Views: 13046

Re: Harvest bits and bobs

I have tomatoes ripening both in the greenhouse and outside but only just. I've removed the lower leaves on all my greenhouse plants, as well as any leaves showing signs of damage and I've removed the lower leaves on one set of my outside tomatoes as well because they were looking a little battered....
by vegpatchmum
Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Khol Rabi
Replies: 7
Views: 3027

Re: Khol Rabi

I'm growing it :D Azure is the variety (no Star on the end though). We tend to grate it onto salads or use it as a substitute for cabbage in coleslaw. I'm told steaming is good but we have yet to find a 'cooked' recipe that doesn't completely destroy the flavour .... but then we haven't steamed any ...
by vegpatchmum
Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Problems at our plot.
Replies: 7
Views: 1812

Re: Problems at our plot.

Sorry to hear of the problems that you have been having. I don't know anything about allotments or protection of the ground they're on etc but is it possible that the Council/Land owner is deliberately letting this happen so that at some point they can invoke some small print clause or other to 'leg...
by vegpatchmum
Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 13
Views: 2030

Re: Happy Birthday.

Happy birthday Primrose

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by vegpatchmum
Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Cropping "problems"
Replies: 25
Views: 5200

Re: Cropping "problems"

I'm still way to novice to be offering advice though I can offer this advise with confidence, get yourself a comfrey patch going for massive rewards. Don't do yourself an injustice Richard, you have picked up and stored more knowledge through experience than you realise and this is clearly visible ...
by vegpatchmum
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Who says they won't ripen in the UK??
Replies: 4
Views: 2101

Re: Who says they won't ripen in the UK??

Lol, well done :)

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by vegpatchmum
Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:54 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Cropping "problems"
Replies: 25
Views: 5200

Re: Cropping "problems"

My runners were slow to get started but have finally started to crop properly, as of yesterday. Climbing beans have been cropping well for last few weeks and the Mangetout have been fabulous this year, both in numbers and taste. Found the first reddening tomato in the greenhouse yesterday :) The cou...
by vegpatchmum
Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: More photos of allotment 1st year.
Replies: 22
Views: 3515

Re: More photos of allotment 1st year.

Well done Piglet, I can't believe the difference. I bet the other plot owners are glad you came along :)

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by vegpatchmum
Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Why do you grow Sweet Peas?
Replies: 32
Views: 5146

Re: Why do you grow Sweet Peas?

Hello Lyndapet You snuck in when no one was looking. Welcome and happy growing :) Good tip about getting rid of beetles - thanks. I tend to buy mixed variety packets because I like the surprise of not knowing what is coming. This year my youngest gave me a packet of mixed sweet pea seeds for Christ...
by vegpatchmum
Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Why do you grow Sweet Peas?
Replies: 32
Views: 5146

Re: Why do you grow Sweet Peas?

I grow them next to the vegetable patch to attract the friendly beasties :)

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by vegpatchmum
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: It's going to be the hottest day of the year
Replies: 34
Views: 4619

Re: It's going to be the hottest day of the year

Yorkshire and the Humber are definitely in need of a large amount of rain :)

We'll be under another drought/hosepipe ban if we're not careful :lol: :shock: :roll:

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by vegpatchmum
Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Missing you....
Replies: 32
Views: 4817

Re: Missing you....

It could just be that the bad weather last year and the dreadful start to this one has disheartened a lot of new or novice growers and they haven't bothered this year. Or maybe the cold start to this season did so much damage to seedlings and young plants, that many haven't bothered resowing this ye...
by vegpatchmum
Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Carrots again.
Replies: 11
Views: 2015

Re: Carrots again.

Oh yes I remember them well :D As for carrot root fly, I'd say that you're not out the woods yet where those pests are concerned :shock: As I understand it they come in two waves, the first is generally over by end of May and the second begins in late August! This year, with the late start to spring...
by vegpatchmum
Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Bayer Organic Bug Clear is it any good? URGENT please
Replies: 4
Views: 1963

Re: Bayer Organic Bug Clear is it any good? URGENT please

My thoughts exactly plumpudding. Oh and apologies for the mix up in my reply to your first post - I have now amended it. I think I've been in the greenhouse/polytunnel for too long and I have brain addle :oops: :roll: :wink:

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by vegpatchmum
Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Good old days
Replies: 20
Views: 3774

Re: Good old days

I would have thought spraying salt onto plants is sailing very close to the wind. Salt spray can be very damaging to coastal vegetation. I've seen woodland defoliated after storms. On the other hand, most of the vegetables we grow originated on the coast: beetroot, Brassicas, onions, asparagus. Bra...

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