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- Mon May 04, 2020 6:34 pm
- Forum: Best practices
- Topic: Cut and Come again Lettuce
- Replies: 3
- Views: 882
I have sown a non-heading variety of Lettuce. What is the best way of harvesting them? Should I take constantly take out a few of the outer leaves or maybe, as I saw in one video, do a horizontal chop midway across the plant?
- Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:34 pm
- Forum: Ask the team
- Topic: Lettuce Thermo-inhibition
- Replies: 8
- Views: 1229
I am sure this has been covered before, but I couldn't find it in a search. I rather foolishly sowed some lettuce seeds April 2nd in my greenhouse and it has been too hot for them to germinate - I believe anything over 80F will inhibit them. I can't remember whether it is a simple matter of putting ...
Apparently they don't store too well. A bit unfortunate as I have a good crop but am away tomorrow until 19th Sept and we don't have the time to make them into apple puree before then. Some of them have fallen and are in the shed and I have picked a few which came away easily. Wondering if I should ...
Although the previous replies, including my own(!) have said to leave them in the ground and lift as necessary, doing this hasn't really worked that well for me these past 2 or 3 years as they get attacked by slugs and are likely to rot from underneath. So my wife wants me to lift them before the we...
I think it's fair to say most bags of compost sold these days are rubbish, or at least 50% seems to be bits of twigs and other uncomposted rubbish. I am using a 120lt bag of Verve multipurpose compost from B&Q which is 58% peat and I have been impressed by it. Unlike most composts that I have u...
Hi guys - a long time since I last posted. Not doing as much gardening as I used to. But on Friday I shall be going to a talk on peat free composts. Doing a search I found a comment by Johnboy from a couple of years ago which basically said they were still rubbish. So I wondered what the latest thou...
- Sun May 13, 2018 9:40 am
- Forum: Best practices
- Topic: What is "well rotted" manure?
- Replies: 17
- Views: 9846
I have a kept a grass heap for years - it takes me around 3 hours or more to mow my lawn/meadow so quite a lot of grass cuttings - and this year I decided it was time to use some of it. So I have stacks of what could be best as sorta peat like on what will be my runner bean, courgette and squash pat...
- Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:24 am
- Forum: General chatter
- Topic: Runner Beans and Courgettes
- Replies: 2
- Views: 1393
I bought 2 lots of 12 Runner Beans from Marshalls - Whiteflowered Moondust and Red-flowered Firestorm. If we had relied on the latter we would have had just enough for the 2 of us. As it is I have been picking almost a basket full of beans from Moondust and feeding all the neighbours for the past co...
When I was looking after allotments in Hemel Hempstead many years ago, one of the allotmenteers always used to have these lovely rows of Peas. They were Hurst Greenshaft and growing them this year down here in South Wales they have convinced me that they are the one main crop to grow. But I have yet...
I have 3 plants of the Winter Squash, Sweetmax which I bought from Marshalls. These were potted on in the greenhouse inquite large pots to get as big a rootball as possible and avoid any late cold or windy weather. Planted out they are doing quite well. Advice is to stop the main shoot after they ha...
- Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:42 am
- Forum: News and Views
- Topic: Indian summer for pests
- Replies: 20
- Views: 9677
1976 was longer. And records really don't go back that far. "In the Central England Temperature series 1976 has the hottest summer for more than 350 years and probably for much longer. The average temperature over the whole summer (June, July, August) was 17.77 °C, compared to the average for t...
- Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:10 pm
- Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
- Topic: Moths - lack of
- Replies: 35
- Views: 8790
Primrose - the method of counting bats is to find the exit point, position yourself comfortably and count them as they come out. They started at 9.38 pm, a few minutes later than usual, and finished at around 10.23pm. Previous counts were 23rd June 2012 - 231 22nd June 2013 - 61 2014 - no survey 20t...