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by Mike Vogel
Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Leaf Mould
Replies: 10
Views: 2245

Re: Leaf Mould

hi Garden Mum and others. I used to get leafmould from the school gardeners, but now I sweep the streets in the autumn and put it all in a cage on the allotment. I find it rots down well enough in one year, but after 2 it will be the real macoy. What i do is to spread it in quantities on the beds wh...
by Mike Vogel
Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: "Keepers" make a tasty potato salad
Replies: 2
Views: 1361

"Keepers" make a tasty potato salad

Normally I find potatoes which I missed when harvesting showing their foliage about now, usually where it isn't wanted. Usually I have allowed a few of these to mature to see if I got anything worthwhile before they interfered with the next crop. This wasn't worth the effort, I found; it didn't add ...
by Mike Vogel
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Home Made Potting Compost?
Replies: 10
Views: 4566

Re: Home Made Potting Compost?

I have to admit that I just open up my compost bins and sieve the extract. Then i use the sieved compost for sowing. During the sieving, as I put the stuff into bags, I add organic seaweed meal and some leafmould. I also have courser stuff which I use for potting on. I haven't had any cause to compl...
by Mike Vogel
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Planting tomatoes
Replies: 4
Views: 1499

Re: Planting tomatoes

To be getting flowers on a 4 inch high plant seems to me unusual, Ian. But plants flower when they think they are going to die, so maybe they are not as happy as they look. How about potting on half of them and seeing if that makes any difference in the long run. What variety are they? It really won...
by Mike Vogel
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Tuck up your wormery
Replies: 7
Views: 2676

Re: Tuck up your wormery

To get the wormery dry enough, I just add more newspaper, egg cartons and other absorbant stuff. I have just moved my wormery out of the sunshine and into its summer location. I drained it and got the best, thickest, richest mixture yet. the worms have really been accelerating during the warmer weat...
by Mike Vogel
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Hanging Baskets.
Replies: 8
Views: 3237

Re: Hanging Baskets.

Part of my roof is north facing and I get quite a lot of moss off that. Maybe I'll have a go at lining a hanging basket with it - there won't be enough for more than one, though, sop poundland it is.
by Mike Vogel
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Early sweetcorn article...
Replies: 22
Views: 7092

Re: Early sweetcorn article...

There is another sweetcorn thread sonewhere from last year. Somebody -own up now please! - suggested that the way to get good pollination is to sow twice - the second sowing once the first has germinated or some 3 weeks afterwards. Plant in blocks with alternating early and late sowings. This is bec...
by Mike Vogel
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Chitting
Replies: 4
Views: 2420

Re: Chitting

Hi Elderflower. I think [JB and others correct me if I'm wrong] the idea of chitting potatoes is to mimic the winter conditions of the warmer climes they originated from. April is rather late [but not too late] to get a delivery of seed potatoes - I beg the seed merchants to delay sending mine til t...
by Mike Vogel
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Website Help
Topic: ACCOUNT SECURITY
Replies: 11
Views: 5924

Re: ACCOUNT SECURITY

They'll get addresses so that they can post their pesky viruses. By the way, hi there everyone. I haven't been sulking, just far too busy now that I'm retired. Working harder than when I was paid to work.
mike
by Mike Vogel
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:11 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Sweet potatoes
Replies: 11
Views: 2115

Re: Sweet potatoes

One is usually warned off using off-cuts from shop-bought produce, because it often comes from abroad and is genetically adapted for te country of origin. Having said that, however, I know that somem people find this to be very successful with crops such as garlic. Westi seems quite happy with her r...
by Mike Vogel
Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Raised beds versus Open ground?
Replies: 23
Views: 4265

Re: Raised beds versus Open ground?

You know what? I think the reason for the edging to raised beds is simply to stop the soil getting onto the paths. I have found raised beds to be good for carrots, parsnips, cleriac, tomatoes, broccoli and not particularly effective as oppocsed to opther methods in the case of other brassicas and. p...
by Mike Vogel
Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: Seed Swop-Shop
Topic: Heritage seeds for 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 1986

Heritage seeds for 2012

Hi all. I have recently joined the Heritage seed library and my aim is to save some of the seeds I get [a] to send back to them (although I am not a Seed Guardian) and [b] to distribute to those who would like some (including me). I will only be harvesting these in summer/autumn 2011, so the earlies...
by Mike Vogel
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Starting a new plot
Replies: 7
Views: 1566

Re: Starting a new plot

Rookie, from time to time over the previous 5 or 6 years people have asked this question and if you are clever at searching back through a forum like this you will be able to find the threads. Perhaps someone else will tell you how. Mistakes I made: Sinking in the sides of the raised beds. My sugges...
by Mike Vogel
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: CARROT BED
Replies: 6
Views: 1273

Re: CARROT BED

Sorry, Compo, I forgot to say add leafmould, as muc as you can get. I dare say worm compost will also be good, but carrots like a slightly acidsic soil and the leafmould will do a treat.
by Mike Vogel
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: CARROT BED
Replies: 6
Views: 1273

Re: CARROT BED

Compo, raise the SIDES of the bed rather than the bed itself. But after my experience this year I will recommend Enviromesh or some such; I didn't get any carrot fly. Of course, you can raise the sides of the bed and drape the enviromesh over the edges, but you'll need a way of holding it down again...

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