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by Mike Vogel
Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:47 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: what seeds to plant now
Replies: 6
Views: 2267

Hi Claire. Yes, I've just spent the weekend getting my garlic in and at the end of the month it will be the broad beans. Not much of my outdoor winter lettuce sowings have appeared, but the ones I sowed in compost at home have come up. It's perhaps not too late for these, especially if you can put t...
by Mike Vogel
Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Green manure - winter tares
Replies: 13
Views: 5892

If you've got good seed, Monika, and get mild weather, I think now will not be too late. We are a little at the mercy of the weather, though, at this time of year, but it does no harm to try. They'll take a bit of time to germinate, of course, but we've got particularly mild weather at present, so i...
by Mike Vogel
Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:51 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Garlic
Replies: 9
Views: 3872

I'd follow Pater's advice, amo. In fact, the instructions from the Garlic Farm say "plant each clove, root end downwards, in a small hole with 1" of loose soil to cover." Very shallow! They tell you to follow the same directions with elephant garlic, but spacing 12" apart. So the...
by Mike Vogel
Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: tomato rotation
Replies: 11
Views: 3614

Well, Bigpepperplant, as I recall, the book I have on Organic Gardening [Joy Larkcom's] actually recommends tomatoes after early spuds. I don't do this simply because that plot is earmarked for garlic and I don't have the time that time of year to cut down the toms, prepare the soil AND plant the ga...
by Mike Vogel
Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Growing pains of a teenage allotment
Replies: 4
Views: 2167

Hi there, fellow-bedfordian. No, not John Bunyan, but Queens Park Lower School. I live just off Shakespeare Road. 20 years ago I shared an allotment up at Brickhill, but didn't have the time to deal with it, especially as it was more suitable for making pots with than growing things in. There's been...
by Mike Vogel
Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Growing pains of a teenage allotment
Replies: 4
Views: 2167

No, I'm 10 minutes walk away. Some of the others do though.

mike
by Mike Vogel
Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:35 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Growing Kohlrabi
Replies: 9
Views: 2389

Primrose, when did you sow [or plant out your kohl rabi? I tend to do this in mid-spring, but the results have been poor after my first year [I renewed my seed afer 2 years]. I expect them to mature in summer and I then sow another lot, but these didn't come up at all. The developing balls of my fir...
by Mike Vogel
Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:29 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Soft Gardeners Delight
Replies: 1
Views: 1867

Soft Gardeners Delight

Hi all. For the first time this summer I visited my allotment after 3 days of absence and there were no tomatoes ready to pick. All good things ... Like most of you, I enjoy Gardeners Delight and so do our friends. This year they seem to have been much softer than I seem to remember from before, or ...
by Mike Vogel
Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: 2006 Garlic Harvest
Replies: 25
Views: 9839

Yes, my Iberian Wight was hung in our spare bedroom and we felt we just had to takeit out of there before our visitor came. I don't know whether this would have been the case if it had been one of the earlier varieties; I'll try hanging them there next year to see if I get the same effect. But the E...
by Mike Vogel
Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Someone hold me back...
Replies: 34
Views: 7725

I have to admit it, Chantal, but I'm a bit like that. Not to the extent of buying anything unnecessarily, but my poor long-suffering Sue has to stand on a chair and shout MIKE at me if she wants me to take any notice of her. Being a little hard of hearing [not enough for an excuse!], if I'm in the o...
by Mike Vogel
Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Growing pains of a teenage allotment
Replies: 4
Views: 2167

Growing pains of a teenage allotment

Dahlis thought this might be interesting, so here goes. http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k77/mikevogel_2006/Allotment2S.jpg Here you see what happens when a scavenger gets hold of odds and ends. The stuff on the right is a mishmash of old duckboards, corrugated metal [should I have said corroded?] ...
by Mike Vogel
Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sharm El Sheikh
Replies: 13
Views: 3145

Chic-peas, humous and falafel occur to me - various delicacies in ready-to-mix packets. Turkish style coffee too.

Enjoy yourselves.

mike
by Mike Vogel
Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: What's it like growing in Australia?
Replies: 3
Views: 1521

What a wonderful variety, Dahlis. You do seem to have 2 climates for the price of one. All I get in terms of spontaneous growth of veg is tomatoes in compost used as mulch - and that doesn't get time to produce any fruit to mention. You make me look forward even more to retirement - I might even hav...
by Mike Vogel
Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: How big are allotments?
Replies: 50
Views: 10540

Yes, Johnboy, like OH I remember these extraordinary tables of weights and measures printed on the back of exercise books which you could buy at stationers - not, oddly enough, on those provided by schools. How they roll off the tongue, noggins bushels and pecks, rods, poles and perches [aren't thos...
by Mike Vogel
Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: We need help and motivation
Replies: 15
Views: 5395

Frantony, I've really got nothing to add to all these excellent comments except to add my good wishes. I hope you feel encouraged to know that we are all rooting for you.

All good wishes

mike

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