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  1. Week 4 - working the late shift...

    by , 25-01-2008 at 09:37 AM
    Reading through the posts I always feel a ting of jealousy when our retired grapes post about spending days pottering about on the plot... still being of an age where I must work for a living to keep the taxman at bay (and this gets harder every budget - thank you very much Mr Chancellor!) my time is strictly limited.

    This week for example although I've planted some of the peppers, I've not had chance to put the new cold frame together as I've been working the late shift and haven't ...
  2. figs

    by , 24-01-2008 at 07:11 PM
    i am new to this sort of thing, but hope to learn quickly and get a lot of advice and tips for the garden. I am thinking of growing a fig in a large tub. any suggestions on the easiest and best one to go for?
  3. Compost blocks / 23.01.08

    by , 24-01-2008 at 12:40 PM
    Dropped by allotment to find watering not necessary in GH as all seeds very moist still. It has been cool and wet but it does warm up in there - or so I thought.
    Nicely surprised to find some seeds germinated viz rocket , spr broccoli and Little Gem lettuce and one spinach. Aside I have some antirrhinum at home and they have a few little seeds up too.
    No action on other brassicas like Igloo cauli , broadbeans or sweet peas.
    Harvested some sprouting broccoli which for the first ...

    Updated 24-01-2008 at 12:46 PM by Glasshousevirgin

    Histon allotment
  4. Strawberries and shallots

    by , 24-01-2008 at 11:35 AM
    Success with my strawberry and shallot seeds!

    I have grown strawberries from runners and shallots from shallot sets, but I don't like to do things the easy way all the time

    There's not a lot of strawberry seed around but I managed to find Mignonette and Baron Solemacher. A few of each have now germinated - after a week on a windowsill - much better than ones I tried in December.

    Similarly, the shallots - Ambition and Matador have been sown indoors ...
  5. Week 4 - at it again..

    by , 24-01-2008 at 11:23 AM
    I couldn't help myself.. honest I couldn't guv'ner, they were just there on the shelf, if I hadn't have done it someone else would, I bought some cayenne pepper, cos lettuce and perpetual spinach today.. Never tried growing lettuce before but think I might just try some early in the greenhouse - you never know, especially with the weather patterns we've been getting.

    The cayenne can join the jalapeno's from last year, so this year we'll have the sweet californias, the sweet minis ...