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    Remember to sow winter brassicas in spring. Don't leave it until you clear the plot in September!
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    When building a "standard" bamboo support for beans add a couple at 45 deg this will stiffen up the structure
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    I've invested in an electric propagator , (5 2nd hand from my hairdresser) and will start my chillis and tomatoes off far earlier next year. I am still ripening my rocottos in a tupperware container with a banana!
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    germination in pots (paper or toilet roll tubes) gives a much greater rate of success and actually saved me time as i only planted things out when they were big enough to survive the pests/slugs. it also meant i could start germinating earlier.

    and the other biggie for me was to actually THINK about what was going where beforehand. i ended up giving loads away and also growing lots in containers as i underestimated the space i had and the seedlings needing the space!

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    Grow celery in the greenhouse; sow into pots sat in water in a tray and keep them sat in water all year long. Chop the lot from one pot when needed for soups [which I use it for] and then let it grow back. Repot when the roots start to take over the tray out the bottom of the pots. Year round sweet blanched celery. Fab.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
    Grow celery in the greenhouse; sow into pots sat in water in a tray and keep them sat in water all year long. Chop the lot from one pot when needed for soups [which I use it for] and then let it grow back. Repot when the roots start to take over the tray out the bottom of the pots. Year round sweet blanched celery. Fab.
    great tip zazen = thanks

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    Irrigation - relatives can't be relied upon to water your 'babies' when you've gone away for the weekend, even though they can find time to 'harvest' all the Peas you were saving for yourself!!!
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    Each year I like to think I'm pretty switched on with my sowing schedule. The likes of leeks and brassicas will stand for ages either in their pots, or in a clump on the plot to be seperated and re-planted as and when a space becomes available.
    What I learned this year is that this is NOT the case with onion plantlets! Onions need to be pricked out and planted reasonably quickly in spring to give them time to establish as many leaves as possible before starting to bulb up in summer. This way, by early sowing and quick establishment you should have sizeable bulbs at harvest time.
    My onions were on the small side last year because they were treat similar to the leeks and brassicas and planted as space became available.

    This year they will be planted earlier!
    My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

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