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24/03/2009 at 22:39

Mr Kwilter will be planting our potatoes within the next week. I can't remember what type we've got, sorry!

He's off to the lottie to plant seeds and take the last few boxes of spuds and onions down tomorrow.

25/03/2009 at 07:20

Mandie R, i'm in the same boat as you as this will be my first year of growing veg,...i therefore know nothing and can offer you no advice, but i'm sure someone on here will help

25/03/2009 at 07:25

Welcome along Mandie.  If you're superstitious like me, then Easter, but if they're going for it then get them in the ground now, especially the first earlies.   The important thing with spuds is to keep earthing them up so the frost doesn't get them.

25/03/2009 at 09:37

Thanks everyone.

hailunlikely - We can make all our mistakes together then. I realised my first one the other day. A friend of mine pointed out that I should have planted the cloves of garlic, not the full bulb like I did!! (the mouldy bulbs were dug up and replaced with cloves straight away! )

25/03/2009 at 11:20

talking of numpty gardeners......i've just realised i'm going to have about 200 lettuce and 100 radish all ready at the same time.....

25/03/2009 at 14:49
haile - farmers market mate.......
25/03/2009 at 15:17

i love radishes
can you post them??

come down to brum for a visit when they are ready - you can come and see me and he who must not be named

25/03/2009 at 16:12

both sound like excellent ideas

that's if the sl*gs dont get them first

25/03/2009 at 16:36

Today's tip:

Parsnips need to be thickly sown and are notoriously slow to germinate. To save hoeing them up, once you've sown them but before you cover them, sprinkle radish seeds (lightly, Haile!) along the top. Your radishes will have grown and been harvested before the parsnips will be through and the neat row of seedling will show you where not to hoe.

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
25/03/2009 at 17:58
Stringless beans bought ready for next month, peas going in small pots at w/end and hopefully get some carrots bed in too.
Edited: 25/03/2009 at 17:58
25/03/2009 at 18:51
We've had a total of about 20 carrots in 8 years from our allotment. Bliddy carrot fly!! The plots were riddled with them even before they were renovated, looks like the little b*ggers have passed the knowledge down the generations.
25/03/2009 at 18:59

Oh I don't like all this talk of bugs and flies.....

I've promised my mum I'm providing the veg on Xmas Day and she'll not be happy if I don't deliver!!!

25/03/2009 at 19:05
Buy them all in Tescos and roll them in a bit of mud on the way over to your mum's 
25/03/2009 at 19:26


Thats plan b sorted!

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
25/03/2009 at 19:34
Try planting carrots later like may Kwilter.
25/03/2009 at 19:39

Cheers Nicko. I used to keep a log of what varieties we grew, when we planted them and what the crop was like, but I've not bothered for the last few years.

Wonder if there's a gardening version of Fetch?

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
25/03/2009 at 19:43
26/03/2009 at 10:41
to stop carrot fly and similar frigging problem insects, cover the plants with some horticultural fleece during the problem period - it will allow light and water in but keep the little critters out and stop them laying their eggs......
Blisters    pirate
26/03/2009 at 22:13
and the problem period is?.................
26/03/2009 at 22:27

Purple Sprouting brocoli- thinking of trying to grow this but is it prone to pigeon and caterpillar damage like brassicas (is it a brassica?)  My sprout plants last year were demolished and it was very depressing.

Sorry Blisters no idea really but I think it's Spring time and they are attracted by disturbance such as thinning releasing the smell.  Sure I read somthing about growing plants near to mask the smell such as spring onions....

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