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Posted: Apr 2, 2014 - 12:28pm

Warmer in the UK than this time last year!. Carrots, parsnips, beetroot, parsley coriander seedlings all appearing and doing well outside.  Transplanted thyme, tarragon sage, oregano and chives into a new herb bed a couple of weeks back and all showing lots of new growth.  The slugs appear to have attacked my lemon verbena in the over-wintering pot (evidenced by disappeared leaves and slime trails on the compost) so have to wait and see what happens with that.

Have RP playing constantly in conservatory where I'm propagating summer/autumn veg, and they all seem to like it.  Any other South London gardeners on here?
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Posted: Apr 1, 2014 - 5:17pm

 JrzyTmata wrote:
Plant your own M&Ms



 
we are planting the entire yard with m&m's
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Posted: Apr 1, 2014 - 4:40pm

Plant your own M&Ms


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Posted: Mar 26, 2014 - 7:51am

California drought is ready for a Silicon Valley moment – and futuristic farms


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Posted: Mar 24, 2014 - 11:39am

 sirdroseph wrote:


 
{#Yes}

and a war on dragons
definitely going to need more dragons

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Posted: Mar 24, 2014 - 10:10am


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Posted: Jan 17, 2014 - 1:47pm

Most of my plants seem to have made it through the heat wave (they are the tough ones I haven't managed to kill off already).  I put shade cloth over the pumpkins and cukes and the raspberry then moved a bunch of the pots under the car port.  But a lot of the things are pretty cripsy.  I think the artichokes are gone and the last scarlet runner bean is doubtful.  But the good news is I may actually get some tomatoes this year.
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Posted: Jan 17, 2014 - 9:29am

For peat's sake use other composts, RHS urges gardeners

Britain's gardeners are still using too much peat compost, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

More than half of the compost sold in the UK contains peat.

This is harmful because it leads to further depletion of peat bogs in countries such as Ireland and the Baltic states, which supply most of our peat, says the RHS.

It suggests using alternatives such as coir, made from coconut shells, and green waste from household recycling.

Dr Paul Alexander from the RHS said: "We share the environmental concerns about peat use - its value as a carbon store and the habitat damage - and we think most gardeners would prefer to grow plants without doing environmental damage.

"We think there are peat-free and peat-reduced mixes out there which gardeners can use with success."

Peat bogs are an important environmental resource and create areas of huge biodiversity, keeping more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere than forests, and helping to prevent flooding, according to Natural England.


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Posted: Nov 16, 2013 - 2:32pm

I'm planning to put in a raised bed for veg.  Anyone have any experience with wicking beds?  One staff person at the garden store went off on a rant about how they were just a fad and I should stick to the tried and true way the 'old Italians' do it.  I like the idea, in part to save water, but mainly so I won't over or under water.



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Posted: Oct 8, 2013 - 2:15pm

Finished adding and turning over about 80 lbs of washed sand throughout the 'mutant methane' garden bed soil, hopefully the leaching of sun, weather and a previous crop may lesson the intensity of the organic material. We'll see. 
Fall Garden Planted today:  Spinach, Lettuce, Carrots, Green Beans and Acorn Squash. Swiss Chard and Arugula will be grown in another smaller bed. Fingers crossed!


edit: here in Steamin South Tejas, a 'Fall' Garden is a 4-5 month growing season, Sept -January. Last New Year's Eve we had fresh tomatoes. We've had highs in the mid nineties through October in recent years.
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Posted: Sep 28, 2013 - 3:57pm

It came to my attention a few years ago that one of my flower pots had potato plants along with the intentionally-planted ornamentals. When I repotted the ornamentals, I saved the wee potatoes that were left behind.

I then planted them in a half whiskey barrel, in potting mix.

Today we reaped our grand harvest:



No idea what variety they might be. I will get seed potatoes for the next try.
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Posted: Aug 21, 2013 - 6:22pm

 JrzyTmata wrote:
2 more lbs of beans tonight.

 
show off {#Snooty}

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Posted: Aug 21, 2013 - 5:54pm

2 more lbs of beans tonight.
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Posted: Aug 21, 2013 - 3:04pm

 kctomato wrote:

Isabeau, sorry I missed this previously.

Yes there are varieties specifically for "baby carrots". Some are just short carrots in general but others are selected to be harvested small.

The ones that come quickly to mind are "Little Fingers" and "Short 'n' Sweet". One is a "nantes" type and the other a "chantenay" type.
Look to European seed sources (mostly French/Belgium) to find other specific varieties. They may be referred to as "fingerling carrots".

I like the "Short N Sweet" ones. It is a Burpee introduction. They grow well in soils other carrots won't. They also do well in containers with other things as they are easy to pull without disturbing other crops which might be growing in the container (unlike regular carrots).



 
Thankyou kctomato!



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Posted: Aug 21, 2013 - 2:58pm

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I kind of gave up this year too.  You can't do much without enough sunlight that's for sure.  Lotta trees here. {#Sad}

 
i'd hire beavers with chainsaws
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Posted: Aug 21, 2013 - 11:48am

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you buy one seed at a time?{#Stupid}

 
they were 3 packs for a dollar and then marked down 90%

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Posted: Aug 21, 2013 - 11:46am

 Isabeau wrote:
ok guys, silly stupid question:

Are baby carrots simply immature regular carrots or are there seeds specifically designed to grow baby carrots?  I'm thinking some for the fall garden. 

 
Isabeau, sorry I missed this previously.

Yes there are varieties specifically for "baby carrots". Some are just short carrots in general but others are selected to be harvested small.

The ones that come quickly to mind are "Little Fingers" and "Short 'n' Sweet". One is a "nantes" type and the other a "chantenay" type.
Look to European seed sources (mostly French/Belgium) to find other specific varieties. They may be referred to as "fingerling carrots".

I like the "Short N Sweet" ones. It is a Burpee introduction. They grow well in soils other carrots won't. They also do well in containers with other things as they are easy to pull without disturbing other crops which might be growing in the container (unlike regular carrots).




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Posted: Aug 21, 2013 - 11:34am

 kctomato wrote:
score at the dollar store!

Seeds for my fall garden came to about $0.35 w/ tax!

 

Now if it would just rain.

 
you buy one seed at a time?{#Stupid}
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Posted: Aug 21, 2013 - 11:33am

score at the dollar store!

Seeds for my fall garden came to about $0.35 w/ tax!

 

Now if it would just rain.
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Posted: Aug 17, 2013 - 6:29pm

 helenofjoy wrote:
I kind of gave up this year too.  You can't do much without enough sunlight that's for sure.  Lotta trees here. {#Sad}

 
The same story has been written right here.{#Yes}
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