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by digiveg
Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed growing test - help needed urgently!
Replies: 18
Views: 2499

Seed growing test - help needed urgently!

Hedgewizard and Digiveg are gathering data for a book... We're looking for polytunnel owners dotted here and there around the country who would agree to plant a couple of seeds of 'Igloo', a delicious and compact cauliflower, in their tunnel on the 25th of this month. We'd then really appreciated h...
by digiveg
Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Using shredded paper
Replies: 27
Views: 6006

Just a thought for those who use shredded paper - if it's white 'A4' stuff it isn't just wood fibre. It's also been bleached. Dioxins, which are one of the most toxic things we've ever invented, are a byproduct of most commercial paper-bleaching processes. Also, paper can have many kinds of coating ...
by digiveg
Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:50 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Asparagus
Replies: 9
Views: 1854

I remember reading (parts of) a big study done by the university of Ohio which said it made no difference at all whether you cut off the spears just above the ground or just below it - except that it was easier, cleaner and less likely to damage the crown if you cut them just above ground. So that's...
by digiveg
Sat May 19, 2007 6:59 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What's this?
Replies: 12
Views: 2245

I'd bet on it being pak choi.
by digiveg
Fri May 18, 2007 8:02 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Polytunnels
Replies: 7
Views: 1906

I put in a tunnel right at the end of April (10 x 20ft) and have toms, cukes, carrots, courgettes, artichokes (globe), basil, rocket, lettuce, beets, pak choi, peas, chard, dill, celery and cilantro growing in it. Everything is doing well so far but I think some of my choices will prove to be optimi...
by digiveg
Fri May 18, 2007 7:43 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Is this the earliest courgette?
Replies: 8
Views: 2033

Wow! Fantastic! That's the earliest I've ever heard of.

I once had a cuke in mid-April, growing in a bucket in a greenhouse - but that was in California. My first courgette for this year only just sprouted. Well done!
by digiveg
Fri May 18, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: cucumbers
Replies: 8
Views: 2622

One thing about cukes is they really don't like to be moved. I try to sow mine where they're going to live rather than putting seeds in pots and transplanting later. The roots are extremely tender and don't bind the soil together very well, so the whole potful has a tendency to break apart. And, if ...
by digiveg
Fri May 18, 2007 7:25 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Brand new mummy to nine Cardoons - any tips?
Replies: 23
Views: 5885

Can't you just cut off the flowers before the seeds form? It seems a pity to waste the whole plant when it's not difficult to prevent it becoming a problem. The flowers are beautiful, too.

Also, cutting off the flowers means that you get to blanch the stems AND eat them...
by digiveg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:28 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Digging up tiles to lay a bed - HOW???
Replies: 13
Views: 2776

If you can get the blade under one of the tiles they're easy to lift with a pickaxe. Great leverage!
by digiveg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:26 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What doesn't go in the composter?
Replies: 48
Views: 12227

I don't put citrus stuff like orange or lemon peel into my compost as it takes forever to break down and holds up the process for the entire batch.
by digiveg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Nettle and Bramble removal
Replies: 10
Views: 2979

Napalm works pretty well, too. Or Agent Orange. Tough little buggers...
by digiveg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:20 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: How best to sow my leeks???
Replies: 5
Views: 1463

The smaller the seed, the shallower I plant it. I usually only barely cover leek seeds, so the problem then is keeping the top moist. I wouldn't put 'em in the airing cupboard as they don't really need it warm to germinate, and if they start to grow and then dry out, well, that's that. I started thr...
by digiveg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Old Railway Sleepers
Replies: 8
Views: 2304

Re. Hedgie's and Contadino's comments about plastic sheet - plastic breaks down much faster when exposed to ultra-violet, but it can leach chemicals when in contact with water even if it's underground.

Depends what you want to eat, I guess...
by digiveg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:11 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: 'Wet' seed collection?
Replies: 3
Views: 1048

You can also just squish the gel off fresh tomato seeds between your fingers and then wipe them onto a bit of absorbent paper to dry. I tend to forget about ones I put in water until they've turned to mush. They'll breed true, which is great. However, peppers (as already pointed out) and cukes won't...
by digiveg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:03 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: A welcome mistake
Replies: 25
Views: 6192

It's a well-known fact, here in Wales, that potatoes have developed the power of flight.