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by godfreyrob
Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:14 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: onion sets - too late?
Replies: 5
Views: 923

Re: onion sets - too late?

Most onions are sensitive to daylight length so after June 21st (longest day) they will probably start to make bulbs and as the plants themselves are relatively small the bulbs will be too. At this stage you could just make use of them as spring onions.
by godfreyrob
Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:32 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Eat Local - a challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 2504

Re: Eat Local - a challenge

That's a good challenge. Do you have a "cheat-list"? I wouldn't want to do such a challenge if I'd had to eliminate spices, black tea and vegetable oil from my diet. Good luck, Jandra We are aiming to eat 100% local vegetables and as it says: "We are also going to try and source as much of the rest...
by godfreyrob
Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Eat Local - a challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 2504

Eat Local - a challenge

We have set ourselves a challenge to eat only the veg we can grow ourselves or source from growers within 10 miles of our house. We are going to do this for 1 year starting from August 1st. Its part of our local campaign to encourage more people to grow their own food and make more use of local food...
by godfreyrob
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Butternut Squash
Replies: 22
Views: 2391

Re: Butternut Squash

I grow my butternuts inside as they seem to want warmer conditions than any other squash to get any fruit at all. Our garden is fairly sheltered but they just sulk and only grow about 4 leaves every month outside!
by godfreyrob
Wed May 13, 2009 8:36 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Is there any way to keep caterpillars away from brassicas
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Is there any way to keep caterpillars away from brassicas

The mesh needs to be fine enough to prevent the butterflies getting through. Also the mesh needs to be lifted off the plants so that your cabbage leaves don't press against it - as this give the butterflies something to lay their eggs on. Fleece does a good job and also helps protect the young plant...
by godfreyrob
Tue May 12, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: How many Huckleberries?
Replies: 2
Views: 671

How many Huckleberries?

Have you grown Huckleberries before? How many plants did you have and what yields did you get?
by godfreyrob
Thu May 07, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Vegetable Seedlings with a difference
Replies: 2
Views: 1262

Re: Vegetable Seedlings with a difference

We have moved the site to its new permanent home:

http://www.vegplantsonline.com

or if you live up north come and see us at these farmers markets:

Skipton - 1st Sunday of the month
Settle - 2nd Sunday every month
Richmond - the 3rd Saturday of the month
by godfreyrob
Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Leeks for beginners
Replies: 19
Views: 2073

Re: Leeks for beginners

I have just pulled up the last of my leeks (sown this time last year). They made a lovely leek and potato soup! The smaller ones were in better condition than the thicker ones. They are pretty tough cookies and if your soil is reasonably well drained, will survive very harsh weather. That said, if t...
by godfreyrob
Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:08 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Cucumber seedlings
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

Re: Cucumber seedlings

We have a frost forecast for saturday night here in West Yorkshire - its going to be -3C. That would finish most things off in the greenhouse unless its heated or very well insulated.

So watch out for tender things like cucumber - get them back in the house well before it goes dark.
by godfreyrob
Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Vegetable Seedlings with a difference
Replies: 2
Views: 1262

Vegetable Seedlings with a difference

Come and have a look at our vegetable seedlings for sale. We offer a (growing) range of vegetables plants that can be ordered online - we sow and grow them and deliver them direct to your door. We specailize in growing organically and using recycled/biodegradeable materials wherever possible. This i...
by godfreyrob
Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:04 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Replies: 37
Views: 2959

Re: Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Well last year we had loads of the stuff from feb->april. This year I have only just got the first head (and its tiny). The variety is the same so I am guessing the harsh winter has really slowed them down. I usually keep cutting heads off the plants until we get fed up of eating them - there is no ...
by godfreyrob
Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:28 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: New Veg Seedling site
Replies: 0
Views: 958

New Veg Seedling site

Me and the OH have been busy building this new site (and growing thousands of seedlings) this spring. Come and have a look at our new site for quality veg plants: http://www.thevga.co.uk/plants_online/index.cgi All sown/grown/delivered in separate biodegradeable pots (using peat-free organic compost).
by godfreyrob
Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Heated propagator?
Replies: 7
Views: 1420

Re: Heated propagator?

I love my propagators and I have used them for hatching chicks, raising bread as well as starting plants off! I have 2, one with a thermostat and one without. Both are useful and to be honest the thermostatic one does not seem to get any better results. A quick search shows garden4less.co.uk do a di...
by godfreyrob
Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Can you make a living from a smallholding?
Replies: 21
Views: 8867

Re: Can you make a living from a smallholding?

So many factors can influence the success or otherwise of a smallholding (or any rural business for that matter): Suitability of the land (shelter, soil type, drainage, etc). Distance from markets - the closer the market is, the more expensive the land will be in the first place. How much can you in...
by godfreyrob
Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Spacing in beds
Replies: 15
Views: 1858

Re: Spacing in beds

On my site I have planting spaces for the different types of veg growing - raised beds (closer together), traditional rows and multi-sown. Just select the veg from the database list... http://www.thevga.co.uk/the_shed/sindex.cgi Raised beds do allow for closer planting - but make sure the soil is we...