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    • mrbadexample
    • By mrbadexample 21st Jan 12, 5:52 PM
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    Help MBE grow his dinner 2012
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    • 21st Jan 12, 5:52 PM
    Help MBE grow his dinner 2012 21st Jan 12 at 5:52 PM


    Well, here we are again then.

    Looking forward to a new season of grub fresh from the garden. I've just harvested the last potatoes, parsnips, beetroot and carrots, so once they're gone I might actually have to buy something.

    Last season was good. A few things didn't work too well, but mostly I had good results. I went shopping today for seed potatoes - Pentland Javelin for the earlies, and Picasso for the maincrop as they were so good last year.

    I think I need to get the chillies started next weekend, and have a rummage through my seed collection to see what's what.

    Things I learned last year:

    1. I don't need that many swede.
    2. Things grown in tubs, with the possible exception of radishes, are nowhere near as good as those grown in the ground.
    3. White beetroot is interesting but nowhere near as tasty as red.
    4. I could probably do without the greenhouse as far as tomatoes are concerned, as the outdoors ones were excellent. Mind you, the grafted ones in the greenhouse were pretty impressive in terms of yield.
    5. I like French beans.

    This year's competition is not yet confirmed but seems likely to be onions. Which probably means I need to sow them three weeks ago.

    By the end of the year I'd like to have a pond.

    Oh, and I've got a couple of Romanesco cauliflower having a good go at forming a head.

    Feel free to join in as and when.

    MBE
    If you lend someone a tenner and never see them again, it was probably worth it.
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  • emiff6

    To be critical of your efforts (in what I hope is a good way!), have you got any smaller stems? I've read that there are species out there that like a hole about 2mm across.
    Originally posted by mrbadexample
    When I spot some suitable stems I'll make another for the little bees, although I think the ones small enough for a 2mm hole only feed on harebells, and the nearest wild harebells to me are about a mile away, so not likely to get any tenants. Still, nothing venture nothing gain.
    If I'm over the hill, where was the top?
    • mrbadexample
    • By mrbadexample 14th Mar 12, 9:43 PM
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    When I spot some suitable stems I'll make another for the little bees, although I think the ones small enough for a 2mm hole only feed on harebells, and the nearest wild harebells to me are about a mile away, so not likely to get any tenants. Still, nothing venture nothing gain.
    Originally posted by emiff6
    Ah, well, now, I didn't know about the harebell thing. Think that means I won't get any either.

    I wouldn't know a harebell if I fell over on one and got stung by a tiny wee bee.
    If you lend someone a tenner and never see them again, it was probably worth it.
    • smarttart
    • By smarttart 14th Mar 12, 10:42 PM
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    Today I took delivery of a pot of hypoaspis miles which is hopefully going to get rid of the scarid fly which we have indoors.

    All my seed trays and house plants have had a good sprinkling I just need to wait and see what happens. It's not too bad at the moment but last year the greenhouse was infested with them and I don't want the same happening again this year. It's my fault I guess, for using an old bag of compost - lesson learnt

    Luckily all my seedlings are looking ok. I've just got to rig up some of the sticky fly paper things over the trays to catch the adult flies before they lay more eggs in the soil.

    Only one more day at work and then I've got 5 days off so hopefully the weather's going to be nice and I can get my mange tout and broad beans in, ooh look at me all posh I don't have peas I have mange tout
    • furball
    • By furball 14th Mar 12, 11:19 PM
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    Yippee remembered my furball password so will try to load pics. Before
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    • furball
    • By furball 14th Mar 12, 11:21 PM
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    Sorted the planters today
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    • furball
    • By furball 14th Mar 12, 11:22 PM
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    Don't remember planting this though
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    • furball
    • By furball 14th Mar 12, 11:24 PM
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    Enjoying the sunshine, proof that cats and chooks can co exist, !!!!!cat keeping an eye on that beak though
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    • mrbadexample
    • By mrbadexample 14th Mar 12, 11:38 PM
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    When I spot some suitable stems I'll make another for the little bees, although I think the ones small enough for a 2mm hole only feed on harebells, and the nearest wild harebells to me are about a mile away, so not likely to get any tenants. Still, nothing venture nothing gain.
    Originally posted by emiff6
    Well here's mine:



    I've got too many little ones. The biggest ones are too big (now that I've re-read my own link ) and I haven't got as many medium ones as I should have. At least that's easily rectified, and as I made it much bigger than it needs to be I can put other things in that they might like, such as some drilled wood. Thanks for the inspiration.
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    • mrbadexample
    • By mrbadexample 14th Mar 12, 11:42 PM
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    Yippee remembered my furball password so will try to load pics. Before
    Originally posted by furball
    Aw, I miss old furballmad.

    Looks like you just need a bit of a tidy up and you're ready to go.
    If you lend someone a tenner and never see them again, it was probably worth it.
    • furball
    • By furball 14th Mar 12, 11:54 PM
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    Aw, I miss old furballmad.

    Looks like you just need a bit of a tidy up and you're ready to go.
    Originally posted by mrbadexample
    A BIT Filled a skip already. Will take a pick of
    progress so far at the weekend. I can't do anymore of the garden untill Friday, hope it's fine.
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. – Hilary Cooper
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    • mrbadexample
    • By mrbadexample 15th Mar 12, 12:38 AM
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    A BIT Filled a skip already. Will take a pick of
    progress so far at the weekend. I can't do anymore of the garden untill Friday, hope it's fine.
    Originally posted by furball
    One good bonfire would sort it out...
    If you lend someone a tenner and never see them again, it was probably worth it.
    • kazire
    • By kazire 15th Mar 12, 9:35 AM
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    Don't remember planting this though
    Originally posted by furball
    I love this pic reminds,me how,much I miss my chooks they are such funny things, I used to have a bag of open compost weighing down my flimsy plastic greenhouse and the chickens loved laying in it! Had been known to find a few eggs in there lol
  • lilyjune
    Love the picture of the hen too - such a lovely sunny spot - could do with a sit down somewhere sunny meself...

    WEll, I have finally done some sowing, WOOHOO!! Made to the garden centre yesterday to finally buy some compost - had been putting it off because I always seem to have the baby and was hoping to do it without him. But finally bit the bullet and was struggling along with the buggy and the trolley with compost when a lovely member of staff found me, took the trolley and did the rest. Bliss.

    However, it occurred to me this afternoon as I started reading the back of my seed packets how little I actually know about all this stuff. Erm..how many should I plant?? We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 under 3..I have no idea how many pea plants is too many, peppers, radishes, etc. etc. I don't really want to end up with loads and loads of stuff, I was kinda planning on one or two plants for ourselves, eg. cucumber, courgette, and an extra one or two to give to friends but really peas/beans no clue at all! Anyone who could shed light on what I'm looking at in terms of yield, would be my hero for the day!

    And on the packets, loads of things say to sow in April but I know all of you have planted stuff, does it matter?? Presume I can stick them in and then they'll be ok if they're warm enough.

    Also hadn't thought through where I'm actually going to put all this stuff while it's germinating, trays of little pots of compost and 2 year olds may not mix...

    And finally, lots of my seed packets didn't say how deep so I just took a stab at it and stuck them in ....please say this will work.

    mrbadexample, have you put the raspberries in yet? :-)
  • adelight
    loving the sunbathing hen
    lilyjune, other people will have much better advice but i would just plant what seems too much and it will probably bethe right amount or even not enough!

    Window ledge garden is doing okay, time the toms went into their own pots. The two pepper plants from last year are loving the sunny weather, they now have half a dozen peppers growing between them and loads of flowers.
    On saturday I will see how the three week old carrots, beets and parsnips are doing and sow more carrots, onions and raddishes. Also need to put loads of seedlings into bigger pots. Time is of the essence so come rain or shine, it all needs to get done

    I found out this week that I have a job for when I graduate So I will move in with my OH in Hertfordshire and go on the allotment list there. There are loads of sites around the village and the waiting lists are 0-18 months so I could have my own allotment this time next year
    Living cheap in central London
  • Sambucus Nigra
    Rule of thumb for sowing seed, cover it with the same depth of compost/soil as the size of the seed. So for broad beans, about an inch of soil and for celery, barely a covering at all and will germinate with none.
  • lilyjune
    Rule of thumb for sowing seed, cover it with the same depth of compost/soil as the size of the seed. So for broad beans, about an inch of soil and for celery, barely a covering at all and will germinate with none.
    Originally posted by Sambucus Nigra
    Fabulous Sambucus Nigra, thank you for that. I may have not done too badly after all. Stuck the broad beans down quite well and the peppers and tomatoes not too far at all. Will see what happens now!
  • lilyjune
    lilyjune, other people will have much better advice but i would just plant what seems too much and it will probably bethe right amount or even not enough!
    Originally posted by adelight
    Thanks adelight, I will probably sow a few more than what I've done. I'm waiting to do quite a bit outside once I get my beds going. I'm just a bit wary of having heaps and heaps and not being able to do anything with it as we have no freezer
  • aliasojo
    Rule of thumb for sowing seed, cover it with the same depth of compost/soil as the size of the seed. So for broad beans, about an inch of soil and for celery, barely a covering at all and will germinate with none.
    Originally posted by Sambucus Nigra
    Ah....that could be why some of my seeds don't seem to have done much. I suspect they might need potholing gear to get out.
    Herman - MP for all!
    • mrbadexample
    • By mrbadexample 15th Mar 12, 8:46 PM
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    mrbadexample, have you put the raspberries in yet? :-)
    Originally posted by lilyjune
    If you mean "have you bought the raspberries yet?" then the answer is no.
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    • Fay
    • By Fay 16th Mar 12, 10:26 AM
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    Well my chillis are going well and most of my tomatoes seem to be too-one very small seedling compared to the others that I think I might have to put out of it's misery. I planted some new chilli seeds 2 weeks ago-Wenks hot yellow. I planted 6 but only 2 have germinated. This is the worst germination rate I've had for chillis so I'm quite disappointed by that. Also, none of my broad beans or runner beans have come up, I think the greenhouse is just too cold, despite the instructions and books I've got saying they would be fine in an unheated greenhouse I have a busy weekend this weekend and next, but then I'm off work for 2weeks so will have chance to have a good go in the garden. But this weekend I do want to try and get the potatoes planted and dig a bean trench ready for my next try of broad & runner beans...wish me luck!
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