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by PossibleBoris
Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Swiss Chard
Replies: 13
Views: 1500

Re: Swiss Chard

I grew this for the first time last year. As baby leaves they're a nice addition to a salad. Unfortunately I just found the larger leaves to taste of earth, and the stems left me unimpressed.

I'm trying again this year hoping it's an acquired taste!
by PossibleBoris
Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: First life of 2012 - What are you sowing?
Replies: 41
Views: 9062

Re: First life of 2012 - What are you sowing?

Onions and garlic are up, overwintered leeks are coming on a treat, parnsips and spring onions in yesterday. The rest of the plot is covered with clear plastic, which will hopefully warm the soil up and force weeds up, ready for sowing directly in April - I'm planning on celery, celeriac, borlotti b...
by PossibleBoris
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: First life of 2012 - What are you sowing?
Replies: 41
Views: 9062

Re: First life of 2012 - What are you sowing?

I got started on the indoor propagator last week - brussels sprouts and cauliflowers are up already! I've also sown chilli's, aubergine, pepper and tomato in the propagator, and got started on more herbs for the year - rosemary, curly and flat leaf parsley, basil and tarragon. The potato's are chitt...
by PossibleBoris
Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Any other foragers in the north west?
Replies: 18
Views: 7651

Re: Any other foragers in the north west?

I'll keep an eye out on here for something, sounds good!
by PossibleBoris
Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Any other foragers in the north west?
Replies: 18
Views: 7651

Re: Any other foragers in the north west?

I'm the same as the post above - not much experience, no-one to share it with (the Mrs is an indoors person!) and no idea where to look.
by PossibleBoris
Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Successes and Failures of 2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1814

Re: Successes and Failures of 2011

Thanks for the replies, interesting reading. I'll expand on my post seeing as though you've all gone into detail. Failures - Outdoor tomato's - hundreds of flowers, not a single fruit; Courgette - 4 plants rotted as seedlings, 3 more rotted when transplanted, and the one that survived has 3 fingerna...
by PossibleBoris
Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Successes and Failures of 2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1814

Successes and Failures of 2011

Now we're coming towards the end of the growing season for the majority of crops, I'd be interested to know how people got on (apologies if this has been done somewhere else!). I consider this year to be my first proper growing year where I planned everything in advance and tried to sow successional...
by PossibleBoris
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Help ...courgettes
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

Re: Help ...courgettes

I've had lots of problems with courgettes this year. Last year I threw them in the ground, not realising each produced several fruits, and was overrun. This year I planned better (supposedly) and all the 4 I started off in a propagator rotted before I could plant out. I grew 4 more - one immediately...
by PossibleBoris
Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn - waste of space!
Replies: 20
Views: 3622

Re: Sweetcorn - waste of space!

I planted about ten plants - all grew to less than one metre and did nothing else.

In the end I pulled them out and used to space to thin out my brocolli.
by PossibleBoris
Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Blight on my potatoes!
Replies: 9
Views: 1450

Re: Blight on my potatoes!

Help please! I've been growing spuds for the first time this year. First earlies were fantastic, and seconds are due to be lifted this weekend. However, the main crops look like they have blight - but I'm unsure...?? The leaves appear to be dying, with yellow-ish patches, and the stems/plants are br...
by PossibleBoris
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Compost used to grow potato's in
Replies: 5
Views: 1045

Re: Compost used to grow potato's in

I used my potato compost to pot up a few other bits and bobs, and there's been no problems so far.
by PossibleBoris
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Flowering onions
Replies: 11
Views: 1683

Re: Flowering onions

I have recently used the onions, and whilst they weren't full size they were perfectly fine to eat.

One tip - don't eat the flowers. I smelt of onion all weekend....
by PossibleBoris
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Spinach troubles
Replies: 12
Views: 2027

Re: Spinach troubles

Further to my post above (1/7/11) the new spinach plants are sprouting up. So trial and error would suggest that - 1) Spinach roots don't like being disturbed, so sow them in position; and 2) It grows from seed in the ground both in spring and summer. I find this is the best way of learning, and hop...
by PossibleBoris
Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Basil...in all its forms.
Replies: 17
Views: 2811

Re: Basil...in all its forms.

I have 3 types on the go - the 'normal' one (used in Italian cooking), Thai basil and red basil. The smell from Thai basil is amazing, and I like using it in Thai omelettes.
by PossibleBoris
Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Most "money-saving" vegetable
Replies: 68
Views: 14145

Re: Most "money-saving" vegetable

I have a contender - kale.

I wandered into Wilkinson's yesterday on my lunch break and saw there was a 75% reduction on a wide variety of seeds (I tend to buy them at the 'end' of the growing season for next year). Anyhow, a 28p packet of kale seeds cost me 7p.