Veggiepatch

  • Roly, I hope your ground dries out quickly. Mind you we could do with the ground drying out then having a nice freeze to break up the soil, it would be perfect for digging then.

    I was given a box of garden lime the year before last, (the lady who gave it me had to give up her allotment to be a full time carer for her husband), she had the box…[Read more]

  • Thanks for heads up Al, I would have gone ahead with it before march. However this makes sense.

  • Your all right of course, I really want to get going on the plot again but just can’t, I’m feeling like most growers – very frustrated that the soil is too wet. I had lots of plans to get on it this weekend but couldn’t.

    I’m thinking of trying to grow some micro-greens I.e. Pea shoots, a small pot of chantonys, sprout or cabbage seedlings in…[Read more]

  • Thank you, I hadn’t thought of re-grafting the branches back on. I’ll try that first. I’ll prune all branches back and also prune back the two branches to be grafted, as insurance I’ll try taking a cutting – I’ve not taken a cutting from a fruit tree like this before and if the graft doesn’t work will train as a fan with wire supports and…[Read more]

  • Well done Ali, loved your blog and the photos really showed your progress, I can’t imagine how hard it was to clear the soil but it’s now alive with micro-organisms and beasties.

    That was a lucky break with […]

  • :confused: Sorry predictive txt changed word Lottie to motto, it is my Lottie which has been neglected not my motto!

  • Hi all

    The latter part of last year has been on the house, ne kitchen (the old one was 20+ yrs old and literally rotting).

    This meant my motto has been a little neglected. We cleared 4 beds, have another 11 or 12 to clear and dig, plus an overgrown fruit plot allotment.

    It’s the same old story, the soil is too sodden to dig, the grass on the…[Read more]

  • I was wondering if someone could advise?

    I have a young apple tree on my Lottie about 6yrs old. I bought it as a 2yr whip from Aldi or Liddle (when at the time I was on a tight budget for around £3). Not expecting it to do well, I was mistaken and although the label was wrong I.e it turned out not to be a Granny Smith, it did turn into a very…[Read more]

  • Happy N.Y to every1. Been on holiday in remote cottage – no internet or phone signal – bliss, hence why I’ve been away from here for couple wks. Hope u all had lovely Christmas and N.Y. I hope 2016 brings excellent growing for you all

  • Veggiepatch posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    I’m not at wk n it’s just us 2 for Christmas & NY. Only cooking a normal roast on 25th. Planning lots days out walking countryside n coast for the 2 wks☺

  • Who’s excited about christmas – I am ;-) this is the first christmas/NY ive had off in 4 years and I’ve now finished work for Christmas – just waiting for hubby to pick me up! :good:

  • Morning all, another warm morning – 14c outside! one of my colleagues said they saw cherry blossom over the weekend and hubby said he saw on the internet that Daffs our out in Cornwall – other than the dark mornings and evenings it does feel a little like spring esp with the dawn chorus the past few days! – Somethings definitely not right…[Read more]

    • Morning Mary :-) you’re right that summat’s not right ;-) HAGD

    • Hope it doesn’t keep up Mary – we need the cold to kill off some of the bugs, break down clods of pure clay when growing in a clay soil, and hold back all the blooming weed seeds that are so good at germinating early. Wish I could have more faith in the climate talks just finished – all those fools that put GNP before survival.

  • Thank you for this post, very interesting and useful esp the onfo on the carrots and caulies.

    Much appreciate the time you took writing this for us.

  • Veggiepatch posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Not forgetting either all the other businesses affected.

    • Good morning Jane and Mary. Most of us lead pretty charmed lives when it comes to having to deal with natural disasters – and I often wonder how I would handle one, if forced to it. What I have learned from recent years’ footage, is that the community approach must be the way to go. Its effective, and also maintains the individual’s morale.…[Read more]

  • Veggiepatch posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Ive not been afected at all, i live in Poole, Dorset.like you though we felt for those lining on Somerset Levels and surrounding area when that flooded Christmas. So many farmers were flooded out, their livestock having to be either sold off moved to another farm often meaning 20+ mile round trips for farmers to tend their livestocks.

    I think…[Read more]

    • Not forgetting either all the other businesses affected.

      • Good morning Jane and Mary. Most of us lead pretty charmed lives when it comes to having to deal with natural disasters – and I often wonder how I would handle one, if forced to it. What I have learned from recent years’ footage, is that the community approach must be the way to go. Its effective, and also maintains the individual’s morale.…[Read more]

  • Hi i dint know my spacings but the width of our bed is 1m and i get 4 tubers across. The length is 2m (i think) and i get about 6 rows.

    We striggle to earth up properly.

    One of our plotholders grows his through black plastic so doesnt earth up he says he gets great results, i would grow that way as the rats would have a nice dry roof with ample…[Read more]

  • Veggiepatch posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Thats great news, its been terrible again for so many and their Christmas and homes ruined, have you been affecged by the floods?

    • Hello Mary :-) I’m only 2 miles from the sea in very flat Lincolnshire and you’d expect floods; in fact the worry is not from rain but from the sea. However after a big flood in 1953, they improved the sea defences and touch wood, the area hasn’t had a problem since then.
      The Lakes and the northern borders have suffered terribly and we all feel…[Read more]

      • Ive not been afected at all, i live in Poole, Dorset.like you though we felt for those lining on Somerset Levels and surrounding area when that flooded Christmas. So many farmers were flooded out, their livestock having to be either sold off moved to another farm often meaning 20+ mile round trips for farmers to tend their livestocks.

        I think…[Read more]

        • Not forgetting either all the other businesses affected.

          • Good morning Jane and Mary. Most of us lead pretty charmed lives when it comes to having to deal with natural disasters – and I often wonder how I would handle one, if forced to it. What I have learned from recent years’ footage, is that the community approach must be the way to go. Its effective, and also maintains the individual’s morale.…[Read more]

  • Morning all, had lovely day [email protected] bath market. Not doin much 2day,@ in-laws ATM, will have lunch then dropping neice home then coffee/cake with her parents b4 going home ourselves. HAGD everyone. X :rose:

    • Hi Mary :-) I’ve never been to Bath market but I love the town – used to visit the photography gallery when I lived in the south west. Have a good trip back home.

      • Must confess that I love Bath, and have only good memories of visits there – its just so blooming civilised that I know the market must have been worth attending. Enjoy your day.

  • Shall we set up a ‘group’calling it heritage, then everything is in one place.

    There were some old heritage seed varieties i wanted to try growing, and some old vegetables but just couldnt get the seeds – we could start a list of “wanted seeds” and people may kmow where to find that elusive seed.

    Every year i try to grow one ‘out of favour’…[Read more]

  • Veggiepatch posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Cilla Sounds like my kind of day, I love having a “me day”, pottering around I tend to get h/w done in the AM, then relax in the pm or if its miserable out perhaps curling up in front of the fire with a book. :good: Enjoy your day.

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