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Grow Your Own / Re: What I did on the plot today 2018
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Yesterday at 23:18 »
A neighbouring plot holder had a wasps nest in one of his heaps last year. He left it until the Winter frosts hit and it was fine to turn the heap after. Not sure if bees are so easily defeated though!
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Grow Your Own / Re: What I did on the plot today 2018
« Last post by andreadon on Yesterday at 22:16 »
Apparently i've got a bees' nest in a pile of compost.
I'm not entirely sure what to do about that....
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Grow Your Own / Re: I'm back!
« Last post by andreadon on Yesterday at 22:10 »
I went to my plot today and found that some of the other plotholders had done some clearing for me.
I was torn with the emotion here - on the one hand I was glad they'd cleared some for me, but on the other hand I was upset that they'd just taken it upon themselves to do stuff on my plot without even telling me.
I did a bit of a "fine but I would have preferred you not to" and put it down to hapless enthusiasm.
I'm sure it hasn't set a precedent, and they are all lovely people that I've met so far.

I have also managed to do some more work today, clearing brambles and bindweed at the bottom end of the plot. And I found the root of all evil (bindweed edition)  :lol:
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Growing in Greenhouses & Polytunnels / Re: A new greenhouse
« Last post by grinling on Yesterday at 21:29 »
Having soil base would maximise growing space. Chillies/peppers in pots so they can be transfered into the house when cooler.

A board just over a bucket in height might stop mice walking in, though they would burrow in soil. Slugs and snails will scale any height.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by snowdrops on Yesterday at 18:56 »
If you’d only Believe, Randy Crawford ( a double I believe)
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Grow Your Own / Re: Radicchio
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 18:28 »
Radicchio is a chicory, rather than being like lettuce. I'd only grow a few plants until you are sure you like it.
 If you are going to eat it in salads you are better to pull small leaves off and use them young. Even then they'll need perhaps a honey/mustard or Balsamic vinegar salad dressing to make them palatable.
I prefer them pan-fried with a little garlic, in olive oil with Balsamic vinegar.
During winter the outside leaves can look nasty but if you peel those leaves off, the inside heart is good and a lovely colour
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Grow Your Own / Radicchio
« Last post by rowlandwells on Yesterday at 17:31 »
never gave growing Radiccio a thought until I seen a well known cook on the TV  preparing  Radiccio it looked quite tasty so I looked it up in my seed catalogue Radiccio also known as 'read hearted chicory said to be popular in the restaurant trade so went for a variety called Amaranta for an early and maincrop sowingS so Il give it a go next season and as usual I thought I would ask if anyone grows Radiccio and could give me some advise on growing it I presume it to be much similar to the lettuce family  :unsure:



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Growing in Greenhouses & Polytunnels / Re: A new greenhouse
« Last post by Beloved Porcupine on Yesterday at 17:28 »
Not sure about solid bases (I've not had one) but I have not found slugs to be an issue in my greenhouse.  Red spider mite, yes (really, I could NOT wet it down enough with the warm, sunny summer we had - not complaining, though!) - just something to try to get on top of before it is an issue. 

As I plant some things in the border, I do take off as much soil as possible at the end of the season and replace it with fresh garden compost, to avoid diseases and tired soil build up.

I think the soil base gives me more options as I can plant up containers, bags etc. on top of it /on benches or I can dig something straight in :)
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Grow Your Own / Re: old compost
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 17:22 »
It needs a general fertiliser - something like Blood, Fish and Bone to be added to it, before reuse, as all the nutrients will already have been used, this year.

Once you've topped up the nutrients, the only thing from your list I wouldn't use it for, is for seed sowing. I like to shake out any large root balls, as well.
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Grow Your Own / Re: old compost
« Last post by Christine on Yesterday at 17:15 »
I'd only use it to top up things like raised beds. There's unlikely to be anything useful left in old grow bags and such I think. Well except body to fill up sinking beds.
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