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Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Today at 10:58 »
Yummy, yummy - Ohio Express
Grow Your Own / Re: burying fruit tree trunks
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 10:31 »
Trees don't usually survive having the lower trunk buried, so choices are remove and replace, or remove and replant. 

I would have a go at replanting them if it were me.  You will damage roots, so some pruning of the top growth will be needed.  I would also do it as soon as you can.   It may not feel like it, but spring is on the way and sap will be rising soon.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 10:26 »
Candy Kisses - Amanda Perez & Gabriel Antonio
Grow Your Own / Re: More reliable way for growing parsnips?
« Last post by JayG on Today at 10:14 »
Parsnips nearly always present a few challenges for me, although I usually get there in the end.

Just a few thoughts based on my experiences:

1) If your main problem is poor germination, even though you are not sowing too early, it is worth chitting the seeds in a plastic box on damp paper - plant out as soon as you see the root appear (fiddly, helps if you're a brain surgeon!)
2) If your soil is stony it may well be helpful to sow or plant out into deep holes filled with MP compost (or sieved soil if you're prepared to go to that much trouble.)
3) If you insist on unblemished snips you may want to consider growing under enviromesh to keep the carrot flies away (canker is usually a consequence of carrot fly attack.)

I usually sow direct in late April, 3-4 seeds to each station, and if necessary I do transplant thinnings to fill any gaps, although you need to do this as early as possible, and transplanting into deep MP compost does reduce the risk of subsequent forking.

I've attached a pic of one I dug up yesterday (took pic because a friend didn't believe me when I said it was a foot long!) Alas, not all my snips are as well shaped as this one.  ;)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by madcat on Today at 10:08 »
Looping round to Oh Boy would be boring .....  ::)

My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small  :)
Grow Your Own / Re: More reliable way for growing parsnips?
« Last post by Mr Dog on Today at 09:39 »
Yes, I made my four sowings in May last year and had very poor results which is why I'm determined to start some in the propagator in March and plant out when ready, probably by April

I take it last year's parsnip failure was unusual then? If so, why change a method that's served you well? Remember it was an odd year - my parsnips were considerably smaller than normal and most of my neighbours got very few or none.
-4c I looked out and thought it was snow !   The sun is starting to peep through a hazy sky.  Mrs Bouquet
Plus 4C here, quite bright, and certainly better than yesterday which was grey and misty all day long.
Brrrr! -5C this morning, frosty with clear pale blue sky.
Grow Your Own / Re: Potatoes
« Last post by Jeebus on Today at 08:09 »
Sounds as though it's almost time to start chitting them anyway. I'll put them in the loft for a week or two which will give me time to save a few egg boxes.
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