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Grow Your Own / Re: Seed order disappointment
« Last post by Christine on Today at 08:46 »
No that certainly isn't the way we do our seed order at our allotment shop and hasn't been in the 11 years I've bought from there. All seed is fresh and in date so there shouldn't be any problem there. We also let out members have a look at catalogue or onsite before we do the order so that they can ask for what they want if there is something special that we wouldn't usually stock.

Garlic bulbs can be a thing - I've had dud bulbs from the fresh stock put out at the garden centre one year. I find like others that direct from the Garlic Farm has been good for me and other members of our association.

If you  have a local Wilko they do the common run of seeds at decent prices and so far have proved to be reliable in growing is sometimes slightly smaller numbers in the packet.

I did have one bad year with a well known national supplier who had problems in the warehouse with water and the packets had obviously been damp so were selling off cheap online.
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Grow Your Own / Seed order disappointment
« Last post by DHM on Today at 08:31 »
So I put a seed order in via the allotment shop (20% off, all major suppliers catalogues) and ordered from 3 different reputable suppliers. This is the first time I've ordered seed by mail.

Having collected them yesterday I am disappointed. Many packs are 2-3 year old seed and go out of date this year or next (meaning I cant save half for next year) and the 2 bulbs of Mersley Wight Garlic; one looks fresh and white, the other like it's been smoked then dipped in creosote!

The biggest disappointment is a pack of exotic seeds I paid 4 quid for, states you can plant all year round indoors, yet goes out of date in July!

Is this par for the course when ordering seeds? Is it normal to return much of an order? If so, in future I'll pay the extra 20% and select my own seed knowing it's fresh.

Bah moan whinge... :mad:
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Grow Your Own / Re: Planning for the coming season
« Last post by JayG on Today at 08:31 »
Tuber and some root crops are likely to survive better than annual summer surface crops due to being deeper rooted, at least when established.

Mulching certainly helps conserve soil moisture, but does involve some risk that if subsequent rainfall is modest, it won't be enough to penetrate through the mulch into the soil.
Creating a dust mulch by hoeing the surface doesn't seem to be as effective as once thought, although it does remove weeds which would otherwise compete for water.
Using porous weed control fabric to plant through is another possibility, although not practical for all crop types, and you need to beware of creating a slug haven.

Adding extra water container capacity is well worth considering if you haven't done so already - kits are available which enable you to 'daisy-chain' water butts together.
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The Hen House / Re: Old chickens, new house
« Last post by John on Yesterday at 23:53 »
Haha, ok Iíll get some, house now designed,cough,cough, & built, just awaiting the glue to arrive for said house to be dismantled & glued & reassembled before being moved into the greenhouse (possibly) to be painted.
Iím not intending to paint the insides, is that right?
Correctomundo! :)
I'd say to go for stain rather than paint in case they start pecking it but that's maybe worrying too much.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: I am soooo Bored !
« Last post by andreadon on Yesterday at 22:32 »
I'm still digging :D

Which I'm glad of, because otherwise it's my VAT return...
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Grow Your Own / Re: Planning for the coming season
« Last post by andreadon on Yesterday at 22:19 »
I don't know about drought resustant plants, but if you can harvest as much water this winter as possible that would be a great thing.
Get several barrels and take their tops off to catch rain water, when it snows, gather up the snow and pack it into barrels so when it melts you have more water.

I know it won't see you through the whole summer but it will help quite a bit
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 22:09 »
Georgia on my Mind - Ray Charles
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: I am soooo Bored !
« Last post by Aunt Sally on Yesterday at 21:07 »
Why not just sit down and count your blessings, Mrs B.

I think it would take me a whole day to list mine  ;)
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Grow Your Own / Re: Planning for the coming season
« Last post by DHM on Yesterday at 21:05 »
My neighbour swore he never watered his spuds once last year, something about the roots finding the groundwater or something.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: I am soooo Bored !
« Last post by Christine on Yesterday at 19:50 »
I'm with Mrs B. As the leg with the cracked fibula has to be rested and not walked on very much for a goodly while, I'm grounded - no digging, gardening, going out with the camera. And there's only so much you can do around a small one bedroom bungalow if you are a tidy person.
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