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Grow Your Own / Cauliflower
« Last post by rowlandwells on Today at 19:05 »
I'm looking through my seed catalogue at cauliflowers to sow to overwinter but the F1's are quite expensive ranging from 4.00 for 25 seeds to 6.70 for 50 seeds

so Q. whats the diference between Roscoff and Walcheren varieties of cauliflower so what's you choice of a winter cauliflower variety if you grow winter cauliflower i grew Boris but they haven't headed yet ?
Grow Your Own / Re: Things to sow now
« Last post by Mr Dog on Today at 18:55 »
It might not be too late to sow some leeks, then there's cucumbers, courgettes, salad leaves, brassicas and toms, but you could always buy some small plants from your local garden centre.

Definitely not too late to be sowing leeks. Since I started sowing them later (around now) I get far fewer flowering - none from last year with still a few to harvest.
Grow Your Own / Re: Things to sow now
« Last post by DHM on Today at 18:37 »
January King cabbages, courgettes...

Why not also look at greenhouse cucumbers such as telegraph, or indoor peppers/chillies and tomatoes as small established plants? Put them stright in the ground in your greenhouse and theyll probably do rather well!

For something a bit different you could plant some Ginger and Turmeric in tubs and see how they do in there?
Grow Your Own / Re: Parsnip seedlings/parsnip plants ?
« Last post by Dev on Today at 18:31 »
I'm with Potterer on this. I dibbed fairly deep holes, filled with GPC and sowed three seeds on top. Kept them damp (they seem to fail if they have germinated but then dry out) and then thinned to one strong seedling. The result was enormous straight parsnips - one lasted us for a week!
Grow Your Own / Re: Sowing Linen Flax.
« Last post by chools on Today at 18:25 »
I know someone named Maureen is successfully growing flax here:
as part of a Phd and intends to weave with it for clothing. Sorry I don't have more details
Grow Your Own / Re: Greenfly hell
« Last post by jaydig on Today at 18:10 »
Likewise my roses.  The greenfly suddenly seemed to appear almost overnight a few days ago, and are now forming thick, green encrustations  around the new shoots on all my roses.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Rhubarb question
« Last post by jaydig on Today at 18:09 »
I agree, DD, that planting using acidic rhubarb leaves against club root defies all logic.  I have a couple of leftover, sturdy cabbage plants that I'm going to plant in the area that I know is rife with club root, wrapping their rootballs in rhubarb leaves.  I just need to know if it was pure luck when I used them before, or if, indeed for some strange reason, it does offer some protection.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Rhubarb question
« Last post by DD. on Today at 17:44 »
In the past I've used rhubarb leaves when planting brassicas.  I usually grow my brassicas on in pots, and one year I didn't have any lime left, so I tore rhubarb leaves to the right size, and wrapped them around the outside of the rootball when I planted the brassicas.  I didn't get club root, but there may not have been club root in that particular part of my plot.  I would have to try it in an area that I know is riddled with it, (and I know this because the year before last I lost all my brassicas despite having used some lime), before saying that it definitely works.

As club root prefers acidic soil, we lime before planting. If your soil is riddled with it, there's very little you can do in the short term, but the last thing you should be thinking of is planting more acid with your brassicas!
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Rhubarb question
« Last post by rowlandwells on Today at 17:39 »
well that's worth noting JayG something I didn't know about but I do now anyway I was always told that old gardeners would always put a piece of rhubarb down the hole when planting there brassicas never tried that myself used to use bromphos till they banned it

as for a rhubarb spray I have used it on my brassicas but boy o' boy does that stink after a few days in water I strained it before putting it in my sprayer but i also found there where many bugs in the Rhubarb tank so my other half made me dump it never used it since  :D
Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea 2019?
« Last post by Lardman on Today at 17:25 »
There have been a lot of nuked spuds here in recent weeks  :blush: I'm suffering from a prolonged case of the CBA's and pasta a pesto tonight is about all I can manage.

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