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Adora
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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby Adora » Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:03 am

Gooseberries - delish! Used to eat them straight off the bushes when we were over in Ireland!

I don't have an answer about what's good for shade OM (I'm a trial and error gardener - shove it in and see what happens!) :oops: I do know this though - last year and the year before, we grew potatoes in thick, plastic bags. I cannot tell you how different they felt, smelt and tasted coming straight out of the earth, prepared and cooked and eaten immediately! Absolutely fantastic. And the beauty of growing them in these bags is you can grow them any where - like on a patio or stick the bag on a bare bit of a border etc!

Brookside garden centre have some seed spuds and some bags in at the moment - highly recommend!

The Met Office are predicting high winds and possibly much rainfall between now and Tuesday, so I'm off out to secure everything down! My garden is absolutely soaked already, so dunno where all this extra rainfall is going to run off to but the chickens are down the bottom of our garden and we're on a slope - not seen wellie boots for hens so far, so I'm off to devise a series of perches for them to jump on to when their run floods! :(

oscarsmum
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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby oscarsmum » Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:20 pm

Thanks for the tips, and thanks for reminding me about the spuds. Will try and get to Brookside next weekend (do they still have late night opening on a Thurs ?) Are the placcy bags specifically for spuds ? And what type of compost should I use for spuds ?

The bad weather forecast I have heard was for down South West / East so hopefully your chickens won't turn into ducks Adora !!!

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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby nedsram » Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:43 pm

oscarsmum wrote:Will try and get to Brookside next weekend (do they still have late night opening on a Thurs ?)

According to their web site, they don't open late on Thursday at present.

We have a north facing garden as well, so I'll be listening carefully to your suggestions.

John Ellis
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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby John Ellis » Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:55 pm

Adora wrote:Lovin' this thread! S'like chatting over the fence with the neighbours, innit? :lol:

Now, let's talk Jerusalem artichokes John. I saw these on a cookery programme a few years back....apparently, you can use them to make an alternative to chips! I really facied trying them but can't find the blighters in the supermarket.

How easy are they to grow and how do you start yours? Are they like spuds - do they grow beneath the earth and can you start them off with seed artichokes from the garden centre?


Yes, Adora, you can slice them like chips and fry 'em - very versatile veg., and, as you've found, virtually impossible to buy in supermarkets, though you can sometimes get them in "gourmet" specialist greengrocers.

They're so easy to grow. Same principle as potatoes - you plant the tubers late March/early April (no need for chitting!) and just leave them; the original tuber produces more (lots more if the conditions are right - as many as ten or twelve), which you can start to harvest from October onwards. You can save a few tubers to plant the following year, if you want to save on the cost of buying new ones.

The only care they really need is staking, as the plant gets tall. "Jerusalem" has nothing to do with Palestine - it's a mangled Anglicization of girasole, which is Italian for "sunflower". They're a variety of sunflower, and so grow to seven or eight feet high if conditions are right - and grow a sunflower-type yellow flower, though smaller than the plate-sized blooms on ornamental sunflower plants. And the flowers don't generally appear on mine until fairly late in the autumn - just before the frost knackers the plants. But you don't have to worry about that - just leave the dead plant in its place, supported by its stake, so that you know where the tubers are, and dig them up as and when you need them through the winter. I've still got one plant from last year left to harvest even now.

If you want to try them, gardens centres have them on sale, in packs of five tubers, right now (or at least, Wyevale at Otterspool, where I go, has them), though I'd wait until the earth's warmer before you plant them. Or, if you'd like to try just one, send me an e-mail via this site, and I'll save you one to try when I dig up my last lot.
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John Ellis
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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby John Ellis » Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:03 pm

oscarsmum wrote:Have just hopped over from Poynton and now I have found some gardeners I'm after some tips !!! 8-)

I have a small part of the garden that is sheltered by trees and sheds but am keen to grow edible stuff, any ideas for what will grow well in the shade ?
I have thought about planting some goosegogs but not sure !!
Any hints and tips greatly appreciated !!

Is your site shaded all the day, oscarsmum? If it is, there are few vegetables that will grow well without any direct sun at all, though gooseberry bushes may be an exception - I've never tried them.

But if you do get an hour or two of full sun on the plot, especially in the morning, it may be worth trying one or two things. Potatoes are good in ground that's not been cultivated before - they break the soil up nicely and suppress weeds - but they do need some direct sun.

And if, as nedsram says, Brookside doesn't have a late opening night these days and you don't mind travelling a bit further, the garden centre that I normally use, Wyevale on Dooley Lane, Otterspool, (just beside the Goyt bridge on the road between Hazel Grove/Marple and Romiley) opens until 8:00 pm every Thursday - and they've got plenty of seed potatoes (all sorts of varieties - first and second earlies and maincrop) in at the moment. And, if you want, you can also buy special bags/tubs, and compost, for growing spuds in the way that Adora describes.
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Rostervor
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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby Rostervor » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:27 am

Sorry to infiltrate but the subject title had me smiling. :D

Car into the Vernon, Car into the pub at the end of Commercial Road, Shooting in the Horse and Jockey, and that's just down the A6 this week!!!!!!!!!

Glad there's nothing much happening :roll: :lol:

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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby John Ellis » Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:08 am

Well, when the thread started there was nothing much happening ... !

Now, as the other H G site is demonstrating, there's a burst of navel-gazing about the extent to which the Grove's become a total "dive" ...
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zzippy
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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby zzippy » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:31 pm

Rostervor wrote:Sorry to infiltrate but the subject title had me smiling. :D

Car into the Vernon, Car into the pub at the end of Commercial Road, Shooting in the Horse and Jockey, and that's just down the A6 this week!!!!!!!!!

Glad there's nothing much happening :roll: :lol:



I heard ralphy boy heard it was all Happening in T' grove and was making his way there and couldn't wait for the excitement


http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-New ... 9273?f=rss

Pity he only got as far as the Amici by the look of it, one day he may conquer T'grove and see all it's delights :lol:

Adora
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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby Adora » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:30 pm

<Waves at Rostervor> - it's nice to see the Poynton crew coming on to the HG part of the forum....neighbourly....I like that. :clap

John - I'm off to the garden centre tomorrow. If I can't get any, I'll PM you on here and arrange to scrounge a spare tubour from you! :D

Belvoir
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Re: Nothing much happening!!

Postby Belvoir » Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:57 am

:clap I have planted loads of seeds indoors... :clap put my spuds in bags outside :clap and covered my raised beds to warm up..xx :) also tidied up other areas of the garden... :roll: I need to re-think my lawn (if you can call it that!) my dog(wee) :oops: and the frost have just about finished it off!! :cry: May have more paving and re-turf what lawn area I may have left! is it possible to turf on top of the existing lawn? :mrgreen:

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