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sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sorry, I meant the ball of the root is very small.

I planted them about 12" apart. I'm wondering if it was a watering problem during the very dry spell we had. I'd put chicken pellets in the soil before planting are well.

I'm looking forward to giving the little bits a try.

Thanks all.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 5933
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Like celery they want frequent consistent water

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

moist is good, iirc they are close to swamp dwellers in the wild versions

very good soil, lots orf rich organic such as mixed farmyard, enough sandy stuff for an open texture and rich in minerals as well

deepish beds, before you refresh them they can do carrots etc and then onions

i recon my theme is stunning nice soil, and plenty of it

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 21 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I planted some chillies just over a week ago and popped them in to the heated propagator. The majority have come through, which is very exciting.

I've planted the following...

Prairie fire, Caroline reaper, chocolate habanero, Centennial and Sugar rush peach.

Going in today are Wautoma cucumbers.

Anybody else started planting any seeds?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44752
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 21 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Don't have a plot! I used to start my chillies around first week Jan, not too late but especially with the habanero types you need a long season. Good luck.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6947
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks Tahir.

I've been working on my raised beds over winter. I filled them with horse manure in the autumn and then covered them in black bags. Then today I uncovered them, laid some cardboard on top and then covered with top soil.

The bed running up is going to be for salad crops.



The bed running along is for Mrs C to do some cut flowers.




And this bed is going to be my herb bed.



gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 7176
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That looks great!

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nice soil

should be ideal for salads

a neat trick is to raise a few early lettuces from seed indoors, plant them out and get good intel on the level of slimey hoard you are confronted by

another really nice thing is that the slimy hoard do not like wool and/or sheep grease

give them no quarter, raise the raven banner, make toad halls etc etc

if you save it from the slimey hoard the mice and squizzers will be able to plan their pickanicks

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That looks wonderful Sgt. Colon. As you have nice wide tops to the beds, you could try copper strip as well as the unwashed wool that Dpack suggests. You may need to protect from birds; mesh over metal hoops or a frame to keep it taut is best.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks guys.

DPack, how soon in the season can I plant some lettuce?

Also, where do you get sheep wool from or should I buy those pellet things in a bag?

Toad hall is there and I'm hoping I get some tenants.

I need an air rifle for them there squizzers.

MR, I saved a load of electrical wire from a skip last year, so I could strip that and lay it down. I've got some spare wood and netting, so I might build something to fit over the top.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 21 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If transplanting, you could start lettuce now (making an educated guess on your climate)
Folks around here have lettuce going in unheated greenhouses

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 21 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If you have any farms or smallholders near you, you could ask them if they will sell you a poor quality fleece, or ask for 'skirtings'; at least that is what we call them round here. It is the stuff they take off the edges that is too full of dung/muck/ too poor quality etc. You may have to pay a few pounds for a poor quality fleece, but you can pull it apart and store what you don't use this year. Best thing to store them in is a hessian sack, but a plastic rubbish bag will do. They smell a bit, so you may want to keep unused fleece in a mouse proof shed.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 21 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Slim, thanks, I'll start a few off in my greenhouse.

MR, I'll have a look and see if there is anyone near where I can obtain some fleece. Derbyshire is only a few miles away so hopefully there should be some sheep over there.

Thanks for your help peeps.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 21 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dog fur also works, birds steal it for nest lining and disco wigs so it needs topping up quite often, a local mutt clipper might have a supply for a nominal gift,veg etc
a full clip on a pair of OESDs or "terrier day" would be a sackful

the pellet stuff is fine for a few pots and boxes but would be horrible expensive for allotment scale use

using rough fleece might attract birds that need santa beards and felt socks
the pellets are short fibres, under 15 mm and mostly around 5mm in a fair bit of sheep grease, they do not seem to be "valuable" to the wildlife

if you have plenty of manky fleece a top-up now and again is not much of a problem

my small scale trial last year was dramatic, the pellet stuff is almost fully protective, wolf fur is very good until taken for disco wigs, no protection was eaten by the slimy hoard in days

there is a wool based insulating felt, as used by meat delivery companies etc, that also works

the stuff made as house insulation might also be useful

if i was planning a semi tech trial at least one bed would have a full felt blanket with starcuts for the crops to grow through
another would have pellet fences around each stem
loose seems to be rather too valuable to birds for ease of use but roughly felted/matted loose "scraps" might be cheap and effective

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 12714

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 21 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

As the fleece I have been trying to spin is so felted that I can't tear it sometimes, I wonder if cutting it into rings for the garden might be a better use. It is still very much 'in the grease' so could be just the thing. I might try it this year.

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