In reply to nuffstrongs's question about horse manure - we used well rotted donkey pooh for our spud crop this year - seemed to work well! I'm considering using well washed seaweed for next year - and I also have a set of composting bins.(home made from pallets)
We're trying our hardest to be green - and it does take a little more effort! The pesky white fly stuff is just raiding my plants now - so I'm round every night with a spray of washing up water.
This forum was brilliant for me last year when I had an unidentified beastie attcking my onions - someone on the forum identified it as an american import with no option but to kill them by hand every day. No re-appearance this year, I'm glad to say.
So far I've had 70 kilos of spuds, loads of tomatoes, far more cucumbers than I can cope with, massive courgettes (made yummy kolokothopita), radish, rocket etc.
My only failure has been red onions - so I'm going to be trying the white ones again later.
Keep at it all - its worth the effort!!!!
Message posted by chrysilla on 14 July 2010 at 7:06pm - IP Logged
Rhubarb would have a hard time growing here, it's too hot in summer. Too bad, I grew up on rhubarb jam and love it!!
I received my comfrey roots from France today. They alredy sprouted in the plastic bag, so I'm rehydrating them and will be planting them over the next couple of days. I have quite a bit, this should make a nice crop.
For those of you who have white flies on tomatoes or other, keep in mind like most bugs they only attack unhealthy plants. So, if your plants/vegetables have enough water and the soil provides them with what they need, you shouldn't have any. For me, they are the indicator I need to enrich the soil, so I always have a bit of compost ready to use.
Message posted by Cheryls on 15 July 2010 at 12:23pm - IP Logged
A friend bought me a rhubarb crown out from England last year and I planted it in a shady spot behind the garden shed. I let the first crop grow and rot and now I have a lovely crop of rhubarb nearly ready for picking!!! I'm thinking rhubarb and apple crumble at the moment - I'll leave the jam for the next crop I think.
I do try to give all sorts of veg a go - some work and some fail - but its all good fun!!
Message posted by chrysilla on 19 July 2010 at 12:13pm - IP Logged
My backyard gets full sun pretty much all day, so rhubarb will not do well.
I left my comfrey in a plastic bag and some water, and in just 2 days 3 or 4 inch sprouts had already come out, so I planted them yesterday. Man, this stuff almost grows before your eyes : this morning there's already one leaf coming out!!
I didn't plant all of it outside yet, I put a couple of roots in pots indoors to see how it goes.
Hi if you need any comfrey I have tonnes of it
I will be over to Corfu in a couple of weeks and can post it to you from there or I can send you some from the UK as and when you want it. If you need any seeds I can send them as well
Message posted by orchard on 19 July 2010 at 2:12pm - IP Logged
If you have an ant problem intersperse mint with your more treasured crops - ants hate the stuff. I appreciate that mint can take over too so you need to be careful with it, but even putting a mint plant at the end of rows can help deter these pesky munchers!
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