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Fleecewife

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Re: Seed orders for 2020
« Reply #45 on: February 05, 2020, 12:20:43 pm »
That's really interesting Briggsy, and not what you would expect at all!  Fascinating!  I wonder if I dare give it a go  :thinking:   I do chit my potatoes on a north facing windowsill, and the shoots are short and dark.....
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Briggsy from Gower

  • Joined Nov 2018
Re: Seed orders for 2020
« Reply #46 on: February 05, 2020, 12:52:00 pm »
Maybe  have a go with a couple and see how it goes!

And back to one of your earlier comments, I too have had the mice take the pea off the seedlings thus killing the plants. Timing appears to be everything.

Polyanya

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Re: Seed orders for 2020
« Reply #47 on: February 05, 2020, 10:07:03 pm »
Gosh its all ramping up isnt it hope we all have a fab growing season  :excited: Mentioning Charles Dowding, he is one of my favourites as is Joy Larkcom and Rosemary Verey - all so inspirational regarding vegetable growing - when I lived in England I had a lovely little potager garden ala Verey - can't do that here  :-\ Can't have anything above ground overwinter, root crops overwinter well but anything above ground gets shredded  :'(
Fleecewife - sorry I must have misread about the willow baskets. I love baskets made from anything that once grew but I've tried albeit briefly to fashion something that resembles a basket and the result was laughable - and I'm normally good with my hands and do lots of tricky crafty things but basketmaking has me stumped! No courses here mind, shame. I was going to attempt a soft basket last autumn from the dried stems of flag iris but the sheep ate them all  :roflanim:



It looks so easy when you see an expert at work, but the reality is different!  I didn't realise sheep eat flag leaves - that's a great way of stopping them taking over.  We had some in our pond but it was the geese that ate them (they don't grow everywhere here as they do further north).  Don't give up - get a book, watch a you tube clip or three and try again, and you too can have a wonky basket to love  ;D
I meant the sheep ate the dead/dying/dried flag leaves in October Fleecewife  ;D, they won't touch the fresh ones but the goats would gobble them all up if I let them.
I will have another try I have planted enough willow over the years except I sure its the wrong kind  :D On a leek note - we have found a much better harvest with the early maturing Bulgarian Giant or American Blue Flag its ready by September and beautiful long white shanks - so Its all harvested and chopped for the freezer. Can't seem to grow Musselburgh as it requires such a long standing period. We also grow nearly all our tatties outside but they can't go out until May, which is when I'll be harvesting the first earlies from the PT  :excited:

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