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George the Pigman
Yesterday at 22:26:23 by George the Pigman
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Is everyone feeling the same as me that it's been a slow start to spring this year (I live in Birmingham)? I have only just today sown tomatoes, aubergines and peppers (for germinating indoors) as well as cabbage , lettuce and beetroot (for my cold greenhouse).
A soil thermometer I have in the garden hasn't got above 10C so far!!
Yesterday at 20:07:55 by Nora42
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I was going to direct sow my brassicas but lets face it the soil on most of the plot is like moon boulders of London clay even after two years of adding organic matter. Happily most thing grow well once established.
With that in mind I have sown most of my brassicas today, cabbages and PSB, Brussels sprouts and khol rabi.

once they have germinated and instead of potting on into bigger pots I am thinking of plopping them into a seed bed to grow up a little before finally planting on - I may loose some to slugs and will have to protect them from the pigeons but I can't seem to find any info as to whether this is a good plan?
Not rocket science either so I'm thinking why not it will also save me having to phaff about with a lot of pots and worry about keeping them watered.

so what do you peeps think?
Yesterday at 20:04:22 by philistine | Views: 36 | Comments: 0

I have been building up my stock of elephant garlic cloves and now have about 200, unfortunately
this year I haven't got round to planting them and made not find the time. Could I store them in the freezer to plant later in September.
Yorkshire Lass
Yesterday at 15:30:07 by Yorkshire Lass
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No I haven't been fishing. I had a delivery from my local supermarket - special offer whole salmon -. Didn't expect such big b.....  to arrive with only it's guts taken out. I've had a devil of a job trying to filet it and cut it into manageable pieces. It would have helped to have had the right equipment. Dressmaking scissors and a carving knife didn't exactly do the job. 2 hours later its in the freezer but it's not a pretty sight.


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