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i would like you to cover how to store beans of all types and how to store tender veg like cougetts and squshes i have just planted out my second batch of climbing french beans and my second batch of runner beans as the last frost got my first ones along with my cougettes so i have to so some more any ideas how to get them to germinete quicker


  • Last year my husband made me two large raised beds (18in) in height. I grew beans, carrots and purple caulifowers. The cabbages and cauliflower didnot do well. This was my first attempt. I also managed to grow different squashes, never again, these were in pots and bags, took over the whole place, we had a great amount of foliage and flowers.
    The raised beds were filled with compost, I wondered if I could top it up with good quality top soil?
  • I forgot to say cabbage and cauliflower were from famous DIY STORE.
  • Can anyone tell advise me on a good spring onion to grow ? I have tried Kyoto Market for two years with no great success, they are slow very slow growing even though the packet says quick to mature. I grow in a raised bed.
  • I have been growing White Lisbon for many years,Lin*2, and have always had a great crop. I usually have too many to use as salad and spring onions and the ones left in make good big bulbs for the autumn.
  • Reply to Lazzygardener: How wonderful. Raised beds are a great idea as the soil in them warms-up quickly to encourage good growth. Yes, I'd top-up the beds with a loam-based compost, like John Innes No.3. Fork this into the existing soil in the beds, and perhaps mix in some more bulky organic compost (or home-made compost) at the same time.
    As always, don't add fresh compost to areas where you intend to grow root crops, like carrots, as they can become forked and distorted.
  • i live in northants and on the 12 may i pulled my 1st peas cut my 1st cabbage and lifted my 1st boiling of new potatoes not bad for a novice
  • I wonder if anyone can help? My healthy looking strawberries are shrivelling and the green stems turning brown when they are half grown I have noticed masses of tiny white mite like creatures under the soil in surrounding areas Any ideas? thanks
  • Sorry I'm not clear I mean the fruits seem to shrivel ,still turn red but are inedible
  • This sounds to me like lack of water - shrivelling of the fruit, I mean. Worth investigating how dry the soil is around your plants.
  • struggling.... the white 'mites' sound like vine weevils to me.
    if it is, you will probably have to lift all affected plants and bin or burn them. make sure none are left in the ground. they are a real pain, and can attack alsorts of plant, ornamental too.....
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