Growing Vegetables

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Comment by Andrew Fereday on June 1, 2008 at 21:33
I just have one question: Where do you grow Rudbeckias that they flower at the same time as runner beans?

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Comment by Phil Voice on June 2, 2008 at 10:01
Section 23 of the 1908 Allotments Act - Councils urged to act - Perhaps not common knowledge but we are all entitled to an allotment.

Does anyone have any news on the state of play at their local council with regard allotments?
Comment by Bigyin on August 4, 2008 at 20:59
We are now growing veg for the third year running. I started with hardpan and have gradually improved the soil with what's available. Next year I want to move the two plots to a single plot with raised beds. We are finding that we are tending to produce a glut of most stuff. Are there any guidelines as to how many plants of the various types of veg are sufficient for two people say ?
Comment by Vanessa Langford on February 3, 2009 at 11:25
Hello all,
My village used to have allotments decades ago and then they stopped being used and the land was turned to grazing.
In the last year interest has sparked up and our parish council has decided to allocate an acre to be used as allotments.
It has taken too long and we still arn't on the land yet...hopefully April. We are going to need to start an allotment association to be able to take rent and other issues that'll need security etc. I'm so excited as I've run out of room at home and short of buying a new property with more land...which I'm not up allotment seemed like the next best thing...Roll on April!

Until then I'm going through seed catalogs and getting excited about this years harvests!!!
Comment by John Honeyman on May 26, 2009 at 9:35
This comment may be a bit late for Ian, but re carrot fly - they are weak flyers any barrier over 20inches tends to stop them. Some use artificial others recommend a close sown barrier crop.
Comment by pete on July 6, 2009 at 7:59
Way back, our family would always salt down the runner beans in a big earthenware crock. The salt came in a block like a loaf of bread. My mum always did this, and her mum before her. When I asked her years later why she'd stopped doing it she said that the beans had started to come out slimey, - same for my aunty - and a cousin who lived in Wales. In a John Seymour book he says 1lb of salt to 3lb of beans and if they go bad you've not used enough salt. These ladies had been doing it for years, I'm sure they knew how much salt to use, all they could think was that the salt had somehow changed. Anyone shed any light on this? - anyone preserving their beans in salt - and how? - cuz we all know that they don't freeze well.
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Comment by Anne Hardcastle on September 9, 2010 at 18:02
Can anyone suggest a Runner Bean that can cope well on a free draining soil. Mine have been very slow to crop and seem to be affected by dry conditions.
Comment by Ofer El-hashahar on September 9, 2010 at 19:50
I would guess lots of compost will hold water and minerals.
We use raised beds with a good mix of home made compost and coir.
works really well with any plant.

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