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  1. Nope, never heard of achocha or Fat Baby. I like the sound of "staggering yields" even outside though so some seeds will be on the list for next year to try. Acocha, courgette’s cute little cousin | Gardening advice | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM Ridiculously easy to grow, these pretty green plants come into their own when fried, sautéed or baked, says James Wong
  2. That looks like good stuff, I'll try some next year. It looks just like Sea Spinach. I can't be arsed with normal spinach as it's always too keen to bolt as soon as you get it in the ground.
  3. I think they're worthy of the space. I grow them every year and we all love them. You can graze straight off the plant, (my three year olds preference), or add them to salads if they make it into the house. Grape sized is about right to pick them. They'll go a bit bigger, damson sized, but get somewhat sour and tougher. They're funny plants; slow to start as you say but once they get going they can be proper rampant! It's a job to keep up with the fruit if there's a couple of plants or more. I think they like it hot, that might explain the slow start
  4. I'd guess "yes". But with no-one on it.
  5. Déjà vu. So you didn't actually find anything slightly credible.
  6. I've had a couple of similar kits. One was coffee grounds, one was some kind of grain. Both were quite productive. Though I feel they would have liked a higher humidity really, even with the spraying. Not really suited to Centrally Heated homes.
  7. Nice. Maybe the mushrooms came in with the manure, from spores ingested by the horses. Or are you saying that mushroom compost is composed of horse manure? I don't get the salt though, what was the thinking behind that? Wouldn't have thought that would be condusive to anything much growing.
  8. I think they do. You can get spent mushroom compost to use on the garden but you can't use it for everything as it's quite high pH.
  9. Even better, so they're addressing the climate crisis as well. Genius.
  10. So now they're burning money to keep us all warm, that's a novel way to address the cost of living crisis.
  11. Oh yeah, good points, you've got me there! I forgot about that. My parents put in a clump of it and within years it had spread like stink around the whole of what was a large garden.
  12. Some good info on using coffee there. I don't have access to a lot of it, just what we consume at home, so I tend to put it around ericaceous plants like the Blueberries. I'd love to get into growing and using comfrey but not really got the space for it. Never heard anything but positives about it. I might go out and harvest some nettles next year if I can be bothered. I do use seaweed fertiliser, that's pretty good stuff. I've got a 5ltr drum of it, when hugely diluted as recommended it works out pretty cheap. Yeah, bees love blue flowers. I think they're more noticeable to them for some reason; something to do with the way their eyes work. I'm not familiar with anise hyssop, (I'll be looking out for some now, cheers), but they sure love common hyssop. And Echiums, they go mad for them, buzzing from dawn until dusk. They're members of the borage family as well. I do try and encourage as many solitary bees as possible, the hives have been fairly hectic these last few weeks. I've raised a load of French Marigolds this year, to use as companion plants amoungst the vegetables. For pest management; doesn't seem much need for encouraging pollination as the veg patch is alongside the ornamental garden anyway.
  13. And you've found those figures?
  14. Our views converge, on the bottom line at least. The first paragraph seems more like opinion masquerading as fact. Do you have the figures to hand for benefit fraud by British bums versus immigrants?


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