TopVeg – growing veg,fruit&herbs

February 2, 2009

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To Contact Us:

If you have  a comment, question or article idea please let us know and  we will get back to you as soon as we can.

TopVeg is always interested to hear your ideas & Mike is always pleased to answer any gardening questions, so don’t hesitate to contact us.

Mike and Sally


  1. i would like the pdf file for how and when to plant herbs
    thank you
    tom l

    Comment by tom lalonde — January 9, 2010 @ 2:10 am

  2. Where can I purchase Ambience petit pois seeds from? I have searched numerous sites without success.
    Help please.

    Many thanks


    Comment by Fiona Milligan — January 20, 2010 @ 10:25 am

  3. Please email me the PDF form on how to grow Beetroot, Broad Beans & Lettuce. Many Thanks.

    Comment by Sandra Robinson — January 20, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

  4. Hi Fione – Seminis supply pea seed – happy growing! TopVeg

    Comment by TopVeg — January 21, 2010 @ 11:15 am

  5. Hi, Mike and Sally.

    I would like the pdf file on How2Grow Cards. Many thanks. Happy growing and harvesting.

    Comment by Morpheus — January 21, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

  6. Hi Mike and Sally

    I am trying to find a supplier of Lincolnshire Scad and a google search pulled up your page.
    Do you or anyone on your site know where i can get hold one???? Thank you.

    Comment by Gowan Jenkin Arstall — March 24, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  7. Gowan

    Unfortunately I cannot help you at the moment. I think it must be a case of finding someone who already has one & then taking it from there.

    I have put the word out on a couple of sites & will let you know if we have any joy!


    Comment by TopVeg — March 25, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  8. Under your heading of Alcante Tomato I think you mean Prostate Cancer NOT Prostrate

    Comment by P Dudman — April 13, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  9. Thank you PD. I am sorry to make that mistake. Prostate cancer it should be. Unfortunately, I cannot find the offending article to correct it. If you could send me the link, I will put it right.

    Comment by TopVeg — April 13, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  10. i would love to have some of the grow cards please! They are fanstastic!

    Comment by k.davis — April 16, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

  11. Hi

    Let us know which grow cards you are interested in & we will send them over.


    Comment by TopVeg — April 19, 2010 @ 9:05 am

  12. Please can you email me a copy of the how to grow runner beans card.

    Many thanks


    Comment by Lynne Jones — April 21, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

  13. Hi Lynne
    Runner bean grow card has been sent to you. Let us know if you have any runner bean questions.
    Happy growing

    Comment by TopVeg — April 21, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

  14. Please can you email me the ‘How to grow Pea shoots’ card. My family love peashoots as a salad vegetable but they’re very expensive. I thought I’d give growing them a try but advice on how to proceed is hard to find. Many thanks Susan

    Comment by Susan Wilcox — April 24, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

  15. Susan

    We have sent a peashoot grow card to woodpecker farm. Hope you find it useful.
    Pea shoots make a great salad vegetable, with an unusual fresh taste
    Happy growing


    Comment by TopVeg — April 28, 2010 @ 7:35 pm


    Your germination temperatures are seriously different than the ones presented on the above site. Why would that be?
    Kind regards, Dennis

    Comment by Dennis Krahn — May 3, 2010 @ 9:56 am

  17. Dennis

    Thank you for asking such an interesting question on TopVeg.
    The temperatures on the TopVeg site are the optimum temperatures for germination, whereas those on the site you mention are lower temperatures – where the seeds will germinate, but will give a poorer germination % & take longer to emerge.
    Gardening is always a balance – as the cooler temperatures will give a result. But some vegetable gardeners may wish to reorganise things so that they can benefit from the optimum germination temperatures & increase production.
    We have tried to explain this in more detail at

    I hope this answers your question. Please let us know if it requires further explanations.

    Happy gardening


    Comment by TopVeg — May 3, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

  18. I am a wholesale pie manufacturer and am seeking 10,000 pounds of IQF loganberries next harvest.

    Comment by Jan Gunn — May 10, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

  19. Hi Jan

    Your pies look fantastic – mouthwatering! I will ask about for loganberries, & see if there is any response from suppliers

    Good luck


    Comment by TopVeg — May 10, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

  20. Please could you email me the PDF of how to grow pea shoots please?
    Many thanks

    Comment by Fiona — May 11, 2010 @ 10:55 am

  21. Many thanks for your website which is a godsend as my germinations have not gone very well at all this year! Could you please email me a pdf of your vegetable planting dates chart?

    I found your optimum germination temperature -v- growing temperature chart most useful, but does ‘germination temperature’ here refer to the soil temperature or the air temperature? I’m really confused. Please advise. Thanks.

    PS – I leave my sowed seeds sometimes in a greenhouse and sometimes at home, either at room temperature in the kitchen or in an airing cupboard (home temp. 25C).

    Comment by Hayley Godwin — May 12, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

  22. Hi Hayley

    ‘Germination temperature’ refers to the temperature around the seed. So if the seed is in soil, it is the temperature of the soil surrounding the seed. So a thermometer has to be stuck in the soil to measure this temperature – but CARE needs to be taken, so the thermometer does not snap off. It is possible to buy special metal guards to put the thermometers in, before placing in the soil.

    Glad you have found TopVeg useful. Temperatures have been very low this year, so germination has been slow. Our Brussels sprouts have taken ages to come out.
    Your airing cupboard sounds a good place to start seeds off!

    Best wishes


    Comment by TopVeg — May 13, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

  23. Fiona

    PDF of how to grow pea shoots on its way to you!


    Comment by TopVeg — May 13, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

  24. Could you please send me the grow card for peashoots.

    Comment by Malcolm Strain — May 26, 2010 @ 7:36 am

  25. How to Grow Pea Shoots card has been forwarded to you! Happy Growing


    Comment by TopVeg — May 26, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

  26. Thanks your thoughtful answer on germination. Another question
    You posted on 26 May about winter carrots. What type carrots did you plant and when did you plant? As regards soil temperature did they germinate even though it was early winter. I live in Aberdeen so timing is vital for me.
    Thanks your time and attention, Kindest regards, Dennis

    Comment by Dennis Krahn — June 2, 2010 @ 8:08 am

  27. Dennis
    Nantes Frubud :Fast Crop were planted in late October and are a good size now – exceptionally tasty! They have been very productive. It is the first genuine autumn sowing carrot, very early & cold resistant. I think it will do well for you in Aberdeen! It has filled that gap, when veg is short.
    Best wishes

    Comment by TopVeg — June 2, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

  28. Hi Topveg,

    Could you please put me in touch with Alister from Kent or other producers of tayberries, loganberries. I am a small jam producer and would also like to source quince and medlar.

    Thank you
    Chris Hamilton

    Comment by chris Hamilton — June 6, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  29. Hi Chris

    I think this is the Alister you are after:

    Let me know if it is not the right one & I will have another search!

    Good luck with your business


    Comment by TopVeg — June 7, 2010 @ 7:28 am

  30. when do i harvest red baron onions. they have a pod forming. is this a seed pod

    Comment by john — June 8, 2010 @ 10:47 am

  31. John – Red Baron are usually harvested in September. The pod should be snapped off with it’s stalk, it will be a flower. We say the onion is ‘bolting’- & is more common in red onions. The bolted onions should be used first.
    Planting heat treated sets reduces the occurence of bolting.

    Thanks for getting in touch


    Comment by TopVeg — June 8, 2010 @ 11:42 am

  32. I have a Standard bay which has been in a 30 inch diameter pot for three years, had been kept near the house in winter, the leaves have all turned brown but have not dropped off,the bart is splitting, stems are green I have moved it into the garden near the house, can I prune the brown leaves off please, or is the plant better destroyed. thank you Irene Turner

    Comment by Irene Turner — September 5, 2010 @ 12:59 am

  33. Hi Irene

    Bay trees live a long time, so it is worth giving your bay some time to recover. Has the pot dried out? If it is in a sunny or windy spot, it could dry out quite quickly.

    We give our bay tree, which is in a 30in pot, 3 litres of water every Monday! But the amount would depend on the position – how much sun and wind etc.. It is important to have a free draining pot so that the roots do not become waterlogged.

    You will not do the tree any harm if you cut the brown leaves off with a clean blade. It will certainly make it look better!

    I do hope that your bay tree comes round.

    Best wishes


    Comment by TopVeg — September 13, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

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  35. Hi Sally, Our lawn has been taken over by green moss. I must admit that we have ignored the moss over the past two years but this year it has increased and taken over the lawn. It is very spongy to walk on. I don’t know what to do. We have a lot of birds visiting the garden and pecking all over the ground so we need a way that is natural. I was thinking we may have to re-seed. I know this is not vegetable growing but I thought you may be able to advise or put me in contact with someone who can! Trisha

    Comment by Trisha — March 6, 2011 @ 10:04 am

  36. Hi, I have a bay leaf tree(more like a little bush) and I live in North New Jersey.I have it potted and have had it in the house all winter, but a few months ago the tree started browning and leaves dropping. It does have some new shoots springing off of it, but i was wondering why it looks like it’s dieing. Is there a possibility of a disease, and how to treat it..? I use a lot of bay leaf in my cooking and would hate to have to replace the tree…
    Thank you, IronMike.

    Comment by IronMike — March 12, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

  37. Hi IronMike

    Thanks for contacting TopVeg. I am sorry to hear about your baytree. These symptoms often occurr when the tree is short of water.

    We give our bay in a pot 3 litres of water every Monday! Quite a lot drains out of the pot, but it keeps enough to keep the bay happy. If you ater it more than once a week there is a tendency for it to get waterlogged.

    Bay is really an outside plant – so perhap it does not like the warm, dry atmosphere in your house. Can you put it out in the daytime for a week or two until it gets acclimatised? It will need to be sheltered from cold winds.

    Hope you manage to bring it bak to good health! How long have you had it? It may need feeding if you have had it a while.

    Best wishes


    Comment by TopVeg — March 12, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  38. I pulled 3 stems of my rhubarb plant in march. Since the centre stem has grown to 3 feet with a flower at the top. Has the plant gone to seed?

    What do I need to do to save the plant?

    Comment by Ray M — April 22, 2011 @ 7:45 am

  39. Hi Ray

    The plant is trying to seed. Pull the flowering stem out, by grasping it at the very bottom. Your plant will then keep producing edible stalks for you to eat.
    Keep pulling the flowering stems out as soon as you see them, because they will inhibit the growth of edible stalks.
    The plant tries to seed if it is under stress, and it is probably thirsty as we are short of rain. Watering the clump will help.
    Thanks for contacting TopVeg. Good luck with the rhubarb! Kind regards TopVeg

    Comment by TopVeg — April 23, 2011 @ 7:20 am

  40. Hi Ray

    If you only got it last year, it could do with some TLC this year. Plenty of water & some plant food will help it settle down. Don’t take more than 50% of the stalks – so that it can feed itself & get established.

    We are having rhubarb pie tonight!

    Kind regards

    Comment by TopVeg — April 25, 2011 @ 9:04 am

  41. Hi Sally, we are thinking of getting some turf for a small area at the back of our house. Have you any advice on buying turf?


    Comment by Trisha — May 1, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  42. Hi Trish
    The turf needs to be as fresh as possible – lifted the day before you receive it & laid immediatley. It will keep in rolls if watered – but it is best to use it straight away.
    Therefore, it is all about planning!
    1. Prepare the site
    2. Check the diary & choose a day when someone is available to lay the turf
    3. When everything is ready, arrange for the turf to be delivered on the day it can be rolled out!
    Hope that helps


    Comment by TopVeg — May 1, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

  43. hi
    i saw your website when i was searching for a solution for my swiss chard problem and wonder if you can help? spots of a creamy colour are taking over the lovely shiny leaves and i dont think i can eat them looking like that what can i do?

    thanks for any help

    Comment by val — May 17, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  44. Hi Val

    Sorry to hear your swiss chard is having problems. When did you plant it & whereabouts do you live?

    It sounds rather like a fungal disease called Light Leaf Spot. If you look at the pale patches can you see any concentric rings of spores erupting through the leaf cuticle, resembling grains of salt? This disease is worse in certain regions & is particularly prevalent after wet winters.

    Does this ring a bell? If it is this you can pull off affected leaves & destroy them – any shiny green leaves will be fine to eat. Hopefully it will not attack all your chard.

    Let us know how you get on.


    Comment by TopVeg — May 18, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

  45. Can I have a PDF file of the growing card for garlic. Is it possible to grow garlic any season apart from the ones you have mentioned? Does it require any chemicals to prevent it from any diseases. Does it require constant watering?

    Comment by Rita Mmanga — May 23, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

  46. Hi, Mike and Sally.

    I would like the pdf file on How2Grow Cards.I am currently running a free ‘Hillhead Summer Garden Club, at the local primary school. I also volunteer during term time showing the children and teachers how to grow food from seed and flowers from seed. This is the second year I have run the summer garden.
    I work with children as young as 2 and there is no age limit.


    Comment by Ms Fiona M. Mullaney — July 21, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

  47. Hi Fiona

    Your Summer School sounds great. What a fantastic project – a wonderful opportunity for the young ones to learn the satisfaction of growing food!

    We will send you pdfs of vegetable gro cards. If there are any you particularly want let me know & I will try to get them to you. Any feedback is welcome!

    Enjoy the summer!


    Comment by TopVeg — July 24, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

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