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19/05/2012 at 21:43

Anyone else started to plant veg out side yet.

Had a walk round allotments this afternoon when rain fainly stoppped kmow one has anything in apart for spuds and onions.

Planted my cabbages/broc/callie out today hope they will be ok.

Gunna wait till first week of june to plant my courgetts and outdoor toms and runner beans.

Any advice of atlantic punkings got 4 plants of a mate for my son but have not got a clue how two grow them.

20/05/2012 at 13:01

I have dared to put out some climibg french beans, broad beans and courgettes, not because I thought the conditions good enough, but because the greenhouse and cold frame are just filled to overflowing with things I feel I just cannot put out in this bitter cold.  I thought these three were the most likely to survive, and so far they are doing so, but not much in the way of growth.  It is not just the cold, but the dark I think that is holding everything back, deep grey skies all the time, rain or not - no wonder the poor plants are fed up, so am I!!!!

20/05/2012 at 14:10
When will we get some good weather, so fed up with the rain and cold. I too don't know if I should put my crops out or not, but the greenhouse is overflowing. Think I will take the chance.
20/05/2012 at 14:22
I've plan red out a couple of courgettes (albeit under cloches) and some dwarf French beans. @ Shaun lincoln - never grown Atlantic pumpkins myself, but there have been a couple of postings about them on here recently. The only things I know is that they are greedy, thirsty and take up a lot of space!
21/05/2012 at 00:09

I'm in the NW and have a sheltered garden. Planted out pea's ages ago and they are doing OK despite a couple of frosty nights. Sowed mouli and carrots in a sheltered bed ages ago and picked my first mouli today. Planted out swede a couple of weeks ago along with brussels, and beetroot last weekend, all under cloches and all are growing. French/runner beans went out yesterday and have survived the night although I've some more plants in reserve in case of frost.

I started to plant out due to running out of room in the GH.

Not risking risking courgettes, squash or toms outdoors just yet but toms are planted in the GH bed.

24/05/2012 at 23:28

Am going to try growing Atlantic Giants this year myself, on a raised no dig bed with plenty of well rotted manure in the bottom layers as they do like their moisture and plenty of feed if they are going to get big. If you are growing them on the flat put the growing fruit onto a tile or piece of wood, helps against rot and pest damage. Most of all patience required as they take a long time to grow. Resist lifting the pumpkin by the stalk as it can damage the plant. And let it "cure" when you pick it if you are going to store them for winter i.e dry it in the sun for a week -12 days, or in a greenhouse or inside if weather turns wet. Good luck!

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