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Beetroot problems...

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 08:10

Well, famous last words, but my beets have now pretty much entirely overcome their soggy start. Lots of new growth and looking healthy and on track.

The main problem more recently  has been my old enemy, the beet leaf miner... I've had the tedious job of, essentially on a daily basis, scraping off collections of larvae on just about every beet plant!

courgettes

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:21

Since I've hijacked my own thread... i've seen people say to pinch out the growing tip of marigolds and/or the first flowers. any wisdom on this? there doesn't seem to be an obvious growing tip...

courgettes

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:19

The margiolds will make way in the cold frame shortly... veg is the priority - i only got marigold seeds as cannon fodder for slugs etc!

In previous yrs, i've def had courgettes as plug plants out by now. this is the first year i've tried them from seed and i've been a bit cautious as a result.

 

courgettes

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 10:52

As an experiment, I took my weakest looking Black Forest yesterday and put it into the cold frame. Quite overcast weather so doubt was a very cold night but either way, today (v gloomy and chilly) it looks happier than inside!

So, reckon I'll take that as a sign to put the rest in too. Will need to make some room... I've got various marigolds in pots bursting out of the coldframe so hoping they can go in pots / the ground now.

courgettes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:19

sounds sensible... i've never tried these climbing ones before so interested to see how they turn out...

courgettes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 11:12

thanks dove... How long do you reckon for?

courgettes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 10:23

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45281.jpg?width=277&height=350&mode=max

 my climbing (black forest) courgettes seem to be growing well enough indoors. what do people think about getting them into the big wide world, though? maybe another week inside, a week or two in my coldframe then into the ground..? 

Beetroot problems...

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:48

My beets have actually done pretty well, despite their soggy start / red leaves in open ground. They're mostly growing new leaves which aren't red which seems promising!

I've been nervously watching out for signs of beet leaf miners though - which have basically destroyed my crops in previous years (despite people generally saying they don't cause too much of a problem). I've been looking most days for signs of larvae on the underside of the leaves and suddenly, today, I noticed a group on one leaf - and on another, and on most of the plants!

I've scraped them all off. Desperately hoping that if I can stop them getting established, I might actually have a decent crop this year...

Broad bean problem

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:44

Mine look exactly the same - just waiting for some pods to appear! Then I'll pinch out the tops to try and ward off blackfly...

Frost

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 08:04

Thanks all. It's not (only!) laziness which is why I'm asking! My two year old especially will invariably try and attack anything fleeced so I'd rather keep it to a minimum. Thanks for the newspaper tip dovefromabove - helpful as I probably don't have quite enough for everything. Although I could do something about that...

 

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