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bean seed germinating

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:40
Hmm I shall give this method a go with my second batch then! We move house in a few months' time so I'd like a beans harvest before we go!!

bean seed germinating

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 13:46

I've had a problem with some 'Cobra' french beans I bought. Most of what I buy I start in modules to give them a head start before the slugs get at them but I thought I'd give them a go straight in the ground given that it's been a warm May and I'd bought some nematodes and already watered them in.

So far - three weeks on - I haven't had a single bean germinate, probably having planted 30-odd! There's been plenty of sun, it's a raised bed so I think the soil must be warm enough, watering but not overwatering in between rain (hasn't been much of that). All my peas, tomatoes etc are growing v well.

Maybe the beans are only a day or two away from sprouting but this seems like an awfully long time for germination?

Either way, I guess I've still got time given it's not quite June yet to plant them in modules in the coldframe to give them a headstart but I'm just a bit surprised it's taken so long.

Realistically, should I assume the seeds have rotted or or will patience prevail? The alternative is that the squirrel family nearby have paid a visit... I've seen them scrabbling around in that bed a bit but it seems unlikely that they'd have so efficiently removed every single seed?

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 17:19

I think more is better - if you've the room! I definitely wouldn't say the same about, say, courgettes, where I think one plant is more than enough...

I've found in recent years it's nice to diversify with a range of tomato varities. If you do end up with loads, making pasta sauce or soup uses lots of them very quickly too.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 15:06

Looks very green and healthy...

Thanks for the further tips. I think I've got the plants pretty well spread. The pots they're in are big. I haven't tied them in yet but the canes are in situ ready.

Forecast on the whole doesn't look terrible, after last night's heavy rain. mid to high teens by day but mild nights too as quite a lot of cloud around. Only a few showers which is no bad thing.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 21:57
Hah, yes should keep us going. Wanted to grow a range of varieties this year and have ended up with a mixture of sungold, black cherry, black opal, gardeners delight, tigerella, green zebra and sweet aperitif.

They're buried deeply and in a pretty sheltered spot so hopefully the rain won't do them any harm. They're certainly getting a good soaking!

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 18:51
I've taken the plunge - finally. Bank holiday Monday has actually given me a spare hour or so to put the toms out. Much as I thought I was too lazy to bother, I have actually been hardening them off last week - outside by day and inside at night. An then last night I left them out overnight in the coldframe and they seemed fine for it. Milder nights forecast are most welcome. Temps this week shouldn't be a problem but a fair bit of rain and wind on its way so hope they don't cause any difficulties.

Per Italophile advice, I stripped off most lower branches and buried them deeply into big pots, burying canes with them. I've 'only' potted out 12. Still have 10 of the lesser ones in the coldframe that I may give away...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 13:00
I don't quite understand how / why they've grown so quickly! I guess it has been spring, even summer, -like on SE England for the last three weeks really.

Yes completely agree with advice on potting out. I found putting canes in tricky last year for that reason so will definitely bury them in with the plants.

House purchase a bit daunting (as ever) but will be a much bigger garden than I've ever had, South facing and with plenty of room for proper greenhouse etc. I suspect I won't be allowed to focus on the garden for a while though as the house itself needs a lot of work!

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:56

It was 6 weeks ago today that I sowed them as seeds...

Yes, they've been in my living room that whole time. I'm actually quite pleased with their progress, believe it or not! In previous years, they've been even lankier and by this stage have needed support to stop them flopping, plus the leaves have been pretty yellow and paper thin. Generally, they seem to recover incredibly quickly once planted out. I do follow your advice about stripping off the lower leaves and burying up to the canopy. Works really well.

Ok, I'll get them into the coldframe and hopefully this cool snap won't last too long here. I think it will need to be 20 litre pots as that's what I've got and have space for.

Thanks as ever for the advice... we're due to move somewhere with a 'proper' garden later this year (if it goes through) where I'll be able to plan it from scratch! Here I'm having to make do with a fairly small central London garden...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:46
Now saying a few nights of 4C lows possible this week... So I may hold off a little. The indecision!

Italophile, is it the lack of light or being in 3" pots that's the issue? I could put them into my small coldframe, which would give them more sun (although early summer here has given way to autumn!) but if they go into their 20 litre pots they'll need to be outside fully.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 21:16
Ok thanks. Yeah I thought their time had come!

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