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Crop rotation

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 12:54

I get the reason why you should rotate crops, although in a small garden like we've got it's easier said than done.

I've got one raised bed with garlic currently in but which should be coming out by the end of the month. I've got leeks which I need to plant out, currently roughly pencil width, and so in an ideal world they'd follow the garlic, otherwise I'm going to be waiting for some other beds to be freed up.

Question, then, if I put the leeks where the garlic has been until recently, will that cause problems, or so long as next year I put something else in that bed will it be ok? I'd put some fresh compost and fertiliser down either way.

Basically, I'm not sure whether you need to rotate crops within a year or within successive years.

Organic slug control

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 12:45

I'd been half-heartedly throwing down organic slug pellets for the last few months. They seem to work for as long as they don't get eaten / washed away, but I've found they need frequent reapplying. So, I decided enough was enough and last week got nematodes plus a roll of copper tape. I put collars of tape around the stems of various plants and watered in the nematodes widely. Haven't seen a slug or snail since...

Mint!

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 12:42

I always thought mint was good at repelling pests, not attracting them. I know some plants can play a sacrificial role but I didn't think mint was one of them... yet year after year, mint comes back in the same place in a raised bed in my garden. It always looks very healthy until about late May when the leaves start to get infested with aphids (I think).

They suck all the juice out of the mint, leaving the leaves speckled and papery. The lower leaves go yellow / brown. It's usable for cooking but I probably wouldn't fancy using them in a salad (or mojito).

Any tips? I tried putting some marigolds nearby. I also try and blast the bugs off with the hose but there seem to be loads of them.

Garlic

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 10:13

hah, yes raab for me! i've got beets, broad beans and garlic that all need to make way for leeks, cabbages, brussel sprouts and raab...

dove, are you leaving your garlic in for a bit longer? when do you stop watering?

Garlic

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 09:33

I'm never quite sure with garlic either. Problem is I always get impatient as I generally want to plant something else in its place! I reckon about a third of the leaves on each plant are yellowed now and there's distinct leaning going on. I scratched around to look at a few bulbs yesterday and they look ok but I'm hoping a few more weeks may lead to bigger bulbs?

Courgette problem?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 09:22

Looks like powdery mildew. I've never found it a huge problem but really you should try and water round the base, not the leaves. Watering in the morning I've found is better too, so they don't have wet leaves going into the evening. 

I've never found powdery mildew causes huge problems though. What I've tended to do if some of the bigger, older leaves become papery is simply cut them off. They're such vigorous plants it makes little difference. 

For the first time this year, I'm growing the climbing Black Forest variety. Doing fine but I'm struggling to persuade the plants (despite a fence, canes and ties) that they want to go up right than out! The stems seem to be buckling / splitting under the weight, and that's before there's much fruit!

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 19:32
I try and get a friend to do some watering but, if I'm going for a week, I give them a good soaking when I go, ask someone to come mid-week, and then water them on my return. If they're in big pots and the mix is all wet, it takes a while for them to dry out completely.

My brother went away for a few weeks last summer and didn't have anyone to water his plants but he put them somewhere they wouldn't get full sun all day, made sure they had a good soaking before going, and they were fine.

Organic slug control

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 11:20

Nematodes do work but I find the cost a bit off-putting. Having said that I've just ordered some as I've found that one of my courgette plant's stems has been eaten!

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:39

Cheers, Simon. Makes sense! Last year, I still had them indoors at this point as spring was so awful and they looked very sorry for themselves by comparison - but once they were in final pots/positions, as you say they picked up v well.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:32

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/48228.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

Ok, I'm not too worried (until I'm told otherwise) but I've noticed a few of my plants have got a slight yellow mottling of the leaves - e.g. the big leaf in the centre of this photo.

In practice, it's only on a few plants - and since I still need to cull about half of them, this might just help me decide which to get rid of as it's only affecting a few. I'd got a bit lazy and hadn't propped open my mini greenhouse for the last couple of days, given it was cooler / wetter. I wondered if they might have got overheated a bit, although they hadn't dried out and didn't look droopy.

Either way, the greenhouse is now rather full-to-bursting and I'm a bit worried the plants are getting a little crowded so I reckon, with warm weather on its way, now's probably the time to transfer them into their final pots and positions and that may help...

 

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