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What not to grow

Posted: Today at 10:35

I don't seem to have much luck with Scarlet Globe Radishes - admittedly the first rows were 2nd infill crops between peas and the peas covered them before they could mature but the later ones I've sown don't look like they are coming to anything either.

French Breakfast grow well for me though, in fact I even had a 2nd infill row almost get to maturity even surrounded by peas (a few were usable, and then lack of access to light stopped the rest growing any more), so I'll probably concentrate my efforts on these in the future.

Topless Tomato

Posted: Today at 00:53

Finally got round to getting some photos, not the greatest since I drowned my camera a couple of months ago so had to use my phone:

There are a couple of small lower branches I forgot about, but the main one where the top branch goes right is as big or bigger than anything on the plants that have grown properly and are 4 or 5 times the height.

Since I first noticed the problem some kind of shoot has appeared roughly where the main stem should be.

Is it worth seeing if this shoot develops or should I cut my losses, pull the plant and stick something else in the middle of the growbag?

Topless Tomato

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 15:26

I'll try and get a photo later, I figured it was probably just an evolutionary error on the part of that plant. They are cherry tomatoes, I think the variety is Sweet Millions.

Topless Tomato

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 12:40

Hi folks,

One of my Tomato plants has done something odd.

It looks as though it has grown a branch but forgotten to send a main stem shoot upwards from the node. It grows up from the ground, has a branch off the the left, goes up a bit more and then turns right and has formed a branch, but there is no top to it, no cluster of leaves growing any further in any direction, just the leaves on the 2 branches getting a bit bigger.

The other 17 plants are doing fine (one seems to be splitting into 2 main stems about 4 feet up), some are almost to the tops of the cane support I built when I put them in the growbags but this one has fallen way behind and seems to have forgotten how to grow. Is that normal, or has something eaten the growing shoot?

For anyone wondring - yes I sowed the seeds fairly late so they are well behind most people's, I think I see some buds forming on a couple of the larger ones though.

Autumn bliss

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 11:59

First flowers opened on mine yesterday - the buds have been there for a while but only just opened up. Obviously I have yet to see if they all get pollinated and turn to fruit but from my recollection I'm ahead of last year because I'm sure it was July before I even planted the canes (only got about 6 berries having started so late).

Interestingly although there have been some shoots around about all year, in the last couple of weeks one of them has started to grow into a cane, it's almost a foot high now - I don't really expect it to mature and fruit but who knows?

Raspberries are related to brambles and I certainly get some late starting brambles suddenly shoot up and fruit later than the rest (wild ones along a boundary).

Hazelnut trees - What are your experiences?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 19:58

I know nothing about getting nuts from Hazel, but I do seem to remember trying my hand at coppicing some as a kid.

If you prune it fairly hard the new growth comes back as straight sticks, harvest them every year and you can keep up a good supply of sticks nicer than bamboo canes which you would probably pay a lot for in the garden centre.

I'm not an expert on the coppicing process (similar to pollarding which you do to the tops of mature trees like limes) but I'll bet there is some good info on the internet about how to do it. It was big industry at one time for everything from fencing to arrow shafts!

Of course do check that you will get nuts on new coppiced growth - I'd hate to encourage you to go coppicing if the result is they never mature to make nuts!

Carrots, hard in centre?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 23:35

Thanks Dove.

I went out and pulled a few more, one actually had a seed head and was hard right through, the others seem fine (but will need to harvest the lot soon). Must have just been coincidence that all the ones I pulled for my tea were hard!

Carrots, hard in centre?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 21:15

Just pulled a few carrots for my tea, a few each of Nantes 5 and Autumn King (all sown at the same time, either side of the same patch). The Nantes 5 have suddenly developed a really hard core, I struggled to even cut the greenery off and after cooking they were inedible. The Autumn Kings are just fine and much bigger.

I have been 'thinning' both by pulling some of the bigger ones to have as baby carrots, but now some are starting to reach maturity and fill out, at least the Autumn Kings are, a Nantes with the same size stem only has about half the carrot which is pale and doesn't have much taste.

I was wondering if maybe the Nantes are running to seed?

Should I have thinned them more earlier on so they got bigger sooner?

I thought I could just leave carrots in until first frost without any worries (I have been keeping the soil moist)?

Will this keep the carrot root fly out?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 21:01

Monty says they can only fly about 2 feet off the ground so as long as you can get the sides up that high you won't need to put a top on, which will make it easier to water. I have used the same kind of fleece to make vertical barriers around my carrots, the tips are now poking out the top. So far no problems with carrot fly.

Tomatoes - Fungus/Lichen in growbag?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 15:54

Scrambled egg is a good description, and it looks like slime mould isn't actually a fungus although i looks like one.

Seems I can rest easy and just let nature do it's thing!

Cheers guys!

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