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Has my broccoli bolted?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 19:35

It happens to us all, OL, especially when there's a dry spell at a critical point in their development.  You can help by planting them deeper (up to the lowest leaves) when you transplant them, assuming you started them in trays or modules.  Do that when they have 4 or 5 true leaves.  Regular watering is also essential - if they dry out, it triggers them into flower (which is what the head is really.)

Has my broccoli bolted?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 19:28

Yes, I think they have as they should have grown bigger than this before producing heads.  However, all may not be lost as they will produce side shoots.  Cut all of these early heads off now - you may have enough for a meal - and then side shoots should soon start to appear at the joints between leaves and stem.  If you only have a few plants it may not be worth it though as side shoots (aka spears) are always much smaller than the main head.

nettle feed

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 22:43

It's high in nitrates, so best for leafy veg like cabbage, lettuce etc.  Runner beans make their own so won't likely benefit much, but it certainly won't harm them.

Gherkins

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:35

Yeah, it's tricky unless you grow quite a few gherkin plants so that you have lots of fruit all coming ready at the same time.

Best feed/product

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:32

Fish, blood and bone and comfrey feed.  I haven't found the need for anything else since I started using this combination about 20 years ago.  I grow a large variety of fruit & veg, plus greenhouse crops of many kinds.

cucumbers

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:27

Cucumber plants can only support so many fruits which is limited by the size of the root system and how much water that can supply, which will obviously be more limited in a pot than when in the ground.  When the plants feels water-stressed, the first thing they will do is drop new flowers.  As`soon as you harvest some of the cucumbers near the bottom, any new flowers which form will likely start setting again.

nettle feed

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 15:47

Using rhubarb leaves to make an aphid spray does work as the leaves contain a poison called oxalic acid.  It can be used as a general insecticide but do be very careful as it is equally poisonous to us and other animals so keep well out of the way of children and pets.  Lots of info on various ways to control aphids, including recipes, here:

http://www.pan-uk.org/archive/Projects/Local/alt~dir/aphids.htm

 

nettle feed

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 15:03

Comfrey feed is fantastic stuff!  I only use that and fish, blood and bone in my garden and greenhouse and everything does well.  Be careful where you plant the comfrey though as it is difficult to remove once you have it!  An out of the way bit of ground where not much else will grow won't bother it.  Look at buying a potted plant or root cuttings of comfrey "Bocking 14" as that is sterile so won't seed itself everywhere.  

pea disease

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 14:51

It might be a nutrient deficiency. Often the symptoms don't become evident until flowering/fruiting occurs.  Try foliar feeding the remaining plants with a general purpose liquid feed which contains trace nutrients (this will be clearly stated on the label.)  If that is the problem, a good dose of well rotted farmyard manure in the Autumn to the area you will be growing them should prevent problems with next year's crop.

Gravel or pebble path

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:10

Or if cost isn't an issue, look for "resin bonded" paths.  You can have paths of any colour stone you like with that system, but it is delivered and laid by a supplier - no DIY option here.

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