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Squash

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 21:05

I have four squash plants in two very large containers and although there are plenty of flowers and small small fruit still developing, only one or two are actually swelling. The others started to but then stopped growing completely. The plants have been well watered and fed at regular intervals. Any suggestions? Many thanks.

a very miserable lady.

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 19:53

Same down here in Farnham, Surrey and would you believe, it's still raining?! Runner beans useless, courgettes and squash not much better. Root crops such as parsnips, beetroot, carrots, spring onions and radish seem to be liking the wet conditions for some reason best known to themselves. Cucumbers in the greenhouse are the real saving grace, masses and masses of them. Must be the high humidity. Toms, chillies, peppers and aubergines also in the greenhouse are fruiting but incredibly slow. Probably won't ripen. Must be the coldest, wettest and dullest summer I have ever known. Still, hope reigns (rains!) eternal.

Square Foot Gardening

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 20:17

Brilliant. Not only does it keep him interested but you can eat the end products!

Square Foot Gardening

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 20:16

At the moment I have 4 squares of 9 parsnips, 4 squares of 16 radishes, 6 squares of 8 petits pois, 2 squares of 16 carrots, 1 square of lots of spring onions, 2 squares of 16 onions and 1 square containing an asparagus that I planted early last year. All are doing beautifully, touch wood! Apart from the onions, all are under 2 cloches each 4' x 2' that I bought from my local Wilkinson for £11 each.

Square Foot Gardening

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:35

I bought a book by Mel Bartholomew a couple of years ago about SFG and it does go into crop rotation, although I must admit that some of the Americanisms are a bit nauseous! The 'growveg.com' garden planning software that I've recently started to use is a great help with rotation and remembering where things are planted. It's also an extremely good programme in its own right.

Square Foot Gardening

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:14

I've recently posted a few comments in the Fruit and Veg forum concerning Square Foot Gardening and the excellent results I'm getting, so I thought it might be a good idea to open a new thread just on this topic. Gardening is a fascinating pastime and it would be nice to share ideas.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:08

Hi Spotlandman, You'll have to get a shorter name than that, my typing is pretty much a one-finger exercise! I'm growing my plants in Rootrainers this year rather than as plugs and so far the results are proving to be very good. Have to be careful with the watering though because they do tend to dry out very quickly. Had some delicious fresh radishes and spring onions from the SFG for lunch yesterday and today plus for our Sunday roast we had fresh cabbage and frozen parsnip that I dug earlier this year, again from our two little 4' x 4' beds.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:30

Hello Spodlandman. Excellent! Its proving to be an incredibly efficient and productive method of growing veg or whatever takes your fancy. Have a look at the website 'Growveg.com'. They have a web-based programme with the facility to plan a Square Foot Garden and its brilliant. This is now my second full year of having two 4x4 SFGs and the quality and quantity of crops I'm getting out of it are absolutely amazing. Where possible I raise my plants in the greenhouse but the real art is making sure that you always have something ready to plant in a vacant square. I'm still trying to master that bit!

Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 20:13

Hi Pete, I do agree with holes left in the lawn but regard it as aeration! I just filled mine with compost and sprinkled  some lawn seed on the surface. Fortunately I now have very few weeds left in the lawn.

Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:04

Sorry, but I don't agree with peteballan. I've had one for a year or so and find it to be excellent with all sorts of weeds including daisies in my lawn!

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Discussions started by cliffbutler

Squash

Fruits not swelling 
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Last Post: 09/09/2012 at 15:52

Square Foot Gardening

Give it a try! 
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Last Post: 09/05/2012 at 11:37
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