Cornish Boy up North

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Posted: 25/07/2014 at 23:29

Just wondering if anyone has had a problem with this years onion sets. 

Winter sets fantastic monsters but the second sets planted in the spring looked so good but a couple of weeks ago it rained in the morning then sunshine for the rest of the day then this greyness appeared on the leaves and started to wither and the necks were very soft on pulling them out found that the root growth was very small the bulb itself looks uninfected and have eaten some but was Wondering if anyone else had suffered this problem oh my neighbors onions also has the same problem and his were amazing any ideas on what the problem is many thanks oh we are from the north east

Garlic- rookie error!

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 22:59

Hi Lyndsey just having another thought autumn growing garlic love a period of cold weather as this winter up here in the north east has been mild and not to much rain as u do not say which part of the country you are from just wondering if you have had to much moisture without adding some sort of structure in the ground for the roots to go down and drainage just a thought

Garlic- rookie error!

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 22:44
  • Planted mine late September from previous grown stock, in the same place as last season, Good deep ground with a scattering of blood fish and bone,l have found by giving them a liqued feed of comfry this time of the year just gives them a boost to keep the leaves from going yellow and Wilting to early, as last year I had these monsters and by the size of the stems this year l will be getting large bulbes again 


Posted: 27/09/2013 at 10:32

Never had a problem yet, get them whilst they are cheap, its only a growing medium as you have to feed them during the growing season, I always love a bargin, just store them in your Greenhouse making sure they do not dry out.

Autumn sown onions

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 10:24

Hi Lottie,

Frosts mid Oct and all those seedlings, you didnt say wether they were already in their final growing position or in a seed bed & spacings? Personally & to my knowledge of my neighbours allotments only put sets in because of the colder area we live in here in the North East & they have a far better chance of them getting through the Winter espacally if it is a bad one.

All I can suggest is leave the strongest and thin out to 4" apart and cover in fleece, it they are very close together try transplanting and covering with a closh to protect them & encourage some more growth of whats left of our warm sunshine.

Happy gardening

what are these on my spud plant ?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 10:24

I left mine on and my main crop of Cara were huge and lots of them also they are a month early

Cabbage Bolting

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 07:58

Hi Stephanie

Thought I was the only person with this problem, Yes that's where mine went minus the roots as not sure if they had a bit of club root  but I will not give up will give them another chance, keep you informed of my progress 

Cabbage Bolting

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 10:46

For a change this year thought I would try Chinese Cabbage & Pac Choi both germinated really well where they would grow, kept them well watered and started to have amazing results (plenty of growth) then yesterday I noticed that they had bolted and set seed, I planted them out later as the ground wasn't that warm, but the last three weeks have been extremely warm up here with little or no rain hence the watering.

Has anyone else had this problm with them bolting? my mate in the next garden recons they went in to early and maybe try them again in July or August as they are very fast growers, I checked out some books and they said sow later than the packet says.

Help empty broad beans!

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 10:15

Have you pinched the tops out on your Autumn plants? then the the energy will go into pod prouduction and not top growth, you can pick them when they are a few inches long and cook them whole, (I finish mine of in the pan with some good smoked chopped bacon & green garlic yum) so no wastage and it frees the ground up for your next plants, then leave your later crop to fully develop, happy gardening.


Posted: 25/03/2013 at 16:40

Hi There mine are the same put in small pots germinated them in my propergater when 2" tall removed them to my very cool GH and seem to be fine, in fact I left a couple in the warmth to see any difference in growth and they all seem to be about the same and are already setting their second leaves.

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