Dinah


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Beans and Sweetcorn combo?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 20:17

Thank you Dove, I will have a read about Swift (sounds like a message in a spy film with bird references). I think I will need to grow the baby corns, the days are longer up here in summer, but the season is cut off at toward the equinox, so a short and speedy growing time is important.


Loana, I don't have any garden centres near, but I agree with you about the post - it can be hit and miss ordering plants. Seed is probably my best option. Things I've grown from seed seem to do better anyway, but it is limited. Tomatoes don't seem to do much at all. I wonder how gardeners manage in Northern Scotland? Shetland Gardeners seem to manage OK with Shetland potatoes - I put a few of those in - seemed to grow well, though I've yet to dig them up. I may leave them to grow next year instead now, I expect the slugs are into this years crop.

Beans and Sweetcorn combo?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 19:03

Strange, my last post went up twice, once part way to finishing. Must have been the cat treading on the keyboard! Sorry for that.

Beans and Sweetcorn combo?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:59

Lorana, maybe it will be too cold up here. We really don't get the heat in summer building up, because the sea breezes do cooling in summer, warming in winter. It could be that, as Dove suggests, there wasn't enough root room in the raised bed. I'll give it a go in the warm spot, nothing ventured nothing gained. Thank you for the information, I won't have my hopes built too high (I'll have my shade-loving Chinese vegetables to fall back on if all else fails.)


Where did you get your plants from, were they locally grown, or ordered online?

Beans and Sweetcorn combo?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:55

Lorana, maybe it will be too cold up here. We really don't get the heat in summer building up, because the sea breezes do cooling in summer, warming in winter. It could be that, as Dove suggests, there wasn't enough root room in the raised bed. I'll give it a go in the warm spot, nothing ventured nothing gained. Where did you get your plants from, were they local or ordered online?

Beans and Sweetcorn combo?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:47

OK, Dovefromabove, I won't put them in grow bags thanks for that - you are right, they would need more root room. 


Thank you Pansyface! I added "squash" to my "beans and sweetcorn" search-terms and immediately found the information online. I might be able to get some sort of mini-squash to develop and ripen up here - but nothing of proper size. I have a small "fun corner" in the garden that is both sheltered and sunny. I was trying Far-Eastern vegetables in it last year, but found they did better with quite a lot more shade (proving very useful, since my vegetable garden is in shade - a conifer wood clearing).

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:11

Wow, the Red Mustard and the rocket beds have all survived a week of frosts, and are still growing strong! I am so impressed. Now the frosts have gone, perhaps they will go on another growing spree. The kale is looking good too, three of four inch leaves now, even though I planted it far too late and was lazy with the watering at first.

Beans and Sweetcorn combo?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 18:01

I am fairly sure I once read something about American Indian people growing beans up sweetcorn plant stems for a double crop. I can't remember where I read it. Has anyone else come across this information? It seems tempting to try it maybe in big grow bags using Hester dwarf runner beans and the small corn you can use in stir-fries, but I can't remember which sort of beans and corn they used, and I have never grown sweetcorn before. Am I having daft ideas again???

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 01:57

The cat is now clean, and smelling like a daisy (like a daisy I mean, not like Daisy the cow).

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Posted: 26/11/2016 at 23:54

Warmer today. Got outdoors at last to do a bit of weeding and pick rocket and mustard in the edibles garden. I'm just going to take one of the cats and bath it. It must have got shut in one of the neighbours cow sheds last night. It probably slipped and fell down off one of the rafters, because the poor thing is covered in the cow slurry. All the other cats are looking at her with a mix of deep concern, sympathy, horror and disdain (only cats can do that mixture). Soap-suds, rinse and big dry towel time!

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Posted: 25/11/2016 at 20:13

4 more weeks to go, 4 more weeks of sorrow, 4 more weeks to go, and longer days will follow!

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