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Name the vegetables!

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 09:19

Oriental vegetables like Pak choi and the various types of mustard leaves are best sown after mid-summer as they tend not to bolt so easily.

I've just sown beetroot for harvesting small, and Swiss chard Lucullus, which will be ready to harvest this autumn and should last over the winter to give pickings in mild spells and some more in the spring.

Kelvedon Wonder peas can be sown now for a crop in September.

And of course, Little gem lettuce sown now will give you a crop in Aug/Sept.   


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:27

G'day Pat - yes I'm back to 'normal' now (whatever that is ).

Fidget, we almost always go to Cornwall - had a brilliant time in St Ives the other week - the weather was glorious.  We've already made a provisional booking for the same apartment for next year. 

Better get the first load of washing out ........... 

Name the vegetables!

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:21

I've just looked at your photos again.  I plant my kale and broccoli plants at least 50cm apart in all directions.  They grow into huge plants.  They need firming in well.  I stake mine with tomato canes to prevent them being buffetted by the wind - they don't like that. 

Name the vegetables!

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:16

I'd go with kale, broccoli and cabbage, although the first one could be another variety of broccoli - some of them have more 'crinkly' leaves than others.  

Yes. you can eat broccoli leaves - they'll do you no harm - but removing the leaves will weaken the plant and it needs all its strength to produce lots of lovely spears of sprouting broccoli in the spring.  By the time the plants are ready to harvest next year you'll be able to tell what they are.

Your broccoli plants will look like this when they are ready to harvest

and curly kale plants will look like this

The kale should be ready to harvest some time after Christmas - then the sprouting broccoli will follow after that.  

I build a frame of fine meshed netting over and around mine to keep the cabbage white butterflies and pigeons off - otherwise they'll eat them all. 

Last edited: 25 June 2016 08:17:21

Plant ID ?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 06:20

I'd go with clematis from that picture. 


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 06:16

Good morning all  its a glorious sunny morning - there may well be a little light gardening done today 

mini plum

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 23:10

it won't produce any more blossom this year - spring is over. 


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 19:51

NO  not the slightest chance - willowherb have tiny fluffy seeds which drift on the breeze and grow wherever they settle.  You've probably got other ones growing around the place - you'll soon be able to recognise them when they're really small 

Invading grass

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 19:07

Digging it over methodically and weeding it out - including every bit of root you can find - good old fashioned gardening I'm afraid. 

help needed to identify this snake and possible solution?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:57

The fact that it's eye covering has misted over indicates that it's about to shed it's skin.  It may well move on after that has happened.

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