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Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:13

Hi all,

Further to my post above, I have had a few berries, maybe about 30 at the most, but nowhere near as much as chris 172!

I've got loads of foliage but just not many fruits, any ideas why? I've got about 3 sq m of plants, roughly.

lots of melon flowers - no fruit...

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 14:54

I cant explain the lack of fruit, but I just wanted to greet a fellow melon grower! I grew watermelons last year but was too late so didn't get any fruit, but this year I am growing Galia melons, and have six fruits on two plants.

If you look carefully, do you have any tiny melons about the size of a pea, behind the flower? My six melons all came out of nowhere a couple of weeks ago, but since then, any new fruits have yellowed and died. Not sure why...? Shame, but at least I've got some!

Unfortunately though my plants have now got blight, so the leaves are looking very sorry 😔 Hope the fruits will be okay 😐

Too late for cucumbers?

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 21:46

Not trying to play devils advocate, but they often say not to remove the male flowers. I grow greenhouse cucumbers outside on the allotment and don't have any problems. I would recommend googling the variety you've got to see what it says about removal of male flowers.

Rotting onions

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 21:42

Sorry, just seen these replies.

Not had much rain at all, no! Been very dry. Found another one that had just started rotting today. Doesn't look much like the onion rot pics on the link...

I have got at least 40 onions that are fine, so I'm hoping the three rotting ones so far were just weak sets or something 😐

Rotting onions

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 18:10

I have a couple of places where I am growing onions at the allotment - some in raised beds with a mix of compost/manure/soil which are doing great, and some just straight in the ground which is sandy/loamy soil which aren't so big.

I noticed that there was one in a raised bed that was yellowing, so I pulled it up and found that it was rotting inside, so I threw it away and put it down as a 'bad apple'.

Today I have just found another, but this time one that is in the ground, I pulled it up and again found that it was slimy just above the roots.

Is this something to worry about? The onions in the bed in question are absolutely huge, and I certainly don't want to lose them to a disease.


New raised beds in August!

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 21:35

Could try some pak choi, autumn planting garlic or onions?


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 09:36

I planted some Autumn Bliss canes, I think it was spring 2014. One died by the end of 2014, in 2015 they were growing but nothing much and a bit straggly, but this year they are looking incredible! They are enormous and bushy,  about 1.5m high at least!

Looking forward to the crop!


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 18:08

I'm growing Delizia and Tasty King, had a couple of full sized cucumbers since mid July.

I lost some last year and had to re-sow some more seeds, so as a result was late planting them out. Didn't want to make the same mistake this year, so planted them out on 5th June surrounded by some fleece for a couple of weeks whilst we had some heavy rain and high winds. Plants looking great now.

Whilst we're on the subject, what causes the split stalks where the plants go into the ground? Is it where they've got wet? I hear they don't like 'wet necks'.

pics below, apologies for orientation issues!

Growing garlic

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 12:42

I have grown some garlic on my allotment this year, but unfortunately have suffered rust. I also had rust on my leeks in the allotment last year (grown in different places).

I do like garlic, so I am thinking about just growing it in pots in the back garden next year.

I have two questions - am I okay to dry the rusty garlic in the shed? Does rust only survive in soil, rather than air? I am just concerned that spores might get on tools, pots etc in the shed and contaminate next years crops, or am I being silly?!

Secondly, can I use cloves from this years garlic that I have grown to grow more next year? I have read that the bulbs themselves do not carry the fungus.

Any other relevant advice/tips are much appreciated. Thanks!

Maincrop potatoes yellowing

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 12:23

Thanks treehugger80, it is a shame, but I dont think that I will be short of potatoes this year, so not the end of the world.

I checked yesterday, and the Harlequins are fine, the Maris Peers are kind of half and half, and the Belle de Fontenay are all dying. I will give it a week or so before digging some up to see how they're looking.

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