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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: Today at 10:11

Hi GWRS, was the cucumber called Crystal Lemon? I have grown this before, it gave a good crop but was susceptible to mildew. I can't say I noticed a lemon flavour but it was very crisp.

5 fruits grafted on 1tree - Your opinion & advice??

Posted: Today at 07:35

Tend to agree with Fairygirl, I would prefer individual trees, and if you use a suitable dwarf rootstock they won't take up too much room.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: Today at 07:03

 Storm clouds rolling in yesterday, this one passed by with only a short, sharp shower. Overnight we had a series of storms and heavy rain. Bright at the moment with more storms forecast for the afternoon.

Manure and tomato plants

Posted: Today at 06:55

Hi Jamie, well rotted manure is a basic fundamental on many vegetable plots. A lot of my veg is grown on top of trenches or holes filled with manure. I also use it in pots for tomatoes and cucumbers and have done so for years. It will be fine and should help retain moisture in your pots.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: Yesterday at 16:48

 Storm approaching the allotment. In the end it didn't amount to much even though it looked like a scene from Independence Day!

pet companions

Posted: Yesterday at 16:44

 Floss making sure all drivers observe the double yellow lines.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: Yesterday at 15:17

Very ' muggy' feel today, stormy weather might be on its way. Thinned carrots, beetroot and radish. Some more weeding and sowed a row of French beans direct. Strawberries are starting to ripen. Had problems with the germination of Sweet corn Lark, mentioned this to a few people and they'd had similar results. Bought a packet of Swift and everyone has germinated within a week! 

Plot will be fully planted soon, only leeks, sweet corn and some brassicas left to go in.

Sweet peas are flowering well now, lots of cut flowers for the house.

Bolting rhubarb

Posted: Yesterday at 11:48

Lots of rhubarb crowns have bolted this year due to the very dry spring. Don't worry, just make sure you remove the flower heads as soon as they appear as they take energy from the plant. During dry spells make sure the crown is well watered. Give it a good mulch in the early spring. I prefer to grow rhubarb in the open ground as they have a habit of drying out in containers.

If the plant has been stressed it may be best not to pick anymore stems this year and let the plant build up its energy.

Our School Vegetables: What Are They?

Posted: Yesterday at 06:37

I think the top picture may be a type of Savoy cabbage as the leaves are crinkly, if not maybe kale. The second red stemmed one I believe is red cabbage. With the others it's really just a guess but I think the 3rd pic is Brussel Sprouts, then broccoli ( calabrese) then summer cabbage. Once they've grown a bit it will be fairly easy to tell and they need similar conditions for growing.

pet companions

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 20:57

Yep, that's pretty much nailed it Pink Lily.

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