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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 20:24
Hope they catch the culprit Gardengirl. A couple of yrs ago we had a mass theft when a local toerag broke into sheds and stole a lot of power tools
On a brighter note the 'Collie' line has met with approval from Floss, she happily wanders around our patch without ' trespassing ' on other plots.
Prepared the bed for my Onions, really nice out in the Spring sunshine today, fingers crossed the soil will warm up a bit in time for sowing direct

What is your weather like?

Posted: 21/03/2016 at 19:00
Groundhog day weather-wise, cloudy all day, max temp about 10 degrees, good for digging but some sunshine wouldn't go amiss.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 21:16
It happens when they get a wind shock, they will be checked but it's happened to me before and after a slow start when they looked like they would never grow they just took off. If you plant them out you can create a wind break with fleece until they're established.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 21:09
Tootles, why don't you try Calabrese instead, you would get 3 or 4 plants in your raised bed, then you get the bonus of a large central head and lots of sideshoot spears that come after, sown in April they will be cropping by end of July early August.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 19:41
Hi Tootles, I wouldn't grow it in a raised bed of that size, they are large plants that need firm soil to stop wind rock and even then you may need to stake them, on a 1m x 1m bed you would only get 1 max 2 plants. To be honest it's a plant to grow if you have lots of room, it's saving grace is that it's cropping when the veg garden is at its leanest in the gap between winter and summer veg.

First time allotment owner in need of advise :)

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 19:22
As above, all good advice. Don't worry if you can't get it all dug this year, just pick a manageable section and get that underway first. Always a boost to have something growing then you can move onto more challenging sections. Ask the other plot holders what grows well and what doesn't. What you grow depends on what space you have, carrots, beans and tomatoes always taste so much better than shop bought. If you grow your toms outside be aware of blight. Overall do it for enjoyment and don't worry about making mistakes, it's what makes us all better gardeners .


Posted: 20/03/2016 at 19:09
Cheers Chris, I grow Centurion, always get good results and a good keeper too. I tend to use Taylor's sets, tried Unwins one year and was very disappointed with the quality of the sets, bought from the same GC as I get my Taylor's .

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 18:20
Mine have been cropping for about a month, I sow mine in late May/ early June and so they can go in the ground after a crop like peas and beans have finished.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 18:12
The day improved as it went on. The sun came out for brief spells this afternoon.


Posted: 20/03/2016 at 17:49
That's an impressive amount of sets you have there Chris. What varieties do you grow?

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