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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:02
Pulled up the purple sprouting broccoli and dug over the bed, will dig some planting holes filled with manure ready for courgettes and squash . Got a load of manure being delivered on Sat so need to clear and use last yrs manure to make room for it. Cold weather is definitely stalling growth, a few days ago everything was romping along, for the last week it's slowed significantly.

Sprouts , cabbage

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:46
Most brassicas are hardy, especially sprouts so once they've been hardened off they will be fine to go out. If they've been grown in a cold greenhouse you will need to acclimatise them gradually and then they'll be fine. The forecast is for really cold nights so bring them back under cover until the night temps increase a bit.


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 19:04
Josephine I wouldn't worry about horse or cow manure, or crushed egg shells. I and many others have used manures for years without any ill effects.

raised bed / brassicas

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 18:56
Cabbages will grow pretty quickly and soon fill any available space, if they're not ready to go in yet you could try a catch crop of salad leaves or radish?

What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 14:34
Ground is covered in hailstones! West Kent

raised bed / brassicas

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 12:59
Sophie the best netting for brassicas is either enviromesh (expensive, but very good) or debris netting which when bought on a roll is cost effective. The shade netting will be similar to debris netting so should work fine. I think Steve 309 advice a bit strange as butterflies will literally fly through 1/2" netting and fine netting doesn't cut out enough light to worry about.
If you want to make your own hoops pop down to the builders merchant and buy a roll of 20mm water supply pipe, you can then cut it into whatever length of hoop you want. I've used this method for years and it keeps out the butterflies and pigeons. Please make sure it's taut and secured to the ground so that birds won't get trapped. Another thing to consider is giving enough room above your crop to stop the butterflies landing on the netting and laying eggs through the mesh. Final thing to mention is to really firm your soil, brassicas need firm soil and raised beds are normally a bit loose for that purpose.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 09:08
Sunny, breezy and cold, a lovely 'winters' day!

Broad beans

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 17:28
It's not too late but sowings at this time of year are very prone to blackfly infestation later.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:02
If they were T & M seeds they could well be wrong, my niece ordered sweetcorn plants from them last year and received Savoy cabbage plants instead with Sweetcorn clearly written all over the packaging!!

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 09:07
Sounds like the seed company had a mix up in packaging Aster.

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