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Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:40
I believe Lark is an early variety and here in the south the summer has been sunny and warm up to now.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:33
I grow Masterpiece and Marketmore, ridge varieties with spiky skins, outside along with Crystal Lemon, in the poly I grow Piccolino,
I pick the ridgecrape out the middle containing the seeds. cucs when they are around 6 ins long and 1 to 1.5 in dia. At this stage they are sweet and crunchy and the seeds haven't gone hard.
If they get too large they hollow inside and the seeds start to develop, they can still be used but you may find you need to s

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:28
I haven't grown sweetcorn for a number of years and generally results were poor. I have grown Lark this year and each plant is producing 3 cobs on average and the flavour and quality is very good. Has everyone else had similar results and what are peoples favourite varieties?

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:15
Can recommend Great Comp near Sevenoaks in Kent, its a real joy and offers 2 for 1 with the GW card.
I live nearby and have visited it through the season(open April to Oct), it has Dyson nursery attached which is a Salvia specialist.
Visited yesterday and though not large there are a number of unusual plants and trees to keep you entertained and all the family enjoyed the wonderful cakes in the tea shop.


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:05
Its so nice to be able to enjoy the fruits of all the hard work that goes into the allotment.
Came back with runner beans, carrots, celeriac, toms, beetroot, kohl rabi, cabbage, Florence fennel, courgettes, aubergines, bell peppers, lettuce, sweetcorn and cucumbers.
Its definitely been one of the best years for veg that we've had on this allotment.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 19:24
Grew Zinnias for the first time this year, fantastic display and a great cut flower too, all from a packet of seeds from Lidl.
Among the new veg grown was a variety of Cucumber called Crystal Lemon, perfect size for eating on its own as a thirst quencher. Aubergine 'Baby Rosanna' has been a fantastic cropper.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 19:10
Family came round and after a lovely visit to Great Comp garden we had lunch at home, picked the first sweetcorn of the year, very scrummy.

sowing seed for next year

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 08:13
We have sown Wallflowers, Sweet Williams and Bellis daisies plus delphiniums and foxgloves. I will be sowing my sweet peas in October along with some broad beans on the allotment.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 08:06
Morning all, family coming over today and we're all off to Great Comp garden so might be returning with some Salvias from their nursery....
Hope everyone has a nice day.

New Allotment but what to grow now?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:09
Hi Janetclaire,

Japanese onions are a good idea and shallots too, I would go for sets myself, you've still got time to plant some winter cabbage if you can find some plants in the GC, also you've just got time to sow some spring cabbage to overwinter and it will be ready for spring greens in April or hearts in May/June.
If you like broad beans you can sow Claudia Aquadulce in Oct/Nov to overwinter and produce an early crop which may beat the blackfly.
Turnips and late salad crops like Chinese cabbage can be sown now, they are fast growers so will be ready before the frosts.
You can get some bare root fruit bushes in the autumn too and plant some rhubarb too.
Hope that's given you some ideas, I'm sure there will be many more along soon.Hopefully you will get as much enjoyment from yours as I do from ours.

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