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Cucumber babies - male or female?

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 16:33
The reason for removing male flowers is bees pollinate the female from them and the resultant cucumber tastes bitter. Grow all female F1 varieties as suggested and your cucumbers will be delicious.

Potatoes grown in a sack

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 18:25
I have tried doing this for three years with only a few potatoes being produced. I have now given up on sacks and plant in the open ground. Problems there are slug damage and blight, but earlies lifted in June/July are usually OK. Growing in a bag requires carefull watering and regular feeding and must be a skill some people master and others don't. They also have to be cropped all at once which is not ideal.

planting broad beans

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 18:17
I use the cell system in the Spring starting them in a slightly heated conservatory and get 100% germination also same with peas.However in October/November I sow Aquadulche Broad beans direct in my allotment (heavy wet Clay) and get approx 70% success over wintering. These then produce the earliest crops and the Spring sown ones, once planted, follow on.
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