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What veg to grow in my partially shaded greenhouse?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:04

Oh that's good to know Italophile.  Maybe i'll give a few plants a shot and try and keep the temperature up.  I do like parsley and basil so maybe i'll try that and the strawberries too.  Thank you both.

Any other ideas from anyone?

What veg to grow in my partially shaded greenhouse?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:56

Hello.  I have a greenhouse at the side of my house.  It's in a bit of a silly location (I didn't put it there!) but having said that, there isn't really anywhere else for it right now. Anyway, it gets nice and warm but doesn't get much direct sunlight - probably no more than a couple of hours a day.  So my question is what should I use it for?  I've tried tomatoes and they just don't really work. I always get lots of green tomatoes so great for chutney but not much else!  Cucumbers seem to work well and of course it is great for growing seeds in until they are ready to go into the vegetable beds.  However, there must be other things I could use it for in the prime growing season.  Does anyone have any good ideas?  I would love to fill it full of something that likes warmth but not direct sunlight.  Thanks in advance.

Garlic - when does it look ready?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:50

Hi.  I've only grown them three times before so am no expert but from memory you need to wait another few months until they really get quite big and develop what they call "scapes".  Those are the long, pencil thick stalks that end with a pale green or whiteish bulb that looks like an unopenend flower.  You can pick the scapes, steam them and eat them with butter.  They are really tasty and a free treat that comes as a bonus to the garlic!  I used them in stir fries and all sorts of things. Yummy.  Anyway, you can then leave the garlic until the leaves start to die off.  As long as your ground isn't soggy they should sit there quite happily until you're ready to dig them up.  At a guess (and based on my own experience) you should be digging them up sometime between July and September.  There are differences between soft neck and hard neck varieties but I don't think it makes too much difference to harvesting time.  I hope that's some use to you.  Home grown garlic is wonderful and it makes me happy every time I go into the garage and see my bunches of garlic hanging up ready to use.  Oh, one other tip - if you get more than you need, you can pickle it and it's delicious as an accompaniment to cold meat, cheese and all sorts of things.  Or you can use it as normal garlic or even eat it whole so long as your partner is eating it too!!  Good luck!

Why won't my Oullins Gage fruit?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:54

Thank you. That's reassuring.  I can wait a few more years!  I find it fascinating how some trees get to it almost instantly (my quince trees fruited in year two and have been amazing producers since then) and others take a long time. I'll stay patient!

Why won't my Oullins Gage fruit?

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 20:54

I planted an Oullins Gage about three years ago.  It was a two year old bare root tree at the time.  It hasn't fruited since then and so far this Spring it has only produced a very small number of flowers. I have fed it each Spring with fish, blood and bone and mulched around the base with home made compost each autumn to improve the soil. It looks vera healthy so I don't know why it won't fruit.  Is it still too young or have I picked a temperamental variety? Any advice is welcome. Thank you!

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