Zoomer44


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CUCUMBER

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:57

Alternatively instead of planting them on a mound, plant them in a flimsy pot, 3' or 4' is sufficient and cut the bottom off, then plant them out with the pot. When you come to water do this outside the pot. The stem doesn't get wet and water is drawn up by the roots. 

minitree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:47

Lol.

What to grow in vacated veg beds....

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:45

artjak - Just checked artchokes on line and me thinks I've been digging up artichoke tubers for fun for the past couple of months on the allotment. I didn't know what they were but remember pulling out some dead plants about 6ft tall in February .

Dug more up today, they seem to grow even on a fraction of the tuber. These will have been in the ground a few years, if I dig up what's left and move them to a new spot will they be ok to grow from.  

I don't know about them fighting off old age but digging them up does       

Chinese red noodle beans

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 00:42

I bought mine on a  whim Swedboy too,  P&P was free on line if the order was over an amount and me thinks I was 50p short but I'm confident under the right growing circumstances they'll grow 

It's a learning curve, nothing ventured, nothing gained...

Chinese red noodle beans

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 23:41

I purchased the seeds from a well known seed supplier which I've used for several years. Never had a problem either with the supplier or previous veg seeds.

This variety is harder to grow though so not yet been tasted but part of the pleasure in growing stuff is to dip your toe in the water and try different varieties.

Chinese red noodle beans

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 23:09

I tried yard long beans, red noodle last year without success  don't know if the variety grown was a chinese one but have seeds left and am going to try again .

The variety I have are sensitve to night time temperature drops and me thinks I sowed them to early last year so am waiting till the end of May to sow in the GH. They grow more vigorously under cover and need warmth but would possibly grow well in a more southern climate and in a sheltered spot.   .

I'd suggest making a second sowing if you have seeds left, at the end of May.

Aphids particularly bad this year?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 22:46

I haven't seen any aphids yet, I usually get ants farming them on the cherry blossom tree but not this year.

What to grow in vacated veg beds....

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 22:13

The allotment is a 5 min walk but wouldn't want to go if it was raining just for radish and spring onions.

Strawberries and salad are looking like good choices for beds 1 and 2. The salad bed could double up as a nursery bed for biennials to over winter, I sow those in pots and plant out when a veg bed is cleared.

Asparagus sounds a good chioce for the third bed. My brother is growing asparagus for the first time this year, we could swap notes. It's ever so expensive in the shops, I weighed a small bunch in Booths and if I got it right costs about £2. How difficult is it to grow?

Not so sure about globe artichokes, don't think I've ever eaten one, come to think about it I don't think they appear in the shops often or is that because I'm not looking for them . Are they grown from a tuber and the plant grows quite tall?

 

What to grow in vacated veg beds....

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 23:32

I've more than enough room on the allotment to grow veg which has left the three beds at home free. 

I've decided one will be a strawberry patch, you can never have enough strawberries.

There is a small herb garden so wouldn't want any more herbs. I was thinking flowers to cut or a salad patch for one bed with radish, spring onions and real lettuce like little gem. 

What would you grow, idea's welcome...

    

What do I grow?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 23:49

Have bleeding heart and mooli been listed. I also grow a wide selection of weeds, unintentionally I might add - dandelion, clover, cleavers,  hairy bitter cress and added to that on the allotment - bindweed, horsetail and nettles  

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