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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  

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 19:28

Excellent photo's. I visited Savill Garden in September last year. I liked the themed area's for the four seasons. It seems there's something to see regardless of when you visit.

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 19:10

I've not seen what my allotments like in the summer but there's mares/horse tail growing in the plots either side of mine. I've just been digging it out and pulling any shoots which show.

Thanks for the tip about tree stumps.

I'm digging out the bindweed and where the grounds not been dug I'm going to grow it up canes to a reasonable size then treat it with roundup.

dizzylizzy sorry I can't really offer you any more advise about the mares/horsetail but would be pleased to hear any more suggestions for killing it.    

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 21:51

I tried Aldi again this year and the £1.09 bags are ok if you only need small quantities for potting on seedlings. Only a few twigs and I've had no damping off this year with it.   

holiday proofing the greenhouse

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 21:19

What magazines/books do you read AND actually use

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 20:47

I get GW but am thinking of changing as each year seems a repeat of the one before.

Also started to subscribe to Kitchen Garden at the beginning of the year, it a good read if you grow lots of veg. I can easily be drawn though to any gardening mag if the seeds on offer are something I'd like to grow so sometimes buy a random mag.

I've lots of veg/fruit growing books which are regularly referred back to but some are first or second editions and growing changes, now I tend to buy one's which are more specific, just bought two RHS books, one about propogation, the other on problems in the garden about pests and stuff.  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Last Post: 29/06/2014 at 22:18

Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 21:36

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 22:49

Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 21:38

Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 08:34

Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Last Post: 01/07/2014 at 22:42

Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 19:58

Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 12:26

Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 11:20

What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:03

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 19:42

Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 08:30

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32
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