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Posted: 11/06/2015 at 23:26

Here in the NW we are forcast heavy rain, possible storms Friday night. We've had really sunny weather the past few days too so the ground would benefit. Will need to put in some support for foxgloves in the garden.    

Growing globe artichokes...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 23:13

I'm growing them for the first time and expected the plants to be 5ft high before producing any artichokes. I've one artichoke, just a bit smaller than a tennis ball on a plant 2ft tall . Can I pick it or do they get bigger?

I've also several plants and realise now, they've been planted to close together although the others are still quite small with only one starting to produce the huge leaves. Can they easily be transplanted and when is the best time to do this?

...And how many artichokes will each plant produce, the biggest plant has a couple of side shoots with smaller artichokes developing .    

Veg plants dying

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:30

It's not too late to sow either dwarf beans or courgettes, beans can be sown through to July, June is usually the last month for courgettes, just expect a later crop. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 18:13

Spent a couple of hours on the plot. I'm pleased with most things, lost a few plants due to late frosts and something is eating the leaves on the brocolli - leaving tiny holes, any idea's,they are black and jump when you try to squash them?

Spuds are through, gooseberry's almost ready to pick, although I think there'll only be one bowl full as it's a new bush. Strawberries in flower. Couple more months before shallots and onions will be ready.

Spent about an hour making a frame and netting the brussels, feeling pleased with myself, set about making another one for the broccoli and then noticed a cabbage white under the netting and trying to settle on the sprouts, why do we bother...    


Posted: 10/06/2015 at 19:38

wishbone - roll on the Indian summer   all my veg will be late harvesting due to the Siberian Spring


Posted: 08/06/2015 at 22:50

There's still quite alot of stuff can be sown - runner beans, beetroot, courgette's, kale, kohl rabi, pak choi, radish, salad leaves, swede, chard, turnip - you would need to check the varities for some vegs and sowing now means the crop will be later.  

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 22:38

Lot's of different herbs and rubarb.Gooseberries are about ready. Fruit bushes looking good and strawberries in flower. I'm looking forward to a late harvest and lots of winter veg.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 21:28

Gg. Sounds good. All my seedlings are still in tray's, modules or pots but have given some brussel's and broccoli plants to new plot holders after planting out what was needed. 

Someone kindly left a tray of leeks at the top of the plot the other day.

Frost tonight!!!???

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 21:13

Just checked, rural frost is expected here.

Zoomers has a Victar Mildew moment 

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:58

I've grown brussels twice unsucessfully so not the best person to offer advise but life's a learning curve and I'm trying again this year. The guy on the next plot has been growing them for 30yrs and was still picking brussel's in February so how difficult can it be.

Agree with Dove, when planting it's advised to plant them firmly in the ground, I use my foot to press down the ground around the newly planted brussel plant and they are staked with canes. They need netting otherwise cabbage white attacks them and they also get blackfly, I've planted a nasturum plant closeby.

  I have a windy site so planted them in a trench to earth up as they grow giving then a deep, strong root.

Sweetcorn also benefits from being planted in a trench and earthed up as they grow.   

Broccoli is best picked young and tender, the heads are sweet and this promotes more growth.

Happy growing.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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