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Posted: 25/07/2012 at 23:31

As Gary says it's best to leave them, they do die back fairly quickly, some of my earlier flowering one's in pots are begining to die back.

If you do want to lift them in the green, I'd advise putting them in plastic pots full of compost before moving them to a sheltered spot to allow the foilage to die back naturally. If it's fresh compost there should be feed in there for the next 6 weeks allowing the roots to draw in enough nutrients to the bulb for a good show next year.     

Green Manure

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 23:15

Don't give up, do a Monty Don, clear away any vegs which haven't done well, or, lets be honest, after all the rain we've had and no sun, clear away stuff which hasn't done anything, MD's carrots spring to mind  now they made my carrots look like a runaway success.

Go through your seed packets and see which can still be sown in July, you'll be suprised at how much there is. Sun can't be guarenteed but if there is any then you might still get s crop of vegs later on in the growing season.

Brocolli and other brassicas

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 22:26

I planted both Calabrese and brussels in deep holes and they were then earthed up like spuds as the plants grew. The ground around each plant has been well stamped down and impacted. Covering them with netting has kept off butterflies but slugs did get to a few seedlings, I'm hopeful they should produce a reasonable crop though, 'the cups always half full and not half empty'

Slugs have got at my spinach, chad and beetroot, they've also climbed up the runner/french beans poles I'm hopeful the beetroot will be ok although it is littered with holy leaves. There must be thousands of slugs out there, mine are so confident they come out in the daytime.  

I was thinknig of being brutal this weekend, clearing what's unlikely to pick up and sowing more seeds, then covering with cloches overnight to keep in warmth and encourage rapid growth. What do you think of the plan...   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:26

Jean, it's been just the same this side of Lancs 

best seed potatoes to grow

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:22

Leggi - they are selling out fast. Try 'Simply Seed', they still have some left and the xmas collection has four varieties. 

Brocolli and other brassicas

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 20:50

Calabrese, Marathon is ever so easy to grow from seed, the slugs haven't seen mine yet and it's just begining to show some green heads. The packet says it can still be sown in July. I grew broccoli last year from seedlings donated by a group of students working in the local allotment, a few plants produced an excellent crop, be watchful though caterpillars love them.

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 22:24

After watching GW on iplayer tonight and the bit about sowing vegs, check your seed packets and sowing dates, I'm adding to my list of things to sow this week - kohl, swede, carrots and mooli. 


Posted: 22/07/2012 at 22:00

Thanks for the link Dovefromabove- my plants aren't very big, can't imagine they would support fruit that size, it's a nice thought though. Apart from toms and cues, most other plants I grow in the GH only grow to dwarf sizes.

best seed potatoes to grow

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:52

Leggi - It's best to plant 1st earlies for an xmas crop. These come to harvest quicker than 2nd earlies or main crop. Depending where you live I would advise to plant them no later than this month, they will die back at first frost which can be as early as October/November in the NW. Planting in bags/troughs give best results as these can be moved to a sheltered spot should a frost be forcast. When the foilage dies back leave in bags till xmas eve.

This will be my 3rd year trying, I'll be throwing in the towel if I don't get any this time. Last year the bags froze and I couldn'tdig them out till after the New Year. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 20:20

I've found watering a problem this year, despite all the rain some pots hardly got any water, particularly the spud bags, the neighbours must have thought me potty watering after a shower. 

Fairly warm here today reached 20 but very cloudy and looking like rain most of the day. Didn't stop us going down to the splash park followed by a bar-be. Friends little boy is being tested for autism, he has some perculiar mannerisms. I love him to bits, it was quite amusing watching him run round the splash park after his sister, he came back bone dry, he hasn't yet worked it out the whole purpose of going there is to get wet.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Soil like dust...

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A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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