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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.

What Toms and cucs are you growing?

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:32

It's a long story but all my seedlings died so had to resow again mid April consequently I bought some plants but was limited to what was available locally. 

So have-Money Maker, Alias Craig, Tigerella, Golen Sunrise and another yellow cherry  bearing one, not sure what it is without checking on the plot.

I've Cerise and a Black Russian variety grown from seed.

Cues - telegraph improved and marketeer.

Mammoth Onions are selling a white variety of toms this yr, is anyone trying them.   


New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:51

Went to the plot yesterday. I'm going to run out of room to plant things up so lifted the black plastic from a large section where the fruit tree's are and have divided it up into four sections. Planted out more sweet corn.

Lots of seedlings now at home ready to be potted up, beetroot, chard, spinach, sunflowers, some lettuce and celeriac finally germinated, all still to small to plant out though. 

Brussels, pea's and beans are all beginning to grow on the plot      

Good idea to have a nursery bed Gg.

nettle fertilizer

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:26

I checked my nettle soup and it looked to have tiny black bugs floating on the top, is this usual, there's never been bugs when making seaweed feed. Sorry no pics.

Frost tonight!!!???

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 21:07

Thanks for the warning Dove. We have possible grass frost, and there I was thinking it's safe to plant out, 2nd lot of sweet corn went out today.

tomato pots

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 20:53

Flower buckets with holes in the bottom and crocks are ideal. I get them free from the local Spar.


Courgettes in greenhouse

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 20:40

I've always grown them outdoors, could it be that now the weather is warming up it's to hot for them in the GH.

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