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gourds

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:36

Sounds a good plan, look upon it as a learning curve...happy growing.   

"Bug. Hotel"

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:52

Herbgarden2 - no haven't made one yet but it's on my 'to do list'. I've dug over the main growing area on the plot now and seen more slow worms at the bottom of the plot so have aquired more pallets and one is destined to be a 'bug hotel'.

Slow worms seem to like living in between the folds of black plastic and stones so the first storey's already planned. 

gourds

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:11

They were eaten by slugs and snails, outside last year..

This year they were sown on 8th April and have been in the GH since Easter. They have about 3 to 4 big leaves on them. On the packets, March through to May is the window for sowing...but we are only in the first week of June. The mixed packet says they can be harvested in October, whilst the dolls can be harvested in November and snakes picked from August.

As philippa talks from growing experience, you could be too late to sow for a harvest. I'd still try a few seeds though, see how far they get and save some seeds for next year.

The first time I tried aubergines they were sown to late...but they flowered and I gained some tips about how to grow them. The following year I sowed early and had a bumper crop.

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 23:53

Prunings easy pezzie if only growing gooseberry bushes, it's if you decide to start growing white, red and blackcurrants all at the same time it becomes more tricky...took me a couple of years to get my head around that one ...with no currants on a bush one year... 

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 23:43

If pot grown you can plant them out now. You won't get anything from them this year as gooseberries are at their prime now and heavy with developing fruit but next year you should get a crop. 

If space is a problem, pot them up but aim to plant out either October or March for a crop next year, you can plant out between these dates but the reality is the ground is often frozen.    

gourds

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:56

I'm trying for the second time, snakes weren't very successful last year  .

I'm trying a mix of small fruits and Russian Dolls this time. I'm in the NW and was going to treat them like courgettes, the plants look similar. Germination has been good. The one's still in the GH are looking good and one planted out a couple of weeks ago is doing well.  

It's worth a try, nothing ventured, nothing gained, plant some out and if you have a GH or similar grow some in there.

How far north are you..... 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:38

Marestail is now coming up in between veggies I'm growing, won't it be difficult to spray without it affecting the veg.  

leaves mottled on early pots

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 00:15

My first earlies on the allotment are just coming into flower,can't wait to dig them up.

Hope you have a good crop, let us know how you fair...

leaves mottled on early pots

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:47

There is a form of early blight which produces dark angular spots on the leaves of spuds, it's not serious and rarely impacts on the crop.  

Unrelated, late blight starts as large yellow spots, and this is usually after a long humid period, so no worries on that front.     

Spuds thrive off a regular feed of seaweed feed or a tomato feed.

Happy growing.  

Growing veg

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:32

Chillies, peppers and aubergines would grow well in a warm conservatory, it's to late to sow their seeds but you can probably still purchase small plants from a GC

Some varieties of tomatoes can grow quite tall, pinch out the growing tip in late August or when six or seven trusses (flowering tips) have developed which ever is earlier. This tops the plant growing and it puts more effort into the developing fruit.       .  

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