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Cabbages and Sweetcorn Help?

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 21:49

I agree, sweetcorn, neither corn on the cob or mini pop, which grows to the same hieght as corn on the cob, needing just as much root space to grow, isn't the best veg to grow in a pot.

Cabbage isn't a good crop for containers either.

There are lots of other vegs though which grow well in pots..

I'd advise stuff which is quick to grow from sowing to harvest - radish, lettuce, spring onions, there must be more...

Pea's and beans, can be grown in pots, these don't necessarily need to be dwarf varieties providing the pots are big enough for healthy root growth. 

Courgette's, outdoor toms, spinach, chard all do well and spuds can  be grown in bags.

Hope this is helpful..

Garlic

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 21:11

Don't know why that happened. My bulbs split this year but some of the cloves divided from the main bulb and had their own shoots.

The bulbs weren't very big either.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 20:25

It's rained all day here. 

Been going through preserving/baking books for different recipe's. Was thinking of making strawberry jam and possibly red currant jam. I don't really eat alot of jam and still have apple/plum jam left from last year but hate waste and don't know what else to do will the glut. I've frozen alot of strawberries for smoothie's later in the year.  

Silly Q but when freezing pies/crumbles, does the pastry need to be cooked?

Aldi are selling veg/flower seeds at 19p per packet, bought 5 packets.   

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 22:13

I'm pleased, stuff is really growing well. Went to the plot on Saturday.

Pea's/beans were slow to start growing due to pea/bean weevil but they are now ropping away up their supports with pods on the pea's,

I've planted out celeriac, bulb fennel and more pea's, toms and cues in the GH. Leeks have been planted in their final spot and some more to move when they are pencil thickness.

Swede has been attacked by flea beetle but the roots have developed and picked the first one's on Saturday along with lettuce, spuds, spinach, chard, rubarb, garlic, strawberries, chives, parsley and sweet pea.   

Onions, not quite big enough to start harvesting. Garlic bulbs disappointingly small but given to understand smaller bulbs have more flavour

 I've had various degree's of success and failings with courgettes, squash, pumkin and gourds, the labels have blown away on some of them so not sure what I have which is growing well, me thinks courgettes and one gourd plant. squash and pumkin struggling to to put on growth.

Happy growing everyone

Shed of the year...

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 21:39

It was the final tonight, did anyone watch it.  Can't believe the owl was joint top. Difficult to say which was the best shed, there have been some cracking one's which diddn't make it to the final. I liked the folly last week and this week, the shed which one guy took to work on a trailer for his mates to have their tea break's in .   

Oooooooooooo

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 21:27

We've had quite alot of rain in the NW mainly during the night, we do tend to get more than most at this time of year.

Not good news about blight though my spuds are just in front of the GH door and no where near ready for harvest. Dug some up on Saturday but most are still quite small.

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 23:38

Went to the plot today...early...to water GH, plant out and weed. It's been too hot in the afternoon for me.

In the NW, for the past 7 day's it's been torrential rain and thunderstorms, in between very hot days, so the plot is getting lots heat and water... and it's rained during the night or afternoon.  Stuff seems to be growing at a rapid pace.I've a glut of strawberries on the plot but a variety at home which is still green.

Spotted the first green pepper in allotment GH.

Brassicas

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 22:41

I planted brussels in a trench this year to give them a deep root system as the allotment is a windy site, then earthed them up untill the ground was level, with a stake to tie them to.

Ladybirds

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 21:34

I've seen loads of ladybirds on the allotment and some in the back garden. I've not had a huge problem with  aphids either this year, there's been some on currant bushes and some in the GH on chillies/peppers but not to the point the plants have been smoothered in them.                

Celeriac

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 00:04

Celeriac needs a long growing season. I grew them for the first time last year and it was possibly October or later before they were ready to start picking. The top leaves grew but the edible part seemed to take forever to swell. They did evetually grow slightly smaller to those bought in supermarkets before I started to harvest them.

Sowed them mid April this year, in modules and the seedlings are still only just over a couple of inches tall with roots just begining to poke through the bottom of the modules but looking healthy.

They were slow to germinate but me thinks they are a veg well worth growing, harvested at a time when very little else is available.

Good luck, patience is a virtue

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Best site for asparagus...

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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Do any posters use them... 
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I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

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Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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