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Growing globe artichokes...

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 19:40

Just eaten my first one this evening. It was nice, simply done in the steamer and then steeped in butter. Next time I'll take more of the outer scales off and trim the top more.

Thanks Joyce, hadn't thought to save side shoots. The leaves are curling under on the biggest plant, should I be worried. I haven't fed them yet but am using a nettle feed this yr, they are planted in ground which was manured last September. Are they plants just happy to grow without to much TLC.   

Agree about the foilage and flowerhead.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 19:08

Checked out flea beetle, Ginagibbs, and that's what they look to be, hopefully as the plants grow they'll leave them alone. 

Pea's were nibbled by pea weevil but the seedlings are now bigger and have got through it. Pea weevils are now moved to nibbling the beans, I guess not all pests are distructive to the point where plants die which is reasuring

Gg- I was thinking more of why do we bother putting up netting, the fruit bushes and strawberries won't be netted. I'm hopnig there'll be enough fruit for both the wildlife and myself

Spent the afternoon at home potting up seedlings to small for planting out. 

weather warning

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 18:54

Didn't appear to have rained here last night and although cloudy it's been lovely and warm all day.

Growing globe artichokes...

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 21:11

Bumping up...are Lizzy and I the only posters who grow globe artichokes

weather warning

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 20:01

Just a few spots of rain here, white clouds above and no wind. Everything's gone back in the GH though, I'm taking no chances.

Recommend Wallings Ice Cream Dove, 40 flavours to choose from, my favourite is apple crumble

weather warning

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 23:49

Surely a referendum would be needed before the governement could do that.  

Growing globe artichokes...

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 23:42

Wow. Mine are 2nd yr plants.

One, I found amoungst the weeds at the top of the plot and transplanted it, that one has produced two stems from the crown although it's looking very pale.   

weather warning

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. 

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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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A Q about used compost...  
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Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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