Zoomer44


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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 09:35

I've 6 plants which survived winter but not all grown fruit this yr. One was ready to crop late June. I picked when they were just slightly bigger then golf ball size. I'm leaving what is left to flower.

 

They were still very tender inside after steaming and the centre wasn't really hairy but tender green. A sharp knife is needed  to top and tail before cooking and scissors to snip the tips.

I'd advise to pick when small.

Talkback: Growing cucumbers

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 20:57

If developing cues are going yellow then fall off the plant it's likely they were not pollinated properly or the plant is not able to carry the number of fruit that have set. 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 20:37

Went to the plot to water GH and picked some more Tom's, lettuce. Onions are ready to pick most have now fallen over. 

Need to plant out 2nd lot of Swede but may have left them to long in their modules. 1st lot were a white tubular, French variety which needed to picked small as they go stringy when cooked. These new ones are a yellow, round, French variety.

My brother has 50 flag stones I can have on account he is renewing his drive.He lives out of town though and with no trailer can only move 4 at a time in back of car and need someone at either end of the trip to load and unload. I can see this will be project in motion over sometime. 

 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 20:52

What a find Gardengirl.

Nasturgum flowers are nice to eat, so are the seeds when green, they have a peppery taste, excellent on a salad. I can't bring myself to eat the leaves though

Blackcurrent pruning

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 20:27

Am I right in thinking black currants fruit on the previous yrs growth were as red and white currants fruit on the current yrs growth, so by pruning black currants now gives the plant time to put on new growth before the  autumn.

My bushes are only a couple of yrs old and still very small so haven't pruned the older branches this time but pruned new shoots by half. I've also cut out branches growing into the centre to allow for air circulation in the centre of the bushes.

Blackberries

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 22:27

No blackberries yet, flowers only just been pollinated here in my part of Lancs. Bumper crop of currants and strawberries though

chilli peppers

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 20:29

I purchased an apache chilli plant from the nearly dead section at a local store, it was really bushy with loads of pollinated flowers on, most had died with chillies developing. Clearly the guy who ran the section didn't know his chillies, what a find  

The chillies are smaller then usual but are starting to go red and I'm not disappointed with the heat or quantity.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:29

As from Thursday Aldi have a selection of fruit bushes, £1.79 each on sale. 11varieties  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:22

Gardengirl, can't think of anything to add to Scroggin's list other than chard and possibly kale if we get a warm Sept/Oct. 

July is usually the last chance to sow for most veg. I've sown some flowers for next year,  foxglove and sweet William, also  parsley which are still at seedling stage and  a guy on the A is also going to give me some spuds to put in, he seems to think I'll get a crop before the first frost?

You may still be able to get some plants from the GC.

Help needed!

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 22:16

I use the weather link regularly and find it very good, it's usually accurate too not just for the weather but gauging whether to damp down the GH in terms of humidity levels.

No complaints but in terms of improvements a blight alert column would be useful.

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