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Best site for asparagus...

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 21:13

Just received 12 crowns and read the growing distructions which say 'soil prep is vital. Remove all perennial weeds/large stones. Dig in well rotted muck or compost. The site should be open and sunny'.

This is a multiple choice Q...  

I've three possible sites, none ideal....

1.The old strawberry patch, most of the weeds were dug out last year but there were random bramble shoots popping up in it last year and I'm still finding marestail roots. No bindweed but couch grass is still popping up near the fence. Open and sunny, no big stones. 

2...Site of sweetcorn last year, last plot holder must have dumped none recycables here as it is littered with bits of plastic bags and flakey white paint bits, I managed to get most of it out last year but worms keep pushing more of it to the surface, soil could be sieved though before planting. No big stones, open and sunny site.

3. This site has been covered with black plastic all winter after being dug over, weeded and a thick cover of muck put on in October. No big stones, open and sunny site.Sounds the best site but was by far the worst to clear, had very old fruit bushes in,a thicket of rashberry canes, brambles, marestail, bindweed, couch grass and nothing has been cultivated in this area for years...so don't know what will grow back in terms of perennial weeds... 

Q is...which site would be the best to plant asparagus in...

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 18:49
Haven't started any seeds direct yet but am going to plant out onions this weekend if it stay's dry.

Asparagus crowns arrived today so plan to plant them out too.

Late summer/autumn bulbs

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 21:17

Gladioli flower about August/September time if planted now.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 20:58

This year because the house is up for sale I've waited to sow as much as possible in the GH, hence a sowing plan.

I didn't think it would be a good selling point, if the back bedroom looked like a mini nursery with seedlings and germinating seeds taking up every available space which gets light...... 

Chillies and peppers are strategically placed around the house in nice pots when I know a viewer is coming, otherwise they are on the windowsill in the kitchen ...  

The GH on the plot, on the other hand, is rapidly filling, even though I'm at risk of losing stuff if we get a frost. Went this evening to check on them and water, think I've lost some seedlings (brussels) to a frost yesterday morning but on balance most seem to be doing ok. I've sown everything a month after the earliest date it's said on the seed packet though and most are early varieties.

Good to hear you have more space to grow Aster2. 

Tesco

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 20:16

You did your best.

I once left my purse on a flight to Germany. I'd taken my purse out of the over head storage with the intention of buying a drink and put it down the side of the seat. £250 in Euro's. Didn't realise it was missing until I was getting ready to go out that evening.  Friends who I was staying lent me money for the weekend as I had to stop all my debit/credit cards.

At the airport, on the way home, I thought it a long shot but asked at lost property if it had been handed in...and it had...there are some honest people out there, sadly not Tesco's...    

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 21:24
Fruitcake, Your seedlings should be fine, the cat knocked my toms off the windowsill one yr, I didn't know what I was growing till the plants set fruit...I'd sown yellow, red, zebra and black that yr..

Only just sown chillies and toms. Bought 6 chilli and 2 sweet pepper plants though, different varieties and some which will grow to 4 or 5ft.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 20:48
T-shirt weather here in the NW, it was lovely and warm in the afternoon. Frosty first thing though.

Chitting spuds

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 23:12

Chris 172. Just seen you pic of spuds chitting on 20-Mar. I've planted out 1st and 2nd earlies (NW), the chits were looking good, purple but were about 2-3 inch high. Going to earth up tomorrow in case of frost.

I've a main crop, still chitting.

How do you store your spuds over winter to keep them looking so good.

starting onions leeks etc from seed,what is the process?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 22:47

 fidgetbones - I'm told 'mammoth onions' are very palitable, do they taste and are they just as strong as smaller home grown onions. Do they keep well?

Reason for asking - I'm tempted to buy some of their plug plants, to see how they grow on the plot with a view to getting seeds for next year.   

starting onions leeks etc from seed,what is the process?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 22:14

If you want to grow big veg then you need to start with seed which will mature to big veg.'

W. Robinson and Son' is a local nursery and they grow 'mammoth onions' and the biggest leeks I've ever seen. You can purchase their seeds on line, slightly more expensive than your average onion or leek seeds but worth it if you want huge leeks and  onions the size of cannon balls.   

They 'show' at all the big garden flower shows in the NW and give talks, their onions and leeks win prizes too.  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Best site for asparagus...

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