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What veg are you growing this year?

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 23:46

First year on the allotment so rotation has gone out of the window, I'm planting up as an area becomes clear, so here goes -

Spuds - 1st and 2nd earlies. Main crop if I don't run out of room and can dig the bottom of the plot this weekend. 

Onions, shallots, garlic, swede, mooli, parsnips, red/black currants, gooseberry, garden peas, mangtout, red cabbage, purple sprouting, radish, strawberries, raspberries - these are already planted out. Mooli and parsnips just sown and another batch of radish.  

Waiting to be planted out - courgettes, squash, beetroot, brussels, leeks, celeriac(Monach, it's a non nobbly variety).

Sown swish chad, bulb fennel, sweetcorn(mini pop), runner and french beans(a variety of colours, some dwarf) Nothing up yet though

GH - toms, cues, chillies, aubergines, basil.

Hoping to grow salad stuff and strawberries at home, along with the usual currants/gooseberries. Aspargus will have to wait till next year...the bed is already half full with flowers.

Probably missed some...        




Posted: 14/05/2014 at 21:49

I'm in the NW and planting out at the end of May. After nurturing the plants from seed leaving them a couple more weeks makes sense I'll be keeping some plants in reserve though as I've more than needed.

You can stagger planting out, plant some at the end of May and further plants mid June.  

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 20:10

I'm ready to try roundup again on the bindweed. I started to grow some up canes but it's growing up the fence now. Must have dug out miles of roots.

Nightmares tail doesn't seem as bad on my plot as on the neighbouring one's but I've been digging out those roots too, the one's missed seem to die if exposed on top of the soil. It's never far below the surface though.

Buried treasure

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 20:53

I dug up a golf ball today on the allotment. Had a chuckle to myself thinking of plot holders gone by, this guy must have gone down on the allotment to practice his swing... 

Growing chilies

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 13:35

Good luck and happy growing

Beetroot problems...

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 13:21

I start most of my veg off in modules apart from the one's with a tapering root, in part due to having previously grown in a small space. As you harvest stuff you have something to take it's place which is already part grown. 

I've not planted out beetroot yet but have at least forty seedlings ready. I'm being over cautious and watching what other plot holders do. Most seem to sow straight into the ground though, I've not plucked up the courage yet, it looks harder to do than modules and back breaking stuff. 

Boltardy is usually fairly hardy, I've not known the leaves go purple but it sounds like they are coming through. Good luck...    

Raspberry suckers

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 12:56

Raspberries have shallow roots which grow close to the surface, having just planted some autumn fruiting plants I was advised to put a barrier going into the ground around the bed deep enough so the roots don't pass underneath it. The plant will still produce suckers but hopefully these will come up inside the barrier and remain in the raspberry bed. 

The roots don't seem to grow down more than a spade deep ( I've just dug up an area on the allotment full of suckers). Not sure what you could use to make the barrier, I have some roof tiles which I was going to push into the ground length ways.


Growing chilies

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 12:42

Foodie - I must be doing the same thing wrong and have the same problem with peppers, far to small and meger a crop to justify all the time and effort put into growing them. Mine never tasted very nice either... Decided not to grow them this year. Aubergines have taken their place, far easier to grow to a nice size but they need to be started early and need a long growing season.     

Chillies seem to fair better and are the size and taste expected. My chillies slowed in growth when put in the GH a few weeks ago. I wouldn't worry too much if yours have slowed or stopped growing the warmer weather will help pick them up and they'll sson be romping away. When potting up just go to the next size pot. Chillies don't like their roots being swamped in a large pot.  

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