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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 20:36

A lot cooler here in the NW with showers this evening.

Won't be going back to the same fair again next year, after an hour the children wanted to go back to the car, 2 hrs was really pushing it, so, it was off to Walling's Ice Cream parlour. Their apple pie flavoured ice cream is to die for, wasn't impressed with Adam's bubblegum flavour but toffee crunch was a hit

   

Bolting onions....

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 21:58

Thaks for your reply BB.

I've had some good crops of onions in the past but there are times when you need someone to say 'you're flogging a dead horse' so I'll throw in the towel and start pulling them this weekend. Leeks can go in and I've sown some winter veg which can take their place.

It's no huge loss and I like strong onions, the one's which make your eye's water whether in a salad, buttie or cooked dish.   

I've mooli growing in a raised bed close to the onions and they're beginning to bolt but the roots have bulked out to the size of carrots and ready for picking.     

Tulip Bulbs

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 21:31

The general advise regarding tulips is to start a fresh each year. Some varieties might grow back but most don't., sad, because mine this time were the best ever, with really good stems and blooms.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 20:55

Almost two days of rain. Was beginning to think there might have been a hose pipe ban here if the sunshine had lasted till the weekend.

Hope it's dry tomorrow. Off to a local summer fair to see big trucks, steam trains  and other fun things for children. Think there's even a lawn mower race, the ticket was a gift, really looking forward to it  

 

growing brassicas

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 23:05

Happy growing Leggi. I grow similar to you .

I end up with lots of spare plants because I grow for a small space and sow more than needed.

I gave a colleague at work some spare bean and calabrese plants yesterday , He's in charge of the lawn and fence painting, his OH  is in charge of their allotment. It was nice when he came in today and said OH was ever so pleased with the plants and instead of planting in their back garden will be taking them down to their alloment.             

Bolting onions....

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:56

I've a bed of red and white onions, some have started to produce flower stems so I took off the heads,  the bulbs aren't very big and the plants are beginning to bolt.

I've also a pot of leeks with no home at present, they are healthy looking and some about half the thickness of pencils.

To cut to the chase, should I pull up half the onions which may not produce a very good crop and take my chances with leeks or will the onions be ok and produce the dreamed of big bulbs...  

Advise welcome...

Garlic

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:40

figrat - My garlic developed rust last year, it didn't seen to affect the harvest, the bulbs may have been a little smaller but they've stored well and I still have some bulbs left. Don't plant garlic/onions/leeks in the same spot next year but I'm sure you already knew that.

My garlics beginning to bolt, advise welcome.  

what to grow

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 00:30

Beetroot and chad can be sown in modules now to plant out later, you'll get a smaller crop though. Radish, spring onion and salad leaves. Swede and turnip can be sown now in modules to plant out later for an over winter crop.

Strawberry seeds for a crop next year.

If you like growing flowers, biennials can be started off from seed in July to be planted out in September or October. Most say sow in September but I find this too late if you want a plant which will stand up to snow. I used one of my veg beds after cropping, as a nursery bed last year for biennials, foxglove, bellis and sweet william all did well. Bee's love them. They can be transplanted into your flower beds once the ground has defrosted and before you feed the soil for your veggies. Hollyhock and wall flower are also biennials.

Used as companion plants they attract the good guys into your plot early in the growing seaon. I had bee's in the garden soon after the bellis flowered and noticed one out today buzzing round the foxglove.         

growing brassicas

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 23:33

I have quite loose soil in shallow beds and find with calabrese and sprouts they grow better if planted in a shallow trough firmed in with your foot around the base and then earthed up as they grow.

They then develop a deep root system which prevents them rocking to much in wind. Both will bolt if rocketed by the wind, burying down about 6'  for sprouts is about sufficent.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 23:07

It's rained here in the NW, on and off for most of the day. Garden got a good soak, it was fine when I got home so sowed more seeds. 

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