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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. 

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:08

Just to add to all the good advise and if you want a garden which is four seasons, consider evergreens which bring colour during winter months, there's nothing nicer if you wrap up warm than to sit on the patio on a crisp, sunny winter's day.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 22:29

Hot and sunny again here in the NW, how much longer will it last . 

Everything in the garden has put on growth and looking lush so on the strength of that I've sown more veggies and was thinking of starting next years strawberries off.

spraying veg/fruit plants

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 22:12

I don't use any sprays apart from home made remedies. Birds are encouraged into the garden and we seem to have reached a happy compromise this year, the veg they can't have is all netted although cabbage white butterflies have squeezed through the netting which is a pain. 

Last year there were at least 4 different varieties of bee's in the garden, which I thought quite respectable for a small plot. I confess to using slug pellets but not in huge quantities. My worst problem this year, to date are lilly beetles. There are lots of spiders, woodlice and worms this year but not many ladybirds. I only learnt last year what their larvae looked like so may have squashed a few ., was quite suprised at how different they look to ladybirds but then caterpillars don't look much like butterflies             

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