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Post by Chilli-head on 4th June 2017, 10:29 pm

... makes harvest come right soon. Hopefully !

I was a bit late sowing my beans this year in loo roll cores in the greenhouse.  But golly have they caught up !  I planted them out at my biggest wigwam yet in the allotment, along with sweetcorn, cucumbers, courgette and squash.


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Post by Chilli-head on 6th June 2017, 9:49 am

Where did that heat go ? We're getting the overdue rainfall all at once here.

I wondered at my sanity on Sunday evening, hurrying to finish off watering in my beans before it started to rain ! Definitely a job I could have left undone in retrospect...
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Post by Ploshkin on 6th June 2017, 8:47 pm

We had torrential rain all day yesterday and gale force wind all day today (with rain thrown in)
I'm really peeved because the wind snapped off a big healthy courgette plant with fruit partly formed. The potato bed looks as though it has been run over by a steam roller too.
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Post by Dandelion on 6th June 2017, 9:37 pm

Most things seem to have survived the high winds here, but I've had to tie up a miniature Horse Chestnut tree we have. One of the children grew it when we lived in Windsor, from a conker gathered from a royal tree in the Great Park - it must be about 28 years old, and is planted in a builder's bucket. (It outgrew the fancy pot, needed to be potted on and the bucket just happened to be handy!) The winds keeps blowing it over, so it is now lashed with washing line to the down-pipe to keep it upright. Watch out for the next exciting installment when I relate how the tree has pulled the down-pipe off the house...

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Post by FloBear on 8th June 2017, 11:07 am

Not a lot of heat here at the moment. Windy and wettish though not as bad as Ploshkin, by the sound of it.
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Post by Dandelion on 10th June 2017, 11:05 am

Huh?? Why has my image rotated itself? Anyway - this is a picture of my Tutankhamen pea thicket which is rapidly threatening to topple in the gusty winds. I used 7ft bean poles (in retrospect I probably should have used an extra pair instead of just four.) It's a 4ft long raised bed - there were either 12 or 16 plants per side, and very straggly they looked when I planted them out from their pots. Now look at them! They have twisted the support and become an unpenetrable mass. I'm just off out to put some extra poles in. (Sorry about your strained necks! Any idea what I did wrong when uploading the photo?)

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Post by Ploshkin on 10th June 2017, 2:23 pm

Who named this thread? We've had no heat at all this month.
After all beans and peas resolutely refusing to germinate indoors earlier in the season I've stuck a load directly into the ground. I've not seen any sign of them yet but I hope I get something. I've got runner beans, Mr Fearns, Kew Blue, Tutankhamun peas and sugar snap peas in. I think I might put a few extra in pots in case I have major failures.
I've got a lot of French beans coming in the polytunnel from some plants that I bought. It was worth it for a nice, early crop.
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Post by freebird on 11th June 2017, 7:23 am

Oh wow, Dandelion. I thought my Tut peas were doing well, but nothing like yours. Certainly no flowers yet.
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Post by Dandelion on 11th June 2017, 5:01 pm

I did start them early (I think it was the end of February) in pots in the greenhouse, four seeds to a pot.

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Post by Ploshkin on 14th June 2017, 9:57 pm

I'm pleased and relieved to see a good showing of peas and beans germinating.
It's interesting to note that my 3 seed swap / saved seed varieties are looking considerably more vigorous than my 2 purchased varieties.
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Post by Chilli-head on 23rd June 2017, 10:51 pm

Someone who's opinion on all matters garden related I trust greatly, suggested that self saved seed of beans and peas do better because the commercial ones are excessively dried to increase longevity.

The same person (Sally) suggested the technique of growing leeks in a big pot rather than modules or in a seed bed. And mine are looking great, actually pencil thick and in desperate need of planting out ! Job for the weekend. Anyone else had luck with that method ?
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Post by Ploshkin on 24th June 2017, 10:00 am

I too am achieving magic pencil thickness (in a big bucket) for the first time. They're going to have to wait a bit as I need the space currently occupied by potatoes.
I'm really fed up with bad carrot germination yet again. I never used to have any problem with carrots but the last 3 years or so germination has been really patchy.
I need to take the mesh cover off, clear the abundant weeds and re sow seed in all the gaps - mostly more gaps than seedlings in the rows. It was all new seed.
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Post by Chilli-head on 24th June 2017, 11:23 am

I sowed red carrots Atomic red and Red samurai next to each other. Got a good emergence of the former, hardly any of the latter. So I reckon it is the seed, not our fault ! Producing your own carrot seed could be worth a go ?
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The same person (Sally) suggested the technique of growing leeks in a big pot rather than modules or in a seed bed.  And mine are looking great, actually pencil thick and in desperate need of planting out ! Job for the weekend.  Anyone else had luck with that method ?

Hah, the final part if the puzzle is how to extract your pencil think leeks from the knot in the pot.

I tried prising apart, teasing, etc etc and finally had success by emptying out the whole pot on its side, and turning the hose on it to wash out the compost. The bare root leeks can then be teased out by gripping the leaves and jiggling upward. I haven't yet been back to the allotment to see how they look, but as it has rained a bit I'm hopeful that the loss of root will not harm them too much.
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Post by Ploshkin on 30th June 2017, 2:48 pm

Strangely, I was looking at my big bucket of leeks just yesterday wondering how I would extract them when the time comes.
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Post by Dandelion on 30th June 2017, 9:53 pm

My leeks can't be planted out until the peas are over (it's the only space...). I'm keeping the big pot watered, but I can't really see what shape they're in as they're hidden under an enviromesh cover to keep leek moth away. (I sewed a sort of loose bag from some old enviromesh to slip over the top of the pot). The peas have got maybe a couple of weeks until they're over. Thanks for the hints about transplanting, Chilli Head.

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Post by Ploshkin on 30th June 2017, 10:56 pm

Well, on the last day of the month the title of this thread couldn't have been less appropriate. It hasn't even made 15° today and I went up to see the cows tonight wearing 2 fleeces, one with a hood (me that is, not the cows).
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