What are you growing this year ?

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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2018, 4:55 pm

i found that my gooseberry bush improved hugely once it reached about 4 years after planting ... that and me getting the hang of proper winter and summer pruning ... and some years are really good gooseberry years and some years not so good ... it's been a good one this year. :D

We've got three blueberry bushes (3 different varieties) in large containers in a mix of ericaceous peat based and ericaceous loam based compost and are watering solely with rainwater (as long as the butts hold out). Feeding fortnightly with ericaceous fertiliser. It's our first year with them so very much sticking to what the books and the GW forum suggest.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby earthmaiden » July 11th, 2018, 7:03 pm

I've got loads of gooseberries and blueberries this year. As well as ericaceous soil, blueberries love water.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » July 11th, 2018, 8:02 pm

Thanks for the tips!
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » July 11th, 2018, 10:04 pm

are you sure it's marjoram and not oregano? (i know they're both really oregano) marjoram may be a perennial but it's quite frost tender and is usually treated as an annual.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » July 12th, 2018, 11:19 am

No, I am not sure! But I do like the idea of a herb self seeding in another herb pot :)

I just received a load of kale plug plants I ordered ages ago. This is almost a sigh. I am not wanting to bother with planting out even more things right now. But I will put them in this evening, at the risk of being bitten. Or maybe tomorrow. Saturday...? They will have to go in a small and not very elevated raised bed with the 'summer' sprouting broccoli. Did buy another raised bed kit, but I don't think there will be time to make it. 'Spose I could put some where the peas are nearly done (i.e. rip peas out.)
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » July 12th, 2018, 4:09 pm

i have just spread a large fishbox full of worm compost over the raised bed i've taken the onions from and planted in a pot each of used, supermarket parsley and basil and a young plant of greek basil. i think some salad leaves may be sown, and maybe some chard and carrots.
the onions had already dried themselves off after not bothering to grow that much bigger than pickling onions (that may be their destiny).

the slug/snail killing method i'm using at the moment, herbi, is the heavy foot method. we haven't a huge amount at the moment due to the dry weather so it's working well (not for the gastropods).
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » July 23rd, 2018, 6:41 pm

Since I've obviously got too much time on my hands today.... ;)

My dwarf sunflower saga...

15 baby sunflowers started off from seed, 15 baby sunflowers started off from seed
and if 3 baby sunflowers should fail to thrive at all, there'll be 12 baby sunflowers started off from seed.
12 baby sunflowers started off from seed, 12 baby sunflowers started off from seed and if 1 baby sunflower should get accidently crushed, there'll be 11 baby sunflowers started off from seed.
11 baby sunflowers started off from seed, 11 baby sunflowers started off from seed and if 3 baby sunflowers get munched one night by slugs there' ll be 8 baby sunflowers started off from seed.
8 baby sunflowers started off from seed, 8 baby sunflowers started off from seed and if 5 baby sunflowers don't like the scorching sun there'll be 3 baby sunflowers started off from seed.
3 baby sunflowers started off from seed, 3 baby sunflowers started off from seed and if 2 baby sunflowers get eaten by caterpillars there be 1 lonely sunflower started off from seed.
1 lonely sunflower started off from seed, 1 lonely sunflower started off from seed and if 1 lonely sunflower doesn't hurry up and flower there'll be no baby sunflowers started off from seed :lol: :lol:

Not my most successful plant growing attempt :oops:
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Seatallan » July 24th, 2018, 12:32 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Oh LTC, I had a very similar experience last summer. I ended up with one, which our Ollie obligingly dug up one evening when having a wee-wee. I didn't bother this year.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby earthmaiden » July 24th, 2018, 12:49 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: .. love it - but sorry about the sunflowers :(
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » July 24th, 2018, 1:03 pm

Seatallan wrote::lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Oh LTC, I had a very similar experience last summer. I ended up with one, which our Ollie obligingly dug up one evening when having a wee-wee. I didn't bother this year.

Glad I'm not alone, I'm not convinced my remaining one won't have some sort of mishap! I only attempted them this year as I no longer have a pooch to destroy them. I've seeds left so may try again next year (or may not :lol: )
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » July 24th, 2018, 8:27 pm

Don't let a fat wood pigeon sit on the top in an inelegant attempt to eat some of the seeds ... he'll snap the stem ... take it from one who knows :rolleyes:
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » July 25th, 2018, 9:02 am

suffolk wrote:Don't let a fat wood pigeon sit on the top in an inelegant attempt to eat some of the seeds ... he'll snap the stem ... take it from one who knows :rolleyes:

I'll be keeping an eye out for them ;)
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » July 25th, 2018, 9:04 am

On a positive note my veggie garden & greenhouse is producing well. After a slow start the cucumbers are getting into there stride and I pick the first ripe tomatoes yesterday. My runner beans are still very slow though.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » July 25th, 2018, 11:03 am

i don't usually expect runner beans until August :) think they'll be ready any day now but we've not had any yet

Mange tout, courgettes, Swiss chard, golden beet are doing well and the first tomatoes are ripening and the sweetcorn looks very promising ...
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » July 25th, 2018, 11:19 am

I usually get them from early July, I've had a few but hopefully they'll pick up.
My swiss chard is doing really well, best year for it I think I've had.
My courgettes are steady not huge numbers but enough for me to easily get through. :)
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » July 25th, 2018, 11:24 am

Goodness ... when do you sow them and how big are they when you plant them out ? Presumably you start them off in the greenhouse... you're so much further north than us?
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » July 25th, 2018, 1:09 pm

suffolk wrote:Goodness ... when do you sow them and how big are they when you plant them out ? Presumably you start them off in the greenhouse... you're so much further north than us?

I start them in my conservatory in late March/early April and tend to plant them out at the beginning of June by which point they are usually around 2ft high. My greenhouse is unheated and prone to losing panes so I tend to use the conservatory instead to start things off. I start a batch every few weeks until mid May in the hope I don't get a glut. I'm usually picking from the first batch from early July but they have been slow to set pods and only just ahead of batch 2.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » July 25th, 2018, 2:34 pm

Hmm, you start them a bit earlier than we do. I usually start mine mid April on the windowsill and transfer them to the little leanto greenhouse when I need the windowsill for the propagator for the sweetcorn, tomatoes and courgettes. Mine definitely aren't 2ft high when they go out at the beginning of June ...there wouldn't be room for them in the little greenhouse if they were :lol:

This year, as we were going away in mid May I sowed the runner beans direct into the veg patch a couple of days before we left ... they were up and twining around the canes by early June and then caught up with progress in other years. I may well do the same again next year as it gives me much more space to play with.

I only do one sowing each year ... I find they usually keep producing well until late Sept/early Oct so that's enough for us.

Goodness knows where we're going to put the beans and the corn this year ... the freezer is full of gooseberries and raspberries as well as blackberries from last year. We'd better do some intensive eating ....... :lol:
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby liketocook » July 25th, 2018, 4:20 pm

My conservatory basically becomes a huge greenhouse from April to June much to the amusement of family and friends :D .
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » July 25th, 2018, 5:45 pm

Our windowsills have a similar look at that time of year :lol:
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Zosherooney » July 25th, 2018, 9:28 pm

I only have one cucumber plant (thank god) it has already produced 3 good cucs. and more to come. GH tomatoes are not yet ripening, but hanging baskets are now turning red. I have one runner bean plant and the biggest beans are only 3" long. Courgettes are plentiful, we had one for lunch in a Mexican flavoured batter, with salt and lime juice :chops: French beans are nearly over but we had a great crop and they were gorgeous. I have a sweet corn plant but I think it may be the baby sweetcorn variety? It is very bijoux !
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » July 26th, 2018, 12:37 pm

we've had a few ripe, outdoor, cherry tomatoes.
plant another row of dwarf french beans - you should still have time for another crop.

if you only have the one sweetcorn plant the cobs will be 'bijoux' because they're unfertilised.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » July 26th, 2018, 1:24 pm

We have ripe outdoor Sungold toms :chops:

Supper's mezze tonight will include courgettes and golden beet ... probably grated/sliced raw with a salad dressing of some sort along with a mint, pea and couscous salad. Lots of mint in the garden too.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby StokeySue » July 26th, 2018, 5:35 pm

Sounds like everything is going well

Oddly the only thing that failed to survive my holiday was the winter savory. Both plants. I am continuing to water and will try cutting back. My Thai basil was looking really awful, pinched it out and fed it, and it looks great just now.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » August 1st, 2018, 10:36 am

Went out to inspect the veg patch to see if we can have sweetcorn with our supper (we can :hungry: ) and found a Nicandra pysaloides (Shoo Fly plant) growing amongst the corn

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It's not far from a birdseed feeder, so that explains how it got there.

Looking forward to seeing the flowers open ...
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » August 1st, 2018, 10:56 am

My sweetcorn seems to be flowering. Has it gone wrong?!
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » August 1st, 2018, 11:25 am

It should have male flowers at the top with lots of pollen on like this

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The cobs then form on the stems and have silks ... when the pollen has fallen on the silks they turn dark brown and that is when the cobs are ripe.

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In this pic the silks are just beginning to turn colour.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » August 1st, 2018, 7:11 pm

I checked and I do have some ears of corn coming. The last time I tried to grow them was in 1999, so I'd forgotten.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » August 1st, 2018, 7:49 pm

I have just harvested the elephant garlic. It's not really elephantine in proportion, but I am looking forward to trying some. I may grow more next year. I only had about 5 plants, 3 of which the gardeners weeded up :evil:

I have a few cucumbers and the one courgette plant that survived the Oasesbox is now doing well, and has a big courgette on it - the rest of my courgette plants are a bit manky now. There's a two foot tromboncini fruit. I should probably harvest the soy beans.
Pyramid strawberries not doing so well.
Summer sprouting broccoli and kale survived holiday neglect, as did the sunflowers. I planted some in the garden and the rest in the bottom segment of a decomissioned beehive composter, with swell gel stuff and terracotta balls on top to help retain moisture. They are small golden brown/red ones.
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