What are you growing this year ?

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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 21st, 2019, 3:37 pm

I was toying with the idea of a fruit cage for my dwarf cherry trees. I had better get a move on if I am to do this...

I am assuming those sleeves you can get are useless?

Not sure how much fruit I will get. I think I really needed to pot them on. Plus not watered enough. I kept finding one of them on it's side :o

I really need to keep on top of things. Keep a gardening diary...?
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » May 21st, 2019, 6:29 pm

If they keep blowing over it suggests that either

the pot’s too small

the compost is too light

the compost is too dry

Or a combination of all three.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 21st, 2019, 9:29 pm

Quite, Suffs. I suspect all three. But also add in not the most stable pot from a shape point a view, and it being on uneven ground. My husband had moved it to mow the lawn. It is quite a big pot and it is a dwarf cherry, but I am sure it would like an upgrade.

I have 4. I think two I bought last year, and they haven't flowered. The others are 2 or 3 years old and had lots of flowers. Some fruit on them. I have decided to try out the sleeves.

I think they all need potting on tbh...

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To avoid the roots becoming pot bound, re-pot every year or alternate years after leaf fall. Once in its final pot, a plant can be root-pruned every other year with 30 per cent of the compost refreshed. In intervening years, replace the top layer of compost.

I'd like a root pruning demo. (I am sure you-tube can provide.)

They did get some manure on the top (er, I think.) Certainly a feed.

Some pepper plants arrived today. I thought they were chilli, but they are three different sweet peppers.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby StokeySue » May 27th, 2019, 10:17 am

I think the dahlia has decided to live

I have tiny seedlings of 5 kinds of basil and summer savory. Chervil is pending

For some reason my garlic chives have turned into a hideous mess coated in black fly. Think I’ll ditch them, I hardly use them. The seed packet said they were Chinese chives, but they weren’t, though the do have nice white flowers when not dying.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » May 27th, 2019, 12:19 pm

My third dahlia started to come up. Something is eating one of the others dahlias. Probably the black aphids I found on them... but might have been something else. I realized that my philadelphus is absolutely covered in them, so that will be where they came from. Gave it a soap squirt (!). I hope that works. I need ladybirds.

I planted out cavolo nero and put a netted dome over them, which I bought it from Harrod Horitcultural. I had hoped it might help keep slugs out as well as birds, but no chance! At keast, I can put slug things down though (there are now officially none that are entirely pet safe, but these are the ones they used to say were pet and child safe) without worrying. Also planted out sweet corn in bags for life, and moved my strawberries (possibly to a not sunny enough site, possibly in a not deep enough planter... :? ) to make way for the cocktail kiwi plant. Unfortunately, even almost empty, I cannot move the planter that the strawberries were in, so will have to wait until I have a husband back next weekend. (Unless I put the cocktail kiwi in it, but I don't think that would be a great idea, either for the plant or as an economic use of a quite long planter.)

Sorry rambling.

I am exhausted!

Still need to (as a matter of some urgency) plant out sweet potatoes, sort out various seedlings/small plants, decided what to do with superfluous tomato plants (after deciding how many are superfluous), feed and water everything, plant out cornflowers. It's hard work...! And the major tomato work (setting up quad grow) is on the horizon. At least the herbs seem to look after themselves.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » June 1st, 2019, 10:40 am

My sweet postoes are ready to go 'out'. They woill have to go in tcontainers. Anyone have any idea how big they need to be? I have a 25x15 inch grow bag affair which I am hoping will take more than one.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Zosherooney » June 1st, 2019, 11:05 pm

Not a clue Herb but will be interested to hear how they turn out...

I am not growing a lot this year due to house build etc...but I have (pickled dill type) cucs. in the GH so am saving large glass jars for pickling. Courgettes if the blasted snails leave me any ! A selection of onions and garlic. The strawberries look as though they will be better than last year so do the raspberries - fingers crossed. The blueberries are beginning to swell and hopefully should taste swell !!
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby suffolk » June 2nd, 2019, 6:35 am

I’ve never grown sweet potatoes so can’t help but I see you’ve asked the same question on GW and there’s several folk there have grown them so I’m sure someone will know.

Our Charlotte potatoes are beginning to flower so I’ll try lifting a root when we’ve run out of bought potatoes in a few days. The broad beans are cropping well ... I’ll going to have to blanch and freeze some unless we have a large helping at every meal for several weeks. The Douce de Provence peas are flowering ... I’ve not grown that variety before so am looking forward to trying them. The gooseberry bush, black currant and espalier pear are all covered with fruit so I’m
hoping for a good crop... I’m having to water them tho’ ... they need water for the fruit to swell and the ground is so dry. The blueberries get watered anyway cos they’re in pots.
The runner beans are getting up the canes rapidly and I’m watering them too, and the courgettes of course.
I left the hose trickling at the base of the grape vine for a while yesterday ... it’s putting on growth and as I say the ground is so dry.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » June 2nd, 2019, 8:52 am

i think the sweet potatoes need a deeper soil than a grow bag, pretty much the sort of depth as normal potatoes. if you look on youtube there are plenty of vids on how to grow them - although most of those are in warmer climes. mine are still pathetic.
i have been really slack and only planted out my peas and gigantes beans yesterday - the roots were rather long out through the bottoms of the paper pots. i haven't planted out the long beans yet, they have taken their time germinating and are only just moving out of the seed leaf stage. the other beans and peabeans haven't germinated - maybe i overwatered.
i have flowers on two of my grapevines, one, of unknown colour, which was a pathetic, potted one from my mother's greenhouse and bought down after she died. the other (white grape) was an (accidental) hardwood pruning from a friend's vineyard last spring. i have some other, reds, which were cuttings of different grapes i took from the same vineyard last autumn.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » June 3rd, 2019, 9:20 am

It's not a grow bag, as in tomatoes. It's over a foot (15 inches) deep - 25 inch diameter. The folk on GW forum reckon this will only accommodate one plant. I put two in... :?

I have another three. I think I could l accommodate one maybe two of these. Not sure I want to though. That's a hell of a lot of compost.

I am, alas, going to have a plant cull this week. Tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Maybe courgettes. The chillis can live for now, as only small.

I have still not sown my peas!!!

First flower on a courgette plant opened today. Still only in medium sized pots.

Cocktail kiwi went in the ground yesterday. OH dug the whole for me!!! (Lots of roots in the soil, but hopefully it can compete.)
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » June 3rd, 2019, 9:28 am

Oh on the fruit front... the birds are stripping the unripe currants (various colours). Too late for many, I put 'sleeves' on some. I htink they have also taken a lot of unripe jostaberries (they always do.) The jostaberry is HUGE now. I am still thinking about getting rid of it. Someone was interested when I mentioned this before? I think it would need pruning though. Gooseberries never seem to do well. I think they are in a bad location. The problem is, the second half of may garden has trees in it, and this is the only bit of garden where I can feasibly put things in the ground.
My dwarf cherries have very little fruit. I think I needed to put them on (probably already said this.)
Raspberries - well in bud. Maybe I should give them another feed now? (They got fertiliser in spring.) I have been watering them a bit too.
My potted blueberry does have quite a few plump fruit on it (I looked after it better than usual.) I have popped it under the cage with the cavolo nero. It's a bit shady down there, so I hope it will be ok. Don't want birds to get these too. I might get a whole handful as it is!
My first strawberry was nabbed. I need to get a fruit cage I suppose.

It's frustrating when you muck up, as it's another year before you get the chance to put it right with many things. Part of the problem is time. But next year I may instigate a gardening notebook/diary, to help me be more organized.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » June 3rd, 2019, 11:22 pm

Herbidacious wrote:Someone was interested when I mentioned this before?

that would be me, i think.
i've read that they grow to about 2m with a 2m spread so, yes, quite big for a fruit bush. they are also said to root well in a bucket of water so if you do prune, plop the cuttings in some water and see how they go - it might be easier for me to have one (or two) like that if they do - pretty please.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » June 4th, 2019, 7:26 am

Yes it would. I can certainly do that. I will google how and when to do it.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » June 6th, 2019, 8:52 am

the 'experiment' with the contents of the worm bin are on the 'good morning' thread - maybe it should have been here.
a large amount of other stuff was pricked out or potted up/on due to getting another, large bag of potting compost on tuesday.
i have rather a lot of baby basil plants. they germinated and grew rather well outside. i will do that again - it saves indoor space. i also have rather a lot of giant italian parsley to squeeze into anywhere i can find a space - and to pass on. the plant i have in the 'barren wasteland' is flowering and is about four feet tall.
i also have a very big pot of coriander that could do with splitting up it has been grown from seed that i harvested last year.
a large amount of tomatoes have been potted on. i only know the provenance of two of the types and one of those may not come true as, although they grew abundantly and with superb flavour down at the walled garden but they may have been an f1 hybrid. the others that i know are buffalo horn - three of which have been planted in the 'wormy bed'. the rest are plants that have grown from seed squeezed from tasty tomatoes into pots in the kitchen. they may be cherry, standard or beefsteak - who knows‽‽ i will and go and get some of my nice spiral supports from their storage place today.
some of the leftover soil from the 'wormy bed', enriched with the top of the worm bin, will be donated to the bed with the peas and gigantes in.
i also have quite a few cayenne pepper, a smaller number of biquino and three or four calico chilli plants to find space for, not to mention the plants that were given to me by a friend last week, that had been sitting in a bucket of water, and have now been potted up.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » June 7th, 2019, 8:33 pm

My framberry plants arrived today!

Husband caught a squirrel about to take a big bite out of a big strawberry on a plant growing in a pot. Managed to chase it off. Some strawberries down the garden have already gone missing. Perhaps a squirrel was the culprit, in which case I will need to peg my new pop up netting cover down, rather than just leave it perched on top. Tomorrow...
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » June 14th, 2019, 6:35 pm

I just ate my one and only cherry - from three dwarf trees, some of which are now a few years old. (I have another two, but only acquired this year, so didn't expect anything.)

I need to pot them on or root prune. Possibly both.

It was a very nice cherry though :)
I shall have two plums, if the birds don't eat them (should put a sleeve on them) on my one, bought last year dward plum.

I also sampled a gratifyingly plump red currant. The birds got most of my black, red and white currants, but I put sleeves around some. Need to think about netting next year. It must have been the same last year, but perhaps I was expecting fewer anyway as the plants were newish.
I have some nice plump blueberries on my potted plant (so not many) but they are taking ages to ripen.
Strawberries are being eaten, not sure what by. Not me! I have pop up cages which I shall deploy over the weekend.
I have my first courgette. The plants are not in their final pots. Too late to pot on?
Tomatoes on plants also not yet in final pots. I shall pot these on anyway. The toms that are going red on my early plant are taking ages to fully ripen.
Raspberries fruiting but a way to go.
Aubergines flowering - also not in final pot...
I have beans to plant out.
Ditto strawberries and framberries.
I wonder if any of my garlic is ready...
Cavolo nero doing ok, I think.
Sweet corn growing a bit, but no ears. Sweet potato isn't doing much. I put two in a very large container. Could I grow beans in with them? They are planted near the centre of it (maybe not the best idea but it was to accommodate a wigwam wicker support thing.)
Oh and finally, the cocktail kiwi's leaves are curling and some have littel holes in them :(
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Zosherooney » June 15th, 2019, 5:29 am

Blimey Herb, you are doing very well ! I am way behind this year.. I am experimenting with courgettes, one is in a large pot in the GH the rest are now outside. I shall be interested to see what transpires on the fruiting front.

I have 6 (polish style pickling) cucumbers in the GH. The french beans have been battered by wind and rain and they had to be slug pelleted.

My two blueberries have lots of berries and they are starting to swell, I shall have to net them before long.

Out of 6 begonia corms, I have only managed to get one to show any signs of life - there must be a magic potion I do not know about?

I do have a bed of strawberries but the birds seem to have found them, so shall have to net them too. Raspberries are liking this rain. Walnut and apple trees have lots of young fruit but I am sure some will fall off in the next few weeks.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby scullion » June 15th, 2019, 2:30 pm

i ate a home-grown strawberry this morning. i have flowers on my courgette, a few on a tomato plant and i still need to 'stick' my peas and cut some more bamboo for the 'gigantes'.
our red and blackcurrants are definitely not ripe yet but then i don't expect them to be. (i was given a white currant cutting but i think it may have succumbed to the pot drying out when we went away last year).
most of our stuff is waiting for the weather to warm up again before it'll make any effort.
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Re: What are you growing this year ?

Postby Herbidacious » June 15th, 2019, 9:31 pm

Zosh, maybe net sooner rather than later? My loss of currants to the birds occurred whilst they were still green. THis pormpted me to pop my blueberry plant under netting with the cavolo nero, but it's a bit shaded down there.

I think that it's woodlice eating my strawberries. Unless it's mice... it's not birds, as under netting, and no snail slime.


I still have a couple of cucmbers, some inca berry plants and some achoca seedlings indoors. I want to put them all outside - the cucumbers are not looking that happy - but it's so windy. Will examine the cucumbers and pot on if they need it.

I potted about 8 tomatoes into final pots inthe quadgrow this morning. The rest are not ready yet.

I haven't sown any peas. It's getting a bit late now?

I have sweet peas and beans to plant out...

I am actually feeling very behind and not sufficiently focussed. I have been very tired lately all the time and not really wanted to do anything (at all, really... :? ) I just don't seem to have the time and/or energy to get stuff done. Partly me, and partly perhaps taking too much on...?

I think I may have room to put two artichokes in the ground (they are not doing anything in pots - this is year two) if I can get sufficiently deep down.
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