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Post by Dandelion on 21st July 2013, 4:36 pm

So here we are in the UK, with the first really decent summer for about 7 years. We've all been keeping our fruit and veg alive over the hot sunny spell with hose, sprinkler, water butt and bath water, and things are flourishing. In my garden I have peas, runner beans, potatoes, courgettes, cabbages and cauliflowers all ready to pick and eat. The irony is that it's too hot to cook, and the heat has made the lettuces bolt so there's nothing salady to eat! I'm harvesting stuff and putting it in the fridge in the hope of some slightly cooler weather to come. Rolling Eyes 

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Post by Ploshkin on 22nd July 2013, 9:23 am

I'm in the same boat with masses of spring cabbages & it definitely isn't cabbage weather.  For the first time ever I managed to get the timing right last year for the seeds & had plants that overwintered & got going again in the spring (what spring?).  I have used quite a few which is good but I can see the rest heading for the pigs so at least they won't be wasted - they will be coming back as a bacon sandwich.
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Post by Chilli-head on 22nd July 2013, 4:54 pm

Dandelion wrote:So here we are in the UK, with the first really decent summer for about 7 years.

Well, it may be decent now, but I fear that it has come too late for a lot of crops. Particularly my chillies, which look to be producing depressingly little fruit on rather stunted plants Sad 

On the other hand, my quince tree is covered in fruit. I have never known anywhere near as much. I guess it liked being drenched at the right time - quinces are happiest growing in quite wet condiitons. A bit of rain now would be handy though; I'm concerned abount my vines, which are quite young and so haven't yet got roots down far enough to cope with a drought. And I've got grapes swelling for the first time this year ...
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Post by Dandelion on 22nd July 2013, 5:47 pm

Yes, it's really a 'swings and roundabouts' year - my new autumn fruiting rasps are very depleted, only a few of the plants making it through the winter and spring, and squashes are quite behind and slow. Oh, the other thing which has behaved very oddly this year is kohl rabi - I can normally grow this fine, but this year it's all leaf and no swollen stem. Am wondering if it's more due to having top dressed the raised bed with compost in the autumn than the weather - I suspect the compost is full of potash and nitrogen because of the chicken poo in it, but maybe not enough potassium.

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