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Post by Chilli-head on 6th November 2017, 1:20 pm

Hopefully the last planting job of 2017, broad beans. This time I have put them in only in the kitchen garden plot at home, they don't enjoy the cold heavy clay at the lotty. Just a short row of Aquadulche, I'll put some spring planting ones in at the lotty later - I'm going to try De Monica there.

C-H Jnr seems to have taken a liking to rhubarb. I always hated it as a child, but I am warming to it, so have stuck in the odd crown at the allotment to give it a go. Hopefully it will be happy with the barrow load of "good stuff" I mulched it in with.

I've got a fair bit of my manure pile form last year's trailer load, so I've been layering that on everywhere I can. It did make getting things ready to plant up in spring a lot easier last year, the ground seems to stay quite a bit more workable. It might suppress some weeds, but brings with it its own weed problems - most likely the Calendula volunteers that I've allowed to spread rather because they make the plot look cheerful - but they at least pull up easier from the crumbly mulch than sodden clay.

As you may know, I'm keen on experimenting in the garden. One experiment this year that will not be repeated is going without environmesh for brassica and leeks. The idea was that not only did the mesh make weeding difficult, but it also protected the slugs, snails and caterpillars (one cabbage white always seems to get in !) from the birds, and maybe removing it would, in classic organics style, allow nature to do its thing. After one year of picking out caterpillars from the broccoli, and losing lots of leeks to leek moth, I think that's conclusive that the mesh is needed if insecticides are to be avoided.

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Post by Dandelion on 6th November 2017, 10:04 pm

Broad beans sown here too (in pots) - will see how they do. They haven't been too brilliant for the last two years but never say die...
We arrived home in the dark on Friday evening after visiting my mother in hospital. I had left the hens inthe garden when we went out, so checked that they had gone back into to their little hut and locked them in. It wasn't until the next morning with the cold light of day that I discovered that in my absence they had forced their way in to the greenhouse and trashed all the lower leaves of my French beans which had been sitting there quite happy in big pots, providing us with the occasional treat of fresh beans. Interestingly they hadn't touched the beans, but I don't think the plants are long for this world!!

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Post by FloBear on 7th November 2017, 1:13 pm

Little bu**ers, Dandelion!
Mind you, I thik you've probably had a good deal out of those beans if they are/were still cropping.
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Post by freebird on 8th November 2017, 8:43 am

I decided to try again with the Red Grenoble lettuce seeds + a few other winter salad leaves that got missed in September. Sowed them last week and put in heated propagator - only at about 12-14*C, just to keep night time temps from dropping. So far all germinated except the lettuces again. If no joy in another week, I shall send the seed pack back with a cross letter!
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Post by Dandelion on 8th November 2017, 11:58 am

This is more like 'Autumn sowing on the November windowsill' - I had a go at pea shoots, as I had a bag of dried seeds from last year's Tutankhamun peas. I sowed them in a seed tray of compost and started them off in the greenhouse, but when the weather got much colder I brought them inside. I think I probably let them get a bit big (they were about six inches tall when I cut them) but they did provide me with a couple of salads for work. And who doesn't love free food??

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Post by Chilli-head on 8th November 2017, 12:10 pm

I use up odds and ends of pea seeds for salad pea shoots in spring; they can usually be picked over a few times then, maybe they will not regrow so much in autumn ? Still, I think they are pretty tasty as saladings go.
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