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Post by Chilli-head on 2nd May 2018, 5:28 pm

I have battled on at the allotment, but not much is planted. I've moved in some raspberries and asparagus, but sowing seed still seems like a little way off - it is pretty sodden, and I am rather busy.

The little kitchen garden plot at home is lighter land, so I've put in some sugar snap peas. Loads of stuff that should have happened in April is still waiting !
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Post by Dandelion on 2nd May 2018, 7:37 pm

The thing which really needs controlling in our garden is the grass. I can't really call it a lawn (as 'lawn' makes you think of sweeping stretches of grass with maybe a stately cedar on it, where families can have leisurely picnics...) Our grass is there for the hens to graze on and also to help with the compost heap (and it's also better at soaking up rain than decking!) plus it's such a beautiful colour. But with all the rain we've had, and the fact that the hens are still cooped up (literally) in their run, the grass has gone completely mad and needs attention.

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Post by FloBear on 7th May 2018, 10:03 am

I had tomato seeds from the swap which are getting going now but I can't find out whether the two from the Real Seed catalogue are cordon or bush types.
If whoever has grown them can remember, I would be grateful to know, otherwise I'll just try and guess from their habits when they get going.
The varieties are: Larger Dr Carolyn Pink and Jen's Tangerine.
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Post by Dandelion on 7th May 2018, 3:38 pm

That was me - Dr C Pink is definitely a cordon, and I'm pretty sure Jen's Tangerine is too (but I didn't write anything down!)

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Post by FloBear on 7th May 2018, 7:14 pm

Thanks, Dandelion. I would have treated them as cordons if possible as they are fairly close together in their containers and don't have room to bush out.
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Post by Chilli-head on 10th May 2018, 9:12 pm

Having escaped the onion fields of Chartres, I made it home in time to pot on a lot of squashes today. As I'm a bit hard pressed for time this year, I may just fill the lotty with squashes and direct sown beans. Squashes are so good at out-competing the weeds !
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Post by Chilli-head on 14th May 2018, 2:19 pm

Back to onions in Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire Champions, even. I raised some in 1" modules, and some in a large pot as per leeks. The ones in the modules were showing obvious signs of running out of something - yellowing a bit. The ones in the pot looked healthier. The modules were very easy to transplant, whereas the ones in the pot needed untangling, took more care to get at a sensible planting depth and flopped around a lot. We shall see which establish the better.

Before planting anything out, I had to clear a multitude of weeds, Some beds I had not covered with a mulch; much worse grass weeds, and annual weed. The beds I'd given a top dressing of a couple of inches of rotted manure were clear of all those - but covered in horsetails ! I conclude that I won't be able to go no-dig until I've got the horsetail under control, which - given that there are few effective herbicides, none available to amateurs, and digging out is not possible without a JCB - will probably never happen. Real shame; all the other weeds were much better controlled in the un-dug, manured plots. If only I didn't have horsetails, it would be a very much easier approach.

Also planted the tomatoes into their final places in the greenhouse, and a couple of cucumbers. Look very happy for their extra space.
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Post by Ploshkin on 17th May 2018, 9:42 pm

I've finally got something in the garden.  A bit late but my 2nd earlies are planted.  A variety called Kestrel which I've done before and are excellent.  I had to clear last year's bean netting and remove a serious amount of weeds, mainly creeping buttercup.  I haven't yet started anything else to grow outside.
Tomatoes are planted out in the polytunnel.  I've cut down the plants from 12 to 9 as I struggled to keep up with production last year.  The nights are still cold but everything seems to be doing ok.  There are pods on the dwarf pea plants and strawberries are turning red.
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Post by Dandelion on 18th May 2018, 1:47 pm

I've finally managed to get some tomatoes planted out in the Easy2Grow module system, in the greenhouse, and the tank filled up. My operation now has a date (June 9th) so i have a time scale to work to. I've put up canes for runner beans, which this year I'll plant directly into the soil and let them take their chance, rather than plant early in pots. The fruit will sort itself out - rhubarb is doing its thing, and there are promising buds on the strawberries as well as the Tayberry.

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Post by FloBear on 21st May 2018, 11:38 am

Funny how this thread title has turned out - as in there has been no rain to speak of for at least a couple of weeks now. Well, here there hasn't.
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Post by Ploshkin on 21st May 2018, 12:07 pm

Unusually, none here either.
We waited and waited for the ground to be dry enough to get the tractor on to spread fertiliser and now we're kicking the stuff down the cracks in the ground whim the cattle are still eating silage.  I really don't like to say we could do with some rain but we could.
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Post by Dandelion on 21st May 2018, 4:18 pm

Funnily enough I was just going to be the third person to say the same!! I was planting out sunflowers yesterday which I had started off in pots - a chisel would have been more use than a trowel!

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Post by FloBear on 21st May 2018, 6:36 pm

We had a thunderstorm and a heavy but very short-lived shower. Sent poor dog into a trembling blur but he's fine once it stops.
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