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Post by Chilli-head on 3rd February 2020, 9:56 pm

I haven't ventured out yet. I have a gooseberry bush to move to a space where it will be netted easily. The greenhouse to scrub, and by the end of the month, sowing tomatoes, chillies and maybe some early salad leaves.

I see some people getting excited by the warm weather to sow these early crops already. But what about the light ? Harder to provide I think than heat, without it tomates go "leggy", meaning fewer trusses before the plant hits the house roof.
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Post by freebird on 4th February 2020, 10:18 am

We are going to be away for a while in early March, so I probably won't sow anything until we get back. I do need to prep an asparagus bed and order some crowns, though.

I've just discovered that there are allotments here. I had tried to find out when we moved and come to the conclusion there weren't any. Someone I met on Friday is going to take me to hers so I can have a look - apparently there are currently some free. This may change things for me in respect of how the garden is developed. If I do take up an allotment, I would probably use it for the long-standing crops such as the root crops, potatoes, onions and brassicas, where frequent attention isn't so vital.

I'll keep you posted.
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Post by FloBear on 6th February 2020, 4:32 pm

I did buy a couple of packets of seeds yesterday!
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Post by Dandelion on 7th February 2020, 5:05 pm

I must admit to having sown a few tomatoes, just a few, so that I will have some early plants in case our weird weather goes on being mild. I would hate to think that I had missed the opportunity to bring a couple of early plants on in the greenhouse. But yes, the seedlings are already stretching a bit, so I will be burying them deep when I pot them on!!

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Post by Chilli-head on 13th February 2020, 9:46 pm

Just done my seed order. This year I'm going to try growing my own cumin, which I haven't tried before, and lemon grass which I have - and allows you to make lemon grass ice cream, which is exquisite.

Also some chocolate Fatali and 7 pot yellow chillies fell into my basket ... Very Happy
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Post by freebird on 14th February 2020, 8:56 am

Still waiting to hear if I have an allotment.

Not sure what I am going to grow this year. So much infrastructure to complete, I will probably concentrate more on that. Have all my soft fruit to look forward to, and the rhubarb has several inches of stalk showing now.
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Post by Dandelion on 15th February 2020, 9:37 pm

Does cumin need hot weather to be successful, CH?

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Post by Chilli-head on 16th February 2020, 2:45 pm

I will be able to answer that one later in the year DL ! I assumed it would be a bit like Dill.

Today I noticed the chilli plant I have in the conservatory is flowering Very Happy Given it a top up of compost, a light prune and cleared off the aphids with soft soap. Looking forward to some early fruits !
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Post by Chilli-head Today at 1:14 pm

I plan to go and have a look at the allotment this weekend, and harvest some leeks. Possibly with a fishing net Rolling Eyes
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