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Post by Chilli-head on 6th July 2019, 4:42 pm

So, just spotted it is a few days into July and I haven't sorted the garden yet  !

I've just come in from clearing where the broad beans have finished and sowing another row of Lusaka sugarsnap peas.  Cleared away I don't know how much foetid cat s**t.  Ghastly.  Particularly on a hot day.  Do pet owners have no sense of smell, I wonder ?


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Post by Dandelion on 6th July 2019, 5:32 pm

I'm not a cat owner so we have quite a few of other people's cats in our garden (one of which stalks the hens which annoys me a bit). I wonder if cat owners never experience the same amount of cat poo that us catless people have to put up with, as it's all round in someone else's garden!!

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Post by Dandelion on 20th July 2019, 11:43 am

I have a purple sprouting broccoli question - I now have four healthy looking plants (in their own little enviromesh cage to protect them from aphids and cabbage white!!) Do I pinch out the growing point on the plants to make them bushy and produce more sprouts? And if so, do I let it have purple sprouts before I pinch it out or can I do it now?

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Post by freebird on 20th July 2019, 12:41 pm

I'm not a P.S. expert, but I just let the plants grow 'unpinched'. They develop a main central head, similar to calabrese but smaller, which of course you cut and eat. The side sprouts come after that. If you have four plants, why not pinch out two and leave two, and see what happens.
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Post by Dandelion on 21st July 2019, 3:44 pm

Great idea - thank you!

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Post by FloBear on 21st July 2019, 8:03 pm

Dandelion, are these the ones you grew from the seed I sent? I was a dismal seed-sowing failure this year and sowed nothing. I just picked the broccoli I wanted and there always seemed to be more coming. The heads were small but plentiful.
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Post by Dandelion on 21st July 2019, 9:40 pm

Yes, I did sow a little seed, and got four nice plants. I've only grown PSB once before, and as it got covered with caterpillars before we could eat any, it was a spectacular failure, so I didn't learn anything about how to pick it!!

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Post by Chilli-head on 23rd July 2019, 11:27 am

I guess you lot are all farther west in the country than us, so might not have the same scale of problem, but how do you keep anything growing well with so little rain ? Well, water constantly seems to be the obvious answer, but we are urged to save water. At home we can re-use mildly "grey" water, but at the allotment, the water but is long empty, so the hose is the only solution. I fear my attempt to grow fennel again is not going to go well with this hot weather. 30C here today and tomorrow meltt
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Post by FloBear on 23rd July 2019, 12:13 pm

We are pretty dessicated here too, CH. Even the pond plants are dying as I can't keep the big pond topped up.

The weather systems that come in from the W or SW tend to head for the north of the county and miss us. The ones that come across the channel are short-lived and usually bring heat at this time of year.

Lots of things are going to seed - including the fennel - so I shall no doubt be culling fennel forests next year!
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