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Post by Chilli-head on 1st June 2020, 7:11 pm

Another month.  My sowing and planting is easing off now, room for a few more peas etc, but mostly done.  Now it's mostly watering, weeding and the first pickings.  

I noticed my blackcurrants just starting to change colour, but more importantly, my prarie fire chillies are starting to pass through orange on their way to red Very Happy


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Post by freebird on 1st June 2020, 9:24 pm

I'm happy to say that the sowing and planting is easing off here too. It was all a bit frantic for a while, with suddenly acquiring the allotment. Hoping to have a window of time in which to complete the site preparation for the intended new greenhouse, before serious veg picking and preserving begins.
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Post by Chilli-head on 6th June 2020, 3:14 pm

I've just put in a wigwam of climbing beans, a row of dwarf beans, and one of peas. Now home, and a monsoon has started ! Thunderbolts and lightning - glad I'm not still at the lotty ! But at least they will get watered in.
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Post by Dandelion on 7th June 2020, 10:31 pm

You certainly have exciting weather where you live, CH!

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Post by freebird on 20th June 2020, 9:41 am

A broad bean / bee question.

I bought in some broad bean plants because I wanted an early start. Planted them out in my new garden veg bed, where they seemed to languish rather unhappily. Tbh I was on the point of digging them out and moving them, when they picked up. All the plants have been covered in flower, but now have almost no beans on them.

Is it likely that while they were flowering it was just too cold for pollinators (we had that really late mid-May frost for 5 nights), as the flowers didn't appear damaged by the cold although I had given the plants some protection overnight.

Much later, I sowed a different variety of broad bean and put the plants into a large planter. They have fared somewhat better, with pollinated flowers at least half way up the stems. However, these were flowering at pretty much the same time as the original bean plants, which suggests that bees were out and about. The other difference between the two plantings is that I put a fine net windbreak around the ones in the planter.

Any thoughts on this? Might be one for you, Ploshkin, at least on the bee side.
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Post by Ploshkin on 21st June 2020, 10:34 am

Even though we had the frosts it wasnt particularly cold in the daytime and bumble bees get out and forage in a much bigger weather window than honey bees.
My broad beans in the polytunnel did really well, there haven't been anything like the usual number of bumbles in there but once in they tend to hang around.
My plum and damson trees had loads of blossom this year and the flowers weren't noticeably damaged by the frost but I haven't got one single fruit so I suspect the frost has some bearing.
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Post by freebird on 22nd June 2020, 2:47 pm

As an extra to the above, I was talking to one of the other plot holders at the allotments this morning. Her broad beans were just like mine - they'd had loads of flower and almost no beans. The allotments are probably about 100 feet lower than our garden.
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Post by Chilli-head on 22nd June 2020, 3:24 pm

I picked (and ate !) the last of my broad beans yesterday. Nice, but not plentiful. They were sown in November and the rows were a bit gappy, so maybe that's part of the reason.

I never get more than one flush of beans off mine. The first half dozen flowers per stem maybe make full pods, the rest of the flowers higher up the stem either don't set or abort. And although I normally take Geoff Hamilton's word as the definitive truth, I have tried following his advice of cutting down almost to the ground in the hope of getting regrowth and a second crop - but it never works for me.

Better news is that, despite being in some senses a failure, my attempt to grow cumin bolted before I had even planted it out. But, I have a pot of bolted cumin with seeds on it. Perhaps even more than I sowed Laughing But it does mean together with my seeds from the bolted coriander, I may have a chance of a completely home grown curry Very Happy
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Post by freebird on 22nd June 2020, 6:30 pm

My coriander bolted really quickly too, as did my rocket (about 3 days after I planted it out!). But I have read that some crops, like the oriental greens, fare much better for being sown after mid summer. So, I'm going to try again with both of those in the next week or so.
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Post by Ploshkin on 22nd June 2020, 7:03 pm

All my brassicas have had a major attack by mealy aphid. I had to resort to some (probably now illegal) chemical. I sprayed both sides of every leaf on every plant. I think it did the trick, theyre looking a bit better now. I thought the whole lot were doomed.
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Post by FloBear on 23rd June 2020, 8:42 am

Almost all the greens I sowed in a raised bed for the chickens have bolted - including spinach, parsley and coriander. Even the perpetual spinach has started to bolt now and that's normally bomb-proof. However, some that self-seeded a couple of years ago has popped up in the ground so the girls will get their greens.
Broad beans did well in the end after loads of flower and nothing setting for quite a while.
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Post by Chilli-head on 23rd June 2020, 10:50 am

The great thing about coriander is that if it bolts, you get coriander seed. If it doesn't, you get leaf and maybe seed later - if it dries in time. The cumin I don't think the leaves are useful, and usually the challenge is having a long enough season, so maybe it has done me a favour by bolting.

Rocket - I prefer Italian wild rocket, when it bolts the leaves are finer, but with a really good peppery heat, much better than the early leaves IMHO. And then it self seeds so you don't need to sow it the following year. My lettuce is thinking of bolting now, it has done better than normal as I've moved the garden veggie plot path to create a patch under the apple trees for the strawberries, and room for a shady row of lettuce - they seem to fare better than in full sun. When I say path, it is a series of concrete pacing slabs 1x2', in the gaps between I've planted alternate thyme and chamomile, which looks nice.
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