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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 1st Jan 17, 11:14 AM
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    The great, good and not so good bits about growing your own dinner 2017
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    • 1st Jan 17, 11:14 AM
    The great, good and not so good bits about growing your own dinner 2017 1st Jan 17 at 11:14 AM
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    Hello folks and welcome to the 2017 grow your own thread

    Everyone is welcome. Come and tell us about your growing shenanigans

    What do you like to grow?

    Are you going to try anything different this year?

    Did you try anything different last year? Did you like it? Would you grow it again?

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    Happy new year, and happy growing!


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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 1st Jul 17, 7:33 AM
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    Had some decent downpours of rain this week, which makes the plants grow - whether theyre desired plans or otherwise

    Up to the plot for me this weekend.
    I got sent a video last night of the tremendous fence my plot neighbour has put up for me. He's even hung my plot number sign (I hand painted it on an old slate roof tile) on the gate he's made for me

    So I definitely need to go and check that out.
    Plan of attack for this weekend is to get the sweetcorn in and clear another double pallet pollar bed area.

    But first, coffee and porridge.

    Happy growing to all

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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 1st Jul 17, 12:37 PM
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    Morning everyone. At last a dry day when I don't have to do paid stuff. The ground is still too wet to cut the grass today but so far I have repotted some of my tomato plants into individual large tubs. They were struggling in the grow bags so I have nothing to lose. Some have fruits on so I'd rather not lose them.

    I have also dug a new flower bed. Just need to get planting and put lots of compost on there.

    Also beginning to get a handful of strawberries each day, lots of peas and the runner beans are flowering.
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 1st Jul 17, 9:08 PM
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    Went out for the first time in a few days. All the blackcurrants have disappeared and there's evidence of pigeons bouncing up and down on them to get at the fruit. Outdoor courgettes are losing the battle, but indoor ones are still fine. Raspberries are starting to fruit here, again signs of pigeon bounce. Not sure what's happening with my beans, they seem to have stalled...
    • smeeinnit
    • By smeeinnit 2nd Jul 17, 10:44 AM
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    Went out for the first time in a few days. All the blackcurrants have disappeared and there's evidence of pigeons bouncing up and down on them to get at the fruit. Outdoor courgettes are losing the battle, but indoor ones are still fine. Raspberries are starting to fruit here, again signs of pigeon bounce. Not sure what's happening with my beans, they seem to have stalled...
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Some of my crops seem to have stalled too, cucumber, beans, courgettes mostly, presume it was down to the cold weather last week.

    Potatoes however are coming thick and fast, gave 6lb to family yesterday, still got several more pots of first earlies to harvest

    Lots of tomato plants setting fruit now, strawberries have all but finished and I noticed a couple that ripened during the week have been eaten. Been back and forth to my mums all week as she has been very poorly, so the garden was a bit neglected

    At home all day today, weather looks good so will get a wiggle on and tend to the crops and maybe pot up some bedding plants.

    Have a good day all
    Let's get ready to bumble!
    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 3rd Jul 17, 7:00 AM
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    Morning All
    Couldn't sleep so decided to get up and get going a bit early. I think the stalled veggies are down to the extreme weather we've had - I'm sure they'll pick up once things even out a bit. Any yellowing of leaves on curcubits could mean lack of magnesium. I give them a feed of epsoms salts on the leaves.

    My sweetcorn seems to have bolted - never had that happen before. I only had a few minutes down at the plot yesterday so I'll take a closer look today when I have a bit more time.

    Everything else is doing fine. Lots of raspberries which are delicious, plenty of courgettes and peas and the overwintered onions are all ready to be strung now. Also the green bed is doing well.

    I potted on a few more lettuces yesterday and sorted out the July seeds. I really need to get on with the weeding as they are really taking over some of the plots.
    Happy growing.
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 3rd Jul 17, 8:40 AM
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    Question on onions:

    How do you know when they are ready to pull?

    Was too bring and sunny for me and my allergy to go up the plot with yesterday. Plus silly dog has cut his pad, so spent all day trying to deal with that, it keeps bleeding on and off despite being a small tiny cut! With any luck, I'll be able to go up the plot by myself this afternoon if it stays this cloudy. My growhouse bits need watering.

    I've also scored a wormery for the price of petrol from their house to mine, so thats awesome! Just need to buy some worms for it.I think I'll site that up at the allotment behind the growtunnel as it'll have some shade/wind protection then.

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    • Kantankrus Mare
    • By Kantankrus Mare 3rd Jul 17, 9:16 AM
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    Onions are ready when the green stalk starts folding over.

    Mine are all laid on a shelf in greenhouse drying out which was an idea that paid off after the downpours we had last week.
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 3rd Jul 17, 9:58 AM
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    Onions are ready when the green stalk starts folding over.

    Mine are all laid on a shelf in greenhouse drying out which was an idea that paid off after the downpours we had last week.
    Originally posted by Kantankrus Mare
    Excellent - thankyou.
    I shall await the Big Flop
    Hopefully I'll have 3 nice ones to pull up to enter into our allotment show at the end of the month, be nice to participate

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    • maisymoo5
    • By maisymoo5 3rd Jul 17, 6:17 PM
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    could really do with some help with my cucumber. This is the first year I have grown anything and I can't remember what the cucumber variety was. I now have quite a few small cucumbers on it and one largish one at the bottom which I was thinking about harvesting. I just had a look at some youtube videos and am now more confused than ever. I had no idea I needed to identify male and female flowers (I have a lot of flowers). Is it too late for me to pick the males if i can work which they are? I don't want bitter cucumbers but then I've read some varieties need both male and female flowers to be left on. Any advice gratefully received. I can try and take a photo of it if it will help to identify it. It is curling and has sharpish nodules/spikes along it.
    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 4th Jul 17, 8:53 AM
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    Morning All
    It's a nice cool day here in Gloucestershire. Hope it's good where ever you are.

    I brought the over-wintered shallots and red onions home last night to dry out under the umbrella. They look pretty good only 4 that need to be used straight away all the other can be plaited. I'll bring the white onions back later in the week. And I dug up the last of the rocket earlies. So on to the charlottes now.

    Maisymoo5 it sounds as though you have something like marketmore or masterpiece - both are ridged cus that have little spikes. If they are outside don't worry about them the bees will pollinate them. They only get bitter if you leave them on too long. Do give them a good potash feed every couple of weeks when they start to flower as they use up plenty of energy. Water regularly - the male flowers just fall off and leave the females there. Maybe you are looking at specialist cus on youtube. Picking them small will encourage the plant to keep flowering.

    All the best
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    • maisymoo5
    • By maisymoo5 5th Jul 17, 12:10 PM
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    thank you so much fruittea. I water them at least once a day and twice on hot days like this. I will harvest the largish one this evening for supper (can't wait - so excited) and will feed them with potash as you recommend. Thank you again.
    • Fruittea
    • By Fruittea 6th Jul 17, 9:28 AM
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    Morning Everyone

    It's already too hot for outside!

    I've ordered some blackberry plants for hanging baskets. They were on offer from T & M and I couldn't resist. The new fence in the front garden looks a bit bare so I thought they might brighten it up a bit. Well they're on their way - so we'll see how they go.

    Brought back 5 kilos of white onions yesterday. All good and some nice sizes to - so I'll plait them up for storage and use.

    The blueberry plants are show ripened fruit so that's another addition to the crop - I'll eat a few and freeze them as they come. I think I have about 10 plants in pots and at the end of the season I'm keeping an eye on them as I plan to take cuttings from the most prolific and grow some on as it's a crop I really enjoy. I'll let you all know which I think is best - so far it's Blueberry Denise.

    How was the cucumber Maisymoo5 - it's always lovely to try something for the very first time.

    Happy growing.
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 6th Jul 17, 7:28 PM
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    Heh. We beat the pigeons for the first year ever. One handful of huge, fat, lush, sweet and still warm from the sun Cherries from one sad looking sprig (not hefty enough to call it a twig) that emerged out the back end of the half dead mini tree.

    The borage is taller than the tree. And there's a lot of it, complete with intransigent Honey Bees. It makes navigating the patch quite tricky when the clover lawn is alive with bumbles of every size and then you have to reach through the borage to get to anything else. And I can't actually remember sowing any?


    Seems like the key to survival in a wild garden is to fill to overflowing with random plants so that things are missed by hungry beasties.


    Hasn't quite worked with the Broad Beans, as they were too big and obvious and have disappeared without trace, but the last surviving tub of runner beans has made a dash for it up the drainpipe and is coming into flower, the courgette is happily producing male flowers and, amongst the three foot high clover, buttercups and various grasses that have grown as though they were intended to be in tall and pretty drifts, the sweetcorn is starting to look like a bunch of plants.

    There is a great mass of raspberries that has collapsed over the entire back - once I've taken off the fruit, as there's far more plant than I could ever reasonably need, can I just chop the lot down, just leaving a few green shoots to get woody for next year? (the fruit appeared on old sticks).

    The thornless blackberry has also decided to get on producing flowers and fruit rather than spiny suckers once it collapsed over the other side and the nasturtiums are just scrambling about everywhere.

    The tomatoes look a bit skinny but are valiantly trying to produce a few flowers and fruit.


    And the non existent potatoes have suddenly hefted into life. I expect they'll be done for by blight, but I'll leave them in the tub nonetheless.


    It's certainly [over]full of life out there - not as much edibles as I wanted, but keeping things neat and separate only seems to have led to everything being decimated.

    But oh, it's so hot. Himself was duly sent out with the [sshhh!] hosepipe this morning, so we still have some stuff alive out the front as well. I suspect he probably hosed himself down as well in the process, as he's not doing his usual wilting waify thing in the heat.

    I am, though.

    We need some thunderstorms, please! One tonight and preferably at least one or two more in a fortnight so I don't have to endure a trip to a sports arena at my expense to supervise kids who don't actually want to be participating in sports day any more than I do. They can yell and run around on the school field quite enough already, i see no need to endure the trip and the enforced physicality of it all when I'd rather be 30 foot from the kettle, a fan and a bathroom that isn't rendered unsanitary by 750 smelly teenagers within half an hour of getting there.
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    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 6th Jul 17, 9:23 PM
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    Too hot here but continued to harvest onions and leave them in the sun (within hobbling distance of the backdoor in expectation of that thunder that never showed). Realised that it was actually squirrels eating my raspberries - it's the first time i've noticed, so i'm a little concerned they'll go for my tomatoes. Outdoor courgettes all dead bar one, i'm considering hoiking it out and putting it in a pot somewhere safe(r)
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 7th Jul 17, 6:40 AM
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    There is a great mass of raspberries that has collapsed over the entire back - once I've taken off the fruit, as there's far more plant than I could ever reasonably need, can I just chop the lot down, just leaving a few green shoots to get woody for next year? (the fruit appeared on old sticks).
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    Hi JJ - To answer your question re raspberries - there are two types. The summer fruiting ones should have leaves starting to go yellow at the tips now and these are the ones you cut down as they fruit next year on the shoots from this year. The berries on summer fruiting ones are usually smaller and very now.

    Just to confuse things, the bigger, autumn fruiting raspberries are just fruiting now. These fruit on this year's shoots, that usually bigger and more vigorous (more like a thin bramble, but growing up) - the fruits are bigger and more vigorous - they throw up new shoots around the bed - in paths (!) and wherever. You chop these down at Christmas!

    The smaller summer fruiting ones are the best for jam, and autumn for freezing to use through winter if you get a glut.
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    • Dizzy Ditzy
    • By Dizzy Ditzy 7th Jul 17, 12:49 PM
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    Afternoon growers!

    I've taken today off and done a full watering of Plot A because we've had zero rain for over a week while I was there I picked another pot full of raspberries, stripped the surprise blackcurrant bush of its fruit, and had a peek at the other one and there are tons of currants on there

    Beetroot coming ready at that plot now and I've been pulling it from the other plot regularly for the last couple of weeks I came home with a load of marrow fat peas that I wasn't expecting to be ready too so they've been podded are frozen.

    All 70+ garlic are hung up drying in various places. I've held off on the onions for the time being but they'll be next once the garlic is ready.

    I'm coming home every day with a good handful of dwarf beans. Carrots are doing well too

    8kg of gooseberries are in brewing buckets ready to be siphoned off into demijohns and left to do their thing. Rhubarb has been crap this year but like so many others, it seems to be having a second wind and has suddenly became very upright again

    Plenty of jam in the fridge and pickled beetroot in the cupboard. Beetroot cake has been made and scoffed.

    Loads of potatoes pulled up and probably about the same still to go.

    This growing lark is hard work! But worth every late night, frantically busy day and crazy brain nights
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    • tibawo
    • By tibawo 8th Jul 17, 8:13 AM
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    Morning all... not been on for a while as real life has got in the way! We harvested our first ever crop on the allotment. Granted it was potatoes I had started in bags but it was fab to see the girls faces as they pulled some up. .. usually they are bored after ten mins. There are enough for two teas and enough to spur me on to get the rest of the allotment sorted!
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 8th Jul 17, 11:19 PM
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    After a good few days without a computer I'm back up on line. We changed internet provider and that was the start of the problem.

    No rain here for ages, it's so dry, I'm spending a good half hour each night trying to do some watering. having said that the weeds are looking remarkably healthy and robust - there must be a lesson in that somewhere.

    Now pretty much self sufficient in veg, beans, tomatoes, cucs, kohl rabi, salad things, beet, pots, carrots, peas, broccoli, cabbage, courgettes
    The things coming soon will be sweetcorn (now in flower), fennel if the rabbits don't find it, celery, peppers, chillies,
    I've second sown some more carrots, peas, french beans, beetroot, kohl rabi, lettuce to hopefully take me into the Autumn.
    Main pots, onions and shallots, squash, brussels and kale are growing well.
    I think at the end of this month I need to make a move on sp broccoli, leeks and things for over wintering. I never have any success with cauliflower so I'm going to give it a miss this year.

    I've treated myself to a strimmer and I'm waiting for it to arrive. I've had to get a battery one which will give me more scope on where I can use it. Hopefully it will help me keep the place more tidy as the weeds along the paths are getting at me - literally.

    Tomorrow will be more of the same but I if I can I'll be up early before the temperature gets too much and my energy levels plummet.
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    • By Suffolk lass 9th Jul 17, 9:07 AM
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    I've treated myself to a strimmer and I'm waiting for it to arrive. I've had to get a battery one which will give me more scope on where I can use it. Hopefully it will help me keep the place more tidy as the weeds along the paths are getting at me - literally.
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    The man at the agricultural machines place that eventually sold us a hedge trimmer, said that the main thing is to use all the charge in your machine and recharge it regularly. They fail due to lack of use. Apparently all the kit is moving over to batteries so his position was that you buy the thing you like and then all the others by the same makers so that they can share the battery
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 9th Jul 17, 9:29 AM
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    Morning all. I've never had any luck with strimmers so stick to shears now for edging. Went to get them out yesterday and remembered I'd lent them to DD.

    Anyway, lots of peas, strawberries, courgettes and salad stuff at the moment.

    Runner beans growing nicely as are the leeks and onions. I only cut the grass yesterday. I need to fit in some weeding, put the last of the begonias in the flower bed, and then the greenhouse is empty apart from peppers so I'll start planting up more seeds.

    Need to plant kale and chard especially as I now have none left. I'm not good at this succession business.
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