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edited 7 March 2019 at 10:14AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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  • unrecordingsunrecordings Forumite
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    Strimming here tomorrow too assuming my feet haven't melted

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    Another one here who doesnt have much success with caulis. I have tried and tried over the years from seed and get to the small plant stage and they die on me.

    Bought plug plants earlier this year and have picked 3 wonderful caulis up to now! :T Still more to come. Wont waste my time in future with seeds.

    Ive never grown spring cabbage. Think I read that they go in around now. Anyone got any tips?

    Oh........and still not picked any courgettes yet :(
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  • Suffolk_lassSuffolk_lass Forumite
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    Strimming here tomorrow too assuming my feet haven't melted

    So the top tips to counter water retention are to eat less salt, avoid refined carbs (bread, sugar, processed foods) and do eat or drink dandelion, drink more water, increase avocado and tomato for increased potassium, increase B6 (walnuts as a snack!) and magnesium - nuts, whole grains, dark chocolate :o and leafy, green vegetables - well the last two groups work for pre-menstrual women :rotfl: - and keep your feet elevated if you are being inactive but a little walking about will help disperse it - you don't want it going "stagnant" - a bit of gentle ankle and foot massage helps disperse it too, if Mrs Un will oblige.

    I would rather do it without taking a tablet as you may gather...

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    Without going into too much detail, turns out I was leaking from a hole in my foot - bit of kitchen roll & masking tape sorted that out. Didn't get much done in the garden though, but pulled my first beetroot, nice leaves but a very small (bean sized) root - just big enough for the ramen along with some garlic chives, last year's kale still hanging on, some use them or bin them onions, the better bits of some yellowing courgettes, some chard (first ever) and nasturtium leaves

    I've one tomato that's just turning - but it's got blossom end rot, and looks pretty ugly - will need to investigate tomorrow (and pick the jostaberries & more raspberries before the squirrels get them)

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    Just looked up Jostaberries - sound interesting - what is the prevailing flavour like?

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    Just looked up Jostaberries - sound interesting - what is the prevailing flavour like?

    Not sure yet, we inherited one when SIL/BIL moved house - it only started fruiting last year. Kind of a cross between blackcurrants & gooseberries. The one I had yesterday was a little overripe, but there were some greener ones that might be a bit more tart/gooseberry

    Looking at this website, looks like it's a nice hybrid with extended harvesting season (earlier for tart/later for sweet)

    https://www.allotment-garden.org/fruit/jostaberries-growing/

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  • ancientmumancientmum Forumite
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    Morning,
    I posted here ages ago, but have been reading along since then, learning from the more expert people, I took over a neglected allotment in March, and have spent time since then clearing small patches of weeds to plant some crops and benefitting from what was already there.
    Blackcurrants - these have been left to grow wild, I'll cut them back in the autumn but they have produced lots of fruit.
    Rhubarb- well established, probably need thinning but again producing well
    Raspberries - The canes were bare in March, I read some advice about pruning well back for autumn fruiting so thought "oh well, I'll see what happens" and chopped them down. Most have recovered and producing fruit now, so they appear to be summer fruiting. Part of the site was covered with black plastic. Under this I found a couple of white baby plants. I left them to grow and they are now large and bushy but not producing fruit.
    Potatoes - I planted these and have got a good haul of second earlies so far, and healthy looking plants for the later varieties.
    Courgette(s) - I lost all the ones I put out early to a cold night in May. Replanted some more seeds and have got just one plant growing. It has flowers but no fruit yet. There are several plants nearby so I am hoping they will come in time.
    Tomatoes, runner beans = these are quite late compared to what most of you are reporting, flowers only on the tomatoes so far, and none on the beans although they are growing well.
    Beetroot - only one of the seeds I planted has grown well, with a good show of leaves. I'm going to pull it at the weekend, hoping for one big enough for a salad
    Mangetout - after a slow start this is suddenly beginning to produce, and I've got another row growing for some later on.
    I'm eating rogue chard, strawberries and have rescued some parsnips,but not tried them yet. I've planted purple sprouting broccoli and cabbage, carrots and onions. It's a steep learning curve, I'm keeping notes so I can see what works and what doesn't.
    Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read this essay, I will keep reading for advice and encouragement, and better get off now to do some work on the plot!
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  • unrecordingsunrecordings Forumite
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    ancientmum wrote: »
    Morning,
    I posted here ages ago, but have been reading along since then, learning from the more expert people, I took over a neglected allotment in March ---
    Blackcurrants - these have been left to grow wild, I'll cut them back in the autumn but they have produced lots of fruit.

    Welcome !
    We've just picked our blackcurrants (Ben Connan) and yesterday the jostaberries, all being washed/dried/frozen as I type. I'm desperate to prune them and finally tidy that corner of the garden, but will just have to wait.

    In terms of figuring out what works, I use a spreadsheet for planning & calendar as a simple diary - the spreadsheet can get as lazy or complicated as I like as I tend to renew it every year (apart from the basic rotation plan)

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  • unrecordingsunrecordings Forumite
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    Just noticed Gardeners World is 9pm tonight instead of Friday

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  • zafiro1984zafiro1984 Forumite
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    Welcome Ancientmum, all my blackcurrant bushes have finished now, the birds have have had the ones I didn't pick but I must get in amongst them and cut out all the brambles before they completely take over.

    I have had a few bushes of Jostaberries in the past but have dug them out as I never found they gave a respectable crop. I'm of a mind to try growing red and white currants, I believe white currants are very sweet and I have space for some.

    Had a lovely surprise yesterday DH put a misting system in the smaller polytunnel and has enough to do the bigger tunnel over the next few days (he got it at a farm auction for next to nothing) It is zoned so I can choose what bit to water and for how long - saves so much time.

    The sweetcorn is in flower, really looking forward to that in a few weeks time. Hopefully there'll be enough to freeze as well as eat fresh, I love it on the barbecue - talking of which we haven't had one this year, not because the weather has been cold but because we haven't had time.

    Today picked mangetout, carrots, runners, red beetroot, some very small courgettes. Planted out dwarf beans, kohl rabi, salad leaves, golden beetroot and fennel. Sowed wallflowers, sweet Williams, endive and basil.

    The onions are magnificent, a couple of months to go before pulling them up but the problem will be;- I think they will be too large to store well and I'll have to slice and freeze them -serves me right for watering and feeding them.

    I believe the weather will get even hotter next week. I moan when it's cold and moan when its very hot. I really shouldn't be so ungrateful.
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