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Re: Grow 2017

Postby peter49uk on Mon May 08, 2017 8:51 am

Good news on the growing front, suppose to warm up some this week, need it coz things are slow growing.
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby Los Martillos on Mon May 08, 2017 9:23 am

Growing mini cucumbers, carrots and lettuces this year
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby hammerdivone on Mon May 08, 2017 9:24 pm

peter49uk wrote:Good news on the growing front, suppose to warm up some this week, need it coz things are slow growing.


Bit worried about the forecast for a possible frost tomorrow night though!
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby jevs on Tue May 09, 2017 6:12 am

hammerdivone wrote:Bit worried about the forecast for a possible frost tomorrow night though!


Not put any tending stuff outside yet but put the heater on in the greenhouse last night just to take the edge off things. Will probably do the same tonight. Would hate for 5 months work to be wiped out overnight because of frost.
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby hammerdivone on Wed May 10, 2017 9:05 am

jevs wrote:Not put any tending stuff outside yet but put the heater on in the greenhouse last night just to take the edge off things. Will probably do the same tonight. Would hate for 5 months work to be wiped out overnight because of frost.


Scaped ice off the car yesterday and this morning, I'm dreading going down to see the damage now!

Greenhouse is okay with the heater so no issues there
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby FreeWheeling on Fri May 12, 2017 11:38 pm

Going to stick my neck out now and say we in the south should be good to go now chaps for planting out
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby jevs on Sat May 13, 2017 5:44 am

I'm going to plant my beans out this week. Went down to 1 deg C in the greenhouse this week. On a better note, loads of lovely rain over the last 48 hours.
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby Hampshire Hammer on Mon May 15, 2017 11:12 am

Bean poles are all ready and beans are 2 or 3 inches high in the greenhouse so I'll be planting out later this week.

Carrots, lettuce, onion and beetroot all sprouting but for some reason cucumber plants just withered and died.
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby Hammers Dad on Sat May 27, 2017 8:28 pm

Today we planted out:
Swede
Parsnips
Red Onions
White Onions
Leeks
Butternut Squash
Yellow Squash
Courgettes
Sweetcorn
Pumpkin

Let's hope we actually get something out of it all!
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby hammerdivone on Sun May 28, 2017 3:57 pm

After 7 hours weeding and pulling tons of Mares Tail root out, finally starting to look like a proper allotment.

Planted the last plants now, courgettes in tubs and in the ground, butternut squash and a cucumber. Toms and cucumber planted up in the greenhouse.

Now started potting up the hanging baskets and pots at home!

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Re: Grow 2017

Postby FreeWheeling on Sun May 28, 2017 10:14 pm

looking tidy HD

Mine looks a bloody mess at the moment, need to get my act together
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby hammerdivone on Mon May 29, 2017 10:45 am

The sunshine followed by the amount of rain we've had is a big bonus, problem is the weeds love it too!

Just have to try and keep on top of them now, although sprayed the Mares Tail again with nuclear grade weedkiller which does work to a point.

I noticed at Wisley the other week they have beds infested with it, I was going to e-mail them and ask what they do to stop it but I think I'm doing better than them at the moment!!
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby jevs on Mon May 29, 2017 11:16 am

I thought i'd irradicated marestail from work...constant spraying for about 5 years and it all went. This year, it's come up with bloody bells on in the same place after nothing for 10 years.

From what i've read, you need to wear a chemical grade rubber glove with a woollen glove over the top. Get a bucket of said nuclear grade systemic herbicide and dip the rubber glove in it whilst on your hand.

You then need to grab hold of the marestail and wound it. Apparently it has a very waxy coating which stops it absorbing stuff. Wound it with the woollen glove and that will hopefully transfer some of the weedkiller into the wounded area, making sure it absorbs the chemical.

Obviously being marestail, you would probably have to do this twice a day for the next 40 years!!!!!
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby hammerdivone on Mon May 29, 2017 12:37 pm

You're not wrong Jevs, bloody awful stuff. I'm using something called Kurtail which does seem to work reasonably well. I tend to bruise it first with foot and then spray, similar principal to the glove method but not quite as ballsachingly back braking!
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby jevs on Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:07 pm

Pretty appropriate...super film, well worth watching.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... d=b00m5pp2
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby hammerdivone on Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:09 pm

Saw it the other night, very good :thup:
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby davids cross on Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:12 pm

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Re: Grow 2017

Postby hammerdivone on Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:32 pm

I'd be happy with that :D
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Re: Grow 2017

Postby jevs on Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:32 am

How's it going guys? Picked my first courgette this week and pretty sure the first tomatoes should be very soon.

One thing i do every year is to grow a few Citrus plants from pips. I had some old lemons left over from xmas so i took all the pips out....i got 25 in the end, and put them in a seed tray. I now have 25 lemon plants!!!

They don't like to be over watered but love the sun. I also rescued a few plants from Tesco for £2 each and they're looking fab. I don't grow them for their fruits but i love the scent from the flowers so i remove all the fruits.

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Re: Grow 2017

Postby hammerdivone on Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:35 am

Picked our first courgettes and broad beans last weekend, and dug our first new potatoes. Sunday roast was delicious!!

Oh and some juicy blackcurrants and a cucumber as well.

Runners are flowering nicely, more courgettes on the way, onions, shallots and garlic coming on well and toms have started to form fruits.

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