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Re: 2019 begins

Postby peter » Sun May 05, 2019 7:45 pm

oldherbaceous wrote:Took advantage of the drying winds and managed to get my allotments virtually weed free, today....

If you miss the weeding please do pop over to mine. :twisted:
I have plenty of bindweed to keep you happily employed for a while. :wink: :wink:
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby oldherbaceous » Mon May 06, 2019 5:01 am

Funny you should mention bindweed, Peter, I have a couple of patches in my front garden. One that comes from under a shrub and another from a big old rose bush. And although I thought I had done a good job of getting it out again, in the Autumn, I noticed yesterday that there is a lot shooting up.

I'll have a bit more practice with mine, before I come and help with yours... :)
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby Westi » Mon May 06, 2019 6:24 pm

Ditto OH!

Lottie 1 & 2 looking prim & proper - great feeling until I remember it is like a bridge & I'll be saying (& doing) the same thing in Early Summer & Summer proper - but at least there is a bit more foliage on the plants so maybe not quite as many weeds!
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby tigerburnie » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:48 pm

Things are moving along nicely especially in the greenhouse
Sweetcorn is going for the roof again
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Hungarian Hot Wax chillies have got a gallop on this past week
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Butternut Squash just starting to flower
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby tigerburnie » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:50 pm

Tomatoes are starting to set fruit and a couple have had the growing tip nipped out
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Ridge cukes are growing some fruits too
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby tigerburnie » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:53 pm

Outside plants are coming on too
Mammoth Red Onions grown from seed sown last December in a heated propagator
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Trench celery experiment is working, just remains to be seen if I can blanch the stems ok
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Pot Leeks look pretty healthy too
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby retropants » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:37 am

I'm over the moon! I picked a 36cm perfectly straight & blemish free cucumber from my greenhouse at home! Grown steptoe-style, I didn't hold out much hope, but it is quite spectacular! This is my first harvest (apart from strawberries) after we gave up the allotment.
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby Primrose » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:52 pm

Well done Retropants . No wonder you're thrilled. That sounds a very good start to your home growing. I hope its eaten with the due reverence it deserves!
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby Westi » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:19 pm

Congrats Retropants! The fact it is straight is amazing, I don't think I have ever had a straight one, or if I had it wasn't that long!
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby retropants » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:51 am

thanks so much! after 27 years of growing veg, I didn't think I could still be this proud! I'll get a pic of what's left, only made 2 rounds of sandwiches with it so far.
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby Diane » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:06 pm

What wonderful pictures of healthy plants. I'm still awaiting the ripening of the first tomato (in the greenhouse). The raspberries didn't produce any fruit this year. However, sweetcorn is looking good. I think I'll plant more next year and cut down on the kale, seeing as it's only me (and a friend's tortoise) that's eating it.
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby retropants » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:21 pm

yes, my mum has also discovered that a little bit of kale goes a long way!!
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby retropants » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:14 pm

Ta-da!
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby robo » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:39 pm

That's a cracker ,are you sure it's not a painted rolling pin
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Re: 2019 begins

Postby retropants » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:10 pm

:)
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