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Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby oldherbaceous » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:55 am

Going to dig a root of early Swift potatoes for dinner tomorrow...can hardly wait.... :)
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby tigerburnie » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:36 am

My Charlottes are just starting to flower
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby Geoff » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:58 am

We are having Rocket and a Snowball Cauliflower.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby Monika » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:48 pm

Our Rocket potatoes are flowering, so it won't be long!

Still not a drop of rain, so spent all morning watering ........
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby peter » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:54 pm

Mine are just emerging from the ground.
Unlike the ****ing bindweed, which has rampaged in several parts of my raspberry patch.

One of my plotholders discovered allium leaf miner in her onions this week and it has been identified on several other plots, now feeling slightly better about being so far behind on the plot this year, as my sets are still in the shed. :?

Sorted out the pot plants today, two bags of compost and a barrow piled high with spent compost to the allotment as soil improver. Terrace looking better with tidy pots and longterm pot plants should he happy after a root rip, compost shakeout and repot with fresh compost including some water saver crystals.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:29 am

Good luck with your pot plants Peter. I had to hide some in my garden one summer when my son brought them back from uni.!!!
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby Pa Snip » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:39 am

I’ve not been very active on here or on the plot for the last 8 or 9 months.
Combination of The Alien Within and the treatment thereof has been sapping my energy, consequently I’ve struggled to keep up to speed with sowing, planting and posting.

Daughter has not been much better so not much physical help from that quarter. She did however keep up to speed on the sowing of seeds in her greenhouse.

Got to say a public thanks to Mrs Snip who has given me moral (and some immoral :roll: :lol: ) support and has also been very hands on with sowing and planting.

The allotment site had a visit from a local gardening club the other night. Some did not even know the allotments existed despite having lived in the parish for many years.
A fellow plotholder along with Mrs S and myself were on hand to greet them and show them round and it was quite pleasing to get comments of admiration about my onions. Not the best size I have grown in recent years but they are well formed . Do not think I will be entering the over 8oz Onion class this year though.

Tried a different supplier of seed potatoes this year, not impressed.
All bar four of the Winston rotted whilst chitting. Shame as we like that variety.

The first earlies were planted out 19-4-18 and have shown good strong growth above ground, just have to hope that strength is being replicated below
The King Edward seed potatoes were disappointing. Oversize marbles spring to mind. Usually get around 20 tubers per 2kg bag, this bag had over 50. They were planted out around 3 weeks after the earlies and so far are showing weaker top growth. Earthed the King Edwards up last Thursday & Friday.

Runner & French beans now planted out.
Alderman and Hurst Greenshaft peas also planted out.

Have yet to get leeks and sweetcorn out on the plot.

In process of transplanting brassicas, bit over ambitious on volume though space is getting tight.

Best sized strawberries (Cambridge Favourite ) for many a year despite the lack of attention they got at the end of last season

Garlic now suffering rust. Soon be time to take it out

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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby Pa Snip » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:46 am

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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby Pa Snip » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:52 am

oldherbaceous wrote:Going to dig a root of early Swift potatoes for dinner tomorrow...can hardly wait.... :)


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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:58 am

I'm glad you are managing to keep the plot so good Pa. I've had a late start this year due to my health and the weather but am catching up nicely now. It is a pleasure to see everything growing isn't it even if some are doing better than others. I'm going to water the sweet corn and apply some nematodes to the potato bed today. I've not looked to see how the potatoes are doing yet but they look to have good top growth. Hope I'm not too late with the nematodes I don't like sharing with the slugs.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby tigerburnie » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:22 am

Nice to hear from you Pa and the plot is looking really good, you are well in front of us up here, my Cambridge Favourites are still in full flower, no fruit yet, my tatties are also very vigorous above ground and I guess I'm saying the same prayer to mother earth for a crop below.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby Pa Snip » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:25 am

HI PP.

Mrs S has nematodes to apply as well. My own past experience of nematodes is that either I applied it incorrectly or the slugs were the equivalent of my alien in terms of resistance to treatment.

No question how much satisfaction can be gained from working the plot though

Glad to hear you are catching up, wishing you good health and a good season.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby Pa Snip » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:27 am

tigerburnie wrote:Nice to hear from you Pa and the plot is looking really good, you are well in front of us up here, my Cambridge Favourites are still in full flower, no fruit yet, my tatties are also very vigorous above ground and I guess I'm saying the same prayer to mother earth for a crop below.



5lb picking of strawberries the other day. Woodlice seem to be this years foe, they've demolished quite a few so far
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:20 pm

What a wonderful post, Pa Snip, you always give the forum a tremendous lift with your pictures and your thoughtful and jolly words.
Glad you have kept on top of your allotments, they really are a credit to you and your family.

Regarding my potatoes, had to dig three roots to get a good helping for the four of us....looking forward to eating them this evening.
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Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Postby Westi » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:31 pm

I've got loads of woodlice this year as well & they like a nibble of the strawberries and I have a wee field mouse who has found them also. Despite the number damaged by them the harvest has been massive so I do have loads for me as well!
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