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Growing winter vegetables
Sun 23-Oct-11
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Xahha
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The broad beans and dwarf beans are just pushing through the soil now- I have a fleece over this raised bed at the moment partly to keep the slugs away, but also to allow them to get a head start.

 

Potatoes were OK in the first frost, except where a part of the fleece cover moved and exposed some greenery- that went black at the top but rest OK.

 

Slugs had a go at the broccoli under the mesh cloches- so I sprinled some pellets down again. Don't like to use them, but they are the only brassicas we have left alive, so want to keep them- no other animals can get to them though.

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Sun 23-Oct-11
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having lost all my broad beans in the bad weather last year even in the cold frame , i shant bother this time and will wait till spring . they did just as well and came just as early same with the peas .  But i must admit ive been really lucky with my late sowings of ends of packets, ive lovely baby carrots a second crop of turnips and tons of baby cauliflower it just needs to stay warm a few more days and they will be ready , think i went a little mental on the kale and cabbage front , but then they always seem to get eaten once the weather gets really bad

Tue 15-Nov-11
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What seeds could I try planting outdoors now given the prediction of hard winter ahead and is there companion plants which I should plant at the same time. They will have the confort of a bit of straw over the top of the bed which might keep a little bit of weather off them

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Tue 15-Nov-11
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I don't know about seeds, but we've just planted garlic and red onion sets, although they won't actually be ready to eat until next Spring.  Husband planted some early spuds in bags in the greenhouse about 3 weeks ago and they're already coming through, so hopefully we should have new pots for.....umm, the C-word lol. wink

 

Just had a look in our allotment book and it says you can plant overwintering varieties of broad beans now.  Other than that, rhubarb or bare-rooted fruit bushes.  In the light of what Kaye said above re broad beans, it may well be best to cover them with straw, as you suggest.

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Tue 15-Nov-11
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I've had some garlic in for about a month now, the sprouts are about 8" long, and although mice have been rooting around in the pots, they don't like garlic so it's safe...wish the same could be said for the fritiliaries and tulips!

Don't ever bother with any other winter veg, especially after the last 2 winters...just not worth the effort

Wed 16-Nov-11
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Thanks Sooliz and Terrier, I will give try and find some winter broad beans then and some garlic and red onion sets plus a few spuds

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Wed 16-Nov-11
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Sooliz said:

... re broad beans, it may well be best to cover them with straw, as you suggest.

Best plan is to cover them with polythene.  They don't mind the frost at all but they object to the snow...mine get covered tomorrow since we had the first real frost last night...wink

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Thu 17-Nov-11
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For future reference, Swiss Chard, kale, mustard greens, Chinese cabbage have all grown in our greenhouse and it was down to -6C overnight one night, although I did cover them with fleece overnight. To do this I start new plants off in August but aim to have them cleared out of the greenhouse by April/May next year ready for the new crops.

Fri 18-Nov-11
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i know this is a strange year but ive actually got potatoes that are coming in to flower outside at the moment i know theyre volunteers of shetland blues but im just letting them get on with it out of interest , plus ive peas that have flowered and have pods allthough i think they will have to be mange tout as they dont appear to be swelling, ive also noticed ive a few runner bean escapees that are flowering as well.....weird weather methinks

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lots of weird things going on with nature, it worries me as to what will happen next yearconfused

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