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What will you grow again next year....or not?
Sat 22-Oct-11
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Toffeeapple
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That's a lot of wasted space Mike, what a shame.  Was it a shaded position?

I'll try that again!

Sat 22-Oct-11
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dont be so sure ...after OH strimmered all my squash plants off i planted a couple of weedy wrecklings that i had left and they seem to be going mad ive had a couple off them and theres at least another half a dozen nearly there , theyre taking over the strawberry patch now

Sat 22-Oct-11
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Unfortunately most of the garden is in the shade - it's narrow, north-facing and with a 7 foot fence along the sides, which makes it a bit of a challenge to grow some things. The tops of the quail hutches are covered in plant pots containing various herbs and the tomato plants, which is the only way they get any decent amount of daylight.

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Mon 24-Oct-11
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Sounds like the ideal opportunity to try more forest edge type plants that don't like a lot of light. Or those that bolt when they don't have shade, like spinach. cheers

Tue 24-Jan-12
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 Not growing Roma this year despite the huge crop both in the conservatory and outside still had some ripening outside in October may even have been later. In fact there was even some tiny red tumbling Toms in December in my hanging baskets. the weather has certainly been mild. The Romas are out as they simply lack flavour (most were reduced to replace tomatoes in Salads in winter so not terrible) Will try

Ferline & Tigerellas. Really want tall bush plants any ideas?? Didn't do that well with all my sweet peppers probably I planted late. I still have one plant in conservatory with a, I think Californian yellow on although the leaves are nearly all dead.       JB

Tue 24-Jan-12
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Went and bought the seeds without waiting for reply bought from Thompsons and Morgans

Your order summary

 

 
Details GRAND TOTAL
Tomato 'Ferline' F1 Hybrid
Quantity: 1 packet (15 seeds)
£2.89
Tomato 'Tigerella' (75seeds)
Quantity: 1
£2.09
Tomato 'Il San Marzano Lungo' - Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds(300 seeds)
Quantity: 1
£1.89
TOTAL
£6.87
P&P
£1.95
GRAND TOTAL
£8.82

 I was robbed on the tigerellas as they were selling them for 99p for 50 seeds. Didn't notice till after I bought supposed to be a childrens pack (99p). ROBBERS But otherwise I think I may have it sorted for this year?

 

 

Tue 24-Jan-12
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Haven't even started looking at seed packets yet although supermarkets here are plied high with them

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Tue 24-Jan-12
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Going to start on my list this weekcheers

Tue 24-Jan-12
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I have 2 propagators this year so I should be able to get a wider variety of things germinating, compared to previous years. I usually start the season hyper-organized (I even have a spreadsheet where I typed in all the seeds I have and when they should be planted, when to move outside etc.) but my timing usually goes all to pot (no pun intended).

According to this spreadsheet, I should be planting the sungella tomatoes and sweet peas, ready to plant out in the spring, then next month start on the basil...

There are some colleagues in work who grow veg too, and there has been talk of seed swaps, so I'll see what comes of that too.

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Wed 25-Jan-12
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We usually use the windowsill but had a problem last year that we had forgotten about. Our heating goes off whether we like it or not on April 15th and that is often too early to put a lot of things outside. Need to do a rethink this year.roll_eyes

Wed 11-Jul-12
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Hows everyone's tomatoes going this year? The ones I put outside are dire hardly grown at all but with plenty of flowers on. The ones in the conservatory are better but the "trunks" are very thin? I have also decided to grow them on shelves in the conservatory so I can walk around the conservatory and not the plants. Been in hospital and a mate watered them for me….well to be more precise drowned them. That may have been why they were not growing very well. Had to go to garden centre to buy some more, never done that before. This is pity as made loads of tomatoes sauces last year which I used instead of shop bought tomatoes in the winter and just poured them over salad. Will have very little this year.

Wed 11-Jul-12
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Sorry to hear you have been unwell and hope you are ok now.
Most of us have very little this year due to too much wind and rain and not enough sun. My tomatoes will never be ready in time , they still have not made any flowers. The only thing that has done well veg wise are the broadbeans. Soft fruit quite good and apple trees full of fruit but may be watery! The pantry will be rather bare this winter.

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Wed 11-Jul-12
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Not bothered with outdoor ones this year- greenhouse ones are looking OK.

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Wed 11-Jul-12
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My tomatoes aren't doing much this year - flowers but no fruit yet, but they are all outside. The chilli plants kept inside are doing better, with plenty of green chillies waiting to ripen. All the chilli plants outside have been eaten by something!

I'm definitely going to do chillies, herbs, salad veg and strawberries next year, and hopefully the fruit bushes will start producing too. I might cut down on the big veg such as courgettes because although I like growing them, they take up a lot of space and I've not had much luck with them in the last few years

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Thu 12-Jul-12
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The greenhouse has been a success so far this year.  The chillies, peppers and tomatoes are doing well.  Chillies and peppers have set fruit and the tomatoes are in bloom.  The tree tomato is growing fantastically well but I doubt it will flower or fruit this year.  The only disappointment here has been the aubergines which are looking healthy but not growing much. This is one plant I have never had any luck with so won't try again next year.

 

The basil has done well this year.  My first two sowings failed completely but the third and fourth have done well.  Courgettes I try every year however they have never produced well for me.  I am debating giving them up unless I can get an allotment and grow them in a polytunnel in the future.

 

Beans have been a great success - I started my runner beans earlier this year and they are now flowering away very well.  Fortunately they like lower temperatures so I am hopeful of a good crop.  The broad beans are doing well too - the full sized plants are setting pods well and the late sowing of dwarf broad beans are now flowering.  French beans are growing well but no sign of flowers yet. 

 

We pickle quite a lot of beans (as curried green beans) every year as they are a favourite at hom.

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