This is a bad year :-/

by Paul
(Powys)


This year seems to be a struggle, only my cucumber, lettuce and raddish are really thriving. I think the beetroot, runner beans, leeks and peas caught a bit of late frost (I thought we were free of them). The tomatoes are really poor too this year, I'm blaming bad stock from the nursery...shall grow toms from seed next year!

anyway, snapped a little pic from my bedroom window, it shows (from front to back) ;

Lettuce
Raddish
Beetroot
Carrot
Raddish
Shallots
White Onion
Red Onion
Peas
Potato
Leek
Beetroot
Runner Bean (with Turnip intercrop)
Lettuce

Line down side is more Turnip, with more Lettuce in the cold frame (just visible on left)

In greenhouse is ;

Tomato x 7
Cuccumber
Peppers (that i started a bit late, so we'll see)

There are also 4 Gooseberry bushes and one Blackcurrant, and up near the kitchen I have Chives, Basil, Thyme, Mint and Coriander.

have bigger and better plans for next year too, will incorporate an area of square foot garden in a spare 14' x 4' space, and i want to start an asparagus bed :-)
Hope this maybe encourages someone to get gardening ;-)

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This is a bad year :-/

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Aug 29, 2010
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reply to cat
by: ken

maybe dig in horse muck into soil my toms and cues grown great this year from ken

Jun 28, 2010
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bad year...
by: Kat

Also have yellow cukes. Early flowering though, and now lots of heat in between thunderstorms, so maybe that is the problem.

Jun 28, 2010
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Doing Ok so far
by: Rick

Thanks for asking. seems you still have things under control despite the white rot issues. Your cues sound good. I have a giant cue plant (telegraph) but only 1 cuecumber growing at the moment. Have already had 1 large cue and it was very nice. Not sure why yours turned yellow unless it was the heat (or too many growing at one perhaps?)
Just had a feel in the potato bags, but they seem just very dry and I didn't find any spuds! Must remember to water more.



Jun 28, 2010
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aha
by: Paul

...first tomatoes starten to ripen, lots of pods on the peas, runners are flowering like crazy, things look like they're picking up :-)Have had to pull a couple of leeks that seem to have white rot also, hoping that my ample spacing between crops is gonna slow it down so i get some kind of harvest :-/

One other thing thats bugging me, I had 15 or so cucs on the plant, but several have turned yellow and died (the rest are fine)and it's something I've never seen before, or find any info on....anyone? It has been very, very hot lately and one day it spike to 98 in there! I have pretty good ventilation, and damp the floor down quite often on the hotter days.

Anyway, enough rambling for now. How's everyone else doing?

Jun 24, 2010
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I do like your site..."bad year" or not...
by: Kat

Have had a bit of a chance to look around. Am really impressed. Thank you for having such a great site/page. Very informative, and gave me some good ideas on how to approach various problems that were hindering me from growing more abundantly in a smaller area.
The pergola is a definite must...
Anyhow, have a great day and will post again.

Jun 24, 2010
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bad year...
by: Kat

I do believe those pesky Mayans had a lot more on the ball than we give them credit for...lolol. Yes, beet greens are excellent for salads. My daughter absolutely abhored spinach, and so I resorted to beet greens and lambs quarters. Nothing could be better.
My melons are not even 2" tall now and are flowering. I have given up. Whatever they wish to do...do it. I have fruit trees that are only leafing out from the bottom...I thought the one cherry was dead...but it isn't...just totally dormant. Have a friend that I planted an apple (from the farm) over 12 years ago. Beautiful big tree that looks totally dead. Checked it. "Totally dormant."
So I will go with the sun cycle factor and listen to the Mayans. Hope you are having better weather than here. Looks like we are in for some nasty stuff in the next couple of days. Ontario is not the only province that gets twisters. The sky this morning is pretty eerie looking. If it gets hot, I will cover the odd blooming melon with a box.

Jun 24, 2010
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2012 eh?
by: Paul

So did those pesky mayans really know something we dont?

Either way, am still enjoying lettuce, raddish and cuccumber...have quite a few pods on my peas now, beetroot coming along nicely :-) I cant believe Ive grown beetroot for all these years and have only just tried the leaves of the young beet thinnings...gorgeous little salad green, I highly recommend ;-)

Jun 23, 2010
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I think the plant-growing weirdness might have something to do with...
by: Rick

The sun coming to the end of an activity cycle. NASA are warning of particularly turbulent solar storms in the coming years as it reaches something called a solar maximumm that's due to peak around 2012 (plays music from twilight zone!).

Yes the jeyes fluid, as far as I am aware hasn't changed much, only the description. Best advice I can think of is to ask an old gardener who's been using it for years!

Jun 23, 2010
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hmmmm
by: Paul

...there does seem to be something weird going on here anyway, a spike in P'n'D :-(

Regarding the EEC law, its a law on advertising jeys fluid for sterilizing ground, as far as i can tell, not actually using it as so. here's a link to a page where folks are talking about it...

http://www.allotments-uk.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5978


Jun 22, 2010
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Bad year in general...
by: Kat

I live in Central Alberta, Canada. And i have 2 small greenhouses. In general, start everything from seed, and I can tell you from experience that this is a bad year for gardening. My tomato's aren't a foot tall (heirlooms) and they are blooming. My cukes are not 6 inches and have cucumbers...and I have heard from others that put seed in that their plants are not growing either and are already producing fruit. This is crazy!
Is it the weather, or is it because of the volcano? I went through the "no summer" in Southern Alberta when the last volcano blew its top in the states...but it was far different than this. Something is definitely askew here, and "No"...I do not think it is global warming. More to the extent of scientists fooling around to initiate "global cooling." What does everyone think???

Jun 21, 2010
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well,
by: Paul

it is a disaster for all alliums, jeyes fluid would normally be the way, but i saw on some website yesterday about an EEC law preventing its use for that purpose...will have to look again and post details.

On the plus side, I'm continuing to pull raddish and lettuce, and today I harvested the first cuccumber :-)

Jun 21, 2010
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Sorry to hear the bad news...
by: Rick

...about the white onion rot. I don't know much about this particular issue, but it sounds serious.
I'm assuming you can use something like Jeys fluid to clear the problem during the winter?

Rick

Jun 20, 2010
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disaster strikes Aleppo
by: Paul

...or my garden even! Onion white rot was discoverd on a bunch of my shallots today :-( It feels like my world has ended! Iv'e probably trodden it all over the plot now so nowhere will be safe for the alliums...WAHHHHHHHHHAHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA NOT FAIR!

Jun 18, 2010
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thanks...
by: Paul

...for the comments Rick. The ground has been worked since 1968 when the houses were built. My dad was a mad gardener and I learnt anything that I do know from him. Ive been trying my best to keep it up since he passed away 10 years ago, but I'm yet to manage the quality of garden that he achieved...but it's all good :-)

Am definately going down the heirloom road next time around, cheers for the heads up on The Real Seed Co. all these F1 hybrids are slowly changing the way of nature, and not really for the long term best!

Jun 18, 2010
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Try heirloom seeds for good results
by: Rick

Your garden looks great - I wish I had that kind of space! From what I can see in the photo, the soil looks well looked after.

Interesting about the poor nursery stock. Based on the success I seem to be having this year, I highly reccomend ordering heirloom seeds for next year. The Real Seed Company based in Wales is where I ordered mine from, and as you can see from the pictures and videos scattered throughout this website, they seem to be doing a grand job! or is that just beginners luck?

Square foot gardening appears to be a very efficient way of getting the most out of your space and well worth a dabble.

Rick

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