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  • 30/03/2010 10:13 AM
    • EvaInNL
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    Morning all! You've all been very busy, I still need to get started wasn't feeling too well over the weekend and had to work yesterday. So I am counting today as Day 1 of my holiday. Just gave the seed people a call and I will return parcel number 2, I really don't have room to plant everthing twice really, but it is tempting to keep the second poly tunnel and the plastic tomato grow bag thingummies..

    I've got Kyra today, she's bored with me, was planting seed and she just stood there staring at me willing to take her out I guess. Do all Airedales shuffle their feet like moody teenagers when they're bored?? Will take her out to the lotty before the rain gets started, maybe she can help me dig Big Smile. I am finally going to plant something! The parsnips ala Susiq, potatoes, some herbs and the rhubarb. The rest will have to wait till I get my paving tiles in and the soil dries up a little bit.

    Indeed strange those 4 idle chat threads, we've had 2 for a couple of weeks now, might drop a note to the moderator to remove them, must take up quite a bit of space having the longest thread on here 4 times!

     

  • 30/03/2010 10:22 AM
    • sue1002
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     Sweetcorn is easy enough to grow lillyrose providing you plant them in blocks rather than rows and I find I have better success when more plants are grown than just a few.

    Hope you're feeling better now Eva.  I would still have kept quiet about that second order as the seeds will be perfectly ok to sow next yearSmile

    Yes, it's odd how this thread has duplicated itself somehow, I've already reported it and it's being looked into.

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  • 30/03/2010 10:33 AM
    • Susiq
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    Hi all, congrats Arrem, beautiful baby, no wonder you're so chuffed.

    So BB, you got to keep the greenhouseYes excellent stuff.

    Agree with Sue Lillyrose, I had great results with my sweetcorn the year before last, but last year, wasn't so good, they really do need a lot of sunshine, up here I have to keep mine under glass the whole season - too many cold winds I think.

    I would definately have kept quiet Eva, why can't you tell them that you've sent it back, maybe it will get lost in the post!Wink

    Yes Richard, I'm hoping to grow tomatoes in the polytunnel, if its ever finished in time! I've got a load started off in the greenhouse which I will transfer over. I want to grow a lot more cucumbers this year too, for my pickles. Same about your car Richard, but if its costing more to keep than you use it, I guess it makes sense.

    Has your concreting been finished yet Sue, or has it still been too wet? Its been pouring non-stop since yesterday here, thankfully none of the white stuff tho'!

  • 30/03/2010 10:36 AM
    • Susiq
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    Forgot to say Eva - beware of Kyra at your plot - digging is an Airedales absolute favourite pastime, you will NOT be amused once you've got your things planted, yes this is the voice of experience Angry

     

  • 30/03/2010 11:38 AM
    • Phot's-Moll
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     I've never had any luck with sweetcorn - shame as I love eating it. Maybe the soil on the allotment isn't suitable? 

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  • 30/03/2010 01:31 PM
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    The first of my chillies are through, yipeeBig SmileYesBig Smile

  • 30/03/2010 01:34 PM
    • miranda
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    Some torrential rain here as well. I do hope it stops for a while as I'm not keen on getting drenched so often. 

    Lovely pictures, Arrem! What a sweetie Smile

    You're right, lillyrose, it is lucky I didn't cut myself as I'm not very good around sharp objects. Good to hear that your chillies are showing.

    BB, I'm going to follow bogweevil's advice on sweetcorn this year - http://mygarden.rhs.org.uk/forums/p/23804/45471.aspx#45471 - and see how that goes. He says to sow in mid-April.

    Richard, I don't know what it was with that mouse; it didn't seem at all bothered by us sitting so close by and just carried on with its mouse business Smile

    I was away at the weekend and spent some time with my dad, watching long-tailed tits tapping at the kitchen window. I was cross that I didn't have my camera with me, but wrote a bit about it anyway

     

  • 30/03/2010 03:20 PM
    • BB
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     That sounds like a very good technique that Bogweevil adopts for sweetcorn sowings. Thanks for the link Miranda. I will try and follow that method. Yes

    Congrats on the chilli seedling lilyrose!

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  • 30/03/2010 04:41 PM
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    Hi all we went grocery shopping this morning it was a nice day. This afternoon I walked up the post office  to post my car tax off for a refund-there was 4 months left on it. When I was half way there it bucketted down I was drenched from head to foot and had to change all my clothes when I got back.

    Lillyrose, I think I copped for your thunderstorm. Hope more chillies will come for you I have just the one  that has germinated so far also.
    Did you take any pics while you were at Sissinghurst Phot's? I have not been there.
    I tried to grow sweetcorn once Sue and had no luck with it. It was when I just started gardening and planted the seeds straight in the ground...duh!Embarrassed
    I need to start off some more toms Susiq also. I may have a go at the moneymaker ones that came free in the post. I have already planted some white tomasol and Aunt Madge that Sue kindly gave me.
    Hope you a feeling better now Eva -at least you haven't got to go to work for a while.

    I hope it hasn't been raining heavily in Hereford BB!LightningSurprise

    That was in interesting Blog Miranda, glad you had a good time away -  pity you didn't have your camera handy.Smile
     

    -Richard
  • 30/03/2010 06:24 PM
    • sue1002
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     You'll have a few more chilli seedlings come up tomorrow lillyrose now that they've started coming upSmile

    It's good to hear you haven't had any snow yet Susiq.  It's been far too wet here to even contemplate the concreting and the next couple of weeks don't look any better either, we will have to wait until we are forecasted a good couple of days without any rain or frosts.

    I've grown 'Moneymaker' before Richard and got on ok with them although I must admit that some other varieties have a lot more flavour.  My freebie ones are 'Gardener's Delight', I sowed some on the same day I received the seeds and potted the seedlings up a couple of days ago.

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  • 30/03/2010 08:10 PM
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    You are ahead of me Sue I need to be catching up. I bought some more sweet pea seeds today to try again as the ones I saved from last year did not come up. I also bought some allysum,trailing lobelia,mesembryanthemum and aubretia seeds from Asda/WilkinsonsSmile

    -Richard
  • 30/03/2010 08:35 PM
    • sue1002
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     You'll have fun with those seeds then RichardSmile  Last year, I didn't have much luck with sweet pea germination from seeds I'd saved from the year before, only about a quarter of them came up so I bought new seed for this year and still only got about the same germination rate.

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  • 30/03/2010 10:13 PM
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    Thanks for telling me that Sue it is worth planting many more than you want by the look of it. I will count the seeds that I plant and see how many will germinate. I will need to soak them first I believe.Smile

    -Richard
  • 31/03/2010 07:26 AM
    • Roundelder
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    Yes Phot's particularly for those of us with small veg growing areas, it is a shame that it is so hard to obtain decent results with sweetcorn, especially here in the north. My son managed to grow a few on the field but it was hardly worth the effort or space...although what they did get tasted superb! Mind they didn't plant in blocks Sue1002 and we would not have room to do that here at the cottage. Did anyone else happen to see "How It's Made" recently on the Discovery channel? If you have ever wondered how they process sweetcorn for canning (and haven't we all?), it was all there in detail, from harvest to tin in about three hours. There is a clip of it on YouTube although someone has dubbed Czech speak over the English commentary. 

    There is something about the old favourites "Money Maker" and "Gardeners Delight" that is sort of dependable to me. Of all the types I have planted MM & GD this year are the only ones which have achieved 100% germination rate. I absolutely agree Sue1002 that they don't have the flavour of some of the others but hey at the rate we use them we also need reliability.

    Intriguing stuff about the long tailed tits Miranda. I have watched them a lot here although they have never actually "come a knocking". They must be one of the most gregarious of our feathered friends. 

    It is brilliant Lillyrose when you see the first of anything poke its little green bits through the compost/soil, but especially where I am concerned with chillies as they can according to one or two posts herein Wink, take half the season to germinate.

    Well, we have had an enoooormous amount of rain overnight  StormUmbrella accompanied by near gale force winds but fortunately as yet no snow. Smile

     

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  • 31/03/2010 08:58 AM
    • sue1002
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     Morning all, it's another wet one here and very, very windy, I'd better check in a minute to see if the coldframe is still there.

    I don't have very much veg growing space either Roundelder and usually manage to squeeze the sweetcorn in with the broad beans as once the broad beans have finished, I cut them down to ground level which gives the sweetcorn a chance to grow.

    sue1002