The 2012 Weather and Horticulture Thread (incorporating "grow your own")
Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:43
Likely to be more popular than ever this year due to financial pressures and rising prices.
A bit of mild and at times dry should allow those seed beds and borders to be prepared nicely in preparation for those veggies.
Hopefully too, will nurture my little lad into understanding the importance of growing and appreciating fruit and veg.
Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:52
The 'fatalii' has been in a bedroom for about 6 weeks now, not much daylight at this time of year but temperature is reasonably consistent from 13 - 19 °C and after cutting back hard it just about fits on the windowsill to get what little low sunshine makes it over/around the house opposite. It's already producing healthy new branches and leaf growth, so I hope that this head start will mean it will be good and productive next year.
Next month it will be time get to some seed potatoes which should be available by the end of January, which can then be chitted in the garage.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:50
Have not been able to extend the main veggie patch by much due to the ground being too wet.
After last years successes will opt for muc of the same, though with the necessary rotation. Might plant a few more courgettes this year. Some of the neighbours sold off surplus last year using the honesty box method, and might try the same myself this year.
Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:51
Didn't know that the RHS had a LRF!
"Evidence from previous years shows that without this cold effect crops may be reduced."
Posted 18 February 2012 - 22:22
Have at last expanded the main veg bed, though will need another dig and a liming to get the soil to peak perfection. Will lay to brassicas this summer, just hope I will have time to create some net cages to ward off the pigeons.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:49
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 19:33
I hope you are reading this Andy
I do wonder sometimes about this site.
This post has been edited by Chris Lloyd: 19 February 2012 - 19:36
Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:10
Posted 27 February 2012 - 17:26
Cheers - John
Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:14
#14 Guest_Chris Lloyd_*
Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:03
My Black Hamburg grape vine is just starting to break buds - this is also in the greenhouse.
Just waiting on a load of seed from Thompson and Morgan - sungold toms for 20p a packet!! They have a good offer on seed potatoes too - 15 charlotte tubers and 3 planters for them to go into. All for 15 quid. Out of stock though!!
Bought a pea kit for my little boy - peas, trellis and bag planters, so will give him something to watch grow.
Probably do away with the runner beans this year, they seem to crop all in one go. I am going to grow more french beans this year. Have gone for a variety that crops throughout the season. I find when blanched they also freeze better than runner beans. Big fan of slow cooked lamb, which goes great with french beans.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:09
I might try French beans again this year: I've been plagued by poor germination-rates but they are delicious!
Cheers - John
Posted 10 March 2012 - 14:13
Have a great little helper. My son who is soon to be two, loves picking up stones and putting them into a bucket. Thus while forking over the beds, he will amuse himself for ages by collecting stones, a great way for keeping him outdoors, and for reducing the number of jobs for me to do by one.
This post has been edited by Nigel Bolton: 10 March 2012 - 14:14
Posted 12 March 2012 - 14:45
I'm hoping the prospects for frost free conditions as the models suggest remain viable for sowing the radishes and spring onions soon but discretion seems the better part of valour until after the weekend. Just may be possible to plant the seed potatoes later this week, as I managed it in late March last year and only had one near frost to worry about, that would mean new pots ready for June all being well.
Tom seeds will be sowed indoors by the end of the month. Will try some baby carrots this year for the first time, should be able to get a decent number in a 10 or 12 inch pot but it will be a long time until I risk sowing those outdoors without protection. Also going to try a florence fennel in a pot too just for the hell of it!
Posted 12 March 2012 - 22:59
One worrying factor, my water butts are almost empty and it is only mid March.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 15:29
Posted 14 March 2012 - 17:01
Also collected a series of samples of cultivated and uncultivated soil in order to run pH tests to see if there has been any change due to cultivation in the 4 years I've been growing there.
Cheers - John